WHEELY GOOD RIMS

PROJECT Z’S MOD­I­FY­ING JOUR­NEY STARTS WHERE MOST GOOD BUILDS DO, WITH A FRESH SET OF WHEELS...

Japanese Performance - - THE GARAGE -

De­ci­sions, de­ci­sions. It can be se­ri­ously dif­fi­cult to choose a new set of rims for your ride.

Even in the zero pres­sure arena of video games, you can still ag­o­nise for hours over which ones are the per­fect set. Now add in your real hard­earned money that you’re spend­ing, plus the fact you can’t sim­ply re­set the world if you change your mind, and the pres­sure of se­lect­ing your pre­ferred wheels in re­al­ity is al­most un­bear­able! Be­fore mak­ing my wheel choice for Project Z, I thought about the di­rec­tion I was go­ing to take with this build, as I’m a big be­liever in get­ting the per­fect wheel and tyre spec­i­fi­ca­tion to meet a par­tic­u­lar pur­pose.

If I take the car down the cur­rent trend of big aero, wide body and low-slung stance, then there’s lit­tle other choice than a set of uber-dished split rims sit­ting on su­per-stretched tyres. How­ever, while that look is one that will have the in­ter­net in a spin, it’s not the most func­tional style for a car that is to re­main as a daily driver with all the mun­dane du­ties that can en­tail.

So, for a daily with a sweet ‘street tuner’ vibe, I reckon the ideal wheel would be a one­piece wheel. Not only does the one-piece con­struc­tion make clean­ing eas­ier, but there is also less main­te­nance in­volved and they come in a mul­ti­tude of light­weight cast and forged op­tions, too.

Whilst brows­ing the thou­sands of dif­fer­ent vari­a­tions of wheel and tyre spec­i­fi­ca­tions avail­able on the mar­ket, I nar­rowed my choice down to a small se­lec­tion of the most iconic JDM brands: Enkei, Rays, Work, Bud­dy­club and Spoon. Th­ese are true JDM tuner wheels of the high­est or­der and, with var­ied styles and im­pec­ca­ble qual­ity through­out, I knew that, what­ever I chose, I wouldn’t be dis­ap­pointed.

In the end I set­tled on a set of black WORK Emo­tion D9R wheels in 8.5x17in all round from UK dis­trib­u­tor Drift­works. For those in the know, that’s 2.5in wider and 1in larger di­am­e­ter from the stan­dard wheel. Now, the ex­pe­ri­enced CRZ owner may be think­ing: ‘That’s go­ing to be tight on the front!’ Well, yes, it will be, es­pe­cially with an off­set of ET+32, but af­ter hours of re­search it ap­pears it should be pos­si­ble with 215/45/17 tyres and some in­tri­cate cam­ber ad­just­ments…or so they say on the in­ter­net. Fin­gers crossed!

I’ve al­ways liked the D9R wheel, the de­sign gives a ‘deep dish’ con­cave look which isn’t the typ­i­cal style for a sin­gle piece light­weight cast wheel. Re­tail­ing at just over £760 in­clud­ing cen­tre caps, de­cal sheet and an al­ter­na­tive valve colour from the stan­dard black, they’re pretty good value for money I’d say!

I’ve dived into the un­known a bit with tyre choice, as I’ve no pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence with Falken tyres but, with the FK510 com­ing in at an af­ford­able £62 per cor­ner, I thought I’d give them a go! The FK510 is a pre­mium per­for­mance tyre de­signed for ex­cel­lent per­for­mance in both dry and wet con­di­tions. Hope­fully in the near fu­ture I will be able to put them to the test to come back with a crit­i­cal re­view. How­ever, I’ve got to get them fit­ted first, so the next stage in the CRZ’S trans­for­ma­tion is to get th­ese wheels fit­ted af­ter mak­ing the hot Honda sit pretty with some up­rated sus­pen­sion! –

THE BLACK WORK EMO­TION D9R WHEELS ARE 8.5X7IN AND WILL BE A TIGHT FIT UN­DER THE CRZ’S STAN­DARD ARCHES, ES­PE­CIALLY AT THE FRONT

THE FALKEN FK510 TYRES ARE A BAR­GAIN AT ONLY £62 PER COR­NER AND SHOULD PRO­VIDE PLENTY OF GRIP IN ALL CON­DI­TIONS, PER­FECT FOR A DAILY

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