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    Default Rota RB 16". not lowered. How would it look? Pics of yours?

    Like many, I really covet the Panasports, but am unwilling to fork over that kind of money. I found some 15" and 16" Rota RB wheels with the right offset, actually -4. I don't want extremely low profile tires, as it make the wheels look too modern for the car (to me). Probably 205 or 215 55's or 60's I do not want to lower the car either. Does anyone have any pics of z's on 15's 16's, not lowered. Of course I don't want it to look too tall, or have too much space b/w the top of the tire and the wheel well. I realize that it's all subjective. BTW, I am not racing, just driving hard on some of my favorite twisties around town. I want to leave the ride height the way it is so I can put on the original wheel/hubcap set up and it look original if I choose. Thanks for your help,

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    here they are on a 77Z, stock suspension

    16" +4 offset Rota RB's w/ 225/50...they were a little tight for clearance up front during turning. if i'd do it again i'd go with 225/45 on a 77Z.

    *****keep in mind that a 77 sits higher than a 240. you'll probably be ok with 215/50, 215/45....ish

    better off taking the new wheels to a tire store and have them test fit a set or two, rather than buying the tires through a catalog
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    1974 260Z - Stock suspension that needs some work.

    16x7 with 225/50/16 tires. Tires are too wide and rub in front when turning while backing up and on hard cornering in the rear.

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    Just a personal opinion here........both Zs look great however, if they sat just another inch to inch and a half lower they would look fantastic. The tire/wheels would then look appropriate in the wheel openings. Again, just my opinion. Take a look at my Z (listed under members rides) and you'll quickly understand where I'm coming from. By the way, the Panasports and the Rota wheels look so classic on the Z.

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    7277 and Jeffrey's Zs look awesome! But, I do agree with you on all counts! Maybe I will look into lowering it a bit. IMO to pull off the "complete look", it does need it. Now I guess I'll start looking into posts about lowering. I haven't investigated how to go about doing that. Sure, Panasports are popular in the Z world, and for good reason, they really do look great. As popular as they are, I will be one of very few cruising Dallas with them. Now I'm going to check out your ride. Thanks 240zx, 7277 and Jeffrey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adamr View Post
    Like many, I really covet the Panasports, but am unwilling to fork over that kind of money. I found some 15" and 16" Rota RB wheels with the right offset, actually -4. I don't want extremely low profile tires, as it make the wheels look too modern for the car (to me). Probably 205 or 215 55's or 60's I do not want to lower the car either. Does anyone have any pics of z's on 15's 16's, not lowered. Of course I don't want it to look too tall, or have too much space b/w the top of the tire and the wheel well. I realize that it's all subjective. BTW, I am not racing, just driving hard on some of my favorite twisties around town. I want to leave the ride height the way it is so I can put on the original wheel/hubcap set up and it look original if I choose. Thanks for your help,

    Adam
    I think you will be in trouble with a -4 offset. A +4 to +6 offset works much better unless you go with narrow (205ish) tires. I rub the same as Jeffrey with zero offset and 225/50R16's. Even with the fenders rolled, it still rubs.
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    Now I think about it, they are +4. Thanks! I will probably prefit them before I buy.
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    I think you will be in trouble with a -4 offset. A +4 to +6 offset works much better unless you go with narrow (205ish) tires. I rub the same as Jeffrey with zero offset and 225/50R16's. Even with the fenders rolled, it still rubs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 240ZX View Post
    Just a personal opinion here........both Zs look great however, if they sat just another inch to inch and a half lower they would look fantastic. The tire/wheels would then look appropriate in the wheel openings. Again, just my opinion. Take a look at my Z (listed under members rides) and you'll quickly understand where I'm coming from. By the way, the Panasports and the Rota wheels look so classic on the Z.

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    hey tom, i agree....they (Z's in general) definitely look better lowered. however, i sold my light blue '77 in favor of keeping just my 240 (pic). i had enough of maintaining 2 Z's. my 240 is lowered with 5way tockico shocks and just about every other MSA performance part out there... the 240 has 15" Konig rewinds w/ 225/50's
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    Hi
    Here is a non lowered 77 280z on 205/55/16
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    no doubt my car needs to be lowered. This will be my winter project.
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    Default Thanks for the pics!

    Thanks to everyone for the pics!

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    Here is a quick pic of the Scarab. She is a 1971 with Tokico springs and Illumina struts. Whees are Panasports from Motorsports with 225-50-16 Dunlops. They rub in the rear due to the rear end setting in the more "forward" position. Additionally the zero offset wheel was not correct for the cars with the rear wheels in the forward position. Motorsports and Panasport corrected this issue by making newer wheels with a +4 spacing to bring the wheel a bit more inboard. My solution to the problem was to lightly grind the inner fender lip down and then massage it gently with a hammer until it was clearanced for the tire. Works ok but could use a bit more. I didn't want to get carried away. No issues in the front what so ever.


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    ^^ That fitment looks perfect, how do you like the tokico springs and struts? Im thinking about going with a spring/strut combo, but i'm not sure if thier springs will be stiff enough for my tastes. I'm looking for a like 200-225 front/250 rear. On topic tho, I plan on going with 16X8 Rota Rb's with 225-245/40-45/16. These should be perfect for a lowered or stock height car.

    PS: What color white is that, it looks like just what im looking for.
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    NWA240Z,
    Absoulutly a beautiful Z, you have done her justice!

    Quote Originally Posted by Cutlass372 View Post
    ^^ That fitment looks perfect, how do you like the tokico springs and struts? Im thinking about going with a spring/strut combo, but i'm not sure if thier springs will be stiff enough for my tastes. I'm looking for a like 200-225 front/250 rear. On topic tho, I plan on going with 16X8 Rota Rb's with 225-245/40-45/16. These should be perfect for a lowered or stock height car.

    PS: What color white is that, it looks like just what im looking for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cutlass372 View Post
    ^^ That fitment looks perfect, how do you like the tokico springs and struts? Im thinking about going with a spring/strut combo, but i'm not sure if thier springs will be stiff enough for my tastes. I'm looking for a like 200-225 front/250 rear. On topic tho, I plan on going with 16X8 Rota Rb's with 225-245/40-45/16. These should be perfect for a lowered or stock height car.

    PS: What color white is that, it looks like just what im looking for.
    The color is a GM stock white, if you shoot me a PM I'll dig out the color code and get back with you.

    I've run the Tokico's and MS springs and like the Tokicos better as far as stiffness, they are plenty stiff. I am running the Illumina struts that are adjustable so just crank them to 5 if you want firm/stiff + quick rebounding.

    The tires are 50 series so side walls fill out the wheel wells nicely if you go to a 40 or 45 series you'll be losing the sidewall that fills in the wheel well. If you have a stock height car a 40 series tire will not look correct, it will look like a lifted 4x4 with stock tires and wheel if that makes sense.

    Here is a compairison between a the Panasport 16X7 with 225-50-16 and a Sport Maxx 16X8 245-50-16


    245-50-16 on car (not the same car I've got 3 of these darn white 240's)
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    Hey, sent you a Pm. Could you post some more pics of the 245/50/16 set up? im interested in seeing the whole car.

    Edit: Also... I think if I was to go with a Rota Rb 16X8 +4 with a 245/50/16 the tires would stick out more then yours because yours are +0 (Yes?) This stuff is sort of frustrating for me because I'm not able to test fit stuff and there aren't many members near me to check stuff out. I don't really want to run fender flares so the wheel/tire combo needs to pass inspection (I also have fiberglass rear 1/4 panels so fender rolling isn't an option. ARRG!
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