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Old 03-03-04, 11:03 PM   #1
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Lightbulb *** new TOM'S wheels, 19s only ***

as i am in search of my next set of wheel, i found this(thanks kyle3481):

for 2004, TOM'S racing of japan has released this ultra light wheel, in 19x8.5+9.5 only:

http://www.tomsracing.co.jp/arcive/04_1_5.htm

what do you guys think? the site described the wheel design with both "elegant & sport" in mind.
however, imho, the "sport" factor outweighs the elegant part...i think this type of wheel design first gained popularity from DTM(german touring) championships.

usually i prefer wheels with good size lips. but this tom's wheel does have significant advantage- it weighs ~22 lbs each for 19s. and it is made using the same machine that produce F-1 racing wheels



price: $840 and $860 each. only diamond polish is available.
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Old 03-04-04, 02:31 AM   #2
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TOM'S wheel, 14 spokes:
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Carlsson 1/16:
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Both have too many spokes to clean
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agree..that is one of the drawbacks
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Both have too many spokes to clean
Ditto here
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William, I really like that wheel.
How much does it weigh and what is the price?
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William, I really like that wheel.
How much does it weigh and what is the price?

I think he included that in the post, 22 lbs for 19's.. price is 840 and 860
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I think he included that in the post, 22 lbs for 19's.. price is 840 and 860
Just goes to show I can only do one thing at a time.
Thanks for the info, LOL.
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it looks ok. there are better looking wheels out there, but this seems to be top quality!
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Looks like a one piece version of another new wheel, Weds Bellona WAF

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http://www.weds.co.jp/products/bello..._waf/index.htm
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i like the wheel, it look much better on the car than in just the pic of the wheel......
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A one piece wheel and its 840? That sounds way too high for my tastes.

Nice rim though.

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Will,

Your car is black, right? Why not try something a little different, maybe equal parts black and polished/brushed finish?

Amistad O Black Polish
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Wed's Kranze LXZ Black Polish
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A little wild, yes, but I bet you'll have a lot of people asking where you got them.

Personally, I wouldn't mind a set of 19" gunmetal Volk LE37T's. Common design, sure, but at least they're forged one-piece wheels, which (like the Tom's) is tough to find in 19". Pretty sporty looking though...

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Like the Tom's, JDM fans would be asking where you got these (though the original may look better on a black GS):

BBS LM Special Color
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I'd like to see what else you are considering

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Personally, I wouldn't mind a set of 19" gunmetal Volk LE37T's
Hey, I did not know u could get that with polished lips (like on that pic of the GS)? All I've seen, the wheel is all the same color.

Toms's wheel is nice.
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Hey, I did not know u could get that with polished lips (like on that pic of the GS)? All I've seen, the wheel is all the same color.

Toms's wheel is nice.
i think volks just came out with polished lips on those not too long ago

my friend who wants the ce28 (hopefully i got the model right) said volks just came out with polish lips on that too

i saw these new tom's wheels on the celsior. dunno, not my cup of tea
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thanks for all the inputs guys

anthony, yes, they are pricey. but from anything toms are of high quality

mike, as you know, though i can get/have any rim i see from japan, i still do not see myself spend great deal of $$$ on rims.. ..as you know/see, japan always have good stuff out, and they are soooo tempting
those wheels are def good choices..but a bit on the sportier side for me
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