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  • johnnyt
    johnnyt

    Latest wheel selections and personal reviews, which one is your favourite?

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    There have been several new wheel choices available for our Z cars over the past year, here are a few that I have taken notice of. If you know of any others please post them with your reviews, let's try to make this both fun and educational at the same time!

    NOTE:

    These reviews are based on my own opinions.

    I have set aside all wheel bias and/or brand loyalty.

    Some of you may say that I have not picked any wheels above a 15" diameter. IMHO an s30 looks best with a 14 and/or 15" diameter wheel.

    Rota Shakotan (available in 15x7, 15x8 and 15x9! offsets will range between 0, +10 and +15)

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    Positive:

    * For the money this is the wheel to beat, awesome sizes available and classic timeless design.

    * This wheel is based on the "Hyashi Street" which was based on the Pantera Mangusta's wheels which is considered one of the most beautiful car designs of all time.

    * Easy to replace and at a low cost.

    Negative:

    * Like the Rota RB there is the chance that too many people will be running these at the same time and this could deflate the uniqueness of your ride.

    * Very limited color selection.

    * Facing of the 15x7 and 15x9 look very different, so running these sizes at the same time would give an "odd" look.

    * For some, quality may be suspect.

    Rating: 4.50/5

    Approximate Cost: Between $500 - $650 US for a set

    Work Meister CR01 (available in 15x6 to 15x12, various offsets)

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    Positive:

    * Beautiful 2-piece wheel based on a classic design.

    * Due to cost, you could have a unique ride in your area.

    * Color selection is awesome.

    * Quality wheel manufacturer based on history and reviews.

    Negative:

    * I can see a set of these babies costing you one of your children, move up a few more sizes and possibly two of your children!!

    * All the pictures I have seen online show it having a uni-lug design and if that is the case then drop a half point from my rating below. I simply can't stand seeing all those holes in the center of the wheel!

    Rating: 4.75/5 (would have gotten a 5 but cost scares me)

    Approximate Cost: Between $1250 - $3000 US for a set

    Rota Grid V or Classic (I believe these are only available in 15x8 zero offset for our cars but I could be wrong)

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    Positive:

    * To me, this wheel is a cross between classic and modern design. It has no extreme, most people will not love it or hate it. It manages to satisfy most peoples tastes.

    * Low cost and easy replacement.

    Negative:

    * Would have been nice to see a greater selection of widths and offsets.

    * Low cost could result in too many people using these on their cars.

    * For some reason color selection is limited in USA/Canada.

    * For some people, Rota quality is suspect.

    Rating: 3.5/5

    Approximate Cost: $600 - $650 US for a set

    Retro 4 (available in 14x5.5 ET +22, 15x6 ET's +3 or +24 and 15x7 ET +12 and ET +0)

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    Positive:

    * Nice retro design. However, these wheels have an extreme design. There are those who will say that it is a beautiful classic design and then there are those that will say that some designs are better left in the past.

    * Fairly affordable for the average Joe.

    * This is about as "wheel period correct" as you are going to get for a new wheel.

    * From what I have read online, VTO seems to make a solid product.

    Negative:

    * Would be nice to see this wheel available in a 15x8.

    * Design has a too much of a 'four leaf clover' look for my tastes.

    * Could use more color selections but two available are nice.

    Rating: 3.50/5

    Approximate Cost: Between $700 - $1000 US for a set.

    Enkei 92 (available in 15x7 +38 and 15x8 +25)

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    Positive:

    * Timeless mesh design (period correct).

    * Choice of 3 colors.

    * Availability of a 15x8.

    * Good quality wheel manufacturer.

    Negative:

    * Offsets are a little high for an S30, 15x7 only available in a +38 and the 15x8 is only available in a +25 so spacers will most likely be needed for stock springs.

    * Could be pricey.

    Rating: 3/5 (hi positive offsets kill it for me)

    Cost: unknown

    VTO Classic 8 (available in 14x5.5 ET's +22, 15x6, 15x7, 15x8 in various offsets. Coming soon will be a 16x7 and 16x8)

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    Positive:

    * Fantastic size selection to meet anyone's needs.

    * Classic timeless 8 spoke design based on the famous Panasports racing wheels.

    * Affordable, more so than the Panasports and I have read they are lighter which is a bonus.

    * VTO Performance has had good reviews online from current owners.

    * Available in 16" which allows greater tire selection.

    Negative:

    * Only available in black and silver (for those who care).

    * The 8 spoke design has been copied to death across various vehicles.

    Rating: 3.75/5

    Cost: Estimated between $500 - $1000 US for a set.

    US Indy Mag (available in 15x5.0 ET -12, 15x7.0 ET -5 and 15x8.0 ET 1)

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    Positive:

    * Period correct wheels, this style wheel was actually a dealer option for those who could afford them. If I remember correctly, widths were limited to 6".

    * They are very affordable for the average Z owner.

    * Above average quality.

    * Good size selection for the s30.

    Negative:

    * Only seem available in polished finish (for those who care).

    * I just can't get over thinking about these wheels when I look down at the drain in my kitchen sink, maybe this style was inspired by an ex plumber :classic:.

    * Design has been copied on multiple vehicles.

    * I have only seen these sold at one location.

    Rating: 3.75/5

    Cost: Approximately $650 US for a set. Available here:http://www.rimsntires.com/wheel.jsp?itemid=197576&brand=US%20Mag&model=Indy&carMake=Datsun&carModel=240Z&carYear=1969

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