Yet Another Enkei RPF1 SBC Post

Old 09-04-2018, 09:13 AM
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Yet Another Enkei RPF1 SBC Post

My sincere thanks to everyone on this forum who has discussed wheel and tire specs. It may be common knowledge that 17x8+45 and 17x9+45 will fit with no rubbing (stock suspension), but it was still a little nerve-wracking to pull the monetary trigger on my new wheels and tires, shown here.

Enkei RPF1 SBC with Moteki 'burning blue' lug nuts, to make drivers around here (North shore of Chicago) frown in distaste and be discourteous to me in traffic. I daily my car year-round, so I need the ground clearance, and won't be lowering.

The tires are Dunlop Direzza III, 225/45 front and 245/40 rear. No stretch, and just a little poke. They kick up every little pebble on the road at lower speeds, which is my version of a neck breaker. Pedestrians stare like 'wtf is that sound'. Most importantly, traction is excellent. The tires are obviously strong on dry pavement, and surprisingly grippy in the wet. Breakaway wet or dry is predictable, and it's easy to maintain a slip angle. I'm a few thousand miles in, and we'll see how they wear. I'm running them when the low temperature is above 40-45 F, and I have Blizzaks on the stock wheels for colder weather.

For a year prior to this, I ran square Bridgestone RE-somethings on the stock wheels. The car was amazing fun, and would easily rotate. I'd prefer to run square for that reason; it made me a much better driver and was a lot more fun. However, that setup rotated a bit too easily for my commute, which regularly includes sudden braking around curves. It was easy to envision circumstances which would put me into a wall or another car. In addition, I didn't want to roll my fenders in order to run 17x9 square.





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Old 09-05-2018, 05:42 AM
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Old 09-05-2018, 07:41 AM
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Gotta car wash on speed dial? Ever tried to clean those wheels?
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