I like the look of the RB and the Shakotan, but was wondering if anyone out there is running these wheels? Would love to see a pic...
And under 13lbs in a 15x6Rota RB's- Sweet! and only 17 lbs in a 16x7
Me too - I have circuit 8's on my '94 Capri and Subzeros on my ZX2 street racer. Light weight and good looks for reasonable money.I've had Rotas on other cars and they are very good wheels for the money.
I take it you are a big fan of toyo's. I have T1S's on my lotus and R's on my 200sx se-r. I have been a fan of toyo's for a number of years. I'm not sure how well they have been keeping up with the other big brands over the last few years and would appreciate your input. So few people run them these days it's hard to get any input that can be trusted. My take on them is they are very sticky but don't last a long time. I think toyo doesn't put a hard rubber layer under a top layer of sticky rubber. The hard rubber layer is used by many other brands to get bigger milage numbers out of their tires. The upper sticky layer fools you when you first put them on the car into believing that you bought a really great tire.That harder rubber layer underneath is crap and doesn't stick for s#it. Halfway into the wear cycle the tires are worthless for spirited driving. I consider the toyo to be an good honest tire. Sticky to the last bit of tread.I love the minilite look... they look just like what the old school racing mini's and 500 abarths used to use.
And under 13lbs in a 15x6
A set of those, with some 195/50-15 Toyo R1R's and I will have a tire/wheel combo that weighs 31 lbs a corner and will stick as if gravity became my *****.
I want some street/competition rubber to use on this car so it left me with a few choices once I isolated the size tire I wanted (195/50-15). If I were to go with 205/50-15 my options open up a bit more but I really am trying to keep the weight down the best I can and I like the thought of improving the final drive with a tire thats slightly smaller OD than stock (probably insignificant - but I'll know I've improved it lol). So that being said, the only tire option for me as of when I posted were Toyo R1R's.
Thanks for the input. The big problem with the 15 inch wheels is lack of choice in tires. 16's are much better in that regard and 17's even better yet. It's ironic that the 15's with their lighter weight should result in a faster more nimble car but the 17's get the best choice of rubber. Like grandpaw used to say "the world's going to **** I tell you". A good friend has a 91 Miata R with 14's. The stock wheels are great quality and pretty light. I'm glad I don't have to find good rubber for those.
Again, I don't dislike them, kinda like them even, pretty unique looking but not sure I'd opt for them myself. The more I look at them though the more I like'em.
Thanks,I'll have to look more closely at the 15 inch tires available. The last time I looked it seemed like the manufactures were developing their best tires in the big sizes.actually there are quite a lot of good 15" tires out there to choose from, if you go with 205/50-15 (which is real close to the 185/55-15 tire diameter).
but thats not the real reason for this post... the wheels have been bought and are on the car. I went with the lighter Shakotans and I am very happy with the final decision.