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