White 1993 MR2 Turbo w/ Blitz Type 01 Wheel Swap

These are one of my favorite wheels on the MR2.  The Blitz Wheels really compliment the lines of the MR2 well.  You will see quiet a few Type 03 Blitz Wheels, but the type 01 wheels seem to be more rare.  This is a double stagger setup and give the mr2 a nice wheel stance.

16" Blitz Type 01 Wheels on the front of the MR2 running 205/45/16 tires

16″ Blitz Type 01 Wheels on the front of the MR2 running 205/45/16 tires

 

Nice clean pick of the Blitz Wheels Type 01 front and back.

Nice clean pick of the Blitz Wheels Type 01 front and back

Blitz Type 01 Wheels in a 17" size running 225/45/17 tires.

Blitz Type 01 Wheels in a 17″ size running 225/45/17 tires.

1993 Supra Turbo Hardtop 6 Speed with 5zigen Pro Racer GN+ Wheel Swap

5Zigen Pro Racer GN+ wheel swap on a RARE original Supra Turbo 6 speed hardtop.  1 of 233 imported into the United States.  Clean looking car all around.

5zigen GN+ wheels look good on this Supra Turbo Hardtop 6 speed.

5zigen GN+ wheels look good on this Supra Turbo Hardtop 6 speed.

Front view of the Supra sitting on 5zigen GN+ wheel swap

Front view of the Supra sitting on 5zigen GN+ wheel swap

Rear view of the 5zigen wheel swap on the Supra Turbo

Rear view of the 5zigen wheel swap on the Supra Turbo

The owner said he has had this car and wheel setup for several years.  5zigen GN+ wheels specs was 18in and running a square setup with +38 offset from what he remembers.

White 94 Mr2 Turbo with Work VS-XX Wheel Swap

Clean MR2’s are getting harder and harder to find.  This one is an original 1994 Turbo model which were available in very limited numbers in the U.S.  These Work VS-XX wheels rocking a double stagger compliment the MR2 really well.

94 MR2 Turbo with Work VS-XX Wheels.

94 MR2 Turbo with Work VS-XX Wheels.

Front Work VS-XX Wheels on 215/40/17

Front Work VS-XX Wheels 17×7 +30 Offset on 215/40/17

Rear Work VS-XX Wheels 18x8.5 +38 Offset on 255/35/18 tires.

Rear Work VS-XX Wheels 18×8.5 +38 Offset on 255/35/18 tires.

G35 with SSR MS1 Professor Wheel swap

I have always liked the Infiniti G35/G37 cars.  Especially this sedan with SSR MS1 Professor wheels in a staggered and flush setup.  The coupes are nice but something about the look of the sedan and its four doors.  This owner has done a nice job in picking out the wheel swap for the car.

Nicely fitted G35 with MS1 Professor Wheels.

Nicely fitted G35 with MS1 Professor Wheels.

Front MS1 Professor wheels wearing 225/35/20 tires up front on this Infiniti G35

Front MS1 Professor wheels wearing 225/35/20 tires up front on this Infiniti G35

Rear SSR MS1 Professor wheels with 255/35/20 tires

Rear SSR MS1 Professor wheels with 255/35/20 tires

MR2 Fun Day w/ SSR SP1 Professor & Enkei RPF1 Wheel Swap

Japanese Roulette wheel swaps.  Can’t go wrong with Red or Black when it comes to the MR2.  These two nicely stanced cars are wearing some meaty tires and looking ready for track attack.

The Crimson Red 91 MR2 Turbo has a wheel swap of SSR SP1 Professor’s running 215/40 tires in the front with 255/40 in the back.  17″ wheels all around.

The Black 93 MR2 Turbo is swapped with Enkei RPF1 wheels and is running 235/40 up front with 255/40 in the back also on 17″s.

What skyline view of Downtown L.A. Thanks train. SSR Wheels: Front 17×7.5 +30 Rear 17×9.0 +29 Enkei Wheels: Front 17×8.5 +22 Rear 17×9.5 +18

front end

Both rocking Autopower roll bars and aftermarket seats.  The black turbo looks mean with no foglights.  Check out that meaty fitament on the front Enkei RPF1’s.

Very cleanly done wheel swaps on these turbo cars. SSR or Enkei, you can’t go wrong.

Photo credits to Mikey6p for shooting these MR2’s with a clean SSR and Enkei Wheel swap at The Train Spot in Downtown L.A.

MR2 Turbo wheelswap with Volk Racing TE37 Wheels

This is probably one of the cleanest wheelswap and highest WHP SW20 sitting on Volk Racing TE37 wheels on the streets of SoCal.  It is continually being evolved by this MR2 owner.  Well done good sir.

Front view of the Volk Racing TE37 wheels in a nice looking candy red on this SW20.

Front view of this SW20 sitting on Volk Racing TE37 wheels.  Nice looking contrast wheels of candy red on white.  Clean.

The front TE37 wheels are 17x8.5 +26 Offset

The front TE37 wheels are 17×8.5 +26 Offset

The rear TE37 Wheelswap are 17x9.5 +22 Offset

The rear TE37 Wheelswap are 17×9.5 +22 Offset

VW Bus with Porsche Fuchs Wheels Swap

Came across this restored CA black plated VW Bus with some clean looking polished Porsche Fuchs Wheels in an alley in HB.  Where else of course.  The polished wheels set this VW Bus off.  Nicely down VW fanatic.

Front 3/4 angle of the fuchs wheels on the VW Bus.

Front 3/4 angle of the fuchs wheels on the VW Bus.

Porsche Fuchs on the front of the VW Bus

Porsche Fuchs on the front of the VW Bus

Rear shot of the Fuchs wheels on the VW Bus

Rear shot of the Fuchs wheels on the VW Bus

VW Bus sitting on Porsche Fuchs Wheels

VW Bus sitting on Porsche Fuchs Wheels

MR2 Spectator Rollout to Toyotafest 2014

Toyotafest 2014 has come and gone but the pictures keep coming.  Every year I go, the MR2’s seems to get cleaner and cleaner with different wheel swaps and such.

MR2 lineup at Toyotafest 2014

MR2 lineup at Toyotafest 2014

Clean looking white MR2 Turbo with Enkei RPF1 wheels

Clean looking white MR2 Turbo with Enkei RPF1 wheels

Those gold Gram Lights 57 look solid on the hardtop MR2 Turbo with 94 Wing

Those gold Gram Lights 57 look solid on the hardtop MR2 Turbo with 94 Wing

AW11 with 3SGTE swap and Volk Racing Wheels TE37 swap with a fresh paint job.

AW11 with 3SGTE swap and Volk Racing Wheels TE37 swap with a fresh paint job.  Nice.

AW11 with a roof rack.  That's Cali JDM Yo.  Just kidding.

AW11 with a roof rack. That’s Cali JDM Yo. Just kidding.

MR2's taking over PCH

MR2’s taking over PCH

MR2's galore at the light

MR2’s galore at the light

Saw this Scion IQ while leaving Toyotafest with SSR Vienna Wheels.  Cute..

Saw this Scion IQ while leaving Toyotafest with SSR Vienna Wheels. Cute..

MR2 caravan going to Irvine Spectrum after Toyotafest.

MR2 caravan going to Irvine Spectrum after Toyotafest.

30+ MR2's ended up going on the after Toyotafest cruise.  Good times.

30+ MR2’s ended up going on the after Toyotafest cruise. Good times.

It’s been a while since my last wheel swap post..

Hey all.  Sorry I haven’t been active in posting up new wheel swaps with your favorite wheels and cars.  With the summer rolling around the corner and car meets and shows in full effect, I should be busy bringing you the wheel swaps you want to see.  Stay tuned for those wheel write ups.  If you want me to feature your wheel swap, then reply to this post or use the contact us page and I will be more than happy to include your car and wheel story.

M3 with Volk Racing Green TE37SL Wheel Swap

This BMW M3 is definitely Incredible Hulk, Kermit, Kappa, or what ever name the owner decided on with it’s green theme and rocking some Green TE37SL Volk Racing Wheels swap.

Green and mean with the TE37SL wheel swap.

Green and mean with the TE37SL wheel swap.

The front view of these TE37SL wheels from Volk Racing Wheels

The front view of the M3 on TE37SL wheels from Volk Racing Wheels Spec 18 x 9.5 ET15

The rear view of these TE37SL wheels from Volk Racing Wheels. Not only does it have the Volk and Rays stickers, it also has the TE37SL Spoke Stickers as well.

The rear view of the M3 on TE37SL wheels from Volk Racing Wheels.  The gold foil Volk Racing Rays Engineering sticker on the wheels is a nice touch.  Rear Wheel Spec 18 x 10.5 ET22

Original TE37SL Takata Green models. A very nice looking set of TE37SL wheels by Volk Racing.

 

 

Why buy aftermarket wheels?

There are several reasons to buy quality aftermarket wheels for your car.  One of the most popular reasons is that it can represent 25% or more of how your car looks to people.  You can take an ordinary looking car and transform it into something special with the right fitment and wheel specs.

As a wheel enthusiast, the best thing about getting quality wheels like CCW, HRE, SSR, Volk Racing (Rays Engineering), etc. is they are typically lightweight due to the materials and manufacturing process of them.

Why should you care about the wheels being lightweight and how they are made.  Lightweight wheels that are made properly have two important advantages/benefits to your car.  The first is handling.  A function of the unsprung mass in a lighter wheel that hits bumps or other road disturbances will put less force into the vehicle and upset the handling less making the car more planted to the road in comparison to a heavier wheel such as your OEM cast wheel.  The second advantage is rotational inertia in a lighter wheel.  A function of how much mass is distributed around the wheel from rotational center.  By minimizing rotational inertia, your going to increase acceleration and decrease stopping distances since it requires less energy to get the wheels going and to get the wheels to stop, which helps both performance and safety.

Happy quality aftermarket wheel shopping.

Tires – Another variable in wheel swaps

So you found the perfect wheel swap for your car after endlessly browsing tons of pictures, web sites, and talking to your fellow wheel enthusiasts. You figured out the right wheel size, wheel width, and wheel offset. Now what? Tires. Selecting tires is just as important as the process of that you went through in selecting your wheels. I see plenty of wheel swaps that look like the owner just picked the cheapest tire or accepted what the tire dealer offered.

Tires can make or break the desired look you are going for with the wheels that you have chosen. Here are few basic things to consider when selecting a tire for your wheel swap: What tire size – For example, do you want to go with a 255/40 series tire on a 9″ wide wheel for an aggressive looking wheel or a 215/40 tire for that stretched/stanced look? What are my normal driving conditions – Do I go with a summer tire, a winter/snow tire, or an all season tire? A few tire characteristics to evaluate when selecting a tire for your wheel swap: Thread life, wet weather properties, speed rating, ride quality, and noise. Happy tire selecting for your wheel swap.

Full size spare wheel and tire or a donut spare wheel and tire?

Have you noticed that most new cars no longer come with a full size spare wheel and tire. Why? Manufacturers list the advantages of weight savings and increased trunk space by either carrying a donut spare or no spare wheel at all. By having less wheel weight to carry around, the car usually gets better MPG’s and also who doesn’t want a bigger trunk space in their car. Well if there is no spare wheel and tire, then what happens if you get a flat. Usually when there is no spare wheel, the car maker will offer free roadside assistance or the car will come with Run Flat Tires or RFT’s. How does a wheel with a run flat tire work?

The Wikipedia definition of a run flat tire is a pneumatic vehicle tire that is designed to resist the effects of deflation when punctured, and to enable the vehicle to continue to be driven at reduced speeds (up to 55 mph (90 km/h)), and for limited distances of up to 100 mi (160 km), or even 200 mi (320 km) depending on the type of tire.

What other reason is there to not have a spare wheel and tire at all? Saves the manufacturer money and you probably pay more for the car since it has to be equipped with run flat tires, which are expensive or for the “free” roadside service.

When I see wheel swaps on Trucks/SUV’s with a rear mounted spare wheel, the owner typically also swaps the spare to match their wheel swap. Is this also the same for people who do wheel swaps on their cars. Did you buy just four wheels or did you also swap your spare wheel?

Wheels vs. Rims

What terminology do you use to describe those round metals things your tires are rolling on?

– Wikipedia definition of a Wheel: A wheel is a circular component that is intended to rotate on an axial bearing.
– UrbanDictionary definition of a Wheel: A circular shaped disk or frame that revolves on an axis, as on or in vehicles or machinery.

– Wikipedia definition of a Rim: The outer part of a wheel on which the tire is mounted.
– UrbanDictionary definition of a Rim: A wheel cover on a car that people blow all their money on.

By definition the correct terminology to use is wheels, however nowadays it seems like wheels and rims are used interchangeably.