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Old 02-02-2012, 03:44 PM   #1
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Default Absolute lightest weight rims people are using?

A two part question:

1.) What are the ABSOLUTE lightest weight rims that are available for the Miata if cost and durability are not an issue.

2.) What are the lightest weight rims that are also acceptable for everyday pot-hole pounding street use?
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Old 02-02-2012, 03:48 PM   #2
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Oh and a third thing...

3.) What is the lightest verified weight of an OEM Miata wheel. And which one from what year? I have heard 9lbs but couldn't find any info to substantiate that or clarify which wheel that was...
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Old 02-02-2012, 03:58 PM   #3
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I love the enthusiasm... but I gotta bust your chops a little.

If you google miata wheel weights, this is the first link:

http://www.miata.net/faq/wheel_weights.html

You will not be able to find any BBS take-offs as they are prized by BRG dorks. I think they're ugly as ***.
However, 94-97 hollow's or semi-hollows are practically free. I think about 50% of this board probably has at least one set taking up space behind their shed... 10.8lbs for matte semi-hollows.

http://www.miata.net/garage/mx5wheels/index.html

One of the most popular aftermarket Miata wheels of all time is the 15" Konig Helium, they're cheap and look good, especially in silver... Good-Win-Racing is the place to buy them... 11.4lbs:
http://www.good-win-racing.com/Mazda...es/Wheels.html


Current most popular Miata wheel (soon to be most popular of all-time) is the 949 Racing 6UL... 15x7's are 11.3lbs
http://949racing.com/15x7-6ul-silver.aspx

IIRC, I don't think I've ever heard of anybody breaking a hollow or semi-hollow... ever. On the other hand, I've heard of lots of broken Heliums (from running into stuff of course). If you can live with a 205series tire (195's I believe are the best fit), I'd stick with the 94-97 semi-hollows.

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RPF1's.
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RPF1's.
Specifically, I think the 14x7" RPF-1s unless they make a narrower option in 14" diameter.

http://www.good-win-racing.com/Mazda.../61-04174.html

Under 9 pounds per wheel.
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Here you go...I'm stole this was stolen from somewhere else as well.... But gives all weights...for everything....

http://forums.evolutionm.net/evo-tir...-must-see.html
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gonna be one of the small volks. ce28n in a 14x5 or TE37 in a 13x5. somewhere between 6.5 and 7.5 lbs.
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You will not be able to find any BBS take-offs as they are prized by BRG dorks. I think they're ugly as ***.
However, 94-97 hollow's or semi-hollows are practically free. I think about 50% of this board probably has at least one set taking up space behind their shed... 10.8lbs for matte semi-hollows.
Great Response SamNavy! Thanks for such a detailed reply with helpful info. Yeah, those BBS ones the site you linked to also said they've gotten reports from 8.5 lbs to 10.6 lbs and I was wondering if anybody's actually weighed theirs but it sounds like if they are basically unobtainium then it is probably a moot point.

Thanks again for the many details and your thoughts on the other options!
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mine are 15x6.5 and 9.6 lbs each.

traded for them on craigslist.

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uhhh, what size? you could use a 13x7 and probably have one of the lightest around.

in 15xX usually you will find 6ULs, but I think the RPF1s might be a tad lighter.
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gonna be one of the small volks. ce28n in a 14x5 or TE37 in a 13x5. somewhere between 6.5 and 7.5 lbs.
Yep. 14x5.5 Volk CE28N is 6.5lbs.

FYI, heavy wide wheels are faster than narrow light wheels in every application. I would rather have a 15x9 that weighs 20lbs a wheel than a 15x8 that weighs 12lbs a wheel.
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I bet these are lighter:

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I wanna say my 13x9 Keizers are right at 9lbs a wheel.

949s are abou the lightest PRACTICAL wheel made IMO (light and strong).
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^^^NOOOOOPPPEEE even the 13x10 3pc race wheels we run on the Birkin (lotus 7 clone) are heavier than keizer offerings...but they are stronger.
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Price range?
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^^^NOOOOOPPPEEE even the 13x10 3pc race wheels we run on the Birkin (lotus 7 clone) are heavier than keizer offerings...but they are stronger.
I don't think he plans to run 13x10s. I was more pointing at 13x5.5 And keizers at 9lbs is ------- heavy for a 13".
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I bet these are lighter:

They are light. I know!

This is going on the electric car right? What kind of race are you competing in? That is something we need to know before giving you good advice.
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Cost no object, I would have volk racing te37's in 15x10's like my buddy's v8 corolla. I think they weigh 10.9lbs.
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Cost no object, I would have volk racing te37's in 15x10's like my buddy's v8 corolla. I think they weigh 10.9lbs.
That car is such a bauce.
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