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    Racing on Rota RBs

    Anyone use Rota RBs (They look like Panasports) for track or autoX? I'm looking into a set of 15x7s so I can run some race tires that I can pick up used for free, all the time with perhaps 3 or 4 sessions on them. They are crazy sticky, designed as a Spec tire for the Radical SR8s. They are a full slick Dunlop, and I think would work wonders on my car. They work out to being about a 215 50 15. I'm worried about breaking cheap wheels with that kinda grip. Currently I run a set of Panasport 14x7s and Hayashi Street IIs (Also known as Command 500s) in a 14x6.5. Both of these wheels are sweet, the Hayashis being my wheels of choice (they feel really solid on the car, best of the bunch I have.) but finding race tires in a 14 is starting to get hard. Currently I'm running a set of Hoosier Street TDs (vintage race spec) because they were what I could afford (free) at the time.

    Any thoughts on the wheels? I know Rotas are pretty popular with the sport tuner crowd, but how strong are they?

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    Re: Racing on Rota RBs

    Quote Originally Posted by RAD2LTR
    Anyone use Rota RBs (They look like Panasports) for track or autoX? I'm worried about breaking cheap wheels with that kinda grip.
    I think you're wise to be worried. :wink:

    Any thoughts on the wheels? I know Rotas are pretty popular with the sport tuner crowd, but how strong are they?
    I had a set of RB's on my car before. After one track day I noticed one tire kept going flat after 2-3 days. When I finally got it checked, the wheel was cracked where one of the spokes met the rim.

    I don't have a problem running them on a light weight street car, but I'd never race on them again.

    Just my $0.02.

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    I'd really like to be able to run these Dunlop slicks, but I'd also like a good street tire, and those are pretty much gone (discussed in another thread). The RBs could be cool street wheels on a sub 2000 lb car. I might sell my 14 inch Libres and buy a set of these for the street. There are still a few 14 race tires, but dang, free race tires if I can find a set of wheels that fit... I gotta keep the Panasports if I go vintage racing, and the Hayashis are just too hard to come by to let go.

    I don't want to crack a wheel. I hate having mechanicals at a race, and a cracked/broken wheel pretty much ends the day unless you have more than one set of race wheels.

    Will

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    Quote Originally Posted by RAD2LTR
    I'd really like to be able to run these Dunlop slicks...
    I don't want to crack a wheel.
    Konig Rewind. :tu:

    These are very tough, and fairly cheap.


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    Quote Originally Posted by datsunfreak
    Quote Originally Posted by RAD2LTR
    I'd really like to be able to run these Dunlop slicks...
    I don't want to crack a wheel.
    Konig Rewind. :tu:

    These are very tough, and fairly cheap.

    And totally don't fit on the car car. The bolt pattern is right, backspacing is all wrong. I've heard those break as well. I don't really want to break down and spend the $ for yet another set of Panasports (I got smoking deals on the 2 sets I have, but for this one I think I'm going to have to buy new and spend retail. Ouch. I'll do some more research on the Rewinds, but I don't think the wheel hub clears the hub on the car, and the offset/backspacing is wrong as well. Perhaps they have more sizes now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RAD2LTR
    And totally don't fit on the car car. The bolt pattern is right, backspacing is all wrong.
    I figured they would stick out, but thought if you were running or 22" slicks it wouldn't matter. :P

    Are these 22" or 23"?

    I'll do some more research on the Rewinds, but... the offset/backspacing is wrong as well. Perhaps they have more sizes now.
    Currently they make a 14x7 -9 offset, 15x7 zero offset, and a 16x7 zero offset.

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    The tires I'm trying to run are about a 215 width. Wider than my 205s, narrower than my 225s (but not by much) Negative offset won't fit at all, 0 or low positive might work. The Hayashis are a +9 and don't have enough back spacing, and the Panasports are 0 offset but will just clear the 225s. I need to pull the tires off the Panasports so I can accurately measure the backspacing.

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    Let go of it dude. Just like the OS Giken LSD, you have to pay for what you get. Rota and Konig wheels are not good quality. GO for a set of Panasports of watanabe wheels and call it a day. I hate cheap knock off shit from China. Pisses me off more than anything else.

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    you can roll cheap rims if its a street car without too much worry but i wouldn't venture out on a circuit with them.

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    I'll go with SSRs, plain and simple. Some are very rare and are made very liteweight and durable. Never heard of any complaints either.

    I'm rolling a set of SSR EX-C Superfins right now on my S13. My drift rims are a set of old school Enkei Apache Vs gold mesh.

    SSR and Enkei are both Japanese track proven wheels. :wink:

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