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370z Wheel choice – Australian market research - FYI

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After 2 months of market and forums research, I bought my new wheels – 19” Kiwamis. The following factors were considered: wheel size and spacers, quality, price and the supplier’s customer service.

To determine the right size, I thoroughly studied 17 pages of “370z wheel fitment guide” on The370z forum and settled for 9.5 +25 and 10.5 +12, which should provide a flush fit without spacers or camber adjustment while accommodating larger tyres (if so inclined after suspension upgrade).

Quality-wise, after considering some questionable 20” Taiwanese options like XXR ($1200+), Koya ($2400+), Vertini ($2800+ with 35% off), Rohana and Ferrada (both over $3K), I settled for a proper JDM option – Work Emotion Kiwami AHG (matte bronze), deep concave front and ultra deep concave rear. JDM Concept’s price is not only cheaper than the above, but also cheaper than Work USA.

Regarding customer service, my first choice of wheels were Gram Lights or Weds but I didn’t get a quote from Aaron in nearly 4 weeks (he did apologise); Koya (Koya wheels), Venero (representing Ferrada wheels) and B.Boss (for Vossen VFS-1) NEVER even acknowledged receipt of my web inquiry; the main players on Princess highway between Tempe and Arncliffe, where I inquired in person, were totally disinterested, one even outright rude. (Is it my grey hair, I wonder, that causes people not to take me seriously in a Zed?)

The shining stars of customer service are: Leonardy from JDM Concept, representing Work wheels, who replied to all my emails within an hour, often quicker. He specialises in Work wheels and is extremely helpful and accommodating (eg I picked up my wheels within 3 hours from committing to the purchase). George from Rollenso employed significant efforts to assist me with finding the right Lenso wheels. George is experienced, knowledgeable and helpful. I also ordered the tyres from George cheaper than Tempe, and that’s saying something.

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Good choice of wheels, now let’s see some pics. I’ve just ordered a set of Nismo wheels from america .

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+1 for pics!

How much did you pay for the set?

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I paid $2,100 for wheels and centre caps. Add hub rings 73.1-66.1mm  to this (about $15 from Ebay).

The wheels are not fitted yet. I was waiting for a (very slow from Chem Guys Melbourne) delivery of "Meticulous Matte Detailer & Spray Sealant". Wanted to spray the back of the wheels before installation.

Sealant arrived last night. Took some unpacking pics which I can't upload ("There was a problem processing the uploaded file. -200"). Will try again after I have the wheels fitted.

 

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That's a good price. Keen to see the photos after you've installed them!

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Finally! 

Specs as previously mentioned. The tyres are Dunlop Sportmaxx 050+ in standard sizes. (If you're in Sydney, recommend Rollenso in  Prestons (Sydney) for good tyre deals)

Fitment is almost exactly how I wanted it, without spacers. If I want to be picky, the rear is perfectly flush, the front sticks out just a touch. Once I install coilovers, front will be perfect and I'll decide on exact size of the rear. 

And why do the pics get inserted rotated if I already corrected them in the Picture Manager?

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Nice write up! So you’re stock height, with 19x9.5 +25 on 245/40 r19 and 19x10.5 +12 on 275/35 r19? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

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Everything is as from the factory at the moment. I'm actually happy with how it looks, the gap is less conspicuous with matte wheels, but I don't like the spring harshness for daily driving. I'm considering MCA Street Performance coilovers with 5.5kg rear springs, that  will soften it up a bit...

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Looks heaps good mate!

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