September 24, 2017
Light and strong
It's hard to tell just by looking at a mock-up on a computer screen how the set-up will look on your car in real life. To be honest, at first, I was a little disappointed. Even after plus-sizing from 18" to 20" and going staggered I feel they still don't fill out the wheel arches. I was a little underwhelmed with the design and material the spokes are made of. At first glance, they look like they're covered with some sort of a plastic material. It looks cheap. Also, the spokes don't flare out of the hub to meet flush with the outside edges of the rim, instead they curve in and terminate in the outer third of the rim. I feel this interrupts the flow of the spokes to the rim and makes the whole wheel look smaller than it's 20" diameter. I deliberated between these and some chrome torque-thrusts and felt these wheels with the black and chrome accent would be more aesthetically pleasing. I still have mixed emotions about them. Also, they were horribly packaged. When they arrived the boxes had almost completely disintegrated. The tape had torn and wasn't holding them closed, and there were too many rips and gouges to count. I was afraid they had been damaged in transit. I got lucky, however, and only one wheel had a very superficial scratch on one of the spokes that buffed out. It didn't inspire a lot of confidence, and I most likely won't buy another set from them simply because of this.
The Sumitomo's on the other hand, my goodness. It takes an Herculean effort to get those 10-inch wide meats on the rear to break loose. Exceptional launch control, they can be modulated with the throttle to the very edge of grip and still pull like a flogged mule. I like them. I like them very much. The only caveat I have is that the lip on the mounting bead is so thin that it fails to adequately protect the rims themselves. I've been in many a scuffle with a curb or two and I have the battle wounds to prove it.
Overall, I wish I'd done a bit more research before I pulled the trigger on this purchase. I'm disappointed my expectations weren't met.