Keep the Mini S Lites ?

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  1. MiniKar

    MiniKar Member

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    Hello M/A members !

    When I bought my 06 MCS, I also got a brand new set of 17" Mini S Lites wheels as an extra set of wheels. Still all wrapped up in the boxes.

    I understand these wheels are around 25 lbs each so here is the question:

    If I don't plan on racing my MCS, and just enjoy driving the various backroads and highways, should I mount a good set of summer tires on these wheels or sell them and buy lighter wheels ?

    Aftermarket wheels can vary in price from low to very high and since I mainly drive during the summer I'm unsure on what to do.

    I do like the look of the Enkei PF01 but at $250 each ????

    Please give me your thoughts . . . . . . . . . . .

    Thanks in Advance !
     
  2. phydeaux

    phydeaux New Member

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    Personally, I run ASA AR-1 spring-fall, and S-Lites in the winter. Current tires are Potenza RE760's for not-quite-so-wet months, and Blizzak LM-25's from Nov-Apr.
     
  3. Minidave

    Minidave Well-Known Member
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    Kinda depends on where in Nevada you live and where you like to drive; what's an appropriate tire for Vegas might not be in Reno, for example.

    Bottom line, there is nothing wrong with the S lites, especially as you already have them and you're not planning to track the car.
     
  4. UKXPAT

    UKXPAT New Member

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    Living in DFW I had no real need for a 'winter' wheel, so that didn't come into the equation for me. I am so glad I swapped from the 'S' lites. I went with a 14lb Kosei racing wheel. That was a saving of over 10lbs per corner in unsprung weight, plus I swapped those heavy run flats for normal tires. Saving that much unsprung weight makes a BIG difference in handling in my experience, especially when you have to drive over loads of pot holes, which is the norm for DFW! You'll really notice the difference.
     
  5. cheezeit

    cheezeit New Member

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    I'm in the same boat, except I have both the r90's and s-lites. I love the fact that I have the JCW wheels to match the car, but I think it would probably be best to get a lighter set.
     

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