In Reply to: Ok, let me try this again...Wheel Questions: posted by Craig on October 10, 1999 at 19:17:31:
Stay away from all of the wheels you mentioned except for Kinesis and HRE. The reason being that since the roads are terrible in your area, as they are in D.C. where I'm from, you need to get the strongest wheel possible. You will of course pay the price for this because the more durable wheels are proportionatly as expensive, but it's worth it in the long run. Also, as already demonstrated by someone else, your stock wheels are a hot commodity and you can make some of the difference up by selling your stock wheels.
As far as wheel size/fitment goes, stay with 17's and don't consider getting 18's, it's not worth it. On my car I have 17x8.5" Fikse's all around, but I know that with some offsets you can increase to 9 inches all around. Don't think about ten inches rear wheels unless you intend on purchasing a wide-body kit as well. If you lower your car with 9 inch wheels you will need to roll the fenders, which can be done at the CEC shop located in Jersey. I don't know exactly where it is, but www.cecwheels.com should help you out. It'll cost around 100-150 and is done with a device specifically designed to roll fenders. You can also rent this device from Tire Rack for the cost of shipping, around 30 bucks, but last time I checked they only had a very few of them and there is usually a waiting list as well.
Last but not least is price. HRE is more show than go and you can expect to pay, although I'm not sure, around 650 a wheel depending on what width and style you choose. Kinesis are probably in the same ballpark and are more track-oriented than the HRE's. The Kinesis' are lighter weight and are more durable than the HRE's, but the HRE's do look better if "show" is your primary objective. My black anodized Fikse FM/5's after the shipping, anodizing, and purchase/mounting of Toyo Proxes t1-Plus tires cost around 3k even. This price is probably a little lower than what you will pay, and in my opinion is a pretty damn good price for what I got. Strong wheel, lightweight, extra width up front, much better looking than my Contours...I could go on and on.
I wish you luck in whatever decision you make as far as wheels go and don't hesitate to email me with any questions you might have. I don't know if I answered all your questions or any at all, but I hope this helps.