You know you’re a JNCer if you hear “TE37” and think third-gen Toyota Corolla rather than the coveted six-spoke by Rays Wheels. Remember how in the 90s every tuner with JDM jones lusted after the Volk TE37?
Well Rays recently debuted a reformulated version for us old schoolers called the Volk TE37V. The V stands for “vintage,” and they were all the rage at the Tokyo Auto Salon (as if you needed more proof that the nostalgic movement is gaining speed!). But there is an important philosophical question we need your input on at the end of this post.
What makes them vintage? They come in diameters no larger than 15 inches, and the widths start at a minimum of 7.5J. From there, they get wider with half-inch increments to a whopping 10J-25 and are only forged in single-digit or negative offsets. Colors are bronze or gunmetal with a polished lip.
As you can see from these Nori Yaro photos, they were a popular choice for nostalgics at this year’s Auto Salon. They look pretty darned sharp filling out the arches on these Skylines too.
But the question is, do they “fit” better than Wats or Hayashis? After all, they aren’t a truly vintage design and the apparent lack of a 14-inch might deter some. Is it possible to design a modern wheel that looks appropriate on a nostalgic? Toss us your two cents in the comments below.