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      01-23-2012, 12:10 AM   #1
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Best 18" track rims

Got a e92M3 on 19s right now. I'm ready to take the next step and I'd like to buy a set of track specific rims.

What's the best 18in wheel from a cost/quality/look pov?

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      01-23-2012, 12:38 AM   #2
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1. Volk TE37SL
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IMHO these are your best bests for 18" track wheels. The great thing about these is that each of the above should clear 380mm BBK should you decide to upgrade. I'm obviously biased, but to me the TE37SL are the best track wheels available. Forged, lightweight, good looks and clears pretty much any BBK. The HRE R series look awesome, are forged and are of excellent quality - there are several people on the boards here who swear by them. Advan wheels are generally cast but they are extremely strong, race proven wheels. And they look awesome. That being said, these three will probably be some of the more expensive options, although you can probably find a used set of Volks for a reasonable price.

Apex wheels are also a good option if you're concerned about cost.

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Volk TE37 > HRE R40 > TE37SL > BBS RE > Advan TCIIIs
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Volk TE37 > HRE R40 > TE37SL > BBS RE > Advan TCIIIs
Curious why you rank the TE37 higher than the SLs?

SLs are lighter no?

They're all great choices.


and if you want to save $$, then APEX wheels.
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      01-23-2012, 04:39 AM   #5
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If you're looking to save money, many go with APEX, but also don't forget about the Enkei NT03's. Between Apex and the Enkei's, i'd go with the enkei's.
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I'd also add Forgeline to the list of track wheels. Their Competition wheel line is used by many top pro race teams, including Turner Motorsport. They make three-piece (ZX3R, GA3R, GZ3R) and monoblock (GA1R) race/track wheels.
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I have a staggered and square set of TE 37s and have been very happy. Use the staggered for daily driving with NT05s and the square for the track with R compounds.
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thanks for the info everyone. Perfect thread.
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ADVAN RS is also a good choice.
Lots of great choices out there at different price points.

Im running Volk TE37s now myself, used the ADVAN RS in the past with zero issues.
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Pretty much everyone rocks the Volks (from what I've seen). A lot of guys also use the APEX wheels and DPE. Why are wheels so expensive? lolz
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The APEX will fit StopTech 380mm BBK's.

I'd through out CCW's too.

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Curious why you rank the TE37 higher than the SLs?

SLs are lighter no?

They're all great choices.


and if you want to save $$, then APEX wheels.

i was talking to my friend with Pinhead about this. SLs are form forged which is like 70% cast, and 30% forged. Its all in the manufacturing process which is why SLs are so cheap compared to the regular TE37s, which are still Rays/Volks top of the line monoblock forged wheels. But the benefit of the SL line is that it is much easer and cheaper to manufacture because of the time/material saved from the forging process, (TE37 are forged from start to finish, SLs are cast, then forged for strength), but they are not 100% true forged wheels.

This is coming from a friend of mine who's parents are in the wheel manufacturing business and has and currently works with Rays Japan.
Also my family is in the business of providing the machinery for forging wheels, etc.

i wish LMB was still here, he would explain it much better than me.
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i was talking to my friend with Pinhead about this. SLs are form forged which is like 70% cast, and 30% forged. Its all in the manufacturing process which is why SLs are so cheap compared to the regular TE37s, which are still Rays/Volks top of the line monoblock forged wheels. But the benefit of the SL line is that it is much easer and cheaper to manufacture because of the time/material saved from the forging process, (TE37 are forged from start to finish, SLs are cast, then forged for strength), but they are not 100% true forged wheels.

This is coming from a friend of mine who's parents are in the wheel manufacturing business and has and currently works with Rays Japan.
Also my family is in the business of providing the machinery for forging wheels, etc.

i wish LMB was still here, he would explain it much better than me.
Thanks man.
VOLK makes is seem like they took the TE37 and trimmed some metal away to make it even lighter!!!
What I don't get is how they were able to make the wheel lighter if they're using a "weaker" material?

LMB was/is awesome for this stuff

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i was talking to my friend with Pinhead about this. SLs are form forged which is like 70% cast, and 30% forged. Its all in the manufacturing process which is why SLs are so cheap compared to the regular TE37s, which are still Rays/Volks top of the line monoblock forged wheels. But the benefit of the SL line is that it is much easer and cheaper to manufacture because of the time/material saved from the forging process, (TE37 are forged from start to finish, SLs are cast, then forged for strength), but they are not 100% true forged wheels.

This is coming from a friend of mine who's parents are in the wheel manufacturing business and has and currently works with Rays Japan.
Also my family is in the business of providing the machinery for forging wheels, etc.

i wish LMB was still here, he would explain it much better than me.

Great info to know, I never knew this...
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Thanks man.
VOLK makes is seem like they took the TE37 and trimmed some metal away to make it even lighter!!!
What I don't get is how they were able to make the wheel lighter if they're using a "weaker" material?

LMB was/is awesome for this stuff

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same material, different manufacturing process. the reason forged wheels are so expensive is not material, its time and time=money.
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I'd also add Forgeline to the list of track wheels. Their Competition wheel line is used by many top pro race teams, including Turner Motorsport. They make three-piece (ZX3R, GA3R, GZ3R) and monoblock (GA1R) race/track wheels.
I use an 18x10" square Forgeline setup for the track with 275/35-18 tires. I've been very happy with it. As stated above, Turner uses Forgelines on their competition cars, and they fit a 380mm front StopTech brake kit.
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I use an 18x10" square Forgeline setup for the track with 275/35-18 tires. I've been very happy with it. As stated above, Turner uses Forgelines on their competition cars, and they fit a 380mm front StopTech brake kit.
Your car looks awesome on track! Are you running the GA3R or the GZ3R, not the ZX3R? I'm asking because your wheel centers look like they have been machined on the side of the "spokes" to save weight.

I have a set of the ZX3R.
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Aside from what everyone has already mentioned, I hear through the grapevine that both Volk and Advan will be announcing some new wheels.

Volk already announced their new G25 which look like they're going to be really light.
http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=638248

Advan is working on some forged variant of the TCIII that will come with some monster lip. I am personally waiting to hear the weights, sizes, and prices of these "TC-IIID". They are also releasing new versions of the Advan RS, called the RSII

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Your car looks awesome on track! Are you running the GA3R or the GZ3R, not the ZX3R? I'm asking because your wheel centers look like they have been machined on the side of the "spokes" to save weight.

I have a set of the ZX3R.
Thanks! Good eye to spot the wheel centers in that photo--they're GA3Rs.
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same material, different manufacturing process. the reason forged wheels are so expensive is not material, its time and time=money.
Thanks for clearing that up. I was always wondering my I had to pay so much more for my original style TE37s compared to the SL version.
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