In Reply to: Re: wheel ratings? posted by john on January 05, 2000 at 19:59:57:
Actually, I have very limited track experience to-date, but I had a lot of time to make up my mind on all of the components I have purchased since my wife and I agreed that I would sell my ducati (in June 99) and would hold on to that $$$ until after the big y2K disaster, and if nothing happened, I spend it on my car. Therefore, I had six months to investigate all of these options for mods. Fernando at IFG supplied a lot of info they had gotten from racers using the A5's, and tests had shown that the IFG's could withstand almost 2 times the forces of a stock BMW wheel. The tirerack has approximate weights of most of their wheels, as does bav. auto, and I e-mailed BBS a couple of times. The ability for wheels to breathe seems to be pretty apparent just by looking at them-the open five spoke design seems to breathe the best, except maybe those odd 91-93 M5 wheels with the fan blades that force air into the brakes. As far as the S/C goes, it's being installed monday, so I'll post impressions later next week, but the components all look very thought out and well constructed, although I'd probably go with the vortech over the powerdyne for reliability. The special that ERT has going now is a pretty good bargain for their Stage I kit. Hope this helps, and good luck with the wheels. I'll be taking pics of my car through the installation process, so I'll figure out how to post them soon.
: Thanks for the info., it sounds like you really did your homework. How did you go about it - did you put your hands on the wheels and weigh them or were you able to go to the manufacturer? Also, how did you determine that the IFG's were so strong? Finally, you anticipated one of my other questions, how well do the wheels let the brakes "breath". It sounds like your experience at the track has been the source of your knowledge.
: As an aside, your 325 sounds pretty nice, especially since you have the ERT SC. Can you provide a few more details about your experience with the SC and if you recommend it for others?