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light 16x8 or 9's...

Postby Rick » Fri Dec 30, 2011 12:53 am

Im researching race wheels for my autox adventures. Im thinking 16x9 would be the size. Lighter than the 17's, And I think tires are a little less $$ too if im not mistaken. Or I guess 8's would be OK too. depends on whats available.
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Re: light 16x8 or 9's...

Postby Nsquared97 » Fri Dec 30, 2011 1:12 am

Tony would be the one to talk to about this, pretty sure he is running 16" Kosei's. Do you know what tires you will be running? You may want to figure that out first then pick wheels out based on that.
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Re: light 16x8 or 9's...

Postby mvrk10256 » Fri Dec 30, 2011 1:56 am

first question 4 lug or 5 lug? price?

Kosies are a good idea or Rota SlipStreams like mine. Either wheel will run a 245 with lots of fender work. Dont think there is a wider 16" tire anyway.
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Re: light 16x8 or 9's...

Postby M20_fever » Fri Dec 30, 2011 4:56 pm

Mine a 16x8.5, and I could fit a 9 or 9.5 in the rear but there are no tires for that width that would fit. The front is really tight even with heavy fender rolling and slight pulling. I fit 245 in the rear ok, but that was with an odd sidewall aspect 245/35 that only toyo makes and only in the T1r. To keep the same OD I had to run a 215 up front. In hindsight I probably could have run the same 245/35 up front, I have room I think.

My new tires are 225/50 so I may have to do some more fender work to clear them, we'll see.

Oh, offset is et27 with 10mm spacers front and 8mm rear. I didn't need the rear spacers to fit the wheels, it was just for loons to make it more flush.

16" k1s are hard to come by in 4x100, very common in 5x120. They are really light though.
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Re: light 16x8 or 9's...

Postby Rick » Fri Dec 30, 2011 5:58 pm

4 lug. Price....good question. Guess it depends on how much i like them.

Wouldent you know it, I do like the white K-1's, would fit my motif also.

Which wheels do you have Tony? 8.5 is cool.
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Postby Rick » Fri Dec 30, 2011 6:32 pm

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Postby M20_fever » Fri Dec 30, 2011 7:05 pm

I have k1s. Matt posted a parts car a few weeks ago on the craigslist thread that came with a set of 16" 4x100 k1s like mine, I think the guy wanted $600 for the whole car. That's the 3rd set I've seen in 5 years.
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Re: light 16x8 or 9's...

Postby Nsquared97 » Fri Dec 30, 2011 11:12 pm

Rick, I'm assuming you are looking for R-compunds for this set of wheels since you said they were for autoX?
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Re: light 16x8 or 9's...

Postby Rick » Sat Dec 31, 2011 12:57 am

Yep. I like the Compomotive TH 17x8's. More available than the OZ variants. Plus you can customize anything about them, offset etc.

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Re: light 16x8 or 9's...

Postby Rick » Sat Dec 31, 2011 1:04 am

That style wheel goes well with the car IMO, I actually think I like them as much or more than RS's!..

I think these are probably 18's?... anyway I wanted an idea on how the look on the car, painted white to match the body.

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Re: light 16x8 or 9's...

Postby Rick » Sat Dec 31, 2011 1:19 am

Ugh... Apparently they are not really that light... :(

From what I gather their 17*8 is about the same as what I have now, 21#. Not going to spend that kind of money for just a styling change.

BOO. I sure liked the looks of them.
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Re: light 16x8 or 9's...

Postby M20_fever » Sat Dec 31, 2011 1:55 am

I love the looks of them! I still need ti financial a set of 16" to put my toyos on for a wet weather setup.
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Re: light 16x8 or 9's...

Postby pr0craztinazn » Wed Jan 11, 2012 3:49 pm

Enkei RPF1 - 16x8 +38 offset, 15.6lbs. Part # 3796804938S. Roughly $1000 shipped for the set and in the wrong offset? Eh. Have fun finding anything lighter for less; Forgelines don't come for less than $3k/set and most other custom wheel companies don't tend to have anything under 17" diameter anymore. Tire selection is also abysmal in any width wider than 225 for 16s. 17" tires are surprisingly about the same, if not less, cost wise.

Good luck with your choice; if you could run 15x8s instead, I'd suggest that route to avoid the unsprung weight and extra effort required to move more mass further from the wheel hub penalties.
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Re: light 16x8 or 9's...

Postby blasphemy101 » Thu Apr 12, 2012 7:49 pm

pr0craztinazn wrote:Good luck with your choice; if you could run 15x8s instead, I'd suggest that route to avoid the unsprung weight and extra effort required to move more mass further from the wheel hub penalties.


This. I have a 2001 Honda S2000, which has 16" wheels. I know you plan to use R-Compounds, but good 16" street tires can be a pain in the ass to find. This might make the wheels harder to sell if you decide to go with another set in the future. Also, why run 16" over 15"? Doesn't it get harder to fit wheels/tires at larger diameters due to the strut housings in the front? I have 15x8s, and they feel pretty close to the housing. I guess you could run a lower offset. I think mine are +30mm...
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Re: light 16x8 or 9's...

Postby M20_fever » Thu Apr 12, 2012 8:22 pm

16" looks best on an e30 imo. There are good tires available, I just picked up some 225/50/16 Star Specs, and still got my 245/35/16 toyos. Another reason to run 16" is to clear bigger brakes without running crazy spacers or grinding your calipers.
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