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OZ Ultraleggera 6 14.63%
Enkei RPF1 26 63.41%
Rota G-Force 9 21.95%
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Old 07-01-2008, 12:23 PM   #1
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So I am in the market for some new wheels and have narrowed it down to a few choices. I will be using these for summer driving (ie. some track, spirited mountain driving, maybe some autox). I want light, but it's my dd, so durable is also important. No matter what I get, I'm putting Dunlap Star Specs in 235/45 17 since all the wheels are available in 17x8.

Here's what I've got (all will be gold or black[ish]):

OZ Ultraleggera- My favorate look, at the top end of my price range

Enkei RPF1- Lightest, a little cheaper

Rota G-Force- Heaviest, cheapest

Any thoughts from people with experience with any of these would be great, since I've already researched them all.
Also, I have gold rota attacks on right now (I didn't get stock wheels when I bought the car, so these will be my winter wheels)


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Old 07-01-2008, 01:34 PM   #2
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my choices would be:
1. rota g-force
2. enkei rpf-1
3. oz ultraleggera

all being in the 17x8 size.
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Old 07-01-2008, 01:52 PM   #3
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^yes please, I could use some lessons.


my choice is: you're not going to notice any difference other than looks or price.
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Old 07-01-2008, 01:58 PM   #4
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I'm not a Rota hater, but I'd much rather have Enkei or OZ wheels under me during high speed track time.
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Old 07-01-2008, 02:20 PM   #5
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I had the enkeis and have the rota's. The g force is not a heavy wheel. Heavier than the rpf1 yes but most wheels are. This is my second set of rotas and I have had 0 problems. If you dont like the look of the rpf1 dont get it. Thats alot of cash to throw down. Both are 17x8. I say go with the Rota's. Love mine.
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Got a set of 17" x 8" Rota G-Force in Hyper Black being delivered tomorrow.
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Old 07-01-2008, 02:49 PM   #7
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I like my rota's.

Wheels are basically disposable IMO, so the cheaper the better.
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Old 07-01-2008, 06:01 PM   #8
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Well, there may not be wheels in my future now due to the fact my strut is fcuked and struts trump wheels. Life comes at you fast
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Old 07-01-2008, 07:13 PM   #9
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RPF-1 any day of the week
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Old 07-01-2008, 07:43 PM   #10
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Well, there may not be wheels in my future now due to the fact my strut is fcuked and struts trump wheels. Life comes at you fast

sorry to hear.



coilovers anyone?
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Old 07-02-2008, 01:26 PM   #11
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I'm still awaiting the outcome, so there is still hope...

Thanks for the responses! Keep them coming
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Old 07-02-2008, 04:34 PM   #12
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Well, there may not be wheels in my future now due to the fact my strut is fcuked and struts trump wheels. Life comes at you fast
Sorry to hear about the bad strut

All the more reason to get the Rota G-Force's though New wheels and money left over to fix your suspension

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Old 07-02-2008, 05:03 PM   #13
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^I'm really leaning in that direction. I'll let you know for sure if I decide on the rotas

ps. I wish you carried dunlops
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Old 07-02-2008, 05:21 PM   #14
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^I'm really leaning in that direction. I'll let you know for sure if I decide on the rotas

ps. I wish you carried dunlops
Sounds good We do carry Dunlops and we have done many wheel/tire packages with the Direzza Z1 Star Specs

Here's a package we did for forum member jaydow11, 18x8.5 SVN's with 235/40/18 z1 Star Specs



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Old 07-02-2008, 06:02 PM   #15
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Damn, those SVN's are hot! Between those and the g-force, which do you think are better for daily driving on crap colorado roads (ie. more durable) and then of course the occasional track time?

And would you mind pm'ing me a price for the wheels and above mentioned Dunlops in 235/45 17 shipped? Thanks

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Old 07-02-2008, 07:17 PM   #16
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They are both very durable and we haven't had any issues with either wheel. If you are looking to stay with a 17" wheel then the G-Force might be a better option as it comes in a wide variety of colors. The 17x8 SVN's are not available right now and the only color coming to the US anytime soon is Full Royal Sports Bronze, in 18x8.5 they come in a wide variety of colors

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Old 07-02-2008, 07:42 PM   #17
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Thanks Dan!
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Old 07-03-2008, 11:57 AM   #18
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Well, the OZ are out, too pricey....

now it's between the rotas and Enkeis.... I'm lovin the customer service from suby dude which is making me lean that direction.

The one big question is if the MAT technology used by enkei really makes that big a difference (obviously they are lighter, but are they really stronger?)

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Old 07-03-2008, 03:34 PM   #19
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Well, the OZ are out, too pricey....

now it's between the rotas and Enkeis.... I'm lovin the customer service from suby dude which is making me lean that direction.

The one big question is if the MAT technology used by enkei really makes that big a difference (obviously they are lighter, but are they really stronger?)
I know Sport Compact Car managed to severely bang up their old Project WRX doing some off-road shenanigans. They ran the Enkeis, and despite the damage to the suspension, the wheel was in pretty good shape. I'm sure they've got it in their archives online. I wouldn't doubt the Enkei is a stronger wheel, but I don't doubt the Rota is strong enough. Plus, Rota North America has excellent customer service.
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+1 for the minority (OZ Ultraleggeras). But my priorities are function (17x8, close to stock weight as possible), looks (evenly distributed 10+ spokes in "gunmetal") and cost (<~$300/wheel).

On that last one, it doesn't seem like RPF-1's and Ultraleggeras are that far apart in cost (at least in 17x8).

RPF-1 = ~$270 (rallysport direct)
Ultraleggeras = $272 (tirerack)

Of course I didn't shop around too hard for the RPF-1s and they have multiple retailers whereas OZ's appear to only be available through tirerack.

If cost is the factor for you then it seems like the Rota's are the no brainer.
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Old 07-09-2008, 01:35 PM   #21
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Bump for more opinions and for a pic of my current set up. I'm trying to decide if another gold set or black/gunmetal.... I was set on gold again, but saw some pics of the gunmetal rotas, and wow!
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Old 07-09-2008, 03:59 PM   #22
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You can get RPF1's much cheaper than $270 each.

I would vote for the RPF1's in gold Bonus: they clear StopTechs and Brembos.
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Old 07-09-2008, 04:16 PM   #23
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doug how about the trmotorsports mt-1 wheel?

17x8.5 +48 17.5lbs for $270 or so from TR.
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you can get the rpf-1 from oakos for 972 shipped (17x8 gold or silver)
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Old 07-10-2008, 12:27 PM   #25
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Just saw a local guy with the rpf1 and they looked good. I was looking at tirerack.com and can get the rpf1 with the dunlops for $1550 mounted and shipped with the $50 dunlop rebate....
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