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mo2ar7
January 24th, 2013, 02:30 PM
Hey guys. Been doing a few mods to my 2010 SX4 S sedan. What do you think of these Speedy FIN RS in Diamond Black 18" in place of my stock 17" alloys? They're a bit dirty from sitting on the workshop floor for 6 months so not as shiny as they could be. I'm looking at getting them with the red accent - they only had the blue ones in the workshop though.

The car is currently sitting on 1.5" lowering springs front and rear which I had done a few weeks back. So much better than stock but still comfortable as a daily drive.

The rims (from the Speedy product catalogue)
http://i1196.photobucket.com/albums/aa411/mrfixit2160/SX4%20Rims/speedyfin_zps8d987c67.jpg

The same rims (in Diamond Black/Red Accent) on a 2011 Lancer VRX
http://i1196.photobucket.com/albums/aa411/mrfixit2160/SX4%20Rims/fin-diam-red_zps81da957f.jpg

Here's the one's in the workshop up against the car (but in blue and just a tad dirty!):
http://i1196.photobucket.com/albums/aa411/mrfixit2160/SX4%20Rims/IMG_0573_zpsdb31515d.jpg

http://i1196.photobucket.com/albums/aa411/mrfixit2160/SX4%20Rims/IMG_0575_zpsf9e5e1d1.jpg

johnsnownw
January 24th, 2013, 04:20 PM
I like the look of them, quite a bit.

mo2ar7
January 24th, 2013, 04:43 PM
Thanks for the feedback johnsnownw :) I do like them a lot too! They have a bit of a rally look to them.

AdR
January 24th, 2013, 05:36 PM
Go for them. Looks great!

mo2ar7
January 24th, 2013, 05:43 PM
Well looks like it's quite unanimous then! I'll go and do some bargain hunting now and see how cheap I can get 'em.

vitus1978
January 24th, 2013, 05:52 PM
I think they would look really good on your car, nice find.

Maddog Marty
January 24th, 2013, 06:14 PM
I agree...I think they'd look terrific! Go for it and post photos after you have them installed.

mo2ar7
January 24th, 2013, 10:17 PM
I've rung up more than 10 tyre and wheel centres in Sydney and no one has stock of the Speedy FINs in the Diamond Black/Red combo. Apparently there's some supply issue from China because of an Australian govt. tax on wheel imports - an 86%+ tax to be precise! Speedy are moving their manufacturing plants to Taiwan or Malaysia and won't be able to supply new stock for about 2 months.

Option B is that I can still get them in stock in straight silver in 18s and get my calipers painted red - which I was going to probably do anyway.

http://i1196.photobucket.com/albums/aa411/mrfixit2160/SX4%20Rims/speedy-fin-17_18_zps77ce7e16.jpg

http://i1196.photobucket.com/albums/aa411/mrfixit2160/SX4%20Rims/finsilv_zpsb5274ce8.jpg

GINGE
January 26th, 2013, 12:40 AM
I was looking at these a while ago. Look nice. I was trying to keep everything above board for queensland transport though and they couldn't get me the right offset. will look mint no matter which way you go bud

mo2ar7
January 29th, 2013, 11:20 PM
Hey guys, just to update, one of the local wheel & tire places was able to find me a set of 18 x 7.5 to suit my SX4 for $1,440 fitted including tires! Going to be rolling on 225/40/R18 tires which have a slightly convex sidewall for a bit of extra protection from guttering them. Still same rolling diameter which means everything clears!

How they look in the flesh:
http://i1196.photobucket.com/albums/aa411/mrfixit2160/SX4%20Rims/speedywheelfinred_zps8131bec3.jpg

Got the guy to put them up against the car:
http://i1196.photobucket.com/albums/aa411/mrfixit2160/SX4%20Rims/rimrear-edit_zps882948b3.jpg

http://i1196.photobucket.com/albums/aa411/mrfixit2160/SX4%20Rims/rimfront-edit_zps69fa6ed7.jpg

Getting them done probably some time next week. I'm excited!!! :dancenana:

mcmuda
January 30th, 2013, 08:45 AM
Nice! Those will look clean on the sedan!

jacob025
January 30th, 2013, 11:10 AM
they look very nice also because the red trim inside the wheels.

De Melo
January 30th, 2013, 03:21 PM
They look really nice, What size tire are you running. I had 225 45 18 they handle pretty good and filled the wheel well pretty good with no rubbing or bottoming out.

mo2ar7
January 30th, 2013, 03:58 PM
They look really nice, What size tire are you running. I had 225 45 18 they handle pretty good and filled the wheel well pretty good with no rubbing or bottoming out.

My stock tires at the moment are 205/50/R18 but the new ones will be 225/40/R18

De Melo
January 30th, 2013, 04:35 PM
I was running 225 40 18, but I found the ride to be very harsh, especially when I had passengers sitting inthe back and I still had wheel gap. Here is a pick what it looks like with 225 45 18 and a pic with 235 45 17's. The 18s
are now on the wifes SX4


http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh191/pdemelophotos/2012-11-04153304.jpg
18's
http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh191/pdemelophotos/2012-12-20154344_zps8e462589.jpg
17's

mo2ar7
January 30th, 2013, 10:32 PM
I was running 225 40 18, but I found the ride to be very harsh, especially when I had passengers sitting inthe back and I still had wheel gap. Here is a pick what it looks like with 225 45 18 and a pic with 235 45 17's. The 18s
are now on the wifes SX4


Wow, really? Handy little piece of info that. Thanks. The 17s still look great!

Does the wife tolerate the rough ride on the 18s? :) I've ordered the wheels and tires this morning so I guess I'll just go with the flow. It's hard to tell how smooth the ride will be in my SX4 since the road quality on my usual route to work is not great normally. Having said that, even with lowered springs and stock wheels, it rides quite smooth on the way to work, handles well and definitely doesn't bottom out.

I've done some quick calculations based on the tire aspect ratio to determine the true difference in sidewall height between the stock 17s and the aftermarket 18s

There is basically a 12mm difference in the height of the sidewall between the 17" and 18" wheel/tire setups.

In those sort of terms it doesn't sound like all that much but I guess things like how soft or hard the tires are will have an impact on ride quality as well.

Suzuki 17" Stock Alloys with 205 50 17
8.07"(205mm) x 0.50 = 4.035 - 102.5mm

Speedy Fin RS 18" with 225 40 18
8.86" (225mm) x 0.40 (Aspect Ratio) = 3.54" (90mm)

I'll try and post back once I've driven for a bit on the new wheels and let everyone know how it rides and handles. Won't have them for at least a week yet. In any case I intend on holding onto my stock alloys for a little while just on the off chance that my worst nightmare happens :eek:

PS: I rarely have passengers in the back (actually never) and only occasionally a 'co-pilot' in the front passenger seat.

GINGE
January 31st, 2013, 02:22 AM
depends how low you want to go mate. their isn't much off the shelf here in aus. i had to beg a plead with a company to provide lower springs than they wanted to. our car uses the same springs as a subaru wrx up front and vw polo on the rear. I don't know about sedans but if you want to go as low as mine in a hatch you have to swap out the rear shocks to have any movement there at all and be willing to cut your front bump stops at least in half. I so far have only cut a 1/4 off and its against them.

mo2ar7
January 31st, 2013, 03:35 AM
depends how low you want to go mate. their isn't much off the shelf here in aus. i had to beg a plead with a company to provide lower springs than they wanted to. our car uses the same springs as a subaru wrx up front and vw polo on the rear. I don't know about sedans but if you want to go as low as mine in a hatch you have to swap out the rear shocks to have any movement there at all and be willing to cut your front bump stops at least in half. I so far have only cut a 1/4 off and its against them.

Thanks GINGE. Well, I did discover like yourself that there wasn't much to choose from here in aus when it comes to springs.

I'm already about as low as I want to go for it to still be comfortable for me as a daily drive. Originally was meant to have 1.4" King lowering springs front and rear but they couldn't get them so I'm running Pedders 1.5" lowering springs front and rear. Still running factory struts and shocks - no coilovers - so probably not getting the full range of movement. It rides well and is still quite comfortable to drive without feeling every grain of sand on the road or having to drive sideways over speedhumps haha :)

Not sure that I really want to tinker with my factory struts and shocks as the car is only a baby - about 14,000 kms. I might consider upgrading them at some point but I can't afford to do that right now. Probably when the struts and shocks give out eventually then I can replace them. The place I'm getting the wheels done has had the car up on the hoist and checked all my clearances and all is good on that front with the aftermarket springs and stock everything else.

Your input is greatly appreciated :worship:

De Melo
January 31st, 2013, 03:43 PM
Wow, really? Handy little piece of info that. Thanks. The 17s still look great!

Does the wife tolerate the rough ride on the 18s? :) I've ordered the wheels and tires this morning so I guess I'll just go with the flow. It's hard to tell how smooth the ride will be in my SX4 since the road quality on my usual route to work is not great normally. Having said that, even with lowered springs and stock wheels, it rides quite smooth on the way to work, handles well and definitely doesn't bottom out.

I've done some quick calculations based on the tire aspect ratio to determine the true difference in sidewall height between the stock 17s and the aftermarket 18s

There is basically a 12mm difference in the height of the sidewall between the 17" and 18" wheel/tire setups.

In those sort of terms it doesn't sound like all that much but I guess things like how soft or hard the tires are will have an impact on ride quality as well.

Suzuki 17" Stock Alloys with 205 50 17
8.07"(205mm) x 0.50 = 4.035 - 102.5mm

Speedy Fin RS 18" with 225 40 18
8.86" (225mm) x 0.40 (Aspect Ratio) = 3.54" (90mm)

I'll try and post back once I've driven for a bit on the new wheels and let everyone know how it rides and handles. Won't have them for at least a week yet. In any case I intend on holding onto my stock alloys for a little while just on the off chance that my worst nightmare happens :eek:

PS: I rarely have passengers in the back (actually never) and only occasionally a 'co-pilot' in the front passenger seat.

Its actually not bad at all on the wifes car, with kids in the back and stock suspension its hardly noticeable.

Maiden69
February 1st, 2013, 04:56 AM
They don't look that bad... on hyperblack. Running Conti DWS 225/45/18.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v195/Maiden69/IMAG0098.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v195/Maiden69/IMAG0099.jpg

Better picture of the sidewall.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v195/Maiden69/IMAG0091.jpg

mo2ar7
February 2nd, 2013, 12:05 AM
Wheels look great on your hatch! I'd been looking for photos on the net of what they look like from the rear quarter view to see the tire profile. I don't have to search any longer.....thanks for the pics Maiden69.

mcmuda
February 2nd, 2013, 12:21 AM
I'm running 235/40 section tires.
https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/792394_10151367666503468_879587760_o.jpg

Maiden69
February 2nd, 2013, 06:20 PM
No problem. Let me see if I can dig some pictures with the 225/40/18. That was the original size I bought.

... here you go, just installed, car not lowered and no rear spacers (on the picture with the body kit the rears have a .75" spacer on)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v195/Maiden69/DSC07870a.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v195/Maiden69/DSC06450.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v195/Maiden69/DSC07882.jpg

mo2ar7
February 3rd, 2013, 12:36 PM
Thanks guys for the pics. Really helpful stuff.

mcmuda, are those Enkei GTC01s on your sedan? I actually looked at those before I saw the speedys. They look great!

Maiden69, I can see a visible difference in the sidewall on those tires compared to your 225/45/18 - did you find any difference in ride quality between the 2 different tires?

Maiden69
February 3rd, 2013, 03:07 PM
225/45 ride smoother, I had to bring the psi to 37 to make it handle like the 225/40 on 32-35 lbs. I think it is a much better ride, the 40's were a bit harsh.

Maiden69
February 4th, 2013, 03:58 PM
One question... you being in Sydney, what could be the possibilities of you having, or knowing someone who have a VX Calais or ClubSport garnish? I have looked on ebay and so far every seller that have one at "not new price" say they won't ship overseas. I want one for my "other" blue car... I already got the lights, all I need it that boot garnish.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v195/Maiden69/IMAG0347_zps97ad932a.jpg

mo2ar7
February 4th, 2013, 08:25 PM
One question... you being in Sydney, what could be the possibilities of you having, or knowing someone who have a VX Calais or ClubSport garnish? I have looked on ebay and so far every seller that have one at "not new price" say they won't ship overseas. I want one for my "other" blue car... I already got the lights, all I need it that boot garnish.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v195/Maiden69/IMAG0347_zps97ad932a.jpg

Hmm .... I can't say that I do I'm afraid. I'm somewhat of a newbie to the car world since my SX4 is my first car. I used to know someone who was right into their VL Calais but not the VX. The best place for anything like that in Sydney is generally auto wreckers. We have a truckload of them over here. As for the chances of finding the boot garnish for a VX specifically, that might be trickier. I would imagine they would be somewhat rare. With the cost of shipping it out of the country bound to be criminally expensive, I would almost be inclined to make some online enquiries, secure one and book yourself a holiday to oz while you're at it lol :D

Might I suggest getting onto the forums at Just Commodores - there's quite a bit of active discussion on sourcing the VX garnish. BTW you don't need to be a member to search the forum but will need an account if you want to post:
http://forums.justcommodores.com.au/forum.php

Some forum users there appear to have had success with these wreckers in Sydney:

Oz Car Parts: http://www.ozcarparts.com.au/
Commwreck: http://commwreck.com.au/
Pick and Pay Less: http://www.picknpayless.com.au/eziparts/Display_Vehicles.asp?MakeID=0&SeriesID=440&LocationID=1&VehicleDesc=Holden%20VX%2009/00-09/02

Hope that helps :)

SX4rocious
February 5th, 2013, 03:20 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v195/Maiden69/IMAG0347_zps97ad932a.jpg

serious;y!! you can't do that to me this early in the morning!! now I have to change my pants....

Maiden69
February 5th, 2013, 05:08 AM
Hmm .... I can't say that I do I'm afraid. I'm somewhat of a newbie to the car world since my SX4 is my first car. I used to know someone who was right into their VL Calais but not the VX. The best place for anything like that in Sydney is generally auto wreckers. We have a truckload of them over here. As for the chances of finding the boot garnish for a VX specifically, that might be trickier. I would imagine they would be somewhat rare. With the cost of shipping it out of the country bound to be criminally expensive, I would almost be inclined to make some online enquiries, secure one and book yourself a holiday to oz while you're at it lol :D

Might I suggest getting onto the forums at Just Commodores - there's quite a bit of active discussion on sourcing the VX garnish. BTW you don't need to be a member to search the forum but will need an account if you want to post:
http://forums.justcommodores.com.au/forum.php

Some forum users there appear to have had success with these wreckers in Sydney:

Oz Car Parts: http://www.ozcarparts.com.au/
Commwreck: http://commwreck.com.au/
Pick and Pay Less: http://www.picknpayless.com.au/eziparts/Display_Vehicles.asp?MakeID=0&SeriesID=440&LocationID=1&VehicleDesc=Holden%20VX%2009/00-09/02

Hope that helps :)
Cool, thanks.

serious;y!! you can't do that to me this early in the morning!! now I have to change my pants....
:cool:

Maiden69
February 7th, 2013, 05:35 PM
I was looking through that Oz car parts but they don't list the prices... they have the parts that I need. I almost won a bid on ebay AU but somebody out bid my friend within 15 seconds of it terminating. He is looking at a few in gumtree right now, so we are just waiting on replies to emails.

mo2ar7
February 7th, 2013, 09:58 PM
Hey guys! I got my rims installed today. I think they look good. Better than expected actually!

Speedy Fin RS Diamond Black/Red 18" on 225 40 18 tires.

http://i1196.photobucket.com/albums/aa411/mrfixit2160/SX4%20Rims/sx4_speedyfin3_zpsb37c0301.jpg

http://i1196.photobucket.com/albums/aa411/mrfixit2160/SX4%20Rims/sx4_speedyfin2_zps8c112bbf.jpg

http://i1196.photobucket.com/albums/aa411/mrfixit2160/SX4%20Rims/sx4_speedyfin1_zpsc5ff151b.jpg

The ride quality is actually just as good as my stock 17s if not better. Handles very well, lots of grip, general driving is very smooth and not harsh at all even with lowered springs and stock shocks/struts. Tires generate a tad more road noise but they are a sports tread so it is to be expected.

I'll try to post some more pics when I can.

mcmuda
February 7th, 2013, 11:09 PM
Hey guys! I got my rims installed today. I think they look good. Better than expected actually!

Speedy Fin RS Diamond Black/Red 18" on 225 40 18 tires.

http://i1196.photobucket.com/albums/aa411/mrfixit2160/SX4%20Rims/sx4_speedyfin3_zpsb37c0301.jpg

http://i1196.photobucket.com/albums/aa411/mrfixit2160/SX4%20Rims/sx4_speedyfin2_zps8c112bbf.jpg

http://i1196.photobucket.com/albums/aa411/mrfixit2160/SX4%20Rims/sx4_speedyfin1_zpsc5ff151b.jpg

The ride quality is actually just as good as my stock 17s if not better. Handles very well, lots of grip, general driving is very smooth and not harsh at all even with lowered springs and stock shocks/struts. Tires generate a tad more road noise but they are a sports tread so it is to be expected.

I'll try to post some more pics when I can.

My wheels have a similar finish! What are the specs?

mo2ar7
February 7th, 2013, 11:43 PM
My wheels have a similar finish! What are the specs?

They are 18 x 7.5 Diamond Black mirror finish. They look very shiny like chrome but it's actually part of a patented paint finish and gets baked on during manufacturing. Much more hard-wearing than chrome and Speedy Wheels Australia tells me that they won't chip or flake off like chrome typically does because of the simple fact they aren't chromed. Probably similar to a hyper black finish but not as dark I guess.

mcmuda
February 8th, 2013, 10:39 PM
They are 18 x 7.5 Diamond Black mirror finish. They look very shiny like chrome but it's actually part of a patented paint finish and gets baked on during manufacturing. Much more hard-wearing than chrome and Speedy Wheels Australia tells me that they won't chip or flake off like chrome typically does because of the simple fact they aren't chromed. Probably similar to a hyper black finish but not as dark I guess.

Nice! My Enkeis have a "Special Brilliant Coating" similar to what you have on your's. What offset are your wheels?

mo2ar7
February 9th, 2013, 12:12 AM
Nice! My Enkeis have a "Special Brilliant Coating" similar to what you have on your's. What offset are your wheels?

Thanks. Yeah I really like the finish on them. Soooo shiny :nod: ..... they're a +45 offset (5 x 114.3 stud pattern)

Here's some close up pics. They sit pretty well and aren't tucked way under the arches:

http://i1196.photobucket.com/albums/aa411/mrfixit2160/SX4%20Rims/IMG_0614_zps13952d88.jpg

http://i1196.photobucket.com/albums/aa411/mrfixit2160/SX4%20Rims/IMG_0612edit_zps2b3241b3.jpg

GINGE
February 10th, 2013, 03:40 PM
looking fine mate. needs more low. :P hahaha. was looking at these originally but weren't big enough. I had 20's then went to 19's my ride is nice and firm!!!

AdR
February 10th, 2013, 04:31 PM
They look pretty good.

mo2ar7
February 10th, 2013, 04:35 PM
looking fine mate. needs more low. :P hahaha. was looking at these originally but weren't big enough. I had 20's then went to 19's my ride is nice and firm!!!

I reckon 19's let alone 20's would be absolute murder around my neighbourhood! Lower would probably look better I guess but the roads around where I live are a minefield of potholes and council patch jobs lol.

mo2ar7
February 10th, 2013, 08:16 PM
Here's some more pics. Weather is a bit drab today:

Close up of tread pattern

http://i1196.photobucket.com/albums/aa411/mrfixit2160/SX4%20Rims/IMG_0635_zps7acfba64.jpg

Some more side shots:

http://i1196.photobucket.com/albums/aa411/mrfixit2160/My%20SX4/carshots-speedyfins-2_zps73d5cc2a.jpg

http://i1196.photobucket.com/albums/aa411/mrfixit2160/My%20SX4/carshots-speedyfins-3_zpsa417d18b.jpg

http://i1196.photobucket.com/albums/aa411/mrfixit2160/My%20SX4/carshots-speedyfins-4_zps69fbacbf.jpg

polarbear
February 11th, 2013, 07:50 AM
:thumb::thumb::thumb:

jacob025
February 11th, 2013, 09:30 AM
really nice ,shape colour and size.