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Old 07-21-2012, 05:44 PM   #1
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Default I have a cracked Rota

BUT...

I don't think there's any reason to be blaming Rota on this one:

1) I have 17x7.5 Subzeros. an early batch. Before Rota started making them hubcentric for Subarus. These are probably 10 year old wheels. Aluminum wheels don't last forever

2)
- Cleaned my wheels, noticed cracks on 6 of the 10 spokes
- Since my only other wheels have snow tires on them, and it's 90+ degrees every day, I decide to put it back on and keep a daily eye on the cracks until I can find some new or used wheels.
- Checking for any growth of crack the next day after my commute, the entire wheel is hot. The brakes, of course were scorching hot, and the entire wheel was hot from transfer through the hub. They were not too hot to touch, but they were very, very warm.

Something was obviously very wrong.

First opportunity I had, pulled the wheel off. Didn't see anything obviously wrong, so I pulled the caliper.... seized slider pin.
That'll do it.

So the cracks likely came about due to the heat coupled with hard driving. Interestingly I didn't really notice any issues with the brakes or power. I don't really know how long the brakes were like this. For all I know this could have been like this for months. Interestingly, the pads looked fine and had plenty of life, but they had been there for about 6 or 7 years, so I replaced them just to be sure.

Brakes were fixed by buying a new bracket, pin, and seal kit.

I guess I got my money's worth from the wheels after ~10 years. I didn't really want to spend on new wheels right now, but I'm also not wanting to be anywhere near that wheel when it breaks. It'll spend the rest of it's life taking one trip to the tire installers to move the tires over to my new Sparco Assetto Gara's, then I'll take it to the metal recyclers for my 10 bucks or whatever they pay for 17 pounds of aluminum wheel.

I wanted 17x9 or 17x8 for wider tires, but the Sparcos were $525 shipped on closeout from Tire Rack, and I have better things to spend money on right now than the $1700 or wahtever 17x9 plus tires would be vs. the 17x7.5 wheels plus installer fees. I couldn't pass them up for the price. Love the look, just wish they were 8 inches instead of 7.5... that would still fit my current 225 star specs, and I could move to 235s next set of tires if I wanted.


Here's a pic of some of the cracks I found when I was cleaning them:
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Old 07-21-2012, 07:37 PM   #2
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man....delete this thread.....this is just not a reason to post this here


all the ****ing idiots will come out of the woodwork and start posting all sorts of stupid **** and the other idiots will post all sorts of new threads asking all sort of stupid **** about rotas and the war will be on

DELETE THIS PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11
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Old 07-21-2012, 09:58 PM   #3
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man....delete this thread.....this is just not a reason to post this here

all the ****ing idiots will come out of the woodwork and start posting all sorts of stupid **** and the other idiots will post all sorts of new threads asking all sort of stupid **** about rotas and the war will be on

DELETE THIS PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11
People are always gonna have more and more questions you can't stop that so why complain. This could be helpful to people with Rotas. Calm down.
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Old 07-21-2012, 10:06 PM   #4
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People are always gonna have more and more questions you can't stop that so why complain. This could be helpful to people with Rotas. Calm down.

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you havent been here long enough to know that your view is just on this one
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Old 07-21-2012, 11:19 PM   #5
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Old 07-22-2012, 12:12 AM   #6
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Old 07-22-2012, 01:36 AM   #7
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FYI 225's and 235's will fit on a 7.5j rim Just fine...
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Old 07-22-2012, 01:55 AM   #8
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FYI 225's and 235's will fit on a 7.5j rim Just fine...

that depends on what you define as 'just fine'

i have used the same 17x7.5 wheels on my 02 and 06 wrx's since JAN 2002 and I wouldnt use a 235/40 on them.....again....I have run 215/45's and 225/45's and 235/40's

and the 235/40 is, depending on the tire, too wide

the 235/40 Federal 595RS-R's were too wide for the 7.5" wide wheel
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Old 07-22-2012, 02:06 AM   #9
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that depends on what you define as 'just fine'

i have used the same 17x7.5 wheels on my 02 and 06 wrx's since JAN 2002 and I wouldnt use a 235/40 on them.....again....I have run 215/45's and 225/45's and 235/40's

and the 235/40 is, depending on the tire, too wide

the 235/40 Federal 595RS-R's were too wide for the 7.5" wide wheel

I understand what you are saying. But a 235 will still fit on a 7.5in wheel. Most people won't notice the loss in responsiveness from too wide of a tire for a wheel. Heck, I've seen a guy with a civic running 245's on a 7j wheel putting down some quick times.
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Old 07-22-2012, 02:23 AM   #10
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I understand what you are saying. But a 235 will still fit on a 7.5in wheel. Most people won't notice the loss in responsiveness from too wide of a tire for a wheel. Heck, I've seen a guy with a civic running 245's on a 7j wheel putting down some quick times.
thats the thing. plenty of wheels will fit.

just because it fits doesn't mean its "best" or "right". There is an optimum range of tire sizes based on wheel width and rolling diameter - and this is the information people are looking for.
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