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Old 01-22-2004, 10:00 AM   #1
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I'm looking into wheels for my 04 WRX, and I was wondering about the quality of Enkei (RPM2) and Rota (Formel) versus the likes of OZ's P1 and P7, etc. Obviously the OZs are pricey, and the Rotas & Enkeis are cheaper, but as far as quality goes, has anyone had any bad experiences?

Please share.

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Old 01-22-2004, 10:17 AM   #2
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I'm with you... I'm having a tough time deciding on rims. I do know this, the rotas get alot of praise for being a cast wheel. Great cost, durability and performance. I'm steering away from them becasue firstly I want 18"'s and secondly I'm just not impressed with the styling. The other high end brands you mentioned are forged wheels, so they are gonna be stronger and lighter, but twice as expensive. I've been looking into ADR, Konig and Kazera. I don't know much about Enkei.
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Old 01-22-2004, 10:42 AM   #3
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I had a set of 17" Enkei RPM 2s and the quality of the finish was first rate. Keep in mind, these are wheels from Enkei Japan. Enkei is an OEM wheel supplier for SEVERAL Japanese car makers. I wouldn't worry about the quality of ANY of the Rotas (I've owned SEVERAL sets) or the quality of these particular Enkeis. IMO, some of the more "tuner" style Enkei wheels (like you find at Discount Tire) are suspect.

IMO, you can't miss with any of the Rotas or the Enkei RPM 2s.

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Old 01-22-2004, 03:47 PM   #4
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Here's another dillemma:

17s or 18s?

I think I'm looking at getting 225s, and I had Nitto NT555s on my Eclipse, which I really like, because they wear very well for everyday driving, and then when they get warmed up, they stick like glue, but they are only available in 225/40 17, and 225/40 18, and according to this there is a 3" circumference difference with the 17s (smaller) and only a .6" circumference difference with the 18s from stock. I have economy in mind, and most of my driving is either good freeway speeds, or stop & go traffic, so I would push toward the 18s. However, I am planning on getting Prodrive springs, and I'm afraid that the 18s would be too abusive to my lovely wife, so I would push toward the 17s.

I'd like to hear from people that have noticed the differences of having 17 & 18" wheels.

Thanks a lot guys, you took one variable out of my equasion. Now, I just wait for my tax check.
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Old 01-22-2004, 05:17 PM   #5
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I have both a set of Enkei (RPF1) and Rota (Subzero). So far I haven't had a problem with either, and I've had the Rotas for about two years. One apparent difference is that the Enkei have a much, much nicer finish. They're perfectly smooth, and dirt seems to wash right off. The Rotas don't appear to have a clearcoat, so dirt really sticks to them. I don't know if Rota has improved the finish of their wheels in the meantime, mine are from the first generation in Subaru fitment (not hubcentric yet).

I have used the Subzero for street driving, autocross, and hitting a curb very hard one time (not intentional ). They have been good to me. And the RPF1 cost almost twice as much. Your call, I think that both offer excellent value for the price.
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Old 01-22-2004, 05:26 PM   #6
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Can a clearcoat be added to the rotas? My wife does not like the gold wheels thing, but of the two, I like the rotas better than the Enkei because of the step-lip on the enkeis and the flat lip on the rotas. I am guessing that without a clear coat, it would just be matte aluminum?

Hmmm
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Old 01-22-2004, 05:55 PM   #7
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just keep your wheels waxed and they'll clean up better
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Old 01-22-2004, 10:10 PM   #8
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We have sinced changed our clear coat to a powder type paint so that the clear coat is thicker.
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Old 01-23-2004, 07:22 AM   #9
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Here's another dillemma:

17s or 18s?

I think I'm looking at getting 225s, and I had Nitto NT555s on my Eclipse, which I really like, because they wear very well for everyday driving, and then when they get warmed up, they stick like glue, but they are only available in 225/40 17, and 225/40 18, and according to this there is a 3" circumference difference with the 17s (smaller) and only a .6" circumference difference with the 18s from stock. I have economy in mind, and most of my driving is either good freeway speeds, or stop & go traffic, so I would push toward the 18s. However, I am planning on getting Prodrive springs, and I'm afraid that the 18s would be too abusive to my lovely wife, so I would push toward the 17s.

I'd like to hear from people that have noticed the differences of having 17 & 18" wheels.

Thanks a lot guys, you took one variable out of my equasion. Now, I just wait for my tax check.
Well, 225/40/18's on 7.5" wide Rotas and Prodrive springs ride pretty good unless your roads are horrible...at least, mine do.

If you go with 17's, you need to get 225/45/17 tires to maintain the proper circumference although some people have tried 215/40/17's as well. There are plenty of other tires out there that are just as sticky as Nitto 555 and come in the correct size you need...

Good luck,

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Old 01-23-2004, 09:43 PM   #10
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The other high end brands you mentioned are forged wheels, so they are gonna be stronger and lighter, but twice as expensive.
None of the wheels he listed are forged wheels. They are all cast. The only wheel mentioned in this thread that is even semi-forged is the enkei rpf1.
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Old 04-10-2004, 03:05 AM   #11
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I have a set of 18x7.5 rpm2's with kuhmo 712's (225/40/18) on an 03 wrx with a set of eibach pro kits...rides perfectly and I haven't had any probs with the wheels either...here's a pic, hope this helps.

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Old 04-10-2004, 05:29 PM   #12
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We have sinced changed our clear coat to a powder type paint so that the clear coat is thicker.
I can attest to this...this finish is huge!

Just be vigilant on your tire pressure and you will be fine with either one.
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Old 04-11-2004, 02:29 AM   #13
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Here's what the RPF1s look like on the WRB wagon.

http://www.imagestation.com/album/?id=4287202427
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Old 04-11-2004, 03:30 PM   #14
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just be aware that the Rota Formels won't fit with most Big Brake Kits available. the only one i am positive of then STi 4 pots. I'm not sure if Ion Performance's kit fits.
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Old 04-12-2004, 11:35 AM   #15
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I have had both 17" and 18" on my 04 and can say that I didn't really notice much of a difference in the ride quality. Each are bumpy. I was running 225 40's on my 18's and 225 45 on my 17's. If you are worried about ride quality look into the type of tire you want. Tires with softer sidewalls will absorb more shock from bumps and make the ride more comfortable.
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