Thursday, February 23, 2012

Déjà Vu: New wheels and tires on the way ... again.

Konig Daylite in orange - Subcompact Culture
I'm switching things up a bit on the 'ol 2007 Toyota Yaris. However, it seems oddly familiar. Let's take a journey back in time, shall we?

In 2008 I ended up buying a set of used orange Speedmaster "Team Orange" wheels. I loved the distinctive color, however the +38 offset and 205/50/15 Kumhos rubbed a lot during cornering. Of course, being dumped on coilovers didn't help that. I sold them.

I decided to get another set of orange wheels: 15x6.5 Konig Daylites (+40 offset; pictured above) and narrower (but grippier) 195/55/15 Yokohama S.Drive tires (pictured below). However, this setup was on back order from at the time, and I got impatient and canceled my order. I instead bought a set of black Speedy Race Mode wheels, which I didn't hang on to very long, as I missed my orange wheels. Out went the Speedys, and in came a set of Maxxim Assaults in orange with Falken Ziex 912 tires.
Yokohama S.Drive tire
Fast forward to the present day. The Falkens are bald and need replacing. The Assaults, which I still like, have faded a bit. I considered refinishing them myself with paint, and looked into powder-coating them orange, too. I don't want to set aside the time to repaint the wheels, frankly. And after having the wheels powder-coated then buying tires, having them mounted and balanced, it was cheaper to buy new wheels and tires from Discount tire (plus I had a discount coupon that saved me some cash).

So history repeats itself. However, this time I won't be so impatient. Looking forward to the new wheels/tires in the next few weeks.

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