The solution to not being able to afford crazy expensive wheels is to buy the cheapest possible! Lost? Why buy expensive cast wheels when they'll just bend anyways? Time to buy cheap, lightweight cast wheels or, better yet, used wheels off of other performance cars. Before you go running out to buy 911 wheels for your Civic, here's a few things I've learned while searching for some used BMW BBS wheels.
Wheels need bolts in order to attach to a car. Make sure the wheels you want have the same as your car! For instance, my MS3 has a 5-114.3 bolt pattern which means it uses five bolts arranged in a circle with a diameter of 114.3mm. This means those BMW wheels won't fit because they use a 5-120 bolt pattern. Womp Womp. Time to keep looking.
I can't stress this specification enough!!! Check and double check the diameter of the hub of both your car and the wheels you are interested in. There's nothing more frustrating than finding those perfect wheels to set your car apart only to find the bore is all wrong. This happened to me with some sweet Infiniti G35 wheels that measured 18x7.5 with a 45mm offset and a 5-114 bolt pattern. Things were looking up until the Infiniti's hub bore of 66.1mm came to light. This is a single millimeter shy of Mazda's absurdly large 67.1 mm hub bore. The wheels would never fit! However, if the situation were reversed, Infiniti owners could use Mazda wheels with the addition of hub centering rings. Bastards!
Offset is another term I knew but didn't understand until earlier this week. It's the distance from the centerline of the wheel to the mounting surface with positive numbers pushing the mounting surface closer to the outer face of the wheel. It's an important number because you can destroy your fender or suspension with the wrong offset. Conversely, the right offset can give you car a wicked stance.
Those other numbers
For those who need me to say it, 18x7.5 refers to the diameter of the wheel and the width in inches, respectively. Don't ask me why everything is in millimeters and that's in inches. I didn't make the rules. Additionally, weight plays a huge factor in how your car performs. Weight affects how a suspension reacts as well as how easy it is to accelerate a wheel in any direction.
Remember all these things when buying wheels! If you can't be bothered, order everything from tirerack.com and they'll sort it out for you.
As for myself, I'm thinking a set of Ford GT front wheels would look fantastic but Danny Choy talked me out of it. Enkei Imolas should work fine.
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