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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old May 3rd, 2016, 17:51 Thread Starter
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How to find wheels that fit the MR2, with different dimensions in front and back?

I'm having a really hard time finding wheels that fit the MR2 given that they must be asymmetrical, like the original wheels.

In particular I must have 7" in the front and 8" in the back. I'm not allowed to use e.g. 7" in front AND back. There must be an 1" difference, as with the original 6" and 7".

However, when I search for wheels at any store that sell wheels, I get a lot of results, obviously, but they are all for different make and models. The aesthetic different is huge between different wheels, I can't pick two wheels from manufacturer X and two other wheels from manufacturer Y, that don't even have the same design!

Does anyone have any good suggestions for how to deal with this problem? If anyone knows from experience of some decent looking wheels that fit the MR2 and is a combination of 7" and 8" width, I've love to hear about it.

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What qualifies as decent? Your decent could be my puke and vice versa.
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Google is your friend young grasshopper. Search and you will find.

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I'm curious what is requiring this 7 & 8" setup.
That sizing is very common from some of our JDM wheel importers. As for purchasing new wheels, you need to provide a little more information on style, weight, etc. criteria.
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His country has very very strict car modification laws and he needs to stick with certain sized wheels. However he hasn't stated what diameter he needs to have.

Here is a wheel that fits the requirements
http://www.amazon.com/ROTA-SLIPSTREA.../dp/B00WJ33B0C

Another which is close, still 1 inch stagger
JDM 17x7 5 40 17x8 5 30 Genuine Rays Volk TE37 Forged Wheels Rims MR2 300zx AP1 | eBay

Another
DIEZEL D1R | Wheel range - DTM

There are heaps out there if you look.

Offset of +40 to +30 should fit. +35 is ideal.
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His country has very very strict car modification laws and he needs to stick with certain sized wheels. However he hasn't stated what diameter he needs to have.

Here is a wheel that fits the requirements
http://www.amazon.com/ROTA-SLIPSTREA.../dp/B00WJ33B0C

Another which is close, still 1 inch stagger
JDM 17x7 5 40 17x8 5 30 Genuine Rays Volk TE37 Forged Wheels Rims MR2 300zx AP1 | eBay

Another
DIEZEL D1R | Wheel range - DTM

There are heaps out there if you look.

Offset of +40 to +30 should fit. +35 is ideal.
Sorry about that,

what I need is 7" width front, 8" width in the back, 17" height on both. Offset cannot be less than 38 mm.

Thanks for the suggestions. The first one is unfortunately 7.5" and 8.5", whereas the other one is 15".

I have really tried to look myself, so much that I've lost count, including asking a number of shops for advice. However, they cannot give me a single candidate that fits.

I'm guessing I'm probably just not very good at searching.

As for style: Ideally a matte black finish. I like both suggestions you came with, a shame they don't fit.
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Wow, what country is this? I've never heard of something so strict.

With the Mr2's never coming with these sizes, what rules are you having to work with that dictate a 17x7 and 17x8 with 38 or more offset? Who checks this? Sorry for the questions, but I'm intrigued!

A 17x7 +38 is FAR from ideal.
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Wow, what country is this? I've never heard of something so strict.

With the Mr2's never coming with these sizes, what rules are you having to work with that dictate a 17x7 and 17x8 with 38 or more offset? Who checks this? Sorry for the questions, but I'm intrigued!

A 17x7 +38 is FAR from ideal.
I had thought the same too!

To the OP, generally when specifications are locked on like that you will most likely have to get custom sized wheels. (I'm certain if you are persistent and patient you'll find what you find though...)

DB8 normally has wheels up for sale with various sizes. Search up his name and find the thread. Good Luck!
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Sorry about that,

what I need is 7" width front, 8" width in the back, 17" height on both. Offset cannot be less than 38 mm.

Thanks for the suggestions. The first one is unfortunately 7.5" and 8.5", whereas the other one is 15".

I have really tried to look myself, so much that I've lost count, including asking a number of shops for advice. However, they cannot give me a single candidate that fits.

I'm guessing I'm probably just not very good at searching.

As for style: Ideally a matte black finish. I like both suggestions you came with, a shame they don't fit.
The DTM wheels would fit. But I'd never buy DTM myself.

Your car had 14x6+45 and 14x7+45 so it's quite a change. You could look at a company that makes 2-3 piece wheels like others suggest to get the exact size and offset you need. Yes it's money but then it's exact and new. I just had a 10min look and I found those 3 I listed. If I looked harder I'm sure I'd find what you need.

What dictates your size and offset? I know it's part of your car modification rules but it seems odd as no 2 cars are really the same making each car have a set rule?
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For those curious, the rule appears to be (not even the DMV seems to know for sure) that an 1 inch difference between back and front must be maintained when increasing the wheel width from the stock width.

The reason I care about this is that the DMV will look at my car before I can get plates for it, and there will be no plates if they are not happy.
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For those curious, the rule appears to be (not even the DMV seems to know for sure) that an 1 inch difference between back and front must be maintained when increasing the wheel width from the stock width.

The reason I care about this is that the DMV will look at my car before I can get plates for it, and there will be no plates if they are not happy.
Thanks for that. What dictates your offset? What makes you want to go for 7" and 8" rather than 8" and 9"? I've just purchased new 17x8+37 and 17x9+29 wheels, that maintains the 1 inch difference. You can get 17x9+35 for the rear in the same wheel as what I have and they will fit perfect. I went for +29 due to the look of the wheel between front and rear.
There are quite a few styles from this manufacturer that fit the above specs.
I'd still be running the same tires with 7 and 8 as I would with 8 and 9.

Only problem I can see for this would be cost.
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Thanks for that. What dictates your offset? What makes you want to go for 7" and 8" rather than 8" and 9"? I've just purchased new 17x8+37 and 17x9+29 wheels, that maintains the 1 inch difference. You can get 17x9+35 for the rear in the same wheel as what I have and they will fit perfect. I went for +29 due to the look of the wheel between front and rear.
There are quite a few styles from this manufacturer that fit the above specs.
I'd still be running the same tires with 7 and 8 as I would with 8 and 9.

Only problem I can see for this would be cost.
Using 8" and 9" is not possible for me given the tight tolerances between my approved suspension kit and the wheel rim. There is just enough clearance with 7" width on the wheels in front, with 8" I'd never get it approved for this reason alone.

I could use 8" in the front if I could use a low enough offset, but again the regulations dictate I cannot use less than 38 mm offset.
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Can you get Something like a +40 and install a 5mm spacer? If the specs are stamped on the wheels that should be enough right? Unless they make you take the wheels off to look for spacers...

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Can you get Something like a +40 and install a 5mm spacer? If the specs are stamped on the wheels that should be enough right? Unless they make you take the wheels off to look for spacers...
I'm allowed to use approved spacers, so that is a possibility. Probably not so much that I can use 8" width wheels in front, but if needed even for 7" I might have to use that then. > 40 mm offset should work, but I can't even find any wheels with those specifications.

In general I can't find any wheels that fit.
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These looks pretty good.

17x7 Konig Lace Black Wheel Rim s 5x100 5 100 17 7 ET40 | eBay

17x8 Konig Lace Black Wheel Rim s 5x100 5 100 17 8 ET45 | eBay

It's from the same vendor so you can get both sets shipped the same time.

You might wanna slap on some 5mm spacers tho

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These looks pretty good...
🤔 Except for the fact that they're 5x100.
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DOH!!! Back to square one lol

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Here is one set. Enkei EDR9 in 17x7 +38 5x114.3 and 17x8 +38 5x114.3
http://enkei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/EDR9.pdf
EDR9 | Enkei Wheels

Not a bad looking wheel either and seem to be about $150USD each on Amazon.

I see what you mean by hard to find. Everything is either 7.5" wide or 8" and only one width for 17". 8" and 9" is far more common though.

I hope this helps.
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Here is one set. Enkei EDR9 in 17x7 +38 5x114.3 and 17x8 +38 5x114.3
http://enkei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/EDR9.pdf
EDR9 | Enkei Wheels

Not a bad looking wheel either and seem to be about $150USD each on Amazon.

I see what you mean by hard to find. Everything is either 7.5" wide or 8" and only one width for 17". 8" and 9" is far more common though.

I hope this helps.
Thanks a lot!

What does 100/114,3 mean? I know 5x114,3 is the typical "bolt pattern", but I'm not sure what this "100" is.
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My sympathy. As someone who prefers staggered wheels, it's difficult to find anything in smaller diameters that fit/match. Everything is 18s these days.
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