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    Thread: Stick with the boat anchors or go light weight?

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      10-01-2012 09:47 PM #1
      Have a couple buyers for my wheels, but I'm on the edge with what I want to do. I love the wheels I have now (nothing crazy) but at the same time I feel like the R deserves some lighter wheels. Right now I'm running staggered Miro 111's. I've had my eye on the 17x8 Enkei RPF1's. I do not track the car. Its strictly a daily car. I do drive many miles though so I was thinking that I would have more fun with lighter wheels. And in my opinion, the RPF1's are not nearly as stylish as my 111's. I know in the end its all about personal preference but it can't hurt to get some opinions. Basically what I am here for is to see if the performance and handling gains are worth it to get rid of the wheels I love right now.

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      10-01-2012 10:43 PM #2
      I didn't like how my RPF1 looked. I sold them shortly after buying them. The spoke angle is odd on our cars. They look much better on cars with different offset.


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      10-01-2012 10:49 PM #3
      What other light wheels would you recommend for both performance and looks? And within the price range of the RPF1's lol.


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    4. 10-01-2012 11:23 PM #4
      How about some OZ Superleggeras? Classic look that suites the MK4 great I think. I may even be thinking of selling mine in the near future lol.
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      10-02-2012 12:10 AM #5
      No...no benefit at all if you're just daily driving it.

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      10-02-2012 12:52 AM #6
      my staggered wheels weigh 26 up front and about 28 lbs. in the rear.
      front tires 24 and rear 255/35's like 26 lbs.

      my volk RE30's weigh 17 lbs.
      Michelin PSS's weigh 22 lbs.

      HUGE savings there. With the heavy staggered wheels my car feels like it's running on bad gas. Performance is less in acceleration, stopping and even less HANDLING.
      With the VOLK's I accidentally spin 1st and churp 2nd all the time. Good shifting even churps 3rd gear and I barked 4th on an off ramp cause the inside wheel had less weight due to the angle. The car is quicker and stops better. Handling is spot on. Instead of a pretty golf the car feels like a track worthy Volkswagen. I love driving the car on VOLKs, I love looking at the car when the staggered wheels are on. Really, really love driving it on light wheels. LOVE IT.

      also running a 16 lbs flywheel

      I also do AWD slides about once a week. Went racing go-karts last week. 65+ mph karts! Two friends qualified for the 75+ mph karts. I was so excited that I crossed an intersection going home and all four tires let loose. Gave her a little gas and held the slide right across the intersection. Easy to control, fun to ride. Never was this possible with the heavy wheels. Handles really well when all four tires let go, you would be surprised. Wanna have fun in an 8 year old golf? GET LIGHT WHEELS.
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      10-02-2012 04:01 AM #7
      I wont whore my car anymore, but I like the OZ Ultraleggeras. They look great and only weigh 18.4 lbs 18 x 8. I have 235/40/18 tires on them and couldnt happier. 1600 miles on the setup

      Im looking to get something else though come spring time. i no longer drive the car when it snows, so no biggie haha.

      if anyone is interested, ill be putting them up for sale soonish. w/ or without tires.

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      10-02-2012 08:27 AM #8
      volk RE30's are sooooo expensive

      Wish I had the money for such things.

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      10-02-2012 09:15 AM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by horribleR View Post
      No...no benefit at all if you're just daily driving it.
      There is def a comfort factor from dropping the weight. Be it wheels, brakes, suspension.. When I put on my 17'' OZs(16lbs each) I noticed a huge difference in ride comfort.
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      10-02-2012 12:10 PM #10
      If you do light weight wheels and light weight brakes u will feel a huge difference in every aspect of the car's driving.

      I highly suggest it.

      I shaved over 60lbs of rotating mass when i swapped wheels and brakes all around... made a significant difference.
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      10-02-2012 12:35 PM #11
      Unless the wheel weight is going to be significant, I don't think you'll feel too much of a difference in performance. I understand we all want the lightest and best looking possible wheels, but it'll depend on your wallet too. If I were you, I'd think about what you want your .:R to be like at the end and go from there. If you don't plan on going superlightweight with lightened brakes and just want lighter wheels, I'd wait for a setup that has both the weight you're looking for and the design - it sounds like you're not too hot on the RPF1's design. Otherwise, you could end up with buyer's remorse.

      I'm sure you can google 'lightweight wheels' and come up with various other options that may fit you better. Or if you have the dough, run a summer setup (superlight) and winter setup (17" boat anchors).
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      10-02-2012 01:04 PM #12
      You're wheels look great, IMO! However those holes in your bumper sadden me
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      10-02-2012 01:07 PM #13
      I'll be in the same boat [ ba dum tsss? ] next year with my daily driven .:R I will be purchasing a set of Miro 111's. I love the look, and that's really all that matters for me at this point, I'm not a track day guy or anything like that, so might as well enjoy how it looks!

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      10-02-2012 01:47 PM #14
      these are cheap, lightweight and neat.





      have not seen them on an MKIV yet... then again I didnt search for 5x100
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      10-02-2012 03:25 PM #15
      I made the switch from ACE RS4 fakes to RPF1s and I'm glad I did. Mine is my daily and the smaller wheels with more sidewall made a big difference in comfort for me. Then again, my wheels were all scratched up and needed refinishing anyway. Yours look good, so if comfort isn't bad right now, I'd keep em.
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      10-02-2012 08:41 PM #16
      i run 18" SSR type C RS's and they are 18lbs each. i would run RPF1's, KOSEI K1's, any of the O.Z. lightweight wheels, FNO1RC's look like crap to me.... there are a lot of lightweight wheel choices out there. Just pick the one that looks right for you. I dont remember who it was, but someone on here has a VERY WELL sorted TR .:R with i believe 17 or 18x9 RPF1's and i believe a 255 tire. He had V3's and the pictures were taken in this overhang garage type thing. I think they looked good.

      But honestly, if all you do is drive around town, keep the wheels you feel look better.
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      10-02-2012 10:45 PM #17
      Superleggeras were the perfect wheel. Light, fit the lines of the R32, reasonably priced. Too bad they are discontinued

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      10-02-2012 11:42 PM #18
      If all you do is RIDE around town you should buy a TDI golf. Add R32 bumpers and skirts with poke and stretch and enjoy. Or buy a bus pass. Those who wanna DRIVE stay with the R32. Tomorrow I get up at 5:30 and drive 6 miles to work Balls Out. Launch, hard brake and excessive speed is a must. Who just rides? Ride with me!
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      10-03-2012 12:20 AM #19
      Bumper holes will be gone shortly lol. And even though i just daily the R, it doesnt mean i drive around like an old man. I drive it hard everyday. Just wondering if i would enjoy the R more with lighter wheels. But at the same time I love the look of staggered, poke and stretch. Sure its not for all but i like it.


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      10-03-2012 01:34 AM #20
      When i switched from those heavy VMRs wo the Ultraleggeras the car felt switer on its feet. Same feeling as when i had the Superleggera's.

      OZ makes some very nice wheels. I also have a lightened flywheel, but regardless the wheels seemed to help.


      I say go lightweight, however the comfort factor goes down a bit if u ask me.... those Aristos are heavy for a reason haha

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      10-03-2012 04:29 AM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by abeR View Post
      these are cheap, lightweight and neat.





      have not seen them on an MKIV yet... then again I didnt search for 5x100
      I run these on my 24V GTi. 17x9 all around.
      Not that light, but a bit lighter than OEM Ariettas.

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      10-03-2012 08:19 AM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by Big Fundamental View Post
      I run these on my 24V GTi. 17x9 all around.
      Not that light, but a bit lighter than OEM Ariettas.
      What are the names?

      The URL lead to http://www.good-win-racing.com/miata...anthracite.jpg but I cant find them in 5x100 yet.

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      10-03-2012 10:53 AM #23
      team dynamics pro race 1.2



      they are inexpensive and 18 lbs

      mine came from here - you can order 5x100

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      10-03-2012 01:11 PM #24
      I have a set of team dynamics pro race 1.2 for my car. They are the cheapest light weight wheel of any quality here in the UK costing about . Not as light as my other four sets of OZ wheels i have but make a good cheap winter set.
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      10-03-2012 04:33 PM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by VRptstyly View Post
      There is def a comfort factor from dropping the weight. Be it wheels, brakes, suspension.. When I put on my 17'' OZs(16lbs each) I noticed a huge difference in ride comfort.
      I didn't notice enough of a difference to justify the money spent. Going from BBS RCs to Enkei RPF1s.

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      10-03-2012 04:39 PM #27
      Quote Originally Posted by horribleR View Post
      I didn't notice enough of a difference to justify the money spent. Going from BBS RCs to Enkei RPF1s.



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      10-03-2012 04:45 PM #28
      Quote Originally Posted by horribleR View Post
      No...no benefit at all if you're just daily driving it.
      Don't forget about MPG's! Lighter wheels will get you more miles to the gallon. OP who said you have to buy your wheels new? I got my VOLKs here on the TEX for almost nothing. Cruse the classfids on this site and others. Be patient and a deal/steal will pop up! Just last month there were some RPF-1's in the classified section that dude had sold the car like 3 years prior. The wheels were just taking up space in his garage. Someone made a come up! There will be other deals that come up. Don't like the color get that ish painted and your good to go.
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      10-04-2012 01:33 AM #29
      Quote Originally Posted by abeR View Post
      any pics?
      No sorry i am not one for picture taking really as you can tell by the quality of the pictures. The following pics are of my car with OZ Alleggerita HLT alloys which are the same sort of basic design. OZ Alleggerita are lighter then Tean Dynamics but OZ Alleggerita are £1400 just for the alloys where as Team Dynamics are £700.
      http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a2...boy/013-11.jpg
      http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a2...boy/012-13.jpg
      http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a2...boy/011-16.jpg

      This is with the OZ Ultraleggera`s on.
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      http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a2...boy/004-30.jpg
      http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a2...boy/003-31.jpg

      I have a set of Team Dynamics for sale at the moment i am happy to post to the States if anyone is interested for $900 to your door.

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      10-04-2012 01:48 AM #30
      I personally like them a lot and think they look good, keep em

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      10-04-2012 01:52 AM #31
      Quote Originally Posted by rajuncajun37 View Post
      my staggered wheels weigh 26 up front and about 28 lbs. in the rear.
      front tires 24 and rear 255/35's like 26 lbs.

      my volk RE30's weigh 17 lbs.
      Michelin PSS's weigh 22 lbs.

      HUGE savings there. With the heavy staggered wheels my car feels like it's running on bad gas. Performance is less in acceleration, stopping and even less HANDLING.
      With the VOLK's I accidentally spin 1st and churp 2nd all the time. Good shifting even churps 3rd gear and I barked 4th on an off ramp cause the inside wheel had less weight due to the angle. The car is quicker and stops better. Handling is spot on. Instead of a pretty golf the car feels like a track worthy Volkswagen. I love driving the car on VOLKs, I love looking at the car when the staggered wheels are on. Really, really love driving it on light wheels. LOVE IT.

      also running a 16 lbs flywheel

      I also do AWD slides about once a week. Went racing go-karts last week. 65+ mph karts! Two friends qualified for the 75+ mph karts. I was so excited that I crossed an intersection going home and all four tires let loose. Gave her a little gas and held the slide right across the intersection. Easy to control, fun to ride. Never was this possible with the heavy wheels. Handles really well when all four tires let go, you would be surprised. Wanna have fun in an 8 year old golf? GET LIGHT WHEELS.

      yeah too bad they're orange

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      10-04-2012 10:39 AM #32
      Quote Originally Posted by R32 1518 View Post
      I personally like them a lot and think they look good, keep em
      Thanks but i sort of got this alloy wheel and tyre fetish thing going on. I got five sets of alloys for my R32 and three for my Audi A3 quattro. Then ther is my tyre collection......
      This is my 225/40/18 front tyre collection
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      Then i have just as many 235/40/18 rears as well.
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      10-04-2012 02:40 PM #34
      Quote Originally Posted by R32.DEVIANT View Post
      Thanks but i sort of got this alloy wheel and tyre fetish thing going on. I got five sets of alloys for my R32 and three for my Audi A3 quattro. Then ther is my tyre collection......
      This is my 225/40/18 front tyre collection
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      Then i have just as many 235/40/18 rears as well.
      Thats pretty strange.. haha Saw some R888s in there. Some of that dry rot doesn't look great.

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      Quote Originally Posted by VRptstyly View Post
      Thats pretty strange.. haha Saw some R888s in there. Some of that dry rot doesn't look great.

      Also none of my busniess, but are you married/GF by any chance?

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