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JCawley
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I have done a bunch of reading through a lot of posts about the different wheels that are used in SM. I have recently purchased a '95 SM that has the Kazera KZ-M wheels on it, but one is damaged. I need to replace this one wheel, but also need another full set of wheels along with a set for wheels for rain tires. Wheels seem to be a huge area of personal preference and opinion. The Team Dynamics wheels seemed to be on a lot of cars as well as the Kosei. I have read that the Konig wheels are not preferred for a high stress environment. I also see a lot of wheels listed in the 13lbs range, but many have actual weight that is more than stated. Any issue with a 12+lbs. wheel that would probably be closer to 13lbs and make up any short with added weight? Also, what is the predominant offset that is used? I am interested in the pros/cons of the wheels listed above as well as any other suggestions, and why. Or, are most of the major wheels listed above all about the same, and it's just what style I like best? Thanks in advance for everyone's input and opinion!

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Check out 949 Racing. They made the "ICM" wheels that were really popular for awhile. They are coming out with a new wheel that is $89, 15x7 +25mm and 13lbs.

If you need them now, order up a set of TD 1.2/3's. They look sweet [Smile]

Alberto M Goncalves
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How about the D Force wheel at Phil's?

http://philstireservice.com/pages/wheels/D-Force-15x7-wheel.htm

Johnny D Verified Driver Made Donation to Website
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If you need rims and tires I'd look at a package.
If you get them one at a time and then shave, mount, valve stem, etc. It may add up to more. Shipping may kill you too, so maybe look local. Saferacer has tires and a $10 flat ship fee. 13lbs is the min. by the SM rules.
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I got a set of TD ProRace 1.2 with shaved RA-1 last year from Joe Specht at Treadzone for $1,000 total (without shipping). Give Joe a call. White wheels on a dark blue car look great.

All my wheels are 25 mm offset and I have a set of 5 mm spacers to get out to 30 mm depending on RH, etc.

Dennis

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Dennis if you are running 5mm spacers on 25mm rims you are illegal. You need to run 5mm spacers with 30mm wheels to get to 25mm.

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Most people think maximum track width is the best but it may not be. Here's how it was explained to me...

The Miata is a street car so it's designed to understeer for safety with wider track in the rear. It's preferable to have the car ballanced or slightly oversteer for racing. The rules say that if you use spacers, they must be equal per axle, not on all 4 corners. With 35mm offset wheels it's easier to meet the minimum track width and use spacers to improve the ballance. (Unfortunately I learned this after already owning a few sets of wheels.)

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