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      12-26-2009, 08:04 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by HREM3 View Post
I put winter tires on my stock 19's with the same size fronts as my P40s have (255/35)

The Front wheels weigh exactly the same at 50.5 lbs.

The Stock Rears (265/35 tires) weigh 54.5 lbs. and the P40s (295/30 tires) weigh 55 lbs.

So although they look great, they are by all means not a performance upgrade. 6500 dollars for looks only .

I'm not mad though.
Just wanted to inform the community, sorry that I have no pictures.

btw... the Tires on the P40s are PS2s and the tires on the 19s are Bridgestone Blizzaks.
The heavier weights are actually by design.

It's not an accident or an oversight by HRE...

I got a chance to speak with the lead engineer for HRE earlier this year.

HRE's philosophy is to leave a little more material on their monoblock forged wheel designs, to increase their durability over time. The additional weight is mearly a by-product of this philosophy.

HRE's #1 priority is to increase the durability their wheel products. They wanted to reduce the chances of a bent rim by one of their customers, so they have adopted a mindset that is similar to how OEM manufacturers build their wheels.

More material in key areas = an increase the overall durability of the wheel product.

So the additional weight does serve a purpose.

The best is yet to come...