The Volk TE37V is an exciting development because it shows that companies like Rays Wheels are keen on making new products for the nostalgic scene. However, the JNC staff is still torn between whether these are proper wheels for old school rides.
On one hand, the smooth spokes seem a tad too modern. But does a vintage barrel have to look like a ninja star to be cool? Kev pointed out that Hayashi Streets are also a clean design that could easily be mistaken for a modern rim, yet fit perfectly on a number of vintage platforms.
Then again, the TE37V’s wide sizes and low offset are ideal for J-tin and Rays’ lightness and quality cannot be denied. Perhaps our eyes just aren’t used to seeing this spoke pattern affixed to nostalgics yet.
These hachiroku by Kobe-based tuning house Impulse were popular showcases for the TE37V at the 2010 Tokyo Auto Salon. Since the AE86 bridges the gap between old and new school so well, it makes for a good tiebreaker. What do JNC readers think?
Images courtesy of Impulse, via hachiroku.net.
Of the modern wheels, the TE37 is one of my tops. I am glad to see that they are making something for us ‘old’ guys. I just wish they didn’t cost an arm and leg!
I think they’re plenty sexah!
“3 snaps in a ‘Z’ formation!” (You Aussies may not get that one lol)
The TE37 has been on the market for a very long time, and I see nothing wrong with it being used on an AE86. After all, the last of the Japanese compacts that anyone really cared to mess with were made around 10 years ago now, so the wheels for the then-modern Sport Compact scene are now becoming classics in their own right.
To be right on this sort of car, a wheel needs to have technical beauty, without needless details made only to make it stand out. So, no chrome 20+in wheels, etc. So long as that aesthetic is followed, the wheels can visually work. In fact, I think the TE37 with the right offset is a design that would look at home on a domestic musclecar, not just an import.