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Thinking about changing my wheels again on the S... Opinions?

Old 08-25-2009, 03:28 AM
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Hey guise...

So... I currently have these wheels on my car... They are 17" Rota Slipstreams, a perfect copy of a famous Spoon racing wheel. They look better on a lowered car to be honest, but generally, I like them, they're a nice wheel...I paid about $1000 for them, slightly used, but in flawless condition.



Recently, I have the opportunity for two other sets of rims...

firstly, some 17" Work XD-9s. These are refurb and are expensive, at around $2000. I'm not sure I like them enough to pay that much for a refurb wheel, but Work are good wheels, and I like the design and the fact they are black... Here's a pic....



The final set are very interesting... Here's some history... When the S2000 first came out, they were supplied (in Japan only), with wheels developed by BBS. They are genuine BBS wheels, forged. They don't 'look' any different from the USDM and EDM (US and Euro Domestic Markets) wheels, but they are stronger and quite a bit lighter than the western stockers, and are highly sought after for racing. These have also been been refurbed and painted black (I want black wheels, so that's fine for me).

There are two reasons I want this wheel... Firstly, it's the wheel that the Japanese car came with in 2001, so it supports my goal of keeping the car as an AP1 (first edition) and not putting any AP2 parts on it, and secondly, it's very light, it will help with weight loss, and therefore acceleration and speed. In my own opinion, even though it's a 16", I think it looks great on the car... Here's someone else's car with these wheels.... By the way, I guess it goes without saying that these wheels are rare, especially in black...Oh, and lastly, these are less than half the price of the Works.

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Default RE: Thinking about changing my wheels again on the S... Opinions?

I'd stick with the ones you have. In my opinion the others aren't adequately better.
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I would get the BBS. I actually like the look.
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I can directly swap my current wheels for the JDM BBS stockers, the other guy agreed to an exchange, and to give me a little cash for my tires which have a little life left on them (I'd need new tires anyway in a few weeks). Hm.... I think I'm gonna do it. Mainly because of reducing the unsprung weight and rotating mass of the car. They are pretty much the lightest wheels you can put on the car, and compared to my heavy Slipstreams, I should notice the difference. Also, the slipstreams need hub centric rings, where the JDM BBSes are designed for the hub...
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Forged for the win!!
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As a GT3 owner, you are obliged to push the performance option. I think that's what's going to end up happening, and lets not forget, tires for those wheels are also significantly cheaper than they are for the 17s. About 20% cheaper, although a pain to obtain (rare size at the back, 245 45 R16).
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I've decided. I'm going for the rare JDM ones. Too many reasons to do it, not enough not to...

1) Less unsprung weight
2) less rotating mass
3) cheaper tires
4) geometry is exactly what Honda intended, since they are the stock wheels (adding aftermarket wheels often changes the way sensitive cars (like the S) handle).
5) rare and cool (amongst S2K community)
6) already painted black for me (were never made in black, so thanks to whoever refurbed em)
7) no need for dodgy hub rings
8) Original Honda JDM part
9) Won't cost me anything, direct exchange for my current rims.

Reasons not to... erm...

1) Ricers like big rimz! lol.
2) Um... Er... wait, I'm sure there's something else...Nope, that's it. <shrugs>
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i like the bbs forged,they look nice on your machine......
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Well, forged is light and strong, but more recent development allows companies to make cast wheels that's pretty close in strength but still light and a lot cheaper.. (for example, OZ's HLT process) So if the deal does not go through, you can probably look into that as well.. you can probably get a set of those OZ wheel for your car's size for less than $1500 USD brand new.
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I wouldn't rock OZ's on an S2000, too generic. If I went to a racing wheel, it would be BBS again, either the LMs or RGTs. The LM makes the S look like, well, an LM car to be honest. By far the best wheel for the car. Here's a nice example...

LMs....



RGTs...

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Right, also cost 3x as the OZ...

Anyway, just saying that there's cheaper alternative that's also strong now, that's all... ha!

If you want something more racy from BBS, you can go w/ the E88.. why go w/ a street wheel when you can go race wheel?! hee hee..
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THESE! http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/MiniW...d=true&sw=1280 LOL!

Just kidding.
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Pretty good deal.. less than $1400 a set!
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Bigger rims let you run bigger brake setup, but if you are not planning on changing out the brake setup, I think 16" is just fine.. !!



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Reasons not to... erm...

1) Ricers like big rimz! lol.
2) Um... Er... wait, I'm sure there's something else...Nope, that's it. <shrugs>
Old 08-25-2009, 10:22 AM
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Brakes on the S are already awesome.
Old 08-25-2009, 10:31 AM
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Just go ahead and trade the whole car for a Porsche GT3. Heehee
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Did Honda change the brake setup from AP1 to AP2?
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No, I don't think so. Whenever anyone starts talking about big brake kits on the Honda forums, the response is always the same... Under 400hp? No need.

PS. Larry... next car, totally dependant on budget, I have prepared a 5 tier wishlist...

If I have 40k (we're talking EUROS here, and don't forget cars are literally DOUBLE the price here, compared to the US, no exaggeration), then it'll be...

Another S2000, just newer a 2008 model. There's simply no better roadster for the money.

If I have 50k... A Porsche Cayman S

If I have 75k... A Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder

If I have 100k or more... Aston Martin DB9 V8 Vantage 6sp manual.

If I have 200k or more, a 77 Lamborghini Miura SV
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I am just curious as Honda put 17" rims on the later S2000, so I was just wondering if they put a bigger brake in it or just the rims.. ha!
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Just the rims I believe, and the suspension geometry, and the tires, and the roll bars... lol. People were dying due to lack of skill. lol.

Larry, check out the 'PS' I added to my previous post in relation to 'what next' .
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I'll be hoping you have 200K!
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Cayman S drives nicely... I wonder if VW will now say forget about the 911, let's put a more powerful setup in the mid-engine platform.. ! It would be killer!
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Who knows what they've got planned, but they know how to build a supercar (lest we forget VW also owns Lamborghini and Bugatti ), so fingers crossed for special things!

Might as well chuck it out there in case I win the lottery... Porsche Carrera GT Gemballa edition.

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I will take a stock C-GT.. hee hee..
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Default RE: Thinking about changing my wheels again on the S... Opinions?

That S2000 with the LMs look awesome. Maybe you should lower your ride foxy with the new rims since you dont have to pay anything for the rims.

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