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Right, finally got the 285/35 fronts fitted and went for the TSW Nurburgrings Iain's demonstrator has sported for a while now.



Even my fairly tame drive home scrubbing in the new tyres was a complete revelation. The 285s up front genuinely feel like a completely different make and model of tyre to the previous 255/40s.
No "will it, won't it?" uncertainty as I turned into corners, just a solid, planted front end which is exactly what I was looking for.

The fact that the front TSWs (10" wide with a 40mm offset) are a half inch wider and give a wider track than the stock front wheel, definitely helps with front end stability and turn-in too.

The rear TSWs have a similar offset (and identical width) to the stock rear wheel, so in comparison could do with a 15mm spacer to match the front stance. I am currently looking into sourcing some; can anyone help? Moff shop said they had none in stock.



I love the matte gunmetal finish. It perfectly complements the whole Stealth Zilla theme.
The final touch I added was some GT-R centre cap stickers, that cost a whole £20 or so from ebay! Very good quality, thick laminated plastic over foil, I think they set off the wheels perfectly.



All in all, very pleased. Fantastic service from Iain and his crew as usual and as it actually didn't rain yesterday, I thoroughly enjoyed the drive there and back.



Right, just need to pin down that Richard Meaden to get him to set a "before" laptime at Bedford prior to fitting Iain's suspension and doing an "after" time...
 

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looks fantastic mate. i'm loving the whole stealth look. I would suggest going for 20mm spacers at the back if the wheel has the same width and offset to the originals.
 

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Wheels look great David , will be interesting to see how the suspension now fares and whether the perceived feeling of improvements translate into faster lap times
 

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The wheels look amazing in matt and suit the car so well, side skirts and rear diffuser look so good I have ordered some myself! Great looking car.
 

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looks fantastic mate. i'm loving the whole stealth look. I would suggest going for 20mm spacers at the back if the wheel has the same width and offset to the originals.
If I went to 295 (or maybe 305 in future), would there be any risk of rubbing under hard track cornering with 20mm spacers?

I'm more interested in keeping the handling good than looks, but there is now a slight mismatch in stance front to rear as the fronts are so perfect.
 

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David,

Good to meet you the other day. Car looks great.

I know someone that could make you so wheel spacers. If your interested?
 

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Car looks great David :thumbsup:

Try "funky power" for your spacers, when I ordered mine they arrived within a couple of days.
I got the ichiba V2 hub centric spacers. About £120 for 20mm from memory
 

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Cheers Mike, great to meet you too! And thanks MrB, I've been looking at Funky Power's website.
I think I will leave it to Iain to source/fabricate the correct spacers, as he says that the Eibach ones he stocks don't fit the TSWs because they have a flat back, whereas the Nissan OEM wheels have indents on the rear face.

So as he sells (and uses) the TSWs, he is best placed to source or modify spacers to fit those particular wheels.

When you see the quality of these wheels, it does make others seem grossly overpriced. Unlike a lot of the fancier three piece wheels, the rotary forged TSWs are a tad lighter than the Nissan Rays OEMs, and they allow the correct positioning of the TPMS sensors.
I had a nightmare with custom race wheels for my Z06 when the TPMS sensors would continually break due to not being supported properly inside the wheel.

One other thing about fitting the new wheels, the dreaded clicking sound that was getting really annoying on my car has completely disappeared! Makes the wheels worth buying for that alone. :chuckle:
 

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Cheers Mike, great to meet you too! And thanks MrB, I've been looking at Funky Power's website.
I think I will leave it to Iain to source/fabricate the correct spacers, as he says that the Eibach ones he stocks don't fit the TSWs because they have a flat back, whereas the Nissan OEM wheels have indents on the rear face.

So as he sells (and uses) the TSWs, he is best placed to source or modify spacers to fit those particular wheels.

When you see the quality of these wheels, it does make others seem grossly overpriced. Unlike a lot of the fancier three piece wheels, the rotary forged TSWs are a tad lighter than the Nissan Rays OEMs, and they allow the correct positioning of the TPMS sensors.
I had a nightmare with custom race wheels for my Z06 when the TPMS sensors would continually break due to not being supported properly inside the wheel.

One other thing about fitting the new wheels, the dreaded clicking sound that was getting really annoying on my car has completely disappeared! Makes the wheels worth buying for that alone. :chuckle:
David the TSWs look great, how much do they cost ?
 

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David

Can you get evo to update their Gtr time
They still have the 09 time
Tiff posted a much faster 12 time and they have forgotten to update it


Cheers
 

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David, those wheels look great on stealth zilla :thumbsup: Perfect match!

I wonder if they come in black?

Can only see them in gunmetal, matte gunmetal and matte bronze on the litcho website. £364+ vat a corner ain't a bad price either for lightweight forged wheels.
 

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Cheers for the comments everyone! :thumbsup:

Took the car out for its first twisty road test since fitting the new wheels and tyres and I have to say the grip and balance is almost scary!
Front end is really strong now. Maybe not as superglue sticky as the 285 R888s I use to run, but much better than the Dunlops or Bridgestones and light years better than the 255/40 MPSS.

As I said before, it really is like they are a completely different make and model of tyre, not merely a 30mm wider version of the same tyre.

Thankfully the balance is now perfectly neutral rather than understeery. The rear 285s still have no problem coping with the higher g the fronts now allow the car to enter a corner at.

Peterpeter, I will ask the Editor at evo to update the GT-R's laptime and of course, soon there will be two laptimes (Before and After Litchfield suspension kit fitment) from Stealth Zilla in there too, although not in the Knowledge section as it is a modified car.
 

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Love the wheels. What would a set cost?
As SamboGroove said on the 1st page, they retail at £364+ VAT each.
A fraction of the flashier (but often heavier) 3 piece wheels.

And as I said, the main reason I agreed to get them is that the TPMS sensors fit perfectly inside them, which is not necessarily the case with all aftermarket wheels.
 

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You say a tad lighter, do you know the all round saving?
Can't remember OEM wheel weights precisely, but here are the TSW's: Nurburgring Alloy wheels in matte gunmetal, gunmetal w/ mirror cut face, and matte bronze by TSW | www.TSW.com

There's not a lot in it, and I daresay some of the very expensive Japanese wheels (and maybe BBS?) are lighter, but not for anywhere near the price.

But unlike really cheap, cast wheels, these are more than strong enough. I'm sure Iain Litchfield wouldn't risk his life or 900hp car on anything less!
 
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