Rim Job…

Nov. 19th, 2013 01:38 am
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I asked this on G+ (where I seem to be spending most of my non-Twitter posting these days), but while there is overlap in those that follow me there and here, it's mostly a different set, so I don't feel I'm repeating myself.

As some of you know, I'm onboard with getting a lovely 'mid-life crisis' car, a 2014 Audi RS5, complete with a custom paint colour not normally available on that model: Lava Grey Pearl. I fell in love with the colour when I saw a bedecked Audi R8 in the parking lot of the McLaren store on the way to my house (I really should up my game and get one of those one day).

As most of you also know, I like to mod my cars. Some heavily (like the Honda — I put a JDM Prelude engine into it), some lightly (my TSX has new wheels, CAI, and a HONDATA chip). The RS5 comes with a stunning 450HP, and a fairly nice 318 lb-ft torque, so I don't really see me modding the NA V8 engine too much. That leaves me with suspension and wheels.

HRE makes some of the best forged wheels on the planet. I've chosen them as the brand I'm going with, but now I'd love your input on which wheels *you* like (I've got my faves).

Go here, and let me know what you think…


Date: 2013-11-19 08:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greatbearmd.livejournal.com
Okay, I woke up from a groggy sleep in need of my narc fix, decided to LJ a bit while they take hold and found your post.

And I loves me some wheel pr0n. And I got sucked in.

Two things, I am more of a fan of a denser-spoked wheel on sedans, and I cheated by using similar styled wheels on Tire Rack's website to see how they'd look. Using mostly O.Z. and BBS wheels, I played with the "View on Vehicle" app to see what I liked. Problem there is you can't simply save the resulting pic, you get the car with stock or some other rims, so it's screencap-and-crop time. I was also stuck with a 2013 RS5 in Daytona Grey. You ARE going for the ceramic brakes, right? Right? ;-)

This is the BBS CH-R, one of my favorite web spoke wheels. Similar to the HRE P40S/P40SC but favors the more open P101. Classic look, strong wheel.

The BBS RX-R is denser still, and closer to the HRE P40S/SC. Even more to like for me, very strong wheel, not overpowering. This is a silver rim, I couldn't pick colors in most cases that were all silver for consistency.

O.Z Superturismo LM. I like the finer radial spoke designs as well. Doesn't show off your brakes as much, but those in-the-know can easily tell what you got, and if you don't always get in and clean your calipers and such, it's not as obvious. ;-) Strong wheel for a beefier car. Favors the P43/S with more spokeage.

For more open-spoked wheels, I like them a bit beefier. I ran into situations where skinny-spoked rims with 5 or less spokes can often get tweaked easily (or, for cheaper ones, break out the center entirely) in slide-and-grab situations. Not a bad look IMO. These are O.Z. Monaco HLT standing in for your P45S and maybe RB2

I threw in these Avarus AV6 spokes for another look. These are cheapass rims but look good. Use 'em for snows in winter. lol

Finally, I tossed in these Avanti Racing B2 Denaro five-spokes to illustrate my feelings about sparsely-spoked rims with thinner spokes. The look is there for many, but I feel it rather unsettling with so little structure inside the wheel. Yes, they can be strong if you get the right wheel, but if you push it a lot like I do on daily driving roads, I swear I am going to one day see the outer rim either go sailing after a big pot hole, or wedged under the car wrapped around the suspension. This is a purely personal thing for me. The Big Brake Guys like wide open rims to show off the goods, and if you have a pavement cruiser babied all to hell, I guess it's fine. Worse still for me are those frightening three-spoke chrome disasters that barely look capable of holding up a bicycle, much less a 4000 pound car. *shudder* Luckily there were none available to fit on your test car on the website and it mostly appears the design is barely seen anymore.

I have friends online and realtime who I share these pimpin' sessions with. I got spoiled being able to easily see what certain rims look like on various cars via the Tire Rack site, and I'm glad I don't have to shoop them in manually, cussing the freetransform tool all the way. lol

Great choice on the HRE brand, fantastic stuff. What are YOUR ideas? Share, you must!

Edit for html phooey while drugged.
Edited Date: 2013-11-19 08:31 am (UTC)

Date: 2013-11-19 05:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dan4behr.livejournal.com
You did exactly what I was going to do... hit the Tire Rack configurator.

My vote from Phil's images is the OZ Monaco style.
From the choices you had in the linky, I might say the 794RS might be nice, but that's just my opinion.

Now, I think I'm just going to take my 175hp 2.5L Fusion and drive off a cliff...

Date: 2013-11-19 05:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] theoctothorpe.livejournal.com
I've got an *amazing* 2006 Acura TSX (6spd manual) with very low miles I'm willing to sell =)

Date: 2013-11-19 05:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] theoctothorpe.livejournal.com
I *hoped* you would chime in on this =)

I've found the TR configurator to be a decidedly less-than-stellar preview of what the wheels would look like on a car. Luckily, HRE has a *really* extensive gallery with similar cars to the RS5 (not just crazy exotics) that I feel I've got a good idea what some would look like on.

If you haven't, I suggest going back and taking a look at the galleries for each wheel. Not only do you get a good sense of what they look like 'en situ' but you get to ogle some really hot cars in the process.

As for the brakes, no, I'm not going for the ceramics. The likelihood that I'd get fade in normal spirited driving is VERY slim, given the drilled/wave rotors that come stock, and even on track days, I am sure they'd hold up based on my abilities. $6000 is a pretty expensive option to what is already a rather expensive car — money I could spend on rims =)

Date: 2013-11-20 03:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greatbearmd.livejournal.com
I completely missed the gallery link and checked it out just now. I really like the grey RS5 in the lower left corner with charcoal center rims. I might be biased a bit too, seeing it's a similar color combo I came up with on my MCS, Dark Silver with anthracite SSR Comp forged rims with machined lip (13lbs). Are you going to custom-match the rims or do a simpler silver or other? Have you decided on a style yet? I know I'm pushing it since you haven't gotten the car yet. lol

I wasn't sure if you'd be thrashing the car on weekends or not, and I was mostly (mostly) kidding about the brakes. ;-)

Now back to the galleries. I know where the rest of my evening is going...

Date: 2013-11-20 06:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] theoctothorpe.livejournal.com
I'll be taking it up to Lime Rock a few times per year, but otherwise, it'll be the back roads of Greenwich (Mmmm Twisties) for the most part. It'll also be my daily driver, so it'll see the train station parking lot as well.

As I think I mentioned, I'm getting the Alu-Optik package which adds a matte aluminium lip to the front and rear of the car. I'll probably try to get rims that match that, rather than colourmatch the car itself.

As for the ones I like best… that's in a different (upcoming) post =)

BTW, *this* is the (actual) car that's in the McLaren store's parking lot — the pics are pretty bad, but it gives you some sense of the colour. In person it's WAY more interesting.


Date: 2013-11-19 01:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mrdreamjeans.livejournal.com
I'm replying because I want you to know I'm reading your LJ. I know nothing about customization of cars ... and the only rim job I've heard of about has nothing to do with vehicles:)

Date: 2013-11-19 06:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mort-83.livejournal.com
Amen, Neil! LOL!

Date: 2013-11-19 03:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] piratechan.livejournal.com
I like the whole C1 series for color but I don't know if it will fit with your custom grey. I also like the 793RS, the vintage 505, S104 and P43S. Thanks to your friend's pictures, I am definitely against the simple 5 spoke deals.

Date: 2013-11-19 05:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] theoctothorpe.livejournal.com
Actually, all the wheels come in their full colour range, including custom/matched.

The Vintage wheels are pretty interesting, but I don't think they're a good fit for the vehicle. They'd go GREAT on a retro style though, like the Mini.

Date: 2013-11-21 05:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wrascalism.livejournal.com
Personally I like the 501, but not in the brass. Gloss silver satin black?

Date: 2013-11-28 04:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fogbear.livejournal.com
Dammit! I knew you weren't talking about the rim jobs I prefer, and yet...and yet...I was hoping.


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