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Aftermarket Wheels

Sat May 28, 2016 11:16 am

Hello,

I'm about to pick up a 2012 iMiev in 2 days. Financial issues have led to me trading in my Evo X. I found the iMiev at a local dealer and for the price and cost to drive it was a great option for us but it will be a huge change for me coming from a long history of performance cars. I will say that I smiled the entire test drive. It's definitely not a fast car but it is quick and fun to drive.

That said, I have always been big in appearance so one of the things I was hoping to change was the wheels. I've done a couple searches on a couple of the big sites and they say no wheels available. Does anyone know if there are aftermarket wheels available? if so where is a good place to look?

Also, can anyone tell me what the secret is to using the search on this forum? lol

When I typed in "wheel", "charging", "charging options" or "evse" it gives me this error message -The following words in your search query were ignored because they are too common words

p.s. I did not use the " marks in the search field.

meltdown
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Re: Search issues and aftermarket wheels

Sat May 28, 2016 12:05 pm

I found wheel in this size - 15x4.5 4x100 43mm
Would they work for the front or would width and offset be an issue?

Also would there be a problem with running 15x4 in the rear?

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Re: Search issues and aftermarket wheels

Sat May 28, 2016 1:33 pm

Welcome to the forum!

Doing a Google search for 'imiev forum wheels' will probably work better than the poor search engine within the forum - Nobody has ever had much luck using that

The car's computer functions monitor the revolution rate of each wheel and will not tolerate it if the difference between the current front and rear tire sizes is not maintained - That ratio needs to stay the same, which makes picking tire sizes for aftermarket wheels pretty hard. That said, you will find Euro cars that work correctly with 16" wheels installed, so upgrading is possible. There are wheels manufactured in Europe which will fit both the front and the rear correctly . . . . but they'll be a bit spendy to buy over here

The 15x4.5 4x100 43mm you found will work OK for the front - That's about the only size that will mount the OEM tire size and clear the brake caliper and strut tower. You would NOT want that size on the rear. You'll want at least a 5.5 or 6 inch rim to fit the appropriate sized tire

There are a couple threads here on the forum which discuss changing the wheels and you can learn from some others who have tried both things that worked and things that didn't. I have a brand new set of OEM BMW Mini wheels in my garage which will work *if* you cut the rim on a lathe so as to narrow the width and reweld the rim so you have a pair of 5" rims for the front - Just never have gotten around to finishing that project. If you bought an ES with steel wheels with hubcaps and you wany alloys, the simple solution would be to buy a set of OEM alloys off a wrecked car

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Re: Search issues and aftermarket wheels

Sat May 28, 2016 2:57 pm

Thanks Don for the reply.

I guess I was a little to eager just getting on the site today to post that question. I just finished the 35 page wheel threat on here. There was a lot of good info, especially from you.

So you think these two would work?

http://www.dsgperformance.com/SSR-GTV01-Wheel-15-x-4-5-4-x-100-43mm-Offset-Pre-Order

http://www.dsgperformance.com/SSR-GTV01-Wheel-15-x-6-4-x-100-45mm-Offset-Pre-Order

Thanks again

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Re: Search issues and aftermarket wheels

Sun May 29, 2016 4:06 am

Yes, those should fit fine - You'll need to dismount your OEM wheels/tires to get the TPS sensors out of them and reinstall them with your new wheels/tires. Post some pictures when you get them installed - Those should look sharp on the car!

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Re: Search issues and aftermarket wheels

Sun May 29, 2016 12:16 pm

I'll definitely post pics. I might start a build thread. However not sure how quick I'll be able to get the wheels. They'll have to get approved by the wifey lol.

I'm all ready starting a list

- Car is silver
- Wrap the roof and hood in black or maybe carbon fiber weave.... it will need to look very real, nothing cheesy (inspired by the Rinspeed cars)
- Window visors
- Tint windows
- Summer wheel/tire combo
- Stock wheel/winter tire combo
_ Suspension to lower it..... haven't researched it yet so not sure if they exist or to make sure it won't cause any drivability issues.

That's all I can think of for now.

Getting the car tomorrow!!

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Re: Search issues and aftermarket wheels

Sun May 29, 2016 8:33 pm

Here's another option. 15x5.5 mini cooper wheels 165/60R15 fronts with 175/65R15 Rears:
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Re: Search issues and aftermarket wheels

Mon May 30, 2016 1:49 am

Welcome to the forum. I also used to have fast Hondas mainly (and Toyotas) and went to the I-miev. Only reason being the fantastic value, and my Celica (although still fine), was approaching 15 years old.

Cant say I don't miss the speed, but as a sign of the times, an Electric car makes so much more sense these days as a second car - and yes; definitely not slow, high torque makes it a fun little car to drive.
I kept my motorbike for when I fancy a blast.

Suffice to say, I have become accustomed to the range and charging routine very quickly. It has not limited me yet.

The only thing I miss on the I-MIEV is a good sat-nav/ stereo - but that can be fitted later.
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Re: Search issues and aftermarket wheels

Mon May 30, 2016 1:47 pm

melloyello wrote:Here's another option. 15x5.5 mini cooper wheels 165/60R15 fronts with 175/65R15 Rears
You did have to put a spacer behind the front wheels to make them clear the shock tower . . . . didn't you? What thickness? Need longer studs? No issues with the cars Regen system running those size tires?

I have a brand new set of those same exact wheels complete with "MINI" center caps in the BMW boxes that need to be mounted on something . . . .

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Re: Search issues and aftermarket wheels

Mon May 30, 2016 4:55 pm

I think jray3 found out that lowering the rear causes issues with the CV joints, but you should be able to drop the front a bit.
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