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I really like Rota RBs. They have a retro look that goes nicely with our MINIs.
I waited more than a year to see if they would come out with the RB in 5X112 bolt pattern. Love the wheels, but I would have ended up changing them anyway when I installed the BBK.
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OK... option #3: Go light AND go large

I walked into the shop manager's office at Hendricks MINI yesterday and he had a set of 4 OZ 17" wheels stacked there on the floor. Man... they looked a bit tiny! So here's option #3

18" OZ Superleggeras with 215/40/18 tires (I'm guessing the photo below is 35 or even 30 profile tires... a bit too thin for street use, IMHO)

That gets the full wheel arch I like with light wheels and all sorts of clearance for a BBK.

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Choosing this wheel would almost NECESSITATE a BBK in the rear, just for aesthetics... cause this looks silly (IMHO)!

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With those tires-rims driving in the real world you better get used to ruined tires & bent rims. Man those brakes look tiny behind those giant wheels.
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With those tires-rims driving in the real world you better get used to ruined tires & bent rims. Man those brakes look tiny behind those giant wheels.
The bottom pic w/ the tiny brake calipers are 35 profile tires. The ones above might be even thinner. I'd go to a 40 profile for sure.

This isn't a daily driver for me, so I can afford to make a little bit of a trade-off for comfort / style (but don't want to be ruining a wheel/tire every time I leave the garage).
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Yeah I would not put 18's on a MINI if you like your spine. They are just too big.
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I have one with 18's and one with 17's. I agree with Dave on an R53 17 is as big as I would go especially if you plan to lower it at all.
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It's good to hear the voice of experience. I had 17" webspokes on my previous R53 some 99% of the time and had a set of 16" that I used at the track. The 16" were MUCH lighter and I could really tell the difference in turn-in and, I think, acceleration. At least it FELT more sprightly with the 16" on.
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I think 16's are the sweet spot, but 17's would be livable. I went from 18's on my German bread van to 17's & I'm a happy camper. My MINI wore 16's in the summer & 15's in the winter. Although I did not have a big brake kit. We are tryin to help, but wheels & tires can be confusing.
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As I spend more time looking / shopping / digging through the interwebs, I'm settling down to these

17" OZ Ultraleggeras in matte graphite with 215/45/17 tires (exactly what is in this photo). The Ultraleggeras extend the spokes out all the way to the rubber. IMHO, this makes the wheels look larger than they are (which I like). The color is very close to that on the Di-Noc carbon fiber vinyl I'm using to cover the chrome bits, too.

This gets me the ride quality of 17", the visual of 18" wheels, the protection of a 45 profile tire and an extra cm of width (they fit with a tiny bit of rubbing on Jango, my old R53). It also gives me an ultralight wheel that will fit most BBKs.

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Those rear wheels look like they might be pushed out (a bit too much, IMHO) with some spacers, but it doesn't mention them in the post where I found the photo. I'll probably have to put 'em on the car and then see how they look.
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Now I'm on to choosing tires!

This is a FUN car for me, so I don't have to worry about driving on snow/ice. It will need to get me to the Dragon and back in possibly questionable weather, so I don't think I want to go crazy and put on extreme summer performance tires. That leaves me looking at Max performance summer tires. I'm also not planning on putting on a ton of miles per year (it's a weekend/fun car), so I don't have to worry too much about treadwear (but I don't want to put on new tires after every trip to the Dragon either). I am probably going to keep the current Avid Envigor tires on the S-lites to have a spare set when needed and some dirty-shoes, all-weather shoes in case I do need to get the car out in the winter for some unforseen reason.

Here are my current options in 215/45/17: YOUR THOUGHTS???


Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 - $140 each - looks like a new tire to TireRack w/ no ratings yet. I did love my Goodyear Eagle F1s on Jango. They were quiet, grippy and had great feel.

Kuhmo Ecsta LE Sport - Crazy sale at $70 each. - they were a bit noisy on Jango, but fairly grippy. A great wet tire. a bargain at this price.

Michelin Pilot Super Sport - $162 each - The tire-rack favorite (made in 215/45/17) in this category of max summer performance.

Pirelli P Zeroi Nero - $115 each -

Continental Extremecontact Sport - $119 each - another highly rated tire-rack tire.
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