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Old 09-03-2007, 11:43 AM   #1
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Default Anyone running the Sport Max 501's?

Hey guys,

I am trying to decide whether I should pick up a set of SM 501's

Yes I have been on CR.net and read all the posts for 501's,

I know they are not ideal for this car but the looks and value seems tough to beat.

My 90 has the older style FM springs with AGX and FM rear mounts.
I would probably go with the 195 50 and need some opinions from the guys who are running the 501 on an NA.

Would I need to roll both the front and rear fenders?
I really want to keep the liners installed, will they get in the way?
Would I need to change the alignment?

I guess the most important question is about handling, how does the car handle, are there any rubbing issues while braking or cornering hard or hitting big bumps etc?

If anyone has any good pictures feel free to post them here too!

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why not just run the lighter, and probably stronger stock 15's?
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why not just run the lighter, and probably stronger stock 15's?
seriously? 15x6 and queer looking vs 15x8 and sexy?

They arent all that heavyfor their size. I wouldnt race on them, but for street they would be hot.
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seriously? 15x6 and queer looking vs 15x8 and sexy?

They arent all that heavyfor their size. I wouldnt race on them, but for street they would be hot.
if he's going to run 195's, then why does it matter? Who gives a **** what it looks like. My stockers look fine.
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I think you have to run 195s with that offset to avoid the tire rub. It's all about looks.
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I think you have to run 195s with that offset to avoid the tire rub. It's all about looks.
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where's the hot tub?
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where's the hot tub?
I like how the miata limo is just a hair longer than a merc coupe.
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Yeah, they are going to rub and hit stuff all day long. The things are a solid 70mm (over 2.5") further out than stock. The ideal offset for a +0 wheel is +36. If you just want to look sick, go for it, but you'll need a fender roll and serious camber to make it work. I'd suggest you look around more at CR.net; the guys here are more performance-oriented.
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make sure to run this much camber too:

You only need the shoulder anyway in a corner...fo lyphe.
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i HAD 002 and ran falken azenis,and diddnt have to play with the cars camber.
just get a fender roller.i just hope you are thinking about getting your car painted when youre done.
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Hey guys,

Thanks, I was thinking 195's to help prevent the tires from rubbing.
Still trying to decide, I love the looks but really dont want to sacrifice any handling or performance.
The 501 weigh's 14.7lbs which isnt too crazy for a 15 by 8.

The good news is that I have a professional roller at work so I should be able to heat the fenders and roll them properly and minimize any paint chipping.
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Hey guys,

Thanks, I was thinking 195's to help prevent the tires from rubbing.
Still trying to decide, I love the looks but really dont want to sacrifice any handling or performance.
The 501 weigh's 14.7lbs which isnt too crazy for a 15 by 8.

The good news is that I have a professional roller at work so I should be able to heat the fenders and roll them properly and minimize any paint chipping.
that's actually pretty light... I was told they were closer to 16 or 17 lbs back when there was a group buy on them.
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I run almost 3* of camber for auto-x...lol, it looks almost like that volvo...don't jump on my sack.
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you'll probably rub with the FM springs unless you roll the fenders and add some negative camber.

I have a friend with a 002s on a stock 92, with a degree of negative camber and 195s that clears with no problems.
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Shot with W800i at 2007-01-30

Shot with W800i at 2007-01-30

Shot with W800i at 2007-01-30

Shot with W800i at 2007-01-30

Shot with W800i at 2007-01-30

my car. soon to be finished with the turbo install this week.

its been slightly lowered after these pics, and no rubbing. but i will roll the fenders in the future to drop it more a little.

for their size they are NOT heavy at all. it has been weighted at 14.9 pounds each i believe. keep in mind these wheels are quite wide as well.
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What looks funky is how the sidewall rolls back from the lip of the wheel- I guess that's what happens with a wide wheel and (relatively) narrow tire. I'm sure you're not getting rub because your car is sitting so high (compared to the usual stance you see with these wheels). My guess is, most who buy these wheels aren't planning for much of a gap above the tire top to the fender lip...if any. Amazing phone shots btw.
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