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    I finally gave up on finding performance rubber to fit 14" rims and upgraded to 16x7 panasports. Here's a picture if any of you are considering it. I couldn't find any good shots prior to placing the order so I was a bit nervous. In the end they turned out more grey than I expected but I'm still happy.

    Anyone need a set of Enki 92 14x7 rims?
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    ohh my.. a Colorado Z with Panasports!!

    Looks BEAUTIFUL! WOW

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    Looks beautiful.

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    I'm extremely jealous.

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    They look great, makes me want to have the center and spokes of my 15x7 Panasports painted gunmetal. I wonder how hard that would be?
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    Perfect!

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    clean...

    the only thing that bothers me is the tires look too modern as well as the mirrors .. but its all good.

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    Looks good, I just have some questions if you don't mind :

    Are you running stock suspension?

    Any rubbing issues?

    What size tires did you end up getting?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Inf
    Are you running stock suspension?

    Any rubbing issues?

    What size tires did you end up getting?
    The original owner said he had switched to aftermarket springs (this was almost 20 years ago) but they feel stock, so I'd say my suspension is stock except for the larger anti-roll bars.

    So far no rubbing, but if I hit a big enough bump the rear fender lip is going to rub on the outer edge of the tire. If it becomes an issue I'll either roll the fender lip or cut it.

    I'm running 225/50-16 Yokohama ES100s. I'd say that for their size they are a bit on the skinny side which works to my advantage in this case. Their maximum width is virtually the same as it was for the smaller tires I replaced (215/60-14 Goodyear Eagle GTII).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hypertek
    the only thing that bothers me is the tires look too modern as well as the mirrors .. but its all good.
    Actually I agree with you. I really liked my previous wheels (Enki 92 w/black centers) as they looked more "period correct" to me. I think these are really beautiful wheels, but they would look better on a more modern car.

    Interestingly, now the rear looks a bit higher than the front although you can't see it in the pictures. I think it's just an illusion as it looked low in the rear with the previous wheels/tires.

    It's easy to obsess on this. Much better to get in it and drive - then I don't worry about what they look like because I can't see them
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    hey man get some wheel locks! someone will want em...

    Quick question--if you were after performance tires, what made you get these instead of the 15x7 konig rewinds?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dogma420
    Quick question--if you were after performance tires, what made you get these instead of the 15x7 konig rewinds?
    I debated for a while on that one since I liked the look of the Konigs and they were half the price. The only 15" performance tires I liked were the Yokohama ES100 and I was worried that when I need to replace tires the next time there may not be anything available. Then I'd be right where I am now.

    The 16" size is quite popular and there are so many choices I think there will be a good selection available for many years.
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    B-e-a-uuuuutiful!

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    Oh my god!!! They look horrible!!! You should send them to me so you don't have to be seen with them!

    j/k They look awesome and in fact this is the exact combo I want - Yoko's and all!

    Wheel locks for sure! Prox might be looking to uprade his wheels too

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    They look real nice! Now I know exactly how they'd look on my car :-) FYI we have the same exhaust tip
    I've told my wife before that if I ever get new wheels for my Z (or get really really really tired of cleaning of my current wheels) that I'd get something like your new wheels.

    Also an FYI for anybody looking for a "performance" 14" tire: Sumitomo makes a decent tire in the stock/OEM size. I bought a set for my stock wheels before I bought my current wheels. I think they were GTZ's er something, they were quiet, stuck like glue and were summer-only (not all-season). Plus they were only like $40 a piece :-)
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    NICE Congrats. You made a good choice. I really love mine. I got mine last year from MSA with new BFGoodrich Traction T/A tires. I couldn't be happier

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    I know this post is dated but I'm debating tire sizes for the 16 x 7 Rewinds.
    MSA says the max tire size is a 205/55-16 but I see that 240ZMan was able to run 225/50-16s on his Panasports.
    I will eventually be upgrading to Eibach progressive rate springs and Tokico HPs.
    I'm not opposed to having to roll my fenders but just want to avoid that extra expense.

    Thoughts?
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    Larry, on a 240Z you may need to watch for clearance while turning at the front valance under the turn signal. Lowering the car will make that worse, but if you have an air dam instead of the stock valance parts you may be OK. Not a definitive answer, but the best I can do with out test fitting.
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    FWIW, it seems that some early Zs have the issues Arne mentions with rubbing in front. In my case (73 with stock valence) I have no issues. But I've seen enough who do with the same size wheels and tires to know that it's not an isolated issue.

    On the rears, after installing tokico springs and struts (illuminas) I eventually did cut the rear fenders. I had a very occasional rub in the rear with the 215/60-14 tires, and the 225/50-16 rubbed often enough after lowering that I had to do something. But like the front, it seems that others have run the same size and suspension without rubbing, so you probably won't know for sure until you try it on your car.

    Good luck!

    Edit: FYI, I'm now running Kumho MX tires which are a little wider than the ES100s were.
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    With stock suspension, '73s sit slightly higher than earlier 240Zs, due to the beginnings of the bumper height regulations. All 240Zs sit higher than original when gas shocks are used with stock springs. Can make a difference.
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    They look Great!

    I painted my 15" panasports last weekend.

    Gives me a hint at what mine will look like on my car when she's done.

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