Mitsubishi FTO wheels
I've been looking for some wider rims for the IO that don't compomise the already small clearance between the tyre sidewall and the strut.
I wanted something that could be made to look stock, would suit the car and wouldn't cause any major wheel alignment/offset issues and so far I think i've found a close winner.
I bought these rims fairly cheaply with totally worn out tyres, they appear to be commonly sold on ebay and boostcruising etc as owners upgrade to 18" etc alloys.
They are 16x6.5" so i'm getting an extra half inch width, doesn't sound like much but 225's are a lot more stable on 6.5" and 7" rims. I tried to find a 16"x7" stock mitsu rim and couldn't find anything suitable.
Cheap! $50 for the four!
The offset is +38, this places the inside lip of the rim approx 1.5mm further away from the strut than the stock 6" wide rim. i know that isn't much but most mitsubishi stock alloys that are 6.5" wide have a +46 offset which would move the rim 6mm closer to the stut - not good as my tyres have less than a finger width clearance stock.
They are OME mitsubishi rims so nuts/center caps etc are a direct swap
I think the 5 spoke design looks a whole lot better than my 3 spoke or the "5 moons" stock Io alloys
Rims are lighter, the spokes arch from the mounting face and anchor near to the center of the rim reducing the extra material stock Io rims have to span the load from the center of the rim out to the outside edge where the spokes anchor on
Wheels stay within the guards and don't look wider than normal
The rim internal profile of the spokes and rim reduces the rim-to-caliper clearance to about 2mm, would be closer to 1.5mm with fresh pads. Stock Io rims have about 4-5mm clearance. I don't invisage geting sticks etc jammed in there any more than the stock wheels however it will be interesting to see if sand is an issue
The outer rim lip on these fto rims is lighter than stock io rims, The stock 3-spoke ZR rims i'm running has the outer lip about twice as thick as the FTO however i've yet to ding a rim
Spoke face is curved potentially letting rocks role into the spoke area however i've had no issues with rocks yet and after last weekend (see "how I almost rolled my io" post) I doubt rocks would be a major issue at 18psi for either rim
FTO's have a space-saver spare so wheels will often only be sold in lots of 4, not 5
Once I repaint them a slightly darker colour to hide all the scuffs and faded paint i'll get my 215-70/16's moved across and see how I like the feel of them - I may have to end up running 2mm spacers to increase caliper clearance however as a whole I'm really happy with the look and the offset, I would not want to go any wider without fiting flares. It's great that a stock mitsu alloy will do the job as I'm not a fan of buying new mags for a 4wd application and considering how much punishment the mitsu mags take now i'd be happy to stick with Mitsu mags.
Will keep you posted on how they go.