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Old 08-03-2005, 12:28 PM   #1
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Im thinking about getting a set of 17x7.5 ssr competitions for my wagon. Just wondering how durable these are, ie, how easily will they bend, be damaged hitting bumps, potholes, whatever? Anybody cruising these?
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Old 08-03-2005, 01:05 PM   #2
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They arent known for strength, I'll tell you that much. They are very light though. If you want strong go with BBS or Rota.
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Old 08-03-2005, 06:52 PM   #3
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Id love to have some bbs rims but $ 5-600 per/wheel is just a smidge pricey. And the rotas are kinda heavy arent they? I dont really want to go heavier than 16lbs or so. Anyway...I really like the way the ssr's look. Just concerned about bending/warping the wheel.

Any other peeps out there with ssr's?
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Old 08-03-2005, 07:30 PM   #4
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Go with the Enkei RPF1s. Very light and strong too. You could get a set of 17s for less than $1K if you look around...which isn't a whole more than Rotas and they weigh less.
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Old 08-03-2005, 07:41 PM   #5
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ALL rims bend. Steelies all the way up to the most expensive BBS and Fiske

What is more important is how much sidewall you have protecting the rim. If you go with very low profile tires you WILL bend a rim or you are seriously babying the car.


If you are looking for longevity of the rim get the tire that has a little bit more sidewall protecting it. ie. 225/45 is more protection for the rim than 215/40
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Old 08-03-2005, 07:44 PM   #6
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Enkei RPF1's are not hubcentric. Yes, they have rings but that's not as good.

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Unsubstantiated hooey.

I use 17 x 8.5 +48 SSR Comps for track days/autox, and another set for the street. No problems with either set, and they've taken plenty of very hard use.

Stylish, strong, light, hubcentric and well priced. If you like the look of 'em you won't be disappointed with the performance.
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Old 08-03-2005, 08:11 PM   #7
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My 17x7.5 SSR Comps have 60k miles on them...not easy miles, either......straight as can be......I just mounted new tires on 'em and inspected them.....and all's good......2 of 'em didn't even need any weight for the new tires to balance out....
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Old 08-03-2005, 08:13 PM   #8
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Unsubstantiated hooey.
http://www.villacorte.com/miata/ssr-comp-problems/
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Old 08-03-2005, 08:29 PM   #9
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In reading that 4+ year-old thread I come away with the impression that there are very few problems with SSR Comps. If your intent was to provide anecdotal evidence that there are general problems with the strength of SSR Comps, I'm not swayed.

I'm sure a thorough Internet search will turn up more examples of bent SSR Comps. More than other brands? doubt it. More than other wheels of similar weight? Doubt that too.

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Old 08-03-2005, 08:32 PM   #10
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Thanks for the responses guys, Im pretty sure Im gonna get them. Now I just have to decide between anthracite or silver.....then the rubber to wrap em in

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Old 08-03-2005, 08:36 PM   #11
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....just make SURE to keep pressure in the tires....I never go under 35psi.
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Old 08-03-2005, 08:36 PM   #12
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In reading that 4+ year-old thread I come away with the impression that there are very few problems with SSR Comps. If your intent was to provide anecdotal evidence that there are general problems with the strength of SSR Comps, I'm not swayed.

I'm sure a thorough Internet search will turn up more examples of bent SSR Comps. More than other brands? doubt it. More than other wheels of similar weight? Doubt that too.

Yup.
Just wanted to make sure the info was seen since your comment on these wheels having problems with bending was "unsubstantiated hooey", which really doesn't provide much in the way of data . I just typed "SSR Competition" into Google and it was on page 2. I'm interested in these wheels too.

Do any of you know why Tire Rack no longer has the SSR Competition on their web page? They were there like a month ago. I heard the company went bankrupt and/or was bought out, but no hard data The Speedstar web page seems to be dead: http://www.speedstar.co.jp/

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Old 08-03-2005, 09:18 PM   #13
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which really doesn't provide much in the way of data
True. How about anecdotal hooey?

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Do any of you know why Tire Rack no longer has the SSR Competition on their web page?

They are there, in stock in 17x7.5. On the Wheels 73 through 77 of 90 listing.TireRack linky
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Old 08-03-2005, 09:30 PM   #14
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They are there, in stock in 17x7.5. On the Wheels 73 through 77 of 90 listing.TireRack linky
That's strange, I guess they ran out of the STi sizes. If I put in my vehicle as 2005 STi, they no longer show up. A few weeks ago they had them there in the 17x8.5 size, which is what I wanted. Now I don't see that size on either the 2005 STi specific page or the one you linked.
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Old 08-03-2005, 09:34 PM   #15
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They are there, in stock in 17x7.5...
yes and 17x8.5 and 18x8.5 are in stock too for 5x100 - but to his point the only 5x114.3 size listed right now is the 19x8 Comp-H:

http://www.tirerack.com/servlet/Call...pecial=Pricing

the only SSR of any style availalble in 17" for the '05 STI right now is the 17x8 GT7...
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the comps are plenty strong...we have been using them for years and the only time I've had to order a replacement for a customer is when he nailed a curb at 35 mph. Rota is a cast wheel, and cheaply cast at that - like any wheel, how they last is all a matter of luck in many cases. Some will say they have done a million miles and not had an issue, others will tell you stories about how a minor pothole put a wedge shape crack in their wheel - I have customers that have experienced both.

The RPF1 is an awesome choice - they use their own casting technology to make a wheel that rivals forged for strength and weight, but costs far less. This is why Enkei is selected time and time again for OEM wheels on a variety of Japanese cars, and why companies such as Advan contract out to Enkei to make their wheels.

If you are looking for either (shameless plug) - let me know

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Old 08-03-2005, 10:14 PM   #17
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Adam,
Tell me the pros and cons of a hub-centric wheel vs. a non hub-centric wheel. I love the Enkeis, but don't want a compromise wheel.
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Todd - having owned nearly every type of wheel out there in the last 10 years, from Rota's to Volk to Oettinger to Work to Speedline to...you get the idea, I've had the chance to use both hubcentric and non hubcentric wheels. Hubcentric is one of those features where you say "ooh, nice" when you find out, but functionally, it makes ZERO difference. So long as the person selling you the wheels, or the place installing them, knows the size you need, you'll be all set

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Cool, thanks! I've heard conflicting stories on the RPF1s..on one side I've heard they are hub-centric and the other I've heard they aren't. Which is it?
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I have a set of 17x8.5 comps with 235/40 RA-1's mounted on them and I could not be happier with their appearance/performance/durability. I would highly recommend them.

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RPF1 are not hubcebtric
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i had 16" SSR Comps on one of my hondas (98 hatch/ITR) and i bent a wheel when it should have just curbed it... It was bent the point of having to get a new wheel to replace it..and this was NOT a major curb hit. I've hit curbs harder..and done nothing more than knick a wheel. IMHO, and personal expierence, i say they ARE weak. Also, not so personal, my frined Alex (owns Eurospeed out of Cary, NC) has mentioned to be before that he has had numerous complaints from BMW guys of the wheels being damaged in VERY minior happenings....
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Do any of you know why Tire Rack no longer has the SSR Competition on their web page? They were there like a month ago. I heard the company went bankrupt and/or was bought out, but no hard data The Speedstar web page seems to be dead: http://www.speedstar.co.jp/
Yes, SSR is not making any wheels right now. Rumor has it they will be back, but the time in which they will is yet to be determined.

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