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black350Z
03-07-2003, 04:38 PM
Winter in MN = car on jack-stands in garage.
Removing wheels for cleaning = Broken back.

Seriously, the stock wheel/tire assembly for my 350Z Perf model seems awfully heavy for what appears to be an aluminum alloy. Size is 18X8.5 offset 33 Front and Rear (? need to double check that offset).

Anyone know of some light magnesium wheels of this size? Links, brands, please.

[edited because I checked my notes when I got home. looks like all 4 wheels are 18 x 8 offset 30. see my reply to tirerack below]

Kookz
03-08-2003, 03:38 AM
Volk TE37. www.raysengineering.co.jp

Mav1178
03-08-2003, 04:06 AM
Seriously, the stock wheel/tire assembly for my 350Z Perf model seems awfully heavy for what appears to be an aluminum alloy. Size is 18X8.5 offset 33 Front and Rear (? need to double check that offset).

You do realize that an 18" tire ALONE will be around 30-35lbs... factor in the average ~20lbs for an aluminum alloy CAST wheel, and it'll be 50-60lbs for an OE 18" wheel/tire setup.

-alex

LukeP
03-08-2003, 09:13 AM
Winter in MN = car on jack-stands in garage.
Removing wheels for cleaning = Broken back.

Seriously, the stock wheel/tire assembly for my 350Z Perf model seems awfully heavy for what appears to be an aluminum alloy. Size is 18X8.5 offset 33 Front and Rear (? need to double check that offset).

Anyone know of some light magnesium wheels of this size? Links, brands, please.


your current wheels are 18x8 front and 18x8.5 rear. The SSR Competitions will be available for the 350 shortly and will be lighter ( I think )

https://www.tirerack.com/images/wheels/ssr/ssr_comp_sil_s.jpg

black350Z
03-08-2003, 03:19 PM
an 18" tire ALONE will be around 30-35lbs... To be honest, I've never actually weighed a tire before. I have picked up quite a few, although none were 245-45 R18's either. Those that I have hoisted seemed more like 15-25 lbs. I'm going to ask my room mate's dad--he's one of the top Cooper Tire research physisists.

Thanks for noting that, though. It may save me some money....

black350Z
03-08-2003, 03:24 PM
your current wheels are 18x8 front and 18x8.5 rear.

When I had the wheels off the car, I wrote down the sizes of both front and rear wheels [cut and pasted from my .TXT file]:
Front Wheels: 18 x 8JJ offset 30
Rear Wheels: 18 x 8JJ offset 30

"18 x 8JJ offset 30" is stamped on the inside of one spoke on each wheel. So it seems all 4 are the same size...for better or worse.

What the hell does "JJ" stand for? Anyone know?

black350Z
03-08-2003, 03:30 PM
Volk TE37. www.raysengineering.co.jp

Yeah, these are exactly what I want except for one important thing -- COLOR! They only come in white and gunmetal. I really want to go with silver (NOT chrome, either). Yes, yes, I'm picky. But what perfectionist isn't? Thanks for the help, though! :)

Kookz
03-08-2003, 09:10 PM
What the hell does "JJ" stand for? Anyone know? It has to do with the design of the wheel where the bead mounts. It's not something you should be concerned with.

Psylence
03-09-2003, 08:34 AM
Thesae guys are really good with low weight rims. There 20" rims are 22 lbs so i would imagine there 18's are even less.Centerlinewheels.com


Psy