Wheels maketh the car?

2y ago


A comment on a photo posted by one of our followers has prompted me into a bit of ramble. Choosing wheels is always somewhat of a drama for those us into modified cars. More than any other mod they can make or break the car.

It's not just the design that makes the difference, the size and offset all have their part to play. Take the above image of my Sprint car as an example. I spent several weeks researching what size and colour of those Compomotive MLs to buy. In the end I settled for Gold (As you can see!) in 15x8 ET12. The fitment and look when I got them on was exactly what I was after.

Fast forward a couple of years and I had reached a point where I needed to upgrade the brakes and a Freaky Parts Wilwood kit was acquired. Stopping would now be much improved but with all things there's generally a downside, on this occasion it mean low offset and dished wheels would not fit over the brakes and my beloved Compos would have to go.

They were replaced with the Team Dynamics Pro Race 1.2s pictured on my car as it stands now. Objectively they're better wheels. They're lighter, clear the brakes and offer much better brake cooling. They look pretty good but I think you'll agree the overall look of the car with Compomotives was much better.

With my current Daily MK3 MX5 function over form wasn't a consideration, it's not a car for competition. It just has to remain comfy for doing 30,000 miles a year and in my opinion look cool. For that I chose the Sparco Assetto Gara's because they came in the perfect size and fitment for the MK3 MX5. They're also light (made by OZ in Italy), come in a colour I feel really suits the Grey/Tan combo of my car and were also good value for money.

SO what's your opinion on wheel choice? Is it that important to you? Let us know in the comments.

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