First, if you're running in stock, stick with stock Corrado, GTI-VR6, or
Jetta GLX wheels. Almost nothing else fits the bill. If you are moving on
from stock, read on...
>Talk to Dave ...... about his Welds - he got the "other" ones - I have
>Type 72, I think his are 53s or something. Forget, he has the 2 piece
>15x7. The 72s are 3 piece, about 1 pound heavier than the equivalent
>Keizer, mine have been great. Mine are not hubcentric, they're not
>really street wheels - the Weld guy did'nt say "DON'T run these on the
>street," but they are a race wheel - who knows, I like them. Beyond
>that, I don't really know.
I've got the 2-piece Type 76. Don't let the name fool you, though--they're
welded together, so they're definitely not modular. I've got 15x7" with 5"
back space(38mm offset in non-race terms), but had to use 5mm spacers up
front to clear the brakes. This makes the tires protrude slightly from the
fender well, bumping me from STR to STU (but I'm ready for the new DSP,
dammit). I like 'em, though. I got 'em for ~$260 per.
>I don't think I've ever seen anyone actually using a Volk on an
>autocross car - I think that guy Gabe with the Cabriolet has some, had
>some, maybe. One would like to think they're strong, it is more the
>weight I doubt than the strength(but if as light as claimed, I'm
There's a team running Type R's in one of the touring series(dominating it
in 98) on Volk TE37's. A friend of mine whom I introduced to autocross(and
bought a 99 Miata Sport as a result) bought a set of 'em for race wheels but
hasn't run them yet. They're spooky light. I never put 'em on a scale, but
I'd say they were EASILY under 10lbs for a 15x6" (remember, they're forged
magnesium--same stuff many really light race wheels are made of). It's hard
to fit them on a VR6, though.
>I love my Welds. They're not cheap, but they do work well - they hold
>air, they're round, they're light:).
Yeah, what he said...
Finding a race wheels for the VR6 cars is hell. I spent all winter
searching, looking at:
Diamond Racing steelies No good backspace
Real Racing No good backspace
Volk Not the right back space, none ever tried on a VR6 car
Panasport No good backspace, possible brake clearance problems
In the end, I found only 3 that could satisfactorily fit my criteria(15x7,
38-40mm offset, sub-14lbs). Those were Litespeed Keizer knock-offs at $200
per and the Welds at $260 per. I chose the Welds based on appearance (I
know--they're race wheels, but they ARE purty), reputation, and Iain's
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