September 01, 2008

Civic SiR Rims on the Fit

I mentioned in my last post that the tire with the plug wasn't holding pressure anymore. We tried to replug it, but it was a lost cause. I put on my spare, and researched my immediate options since I have to drive on the highway for part of my work commute.

My mechanic had given me a price on a set of 17" Motegi SP10s (nice look and 16.5lbs ea.) with tires for a decent enough price, but it was still a good chunk of change that I wasn't sure I was ready to spend on the car. A local member was actually selling his set of stock 175/65/14 Dunlop SP31 tires, but I only really needed one, and didn't need three extras.

I had also posted a WTB (want-to-buy) ad at a local import enthusiast site for 4x100 OEM rims with tires, and had a couple of replies within two days. One of which was a set of EM1 Civic SiR (Si in the US) polished 7-spoke wheels with tires. I had seen some photos of these wheels on a Fit, and thought they actually went well with the car. So I decided to pick them up yesterday.

They're not mint, but that's ok. This is a daily driver, not a show car. Plus I don't have to worry as much about curbing them. The important part is, they've got tires on them that'll last me a little while, and I can get off the 80km/h max temporary spare. I paid less than 1/2 of what the 17" Motegi's with tires will cost, plus it will keep my car more low key.

The only thing is, with the polished rims in place, the fender gap is a lot more noticeable. This wasn't an issue when they were just gaping black holes with the steelies. I might have to start looking into lowering springs.

... and so it begins... again...

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