I grabbed a starfire pearl today and will begin on my new journey. Look for parts and updates to roll out soon.
Be safe is right, I just uncorked TRAC tonight and good god.congrats on the purchase on the new ISF, have fun and be safe with that!!
So just to verify this, you can put 18's on and still clear the brakes? I want to get a set of track tires and wheels, and 19's are just WAY to expensive, and decent track tires aren't even available in 19".Also, side note. I can verify that 18's are required for clearance. I am looking at snow tire options and had a few goes at 17's (I am cheap )
Hit the tire rack winter tire section and it will give you the option for 18's, so nice lightweight wheels to chose from as well like the kosei K1 Ts. The 17's where literally just barey interfering with the outer pad retaining pins.So just to verify this, you can put 18's on and still clear the brakes? I want to get a set of track tires and wheels, and 19's are just WAY to expensive, and decent track tires aren't even available in 19".
Do you have the offset measurements? Or better yet, could you point us to some 18" wheels on Tirerack.com (or somewhere else) that you have specifically put on the IS-F?
absolutely, and when I think winter, I think cheap not performance. My other set of rims is three piece forged and I would not have it any other way with this car. Too damn risky.A set of low pressure cast wheels would work fine for winter wheels but I wouldn't even consider them for a track wheel. For the amount of G forces the IS-F is capable of, a cheap cast wheel could potentially have the center ripped right out of it under heavy track use. Put a sticky race/track tire on that same cast wheel and you've just upped your chances of serious damage. A forged wheel in my opinion is the only way to go. Whether it be a 1pc. or a 3pc. forged wheel. After all, Lexus put a forged wheel made by BBS on the IS-F from the factory! The forging process allow for a tighter grain flow in the metal (strength) and allow you to use less material (light weight) to produce less unsprung weight on each corner of the car which makes for much better handling and braking. A cast wheel will be very porous (ever seen a pumice rock?) with air pockets in the metal that can reduce the strength of the spokes. Don't jeopardize the safety of yourself and others by saving a few bucks. You get what you pay for. You bought a $60,000 high performance car that was developed on the race track, don't skimp on a set of track wheels.