OK... here's the story: I just acquired a 2005 JCW and it needs a refresh (posting my step-by-step over on another thread). I'm bouncing around on WHEELS, though, and would love to see a good discussion. I used to wish that everyone said how they hoped to use the car at the beginning of every 'what mod should I do?' post, so here it is: This is a fun car (not a daily driver). I enjoy detailing, polishing and cruizing, so looks are important to me. I also enjoy the occasional DE weekend and auto-X, but I don't expect to be competitive... it's more the fun of getting out there and seeing what the car can do. I'm in the middle of a refresh now... will probably update the suspension bits w/ medium-level coil-overs and adjustable bits to get the geometry right (without going full race coil-overs and roll cage). I don't wanna go slammed... I'm looking for a balance between sport, driveability and looks. I'll probably go w/ a big brake kit in the near future as well. Let's call my theme "stylish canyon carver" or, now that I live in NC, "Stylish Dragon Wagon". Here's my starting point: I've got 17" S-lites (I laugh every time I type that, given that they are over 25lbs each) on the car now and they are pretty much beat to hell. They gotta go. The 2 options I'm considering: 1) The R113 18" JCW Cross Spoke wheel w/ the red stripe. A vendor is running a crazy sale price on 'em and I love the look. My car is CR, so I think the red stripe would be nice. I'm a bit worried about 18" wheels, though. They are still several pounds lighter than the s-lites (these are 23lbs), but there are other, much lighter options like... 2) An ultra-light 17" wheel: like the Oz Alleggerita HLT. These are under 16lbs! I remember the great feeling of acceleration when I ran my 16" ultralights on my old R53. Turn in was beautiful and it was just fun to drive. It's got a purposeful, racer look, that I like, but compared to the R113, they are just a bit plain. Having 7 lbs of unsprung weight less per corner would be noticeable, though. So... what are your thoughts? Go big and stylish or smaller/lighter and more performance minded? How much of a tradeoff would I be making between these 2 options? Thanks for your thoughts!