jeffcarroll78s2
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Re: Search issues and aftermarket wheels

Thu Sep 22, 2016 4:31 pm

I recently purchased a "like new" 2014 with very low mileage, but it didn't have the standard OEM aluminum wheels. After doing some basic research, I realized the stock Toyota MR2 Spyder wheels that I had sitting around, could work with the right combination of front wheel adapter and tires. The rear Spyder wheels were 16" but had the same hub diameter and bolt pattern, so they bolted right up. I went with a 195mm wide LRR tire that is very close to the same diameter as the original MIEV tire diameter. The front Spyder wheels are 6" wide and 15" diameter, so a 145mm tire wouldn't work. The hub diameter was 2mm smaller, so I purchased a wheel adapter that gave enough clearance for the 6" wheel and just turned down the hub on the hubcentric adapter to match the Spyder wheel. I found 155 mm tire that would work and close to the same diameter as the original MIEV diameter. Here's a pic. Let me know if you want more info...

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Re: Search issues and aftermarket wheels

Thu Sep 22, 2016 5:49 pm

Could you make the pic a little bigger, trying to identify the gravel in the tread? :lol:
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Re: Search issues and aftermarket wheels

Thu Sep 22, 2016 6:17 pm

(I need to find me a blue 2014/2016. That is a really nice color.)

Those wheels look great. Glad to see more options in the tire/wheel department.
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Re: Search issues and aftermarket wheels

Fri Sep 23, 2016 7:16 am

Too bad you can't put the Honda Insight re92 size all the way around.

Nothing like the worlds most efficient tire.

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Re: Search issues and aftermarket wheels

Wed Oct 26, 2016 11:58 am

melloyello wrote:If you don't cut the studs, there might be clearance issues with installing them in the rear. I think maybe the back of those drum brakes get in the way. You might have to remove the rear wheel hubs somehow to install the studs. You'll also need to use those open ended lug nuts.


Just revisiting this now that I'm in the process of installing Winter tires on my stock rims, thinking about spring already *sigh*

Am I reading it correctly that you don't actually need longer studs at on the rear wheels, ie can I use the stock studs with the Mini wheels on the rear and just replace the studs up front?

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Re: Search issues and aftermarket wheels

Wed Oct 26, 2016 8:39 pm

pluto wrote:
melloyello wrote:If you don't cut the studs, there might be clearance issues with installing them in the rear. I think maybe the back of those drum brakes get in the way. You might have to remove the rear wheel hubs somehow to install the studs. You'll also need to use those open ended lug nuts.


Just revisiting this now that I'm in the process of installing Winter tires on my stock rims, thinking about spring already *sigh*

Am I reading it correctly that you don't actually need longer studs at on the rear wheels, ie can I use the stock studs with the Mini wheels on the rear and just replace the studs up front?


You can stay with stock studs on the rears but you won't be able to use spacers so your tires would be 10mm inward from where they should be. I don't know how significant the effects would be on the handling if you do this. If you want, I guess you could try it and see?

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Re: Search issues and aftermarket wheels

Sat Sep 09, 2017 6:19 am

So I didn't get around to putting on my Mini wheels or extended studs last year, but was thinking about doing it now since I need to work on the front brakes (they seem to be dragging quite bad) so I'm ready to mount the Mini wheels next spring (winter tires will go on in a month or so, and the OEM tires are done)

However I just realized that the set of studs ordered from Amazon was only a set of 10 and I need 16! To further complicate matters Amazon is not selling them anymore (Currently Unavailable)

melloyello - did you order two sets by chance and have a couple extra studs?

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Re: Search issues and aftermarket wheels

Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:59 am

Yes, I ordered 2 sets, but that would only leave me with 4 extra studs if I can still find them.

It does look like they are not longer sold on amazon, but I found them here on ebay:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/50mm-LONG-EXTEN ... MS&vxp=mtr

They appear to be the same ones.

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Re: Search issues and aftermarket wheels

Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:10 am

Thanks, ordered! You are a lifesaver!

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Re: Search issues and aftermarket wheels

Tue Dec 12, 2017 8:39 am

I think I'm finally going to get my extended studs put on this week, but I'm having a local garage do it. I couldn't get the front brake rotor to budge when I tried a few months ago, figured I was going to destroy it in the process. Plus it is all pitted and rusted and needs to be replaced anyway. I picked up a set of rotors this weekend from NAPA in Niagara Falls, NY hopefully they are the right size. Canadian NAPA stores don't carry this part or anything else for the iMiEV, the only rotors available locally was from the dealer for more than double the cost.

Melloyello you mentioned in in the other thread something about cutting the studs down to 60mm to fit them on the rear because of the backing plate, yet the studs I have are 50mm. I'm a bit confused, do they need to be cut down more or not?

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