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#1 Toecutter

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Posted 28 August 2005 - 12:45 PM

From my understanding a set of 16" Wats would cost about AUD$2500. Has anybody heard of better pricing than this. Regarding those Konig Rewinds, how do they compare, do they come in the wider sizes?
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Watanabe R-Type 16x9 w/ -13 offset (Front), 16x9.5 w/ -19 offset (Rear)

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Posted 29 August 2005 - 11:37 PM

i dont know, i asked a guy who just got some longchamp xr6's i think they are called (the old school 6 spoke ones) in 14X6 brought in from japan and the set of 4 cost him $670 but he said the guy he went though will only bring in a maximum size of 14X7.

there was a pair of 16X9 watanabe rs8's on toymods a while back for $500 that i'm kinda wishing i had bought...but was worried about locating another pair

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Posted 29 August 2005 - 11:38 PM

also that size and offset you quoted sulio, does it require coilovers? or just flares?

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Posted 29 August 2005 - 11:53 PM

Hi Evan,
14x7! Why would'nt you just go for performance superlite 15x7 rather than 14 inch wheels!? I believe superlights are about $700ish for a set!?
Yes you would need flares for the sizes mentioned above and of coarse coil overs, ching ching the money starts to add up hey!? Frustrating is'nt it.

Evan there was a set of 4 rs-8's mentioned on the old forums that were exactly the same as the 16" below. I went to have a look at them. From memory 16x7 for the front and 16x8 for the back. In hindsight I should have bought them-$600. The guy had them on a 180sx from memory. Those 8 inch rear rims, (+38offset), could have fit 245 tyres on the back and that would look quite meaty. Meaty enough to add the flares but not have to use coil overs. Hmmm...thats got me thinking!???

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Posted 29 August 2005 - 11:59 PM

I could fit these with the adapters I'm running!

http://cgi.ebay.com/...995466847QQrdZ1

They would be like the ones you looked at recently Evan!!????

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Posted 30 August 2005 - 04:39 PM

yeah that style but alot more dish as the offset was 0 or thereabouts, there's currently a pair of them on toymods with like +38 offset, but the dish is what makes it 8) hmmmm i'd just want to get the right offset and width for not having coilovers, unless i get that serious about the suspension...speaking of which, when i actully do my tax so i get it back i think its time for some sway bars and strut braces hehe

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Posted 30 August 2005 - 10:01 PM

Going back some time I saw a very clean freshly painted orange 2 seater 260 with polished rims like your own however the guy had gone to about 225 tyes at the back and it was lowered at least 1.5 inch. It looked pretty good. If your short on funds I'm sure the car will look great just by getting it sitting a little lower.
Yes dish on 0 offset looks good but I think you wouold get a very nice look with those rs8's. I might give it a go if I find another set here.

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Posted 01 September 2005 - 12:24 AM

so are you sick of your c5's? i'm going to polish some of my stock rims, and hopefully after the work of polishing them they will actully be on my car for a bit hehe. but after christmas i should definately have the money to throw into some rims or whatever else grabs my attention...

but anyway back to the topic, how much for some watanbes landed hehe, on skylinesaustralia there seems to be someone there that is constantly bringing in rims off yahoo japan so i was thinking when i had the money i might ask him or anyone else i can find

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Posted 01 September 2005 - 06:55 PM

Evan. As far as my C5's go I like them but I would like to go to wider tyres/wheels at the back. My current wheels are 7 inch wide and I'm running 215x45 tyres. It would be interesting to try 245 on the rear & 225 on the front. With 16inch rims a rear 245x45 tyre & front 225x50 tyre would keep ok rolling diameter.
They way 245 would sit at the rear without coil overs would be interesting. I think at this width you would need flares.

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Posted 01 September 2005 - 07:47 PM

They are fairly expensive I know a place in the US that sells them.
http://www.wheelchoice.com/

I emailed www.sr240z.com about his Wat's and he said these guys supplied them.

I am thinking of desiging and building a better website for them as a trade for a set of rims.

However I'm busy with the viczcar site changes I'm going to implement soonish!
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Posted 07 July 2006 - 10:48 PM

Just an update on this thread. Details below of an Australian distributor for Watanabe wheels as quoted from classicz.com

I know a lot of people here are very interested to know who i got my brand new watanabe's from, i didn't want to post details, until everything had been complete, but i am now more than confident to vouch for this supplier!

The Guys name is Miki Yokohata from prestige mart (Details below), and he has been incredibly helpful during the whole process.

The wheels are not what you would call cheap, but given that you could easily pay over AU$1500 for a secondhand set here in Australia, i thought it was more than reasonable.

It cost me $2300 for a set of 16x8 and a set of 16x8.5 Watanabe R 8 spokes in Magnesium finish. That included shipping (EMS with insurance)

as you may have read, i had ordered the wheels with a michined lip, however watanabe forgot this, and shipped them purely with a magnesium colour.. Miki helped me greatly by organising for watanabe to pay for the local finishing here in Sydney, i can not be any happier! i just wish all suppliers were as open with their communication and honesty

I am pretty sure he can order anything you want from RS watanabe, i however supplied the spec to him

Miki Yokohata
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email: tpot@tpg.com.au
http://users.tpg.com.au/tpot

he is based in Western Australia and has an australian bank account etc. so no need to deal with japan accounts etc.

to have a look at what Watanabe offer, goto their website at: www.rs-watanabe.co.jp (they have a pretty good user gallery too!)



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Posted 09 July 2006 - 11:54 PM

thanks for that sulio.....


hello this years tax return = watanabe's

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Posted 11 July 2006 - 07:24 PM

dont forget its really hard to get wide tyres in 16inch make sure you double check you can get the size you want before you buy the wheels as I have had real trouble getting tryes to put on my 16x10 rims

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Posted 13 July 2006 - 09:07 PM

won't be getting by 10s, will be getting 9s, will have to check next week for the tyres i want and what profile etc

thanks ash

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Posted 29 July 2006 - 07:24 PM

i contacted Miki in regards to the prices of various styles and sizes and found out "all types of 17 inch cannot have negative offset" so getting sulio's wheel sizes isn't possible unless you get custom shells made like that guy in america.

you can get one style (f8f) in 17X7 +24 and 17X7.5 +24 which i guess would fit under stock fenders, but is the same sort of price (around $2500 delivered)

has anyone found a company that makes watanabe style 17" 3 peice wheels? i think panasport do yeah? i wonder how $$$

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Posted 30 July 2006 - 09:52 AM

The Wats in the photo above look like 17's? Evan this blue one you've posted looks great from every angle. I really like this car, one of my faves. Big desicion getting wheels. I reckon they make or break the look of the car. Well that and the height the car sits at I reckon. This blue car has got it right in all departments, notice the flat on the underside of the spoiler.
Has this car got a complete gallery somewhere?

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Posted 30 July 2006 - 06:13 PM

i photoshoped the rims to be bigger, they are really 16"s

here's a link to the guys gallery, http://gallery.voodo...ople.com/austin and its a very nice car.

Posted Image this guy had custom shells made to get 17" rims in the size he wanted, looks dam sexy, but then u have to buy like a set of second hand rims from japan and then its a few grand to have them changed, or does someone know of a place in australia that would spin up some shells? i think i'll just go for some other rims with a black centre

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Posted 30 July 2006 - 08:20 PM

i photoshoped the rims to be bigger, they are really 16"s

Your getting sneaky with all the photoshopping your doing mate! Good work.

Yer there's a couple of places in Moorabin. Can't remember the name off the top of my head but I'm pretty sure it will cost $150 per side rolled. So if you get centers and want both sides rolled it will be $300 per wheel. It could be a good idea if you get a set of those RS-8's that come up ocasionally on e-bay but you might have to wait a while.

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Posted 30 July 2006 - 09:18 PM

There is a company here in Auckland that make a Superlite/Watanabe 3 piece in 17" see http://www.arrowwheels.co.nz/

I have seen a set of a 69/70 mustang racecar very nice.

If was to have gone the 17" path I would have looked at these - never know might have to in the future if they stop doing 245/45/16.

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Posted 31 July 2006 - 12:10 AM

thanks, they look alright, from what i can find on the website though they only come in up to 16", but mayb its just out of date? up to 14" wide is pretty crazy! do you have a rough idea of the price of these?




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