Saturday, October 29, 2011

New Wheels... kinda

So one thing my car really needs is a brake upgrade. Which means that the stock 17s are pretty much useless if I want to add a big brake kit with rotors 355mm or larger. I've done a lot of research on the ideal brake caliper and rotor set up - initially I thought that the 355mm front (Brembo F50) and 322mm rear (R34 N1 spec using the stock rear 2 pot Brembos) was the best set up, as that is what I had been told by Tamura-san from Nissan.

But then, Goto-san - who runs a very fast tuned BNR32 at the SSCT track days showed me his set up - and it was the 355mm up front, with the 350mm rear rotor from the V36 Skyline Coupe using the stock rear Brembos - and he swore the brake balance was perfect!

Anyway, either way it was clear to me that I had to get larger wheels. The RE30s have S-tire rubber on them, so I need something for the street.

To make a long story short - I struck a deal with a friend - he would lend me his unused 18 inch TE37s which were in dinged up shape, I would repaint at my cost, and then put on new tires - and then return the wheels when the tires get worn out. Not a bad deal at all...

So anyway - remember RAPT? The place that did my window tinting also did the wheels...

Talk about PERFECT (I asked him to aim for the matte black finish as found on the Advans alloys)

The tire of choice - Advan Neova AD08s...

And this is how it looks on my car. What do you think?

As for my brake upgrade - stay tuned, it will be interesting, I promise!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hey Aki, how much did it cost you to have the wheels painted?