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Discussion in 'S30 (240Z,260Z,280Z) Wheels and Tyres' started by vipergts, Nov 30, 2014.

  1. jonbills

    jonbills
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    Seems like only yesterday.
     
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  2. johnymd

    johnymd
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    My Rota's have seen a lot of track, drag, street and 160mph autobahn miles and no issues. Side swiping a kerb when street racing is probably the biggest cause of wheel failure or hitting a pothole with super low profile tyres and I don't take part in this. I love my Rota grid and RKR's. If I could afford gold chains and rolex watches then I'd probably treat myself to a set of proper Watanabe's but I can't so I won't.
     
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  3. Robbie J

    Robbie J
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    so the mark 2 car is in the Atlantic now, still determined on larger brakes but the wheel and tyre thing is not solved yet. I have a trip to the US in April where I can likely carry one set of brakes back. What size wheels... Minilites do a 16x8 and 16x9 should meet the semi-original look, 6 week delivery £1200. Not seen a decent picture of them on a car?

    Yes, I'm using flares which are on order from Japan. To go Rota's sourced in the UK you need to go to 17inch, if so what size 9.5 all round? lots of pictures don't have the wheels sizes or how they handle, help. I don't need a discussion on material or production method I did all that a uni 30 years ago
     
  4. franky

    franky
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    I don’t think you’ll find any with that wheel type in that size.

    Regards handling, bigger wheels, more unsprung mass.

    If that’s what you want and you’re happy you might have to just be the first to tread the path.
     
  5. Robbie J

    Robbie J
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    It does depend on the material, of course of wheel and tyre, you can pick up an F1 wheel in one hand. Minilites are reasonable light likewise planning aluminium based callipers
     
  6. Albrecht

    Albrecht Well-Known Forum User

    I've noticed that the tarmac in our local Sainsbury's is partly in shade during the afternoon, so you have to be careful in the esses over the back when making your exit. Especially near the trolley park. I put the shopping on the left side of the boot to aid traction.

    13" diameter hampers your caliper choice a little. Difficult to get the six pots under there...



    To be serious for a moment, in the real world (ie, mostly driving on UK roads for pleasure at reasonable speeds) how much difference will such things make on a 280Z 2+2? Obviously you don't want a 10kg wheel and 15kg tyre combo, but most of the aftermarket wheels you will be considering are likely to be just a couple of kg different to each other at the most. And if you want Mg, you have to pay Mg prices.

    The modern version on the Minilite casting tends to look OK on a rally car, but possibly a little too 'chunky' on a road car (especially with ZG-style overfenders) and a slimmer spoke design tends to make a world of difference to the overall look of the car. The classic Watanabe 8-spoke design in the size range and offset you are likely to choose for such a car is oft repeated because it somehow seems to look 'right' most of the time. They tend to keep their value too.
     
  7. franky

    franky
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    They were 13 inch until very recently. They only changed for 'fashion/road links' all the factories were against it.
     
  8. jonbills

    jonbills
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    Anyone mind if I change the title to Watanabes?
     
  9. toopy

    toopy
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    Please do, that was grating on my chagrin too! :p
     
  10. jonbills

    jonbills
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    I didn't need much encouragement.
     
  11. franky

    franky
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    That’s what she said
     
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  12. datsfun

    datsfun
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    If you want a strong \ aggressive fitment when using ZG flares, then it would to be 9J minimum with -ve offsets .

    With 17" diameter, you don't have the luxury of using meaty sidewall tyres either to fill up the arch gap.:thumbs:
     
  13. datsfun

    datsfun
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    The design team at Atara are busy with 5x114.3PCD which should go into production shortly. I believe these will be available in 17x9 IMG-20190314-WA0019.jpg IMG-20190314-WA0020.jpg


    And YES, I have asked them to consider 4x114.3PCD fitments in 16" ( 8J, 9J and 10.5J)
     
  14. Robbie J

    Robbie J
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    please.....I would give a deposit on a staggered set of 16s 9 and 10.5
     
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  15. datsfun

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    I have had many requests for 16" .But in the end, it boils down to forecast sales volumes that drives the decision making. I assume :rolleyes:
     
  16. Robbie J

    Robbie J
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    why not get a group buy with deposits, that way they know the sold x amount
     
  17. franky

    franky
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    At least they started on 14’’, your wheels are really ace looking in that size.

    16’’s seem to be the biggest you can go and still have some profile on the tyre, they look crappy without.
     
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  18. franky

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