Brakes Wheels 1st Gen Tires Wheel Poll! Summer/track wheel opinions wanted.

Discussion in '1st Generation: 2002–06 R50, R53 & 2004–08 R52' started by FERNO, Jun 16, 2009.

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Which wheels should I use for summer and occasional track (autox) use?

Poll closed Jun 20, 2009.
  1. 17 x 7 Motegi Traklite 1.0 - New

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  2. 16 x 7 Volk TE37, painted black - Used

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    14.3%
  3. 17 x 7.5 Volk TE37, bronze factory finish - Used

    1 vote(s)
    14.3%
  4. 16 x 7 Enkei RPF1 - New

    5 vote(s)
    71.4%
  5. 17 x 7 Team Dynamics Pro Race 1 - New

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  1. FERNO

    FERNO New Member

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    So, this is a cross post. This seems to be a tire-and-wheel focused forum, so I'd like to get some opinions.

    The time is near. Trying to decide on wheels.

    I've always said that my next car would have a nice set of wheels on it.
    Local contact has the hookup.

    Here are my current options, in order of most expensive to least expensive.



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    Motegi Traklite 1.0 17x7, black teflon (also avail in 16x7 and 17x8)
    New, forged
    Weight: 14.0 - 14.4 lbs, per Tire Rack


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    Volk TE37 16x7, grey spoke, polished rim, will be refinished black after I purchase.
    Used, forged
    Weight: 12.0 lbs. (WHAT!), per Tire Rack


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    Volk TE37 17x7.5, will be left factory bronze.
    Used, forged
    Weight: 15.5 - 16.0 lbs, per Tire Rack


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    Enkei RPF1 16x7, black (also avail in 17x7 and more)
    New, cast
    Weight: 13.2 - 14.0 lbs, per Tire Rack


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    Team Dynamics PR1, 17x7, black, distribution discontinued in the U.S..
    New, cast
    Weight: 17.6 lbs, per Helix Minisports

    Proposed tire options are:

    16-inch options:
    215/45-16
    225/45-16 (questionable on 7" rim"?)


    17-inch options:
    215/40-17
    215/45-17

    I have researched the sizes, and I will likely be running a tire similar in treadwear and price to the RT-615, i.e. not quite R-compound, available for less than $100 each.

    So obviously weight is a consideration. Important to note that the two Volk options are used wheels and straightness and condition are not guaranteed.
     
  2. Nathan

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    I'll never ever buy used wheels for track wheels again. You have no idea what they may have gone through before you get them. I did it once and one of the wheels broke mid corner.

    I'd pick the Enkei RPF1 in 16"
     
  3. Ryephile

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    The bronze TE37's would look amazing, however I echo what Nathan says on used wheels; they're generally a bad idea unless you know exactly who had them and their history. Sooo, I vote for the RFP1's using a Kumho XS 215/45-16
     
  4. PGT

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    225-45-16 is mo-better though (if you can find it).

    I'd rock the 17" TE37's with a 215/40/17
     
  5. Nathan

    Nathan Founder

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    Oh I'd be all over the TE37's if they were not used or if I was only going to use them on the street.
     
  6. PGT

    PGT Wheel Whore

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    yeah, but he's running street tires which SEVERELY limits cornering/braking loads.
     
  7. FERNO

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    Yeah, realistically I should consider this car will mainly be a street car.

    I think that the car will be limited to MOTD-type events and backroad twisties for at least the next 12 months.

    The pulley puts it in SM, so if/when I ever try to AutoX it seriously, I will probably get some R-comps on different wheels, possibly a 15" depending on BBK or not. I'll probably only run 2 autocross on this set, if that.

    The most likely option for actual "track" duty will be a BMWCCA event or HPDE, but even then, I need to be realistic and put that at least 12 months out.

    It's great to envision all the track-days I'll be tearing up, but I have a lot going on right now and the weeks/months/year disappear before you know it.
     
  8. FERNO

    FERNO New Member

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    Would you be all over the 16" Volks if they were $875 delivered if the source is guaranteeing them straight and never damaged/repaired? :shocked:

    I know you never really know, but at that price I might be willing to take a chance, if only for a pure-street wheel. There is a place in town that does low-temp powdercoating that frequently has specials for satin black at $100 a set.

    It's getting awfully tempting for 12lb wheels!
     
  9. Nathan

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    Whats the phone # of the source please :devil:
     
  10. FERNO

    FERNO New Member

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    :nonod:

    I'll take that as a yes. :lol:
     
  11. FERNO

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    Ok, told the guy I wanted them. Trigger has been pulled.

    They are 16x7 4x100, +42 offset. (same spec listed on TireRack for R53)

    Correct me if I am wrong, but the S-heavies I read are et50. So my nused Volks will be 8mm more towards the outside of the car, no? More flush/wider track? Like the 16x7 TE37 in PGT's Wheelfinder entry? (no offset listed in specs)
     
  12. PGT

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    I believe mine were ET42 as well. If you're car is lowered, it will look perfect (stock offset is inset too much when lowered)
     
  13. PGT

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    oh, and what color are they? yore pole says black...didn't know if that's how they come or you meant post-powdercoating. If you're getting them powdercoated, ask the shop to pay careful attention to temps...keep them as low as possible to get the job done. Forged wheels are heat-treated for strength and powdercoating can cycle this.
     
  14. Steve

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    YES!!!

    I'll second this excellent recommendation!
     
  15. FERNO

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    Yep, thanks for the excellent advice. I mentioned low-temp powdercoating in the post, but it is excellent to double-check.

    They are currently the LE. Grey with polished lip. Personally, I think grey with polished lip looks good on EB, like Healeys car over at NAM with the SSR's. That said, I don't want them on my car and I love black wheels.

    If I cannot find someone to local to low temp them, I will just have them painted satin black. I'll leave the stickers off and tell everyone they're Rotas... :D
     
  16. PGT

    PGT Wheel Whore

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    who's selling them? PlayPlay? He has a set but I don't recall what size they were
     
  17. FERNO

    FERNO New Member

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    Nah, don't think so. Not a mini guy.

    I have a friend of mine that had a ridiculously nice JDM-swapped 00 Civic Si coupe painted Benz silver with black "true" Spoons (Regas). One of the guys he knows has a set.

    Say WORD!

    Now I gotta figure out where to get the hubcentric rings and which lugs to use. PGT, did you have to get tapered lugs? Haven't looked at the stock Mini ones yet.
     
  18. PGT

    PGT Wheel Whore

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    I have some leftover McGard Splinedrive lugs for the MINI (in black).
     

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