refinerysmells wrote:Hey do you know if Rota Slipstreams have any difference in the spoke thickness or curve compared to the Desmond Regamaster Evo Brights you used that would affect fitment on the Spark EV ? And I see the Rotas in 15x6.5 with 40mm backspacing thats about .19 of an inch less, would this work out better for not using spacers in the front and work both front & rear? Im aware of the weight difference between the 2 wheels but would like to keep it simple, id be happy with the 195 tire all around if you think that would help.
They look practically identical in person; I had the opportunity to compare side by side with a competitor at a local autocross running the knock off Rotas (I didn't actually bolt them up, just visual comparison). The 40mm backspacing *might* work, but you may run into problems in the rear depending on which tires you use. If you're running relatively narrow tires (close to stock size), this may not be a problem.
I only got the Regamaster Evo because of the weight, the spoke style actually causes some headaches because they have basically no hump in them for caliper clearance. I've seriously contemplated getting these 16x6.5 +45mm Rota Slipstreams:
...and mounting some low profile tires (something like a 195/40 or 195/45) just because I think it would look cool and be fun for local cruising. With that said, I haven't committed because I'd still want my stock wheels and tires when efficiency counts (road trips), and I have my race tires and wheels when performance counts (racing), and it's hard to justify a third set of wheels and tires laying around.
Rota also makes a different styled wheel (Circuit 10) that is a 15x6.5 +45 that appears to have more caliper clearance, which I think would be a bolt on without any clearance issues at all and would allow square wheels and tires all around. They're not very light or aerodynamic, but if you just want a square combination with different styling, it's another one to consider.
Ebay is pretty easy to search by wheel diameter, offset, width, bolt pattern, etc. to help find other options (new and used).