Anyone use Rays Wheels?

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Anyone use Rays Wheels?

Postby Repo Man » Wed Jul 24, 2002 9:25 am

I'm looking at Rays Engineering Gram Lights for my '92 240. My goals are to have good looking wheels that are strong and lightweight. The car has seen a little bit of track time, but will be seeing much more in the future. Questions:

1. How are the fit, quality and finish?

2. Any other wheels that are better/comparable? Suggestions?

3. Suggested wheel vendors?

To clarify, track time means SCCA Auto-x, track days at Putnam Park near Putnamville, Indiana and some drag racing (to test power/performance mods). Thanks!


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Postby Repo Man » Wed Jul 24, 2002 9:25 am

I guess not?

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Postby AunVoh » Wed Jul 24, 2002 9:25 am

i myself haven't used ray wheels so i couldn't tell you, i'm sure they are good wheels tho, a friend has some on his FC and they look nice :). I know when i go to AutoX i just run on my stock alloys, they are pretty light, and it handles pretty good with 16, or 15s on it.

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Postby Repo Man » Wed Jul 24, 2002 9:25 am

Ah yes, stock alloys. My car, not being an SE, came with boat anchors otherwise known as steel wheels. These wheels will wear a set of Blizzaks come winter time. I found a surplus of stock alloys at an import boneyard near Indy, but the guy wanted like $70 apiece. I might have gone $50/per, but he wasn't bargaining.

I don't know what I'm doing yet. My car has 16" TSW's on it right now, and they're ok, but I think a set of 17" bronze Rays would look tight on a Juniper Green S13 notchback.

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Postby AunVoh » Wed Jul 24, 2002 9:25 am

your car would handle better with the 16's tho, aslong as they aren't too heavy.

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Postby Repo Man » Wed Jul 24, 2002 9:25 am

Why would it handle better w/16"s? The TSW's seem to be pretty light. My brother has a '93 Altima on 18"s and it outhandles mine. Of course, he's got a Stillen rear sway bar and my rear sway is stock. We both have Intrax springs w/AGX shocks.

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Postby AunVoh » Wed Jul 24, 2002 9:25 am

Smaller wheels almost always work better. Smaller, lighter wheels improve the ride, improve handling on uneven surfaces and improve acceleration and braking.

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Postby Repo Man » Wed Jul 24, 2002 9:25 am

Even with a higher sidewall? Given that the stiffness of the compared sidewalls are the same. Hehe, I said "stiff"...

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Postby AunVoh » Wed Jul 24, 2002 9:25 am

yeah, even with a stiffness of me looking at a r33... i'd go with a 15 or a 16.

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Postby dankar » Wed Jul 24, 2002 9:25 am

we have tried both 15s and 16s on xcross and track events, the 15s will give you more torque in xcross events, tight turns.

You are changing the gear ratio when you change diameter

The 16s work better on track events with long straights and sweeping turns.

That is assuming you are using similar tires.

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Postby Repo Man » Wed Jul 24, 2002 9:25 am

Well, as long as you don't change the overall diameter you don't change the gearing. I wouldn't personally change the O.D. of the wheel tire combo. That's just basic plus sizing.

Maybe I've drank a little too much beer since high school, but I still don't understand why a car with 16" wheels would handle better than with 17" given equally weighted wheels and same overall diameter tires. Keeping everything constant except the diameter of the wheels and sidewall height of the tires. I understand that with a higher sidewall the 16"s may ride better, but not the handling part.

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Postby SilSweet80SX » Wed Jul 24, 2002 9:25 am

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Postby crzycav86 » Wed Jul 24, 2002 9:25 am

I could have sworn that I read something that compared 16 and 17 inch wheels. It turned out the 17's were a little better as far as grip was concerned. I hate that I can't remember where I read this...


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