After months and months of extra money saving and selling things, I finally picked up a set of 2010 GTR wheels for the Stagea.
I’ve owned this car for almost 3 years now and realistically, the biggest modification it has received are some GTR brakes and a tow bar.
After Queensland matsuri last year, I wanted to do a few more things to this car. One of the big things on the list was some wheels. I didn’t want anything ridiculous because it would still be my daily car and I needed it to be sort of sensible to drive around. Plus I don’t want to attract unwanted attention from the cops. If you aren’t from Australia, consider yourself lucky!
I’ve always liked OEM wheels. I ran R33 GTR’s on my 180x for almost 2 years because they are good sizes, simple and surprisingly cheap. For the Stagea, I wanted wheels that looked OEM but with a bit more size. I did like the idea of 19’s but nothing really stood out. I did think of some V35 wheels but they weren’t going to suit the look I wanted.
In the end I thought why not try and find some R35 GTR wheels? I did some measurements of the guards, worked out how much room I would need and tested other wheels that were similar to see if it was a possibility.
Long story short, they were going to fit, but I needed to work on my tyre choice. I found a VERY cheap set on the net in perfect condition and with some really good tyres.
I grabbed them that weekend and a friend helped me organise to get them couriered down.
They were in amazing condition and for the amount I paid, I was insanely happy!
The rears are 20×10.5+25 and had 315/30/20 Toyo R888 Proxes fitted to them.
I had no doubt in my mind that I would need to change the tyres because 315/30 + stock Stagea guards will never work together!
The fronts are 20×9.5+45 with 285/35/20 R888 as well. These weren’t going to be as bad, but would still need a downsize.
I waited until the weekend, gave the car a wash and test fitted the wheels with the R888 still fitted.
I owned a monster truck for about 30 mins.
I did love the way it looked, but there was no way the car would survive a bump or any load over the rear wheels. So I took them off, put them in the garage and waited a couple weeks while I saved some more money and sold more leftover parts I had.
Thursday the 16th I had enough money to get some tyres, so I got a set of brand new Achilles ATR Sports in 275/30/20 for the rear and 245/35/20 for the front. Funny that I spent $600 on tyres for my birthday!
Saturday morning I had the R888 taken off and the new Achilles fitted. They came out really neat and not overly stretched! I wanted to avoid any major stretch because I still want to be able to tow the drift cars around without any worries of debeading or failures.
I put them on the car and went for a drive.
They fit really nice and lucky for me, they don’t scrub! Well, the rears scrub a tiny, tiny little bit when I hit a really big bump, but that’s nothing to worry about.
So after a really long time as a stock car (relatively), the Stagea finally has a big set of wheels and I couldn’t be happier with how they turned out. Next few things on the list aren’t going to be cheap, but I’ll definitely try and save some money so I can get it all done this year.
Like I’ve said in the past, I would love to put some airbags in the car to help when it’s towing, but that’s a few thousand dollars away. I also need some fresh rotors all round because the brakes are starting to squeal.
Also wouldn’t mind putting twin turbo’s on it, but that seems a bit stupid.
Could be an option for 2016 though?
I’ll drive it like this, keep playing with the S13 and see how much money I have left at the end of the year!