How important is swapping out to aftermarket wheels?

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Here we go again.
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lol No no no. No drama here and not trying to stir anything up. If there is another discussion on it id rather take a look at that and close this thread then.

I'm just legit about to jump on new wheels and tires but i'm getting a really bad case of cold feet.
 

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There are a couple of long-winded discussions about this, but honestly? It's not that important, unless you're tracking your car or don't like the factory look. The stock wheels are fine, but the biggest issue with them is that they are quite heavy and the tires have a low tread life + are susceptible to potholes. General consensus is that you do likely introduce some torque steer when sizing down your wheels, but the savings in unsprung weight + tire costs are considered worth. If you do swap out your rims, best thing to do is find an offset that closely matches stock.
 


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19k here on OEM wheels and original tires, sill got 4/32 at least left. Got a newish set of take-offs (thanks to everyone upgrading to larger profile tires) for around $590 to put on. Might think about switching to forged 18"s or NSX depending on what's available in another 20k.

As long as people keep taking off their new tires, you might be able to save a lot of $ if you stick with OEM wheels. If not, there are cheaper new alternatives if you're on a budget for a daily driver. Falken FK510 comes to mind and is fairly well reviewed.
 
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There are a couple of long-winded discussions about this, but honestly? It's not that important, unless you're tracking your car or don't like the factory look. The stock wheels are fine, but the biggest issue with them is that they are quite heavy and the tires have a low tread life + are susceptible to potholes. General consensus is that you do likely introduce some torque steer when sizing down your wheels, but the savings in unsprung weight + tire costs are considered worth. If you do swap out your rims, best thing to do is find an offset that closely matches stock.
The pothole and potential damage is what bothers me most. Like everyone. That reason alone should be enough. I'd hate to ruin the feel of the car as it currently sits, though.

Coming from a BRZ, this feels great and wouldnt want to take from it
 

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Unless you drive with two fingers, I'm not sure if torque steer can be felt when downsizing the wheels and tires.

If I may suggest, find another R in your area with downsized aftermarket wheels and see if the owner will let you drive it. Observe if you can feel any torque steer.

=)
 

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Swapping out wheels is mainly for 2 reasons:
  1. Going with a smaller diameter to have thicker tirewall to aid in ride comfort with unruly roads.
  2. Getting a lighter wheel for less unsprung mass which has it's own advantages on top of the overall weight savings.
If you need either of the above, it may be useful to swap wheels, even if it means adding a little torque steer back into the equation. There are also wheels that have a high offset that would allow you to have your cake and eat it too (though they tend to get expensive as very few cheap options exist).
 

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... Falken FK510 comes to mind and is fairly well reviewed.
You ain't lying. A set of new Falken FK510 on 35-profile (245/35/20) costs less than a used set of OE Contis. That's a steal of the century that also provides some wheel protection due to thicker sidewall (if sticking with OE wheels).

 

 
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