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#41 NZeder

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Posted 28 December 2008 - 02:01 PM

Well for reference - my old 240z road/race car had 298x28 VT front rotors and clearance was not a problem with the Rota RB-R 16x8 that I had on the car. I even installed the rims on a mates 240z race car which has 12.2x1.25 or 309mm x 32mm with a Wilwood type caliper (US Brake F88i = same spec and dimensions as the Wilwood Billet Superlights) and clearance was not an issue and in fact they almost cleared the 15x8 Rota RB's that I had also but the calipers fouled just a little so these would have worked with a smaller rotor ie 298mm x 32mm or 11.75" x 1.25" as the 12.2" were just a little too large for the 15" rims with the caliper on his race car - I am sure with a different caliper the large rotor would have worked in the 15" Rota's but 16" were not a problem at all. So you should be fine.

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Posted 28 December 2008 - 04:12 PM

no sorry I only know this because the guy i got them from was running 16".
I haven't fitted these brakes to my zed yet nor do i have rims that will fit over them 

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Posted 30 December 2008 - 10:43 AM

Hi guys

I was very interested on the Rota RBs as they just looked good and good value.  But after doing a bit more research on the net, I'm not so sure now.  They don't seem to have a very good reputation among the car enthusiast community.  The general concensus suggest to stay away from them.  And looking at other forums, there seems to be a lot of hard luck stories of Rota wheels breaking apart etc. to back their suggestion.

Has anyone had any bad experience with the Rota RBs?  I'm keen to know, as I really like them.

Below are just some of the pix that shows Rota wheels exploding...

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Before: The original wheel has straight spokes

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After: Now they are bent by the engine power into the driving direction

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The wheel hit the brake callipers at the marked points:
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Posted 30 December 2008 - 04:23 PM



After: Now they are bent by the engine power into the driving direction




Engine power or braking force?
Looks nasty either way.

I had a set of "racing fear" wheels  made by speedy that, when i went over a moderate pothole it shattered all the spokes on BOTH wheels on that side of the car. Looked like the top pic here but it was both on the  passager side. I wasnt even going very fast. Alloy wheels can be very brittle - esp when using very low profile tyres that have little cushion.



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Posted 30 December 2008 - 04:57 PM

I don't think the RB or the RB-R will have these issues. I say this as the design of the RB/RB-R is one that has more alloy in them, two they have more spokes, three are a lot heavier than rims shown in the pics. Remember the superlite look/style was designed in the 60's and these for years (and still today) are the choice of rim for rallies of all kinds.

I have seen a few rims centre ripped out here at our tracks in NZ most are these skinny type spoke design which the RB/RB-R are not.

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Posted 15 January 2009 - 02:30 PM

We have had no issues with any of the Rota wheels we have sold in the last three years. I think these 'exploded' wheels are the result of damage to the back of the spokes, rather than weakness in the wheel itself. There is usually more to the story than the owner cares to admit in these cases.

On a lighter note, we have all of the RB sizes in stock again  :)

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Posted 15 January 2009 - 02:50 PM

Ben, I see the price has changed between page 1 of this thread & what your quoting on your website.
Might be worth clearing this up to save any confusion...

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Posted 15 January 2009 - 03:16 PM

My mining paycheck must be burning a hole in my pocket but...

Will the 16x8s fit under stock (unrolled) guards?





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Posted 15 January 2009 - 03:24 PM

Stevo, I asked ben that question a while back

16x7 on the fronts 195/55 or 205/55
16x8 on the rears   225/50

Theres some pictures on here or HybirdZ with some zeds with them on

Hope that helps           
                                              Pauly

Found some on HybirdZ

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Posted 15 January 2009 - 03:41 PM

Hey boys I think Ben also has these rims for sale (on his site otomoto)

Rota grids 16x8  "Real nice"

Ben what kind of deal can you do on theses ;D

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Posted 15 January 2009 - 03:58 PM

Those Rota RBs look amazing pauly! Are they Hyper black?

I'm trying to figure whether black, silver or hyper black will suit my red/black colour scheme...



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Posted 15 January 2009 - 04:13 PM

Not sure stevo, I pretty sure ben's only bringing in one colour.
You can get them power coated yourself or ben can get them done for extra $$

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Posted 15 January 2009 - 04:52 PM

Pics of my old 240z with rota RB-R 16x8 +10 with stock guards and suspension ie no coil overs (the front will not work with this offset on a 260z front strut as the spring perch will fowl the rim)
tyres are 225/45/16
http://nzeder.net/al...ic.php?pic_id=1

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Posted 15 January 2009 - 06:57 PM

hmmm, looking good.


I opened my email at work this morning and got a new message

"Dear Valued Customer, we have these new wheels for sale to suit japanese sportscars"
Followed by pictures and prices.

i was allready thinking about getting some, and if thats not some discrete prodding by the zed god, then i dont know what is  ;D

maybe time to put in an order  8)

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Posted 15 January 2009 - 08:02 PM

the wheels look great, where are they made? i assume most of the people that purchased these wheels are aware that you will have to make many steering and suspension geometry changes to accomodate 17.0 inch wheels if you dont your car will be darting all over the road , and wearing tyres out real fast, remember too that by vic roads safety standards maximum of 2 inch increase in wheel diameter over what the manufacturer fitted, and if so then brakes need to be upgraded too , would require power steering in a 260z  dont mean to be boring , i may purchase a set myself too

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Posted 16 January 2009 - 08:39 AM

Hey boys I think Ben also has these rims for sale (on his site otomoto)

Rota grids 16x8   "Real nice"

Ben what kind of deal can you do on theses ;D


interested in these as well.

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Posted 16 January 2009 - 01:57 PM

For pricing please refer to our website. Unfortunately I can't do the prices listed at the start of this post any more. I kept the first shipment at those prices as a matter of good will, but I had to put the prices up a bit this time around. Still pretty good value I think at $828 to $1416 a set.
Cheap freight of $20 a wheel still applies anywhere in Australia.
The Rota Grid 16x8 +10 will fit the front of a Zed with a 4mm spacer, so the 16x8 +4 Rota RB should fit without one. I'll check this on my Zed next week.
Have only two sets of Grids in stock now, bronze and metallic black. Have some more coming in about 8 weeks. Have plenty of the RBs in all sizes.
Here's the wheel page: www.otomoto.com.au/showroom.htm
Also have a few more used wheels coming in next week, so keep an eye on this page: www.otomoto.com.au/photos.htm

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Posted 16 January 2009 - 01:58 PM

My mining paycheck must be burning a hole in my pocket but...

Will the 16x8s fit under stock (unrolled) guards?





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Yes, with 205/55 tyres

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Posted 16 January 2009 - 02:01 PM

Hey boys I think Ben also has these rims for sale (on his site otomoto)

Rota grids 16x8   "Real nice"

Ben what kind of deal can you do on theses ;D


They retail for $1116 a set. If picking up I can do some sort of cash price, likewise on the RBs  ;)

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Posted 16 January 2009 - 03:01 PM

For those that are interested you can fit RB 16X7 and 16X8 both with a 4mm offset, tyres are 225/50 for the front and 245/45 for the back with no fouling, this is my example 260z 2+2.

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