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tlikethedrink
05-22-2010, 08:36 PM
Im debating on some rims. i like the Rota Gt3s (and all similar designs).

im thinking i would like to polish them, but thats not the issue.

i found a 17 inch version made by DRAG from discount tire. i wouldnt mind 17s, but im not sure about the offset. they dont come up on a search for Si wheels. i found them looking for wheels for the base RSX. 17x7 40RM 5x114.3 is all it says in the details... RM im guessing is for RED MACHINED... Will they fit? Recommended Tire?

Or should i stick with Rota's? Stay on 16s? Whats the best size + offset? Or atleast the most common to be run on what size of tire? ive looked around- the only people who post the much detailed info have crazy offsets on slammed cars with rolled fenders... or maybe im not looking hard enough:mangel:

Im most likely will never hit the track. Roads are decent where im at. im not worried about 17s being too heavy really, stock wheels are 24lbs i read. I do plan on some lowering springs later(nothing too crazy).

im open minded to Slips (finished or polished), Circuit 10s (finished)

advice please

HondaFreak
05-22-2010, 09:01 PM
Unless your going to get some HP stay 16's. 24lbs + tires means close to or over 50lbs a wheel. That's 200lbs unsprung mass. That's going to kill the a3. There will be little performace difference on a DD between 16's and 17's. But the tire cost difference is HUGE. Good luck.

Christian

tlikethedrink
05-22-2010, 10:46 PM
stocks are 24lb. not sure about the Rota's.

i plan on a few bolt ons down the road. I/E for sure. again, nothing crazy. But i do see your point. i dont need any extra wieght, and lighter wheels will only help.

thanks for your input.

ttc86
05-22-2010, 11:43 PM
are stock wheels really 24 lbs? i think most rotas are lighter than that... i've looked some up on wheel weights, forgot the exact website, but it listed a bunch of 17" rotas as 20 lbs or lighter, some being 21 or 22. so technically if you were to get 17s, it wouldn't make much difference compared to stock wheels, right?

tlikethedrink
05-23-2010, 09:41 AM
are stock wheels really 24 lbs? i think most rotas are lighter than that... i've looked some up on wheel weights, forgot the exact website, but it listed a bunch of 17" rotas as 20 lbs or lighter, some being 21 or 22. so technically if you were to get 17s, it wouldn't make much difference compared to stock wheels, right?

Thats what i read....

heres what i found when i looked at the 3 wheels im considering that are made by Rota. Other manufacturers may be pretty close, but cant say for sure they would be the same.


Rota Auto X Cast 156.5 13.0

Rota Attack Cast 156.5 10.0 lbs

Rota Attack Cast 177 15.5 lbs

Rota Aztec Cast 156.5 16.4 lbs

Rota Aztec Cast 167 19.0 lbs

Rota Battle Cast 156.5 14.0

Rota Battle Cast 177.5 19.0

Rota Battle Cast 187.5 22.0

Rota Boost Cast 178 18.0

Rota Circuit 8 Cast 156.5 12.0 lbs

Rota Circuit 8 Cast 167 15.5 lbs

Rota Circuit 10 Cast 156.5 13.0

Rota Circuit 10 Cast 167 17.0

Rota Circuit 10 Cast 177.5 20.0

Rota Competition Cast 156.5 16.8 lbs

Rota Competition Cast 167 19.6 lbs

Rota Downshift Cast 177.5 19.0

Rota Formel Cast 167 17.7 lbs

Rota Flight Cast 156.5 13.0

Rota G-Force Cast 188 20.0

Rota Grid Racing Cast 156.5 14.5 lbs

Rota Grid Racing Cast 167 16.0 lbs

Rota Grid Racing Cast 177.5 18.5

Rota Group A Cast 177.5 19.0

Rota Group A Cast 187.5 21.0

Rota Group N Cast 156.5 12.5

Rota GT-3 Cast 157 13.5

Rota GT-3 Cast 167 16.5

Rota J.SPL Cast 156.5 12.4

Rota J-MAG Cast 157 13.0

Rota Machspeed Cast 177.5 23.0

Rota Manta Cast 156.5 16.5

Rota Manta Cast 167 17.6

Rota MSR Cast 156.5 16.9 lbs

Rota MSR Cast 167 17.2 lbs

Rota N1R Cast 167 17.7 lbs

Rota P45F Cast 188.5 21.7

Rota Retro Cast 156.5 14.0 lbs

Rota RB Cast 157 14.4

Rota SRD 177.5 ET48 18 lbs

Rota SDX Cast 177.5 16.5

Rota Slipstream Cast 156.5 11.9 lbs

Rota Slipstream Cast 157 12.9

Rota Slipstream Cast 167 14.5 lbs

Rota Slipstream Cast 177.5 19.0

Rota Slipstream Cast 178.5 21.1

Rota Stage 5 Cast 156.5 17.6 lbs

Rota Stage 5 Cast 167 20.1 lbs

Rota Subzero Cast 156.5 12.9 lbs

Rota Subzero Cast 167 14.5 lbs

Rota Subzero Cast 177 16.5 lbs

Rota Subzero Cast 177.5 16.9 lbs

Rota Subzero Cast 187.5 19.0

Rota Tarmac Cast 177 19.0 lbs

Rota Tarmac 3 Cast 188 20.1

Rota Torque Cast 156.5 13.0

Rota Torque Cast 177 18.0

Rota Torque Cast 178 19.0

Rota Torque Cast 188 20.0

Rota Track R Cast 167 16.0

Rota Tuner Cast 167 18.0 lbs

Rota Velo Cast 156.5 16.8 lbs

Rota Velo Cast 167 19.6 lbs

Rozest MF-02 Forged 177 13.7

RPM R-505 Cast 188 28.0

RPM R-505 Cast 199.5 30.0

dohcep3
05-27-2010, 02:15 AM
To me 16" wheels looks the best on our car. The only problem is that, there isnt much tire selection if you go beyond 205s. I think 205 is TOO narrow for the heavy ep3. The next common size is 225/50/16 but that tire looks pretty tall and too meaty, Which means its gonna be heavier , so there isnt any weight saving... If only there are more brand selection for 225/45/16, or 215/50/16 , etc more brands equals cheaper prices and stuffs IMO

As for 17" i think its TOO big for the ep3. BUT there are LOADS of tire selections and most are low pros. I like low pros because they dont add that much weight to the wheels and the 225 up size seem to be cheaper! for example 235/40/17 i found a set of all season tires by hankook for 240 a SET of four!! I think thats soo cheap. THere are alot more performance tires for 17s also (correct me if im wrong) . The lighter the wheels, the more acceleration and best of all, you save gas LOL .

SO in conclusion, if you think 205 are too narrow for your car and dont want to have such a tall sidewalls and save on weights (Assuming the wheel choice is a light one...........) , i would say go with 17s.

If you think 205 is fine and like to slam it (and assuming you think 16s look best ) then go with 16s. (slipsstream would be my choice here)

bluebullitt2003
05-27-2010, 09:15 AM
hey so i just got an 05 ep3. its bone stock. but i work at a fabrication shop and we have a powdercoating line, so im going to powdercoat my rims white. but my buddy is going to loan me his rims off his 2005 rsx type-s for a week while i get my rims painted. will those rims fit my ep3? do they have the same bolt pattern? i can not find a single place on the internet that gives the bolt patter for the 05 ep3

dohcep3
05-27-2010, 03:53 PM
hey so i just got an 05 ep3. its bone stock. but i work at a fabrication shop and we have a powdercoating line, so im going to powdercoat my rims white. but my buddy is going to loan me his rims off his 2005 rsx type-s for a week while i get my rims painted. will those rims fit my ep3? do they have the same bolt pattern? i can not find a single place on the internet that gives the bolt patter for the 05 ep3


Yes , the 04-05 ep3 has same bolts pattern as the rsx (02-06). They are 5x114.3 in case you cant find it. The type s wheels will fit nicely on your ep3

03Ep3617
05-27-2010, 10:11 PM
Yes , the 04-05 ep3 has same bolts pattern as the rsx (02-06). They are 5x114.3 in case you cant find it. The type s wheels will fit nicely on your ep3

So nicely that you may not want to return to your buddy lol

bluebullitt2003
05-28-2010, 12:12 PM
sweet, thanks guys