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Old 08-18-2007, 09:25 PM   #1
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Gauging interest on these wheels

They only come in 17's, widths up to 9.5". Under $1,000 for a set of 4. I was thinking 8" in front and 9.5 in back. Would make a killer set of track wheels. What's the optimal offset for our cars?

I think they look very cool, remeniscent of old Minilites, or Panasports and have a great neuvo-retro look. Plus not everyone has them, which makes them stand out.

Any takers?
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Old 08-19-2007, 01:19 AM   #2
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What you want in a track wheel

may be different than what you want in a street wheel.

Light weight to reduce unsprung weight so the suspension can keep the tire patch on the ground. And strength as you'll be subjecting the wheel to max bending loads repeatedly within a short period of time.

You don't describe those characteristics of these wheels so it is hard to judge how well suited to track work they are.
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Old 08-19-2007, 05:27 AM   #3
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4 lug holes?
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Old 08-19-2007, 07:16 AM   #4
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Nice! MinLite replicas! I'd love a set of those....

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Old 08-19-2007, 10:03 AM   #5
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That style of wheel was popular for racing back in the 60's and 70's. They were stronger than stock/steel wheels and usually lighter. Originals were magnesium. They also came with a splined hub to replace wire wheels with knock-off hubs (wires had a great look but were not a great wheel for racing.) I expect they are a bit heavy by modern standards for racing/track -- when minilite moved on the minilite replicas were aluminium and not as light, cheaper but heavier. May be a cool look on a boxster but may be a bit too retro. I have never actually seen them in a wheel bigger than a 15". May be cool to see a photoshop picture.
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Old 08-19-2007, 12:06 PM   #6
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Yes someone with photochop skillz please step in.

The deal is we need 10 sets to get them custom drilled. They'd be 5 lug and whatever offset we'd want. I believe they are JWL, TUV rated.
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Old 08-19-2007, 02:33 PM   #7
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Those are hot. One of the reasons I love the Carrera Sport wheel is because of it's resemblance to this sort of style.

But, for a track wheel, unless those are like really light and strong, you're probably just as well served going out and buying something else already on the market--someone's old swirlies, or what not.
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Old 08-19-2007, 02:39 PM   #8
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Good looking wheel! Looks similar to my new wheels.


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