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#1705 of 1734 Re: Tires [deryckfm]
Mar 06, 2007 (3:39 pm)
The Volk TE37's bend contrary to what others will tell you. Almost every car I have seen at the auto-x events with TE37's have at least 1 bent wheel. The 10-11 lb TE37's don't hold up as well as the 15.5lb OEM GSR wheel when hitting a pot hole, even a small one. I know they say they 're forged but they 're still aluminum and not as strong as a steel alloy.
The OEM GSR wheels are almost indistructable. I hit a large deep pothole a few years ago and I thought I 'd see the wheel cracked or very dented when I stepped out to look at it but I saw nothing. It was the loudest bang you can imagine like getting into an accident. I then had the wheel inspected by a couple of shops and they said there was nothing wrong with it. I know people with TE37's that have hit much smaller pot holes and dented them.
Another very strong and popular light wheel is the 13lb Kosei K1 15x7". I have 2 sets of those. One in 45mm offset and another in 38mm which I use for racing mostly because of the larger (wider) "track" (pushed out further) but the 38mm required rolling the fenders a little. Not an ultra-light wheel but still 2-2.5lbs lighter than OEM. That's 50lbs less unsprung weight just in the front. The Koseis are fairly inexpensive. About 1/2 the price of the TE37's. I don't believe they make it anymore but you should be able to find plenty of used ones out there in good condition. Mine have been through hell and back and still no dents. They hold up extremely well. The Kosei K1 was also used for a number of years by the Spec-Miatas (road racing class). I think it was the official wheel according to the rules. You also see them on many auto-x and road racing, modified Bimmers. Not sure whey they stopped making them (check Tirerack - I heard they were bringing the K1 back) after 7-8yrs, but that was a great all around light alloy wheel.
I agree with Garados. Try to get a 205-50-15" summer tire and use your other OEM wheel combo for the winter if you get real winters where you live. Makes a big difference over 195-55. Make sure you get one that's good in the rain though if it rains a lot where you are. The Falken Azenis are not good in standing water once they lose 40-50% of their tread.
#1706 of 1734 Re: deryckfm [only1harry]
Mar 06, 2007 (5:09 pm)
Yeah ATE Superblue. Although I am going to try the Hawk fluid soon. They just came out with it so we'll see how it works.
Our Hawk Blues + DBA rotors + ATE Superblue did well for us at VIR in Feb.
Mar 07, 2007 (2:49 pm)
Yeah, I didn't get the brace on ... my funds didn't allow. The subframe, though, cost me an engine and a head. I have nothing else to report in my life =P
#1708 of 1734 Re: deryckfm [only1harry]
Mar 07, 2007 (8:39 pm)
Good to finally hear from you only1! Might as well get an ITR if a brake upgrade on the GSR requires all that. Came across an unmolested Black 01 with 34k miles. Asking price was still 19,500. Think that's what I paid for my GSR back in 00. Not sure why an ITR has been on my mind lately. Back in 00, I was "sure" about not wanting an R model, since I just came from a 93 RX7 "R1P" (R1 package). "Good" thing about not choosing an ITR back then, is that I'll prolly be too skeered to leave it unattended nowadays. Just can't get my mind off the port and polish, LSD, 11" rotors, special cams/pistons, and all that good stuff from Ma Honda.
After driving my friend's 05 S2K, it (along with the ITR) too has been tempting me to say bye to the GSR. Narrowed it down to a MY 03, but most are still in the 20's.
So since the trusty, ole GSR is paid for, was with me since it was only 7mi old, an ITR/S2K will just have to wait. Modding the GSR will get my mind off those two temptresses. Thanks again to you and Garados for your tips and opinions on what mod route I should take.
#1709 of 1734 Re: deryckfm [deryckfm]
Mar 07, 2007 (8:58 pm)
Well if you buy an ITR you will be relieved of it shortly as they are still stolen every 5 minutes.
Mar 10, 2007 (9:05 am)
A used S2K is still very tempting in the low-mid 20's. If you can get one for the price of a new Si, what more can you ask for? It's twice the car the Si is. I have seen Civic EX with navi, and one or 2 other options in the showroom for almost $21K! You don't get much for $20-25K these days. The S2K is well worth it except it's not practical being a 2 seater. It usually has be your 2nd car and a toy you have fun with. A car like that needs to be exploited to get the most out of it. Autocross or some track weekends will make owning and S2K a awesome experience. I fell in love with it the first time I drove one. I 've auto-xed my friedn's '02 M3 and it didn't impress me except for the straight line acceleration and braking. The 2.2L S2K braked equally well as the M3 (maybe even better), handled better, had more responsive, accurate steering, better turn-in, better feel overall with the road, was fast enough, and in general more fun to drive than the M3. Worth every penny IMO. My friend paid $51K for his M3. I can't see paying that kind of money unless I tracked the car a lot.
Mar 10, 2007 (2:41 pm)
Amazingly I actually just fit into an s2K and agree it's a blast to drive. I couldn't get one as a daily or a car for myself as I just barely fit but I'm a big guy though. Great cars.
#1712 of 1734 Re: S2K [only1harry]
Mar 14, 2007 (1:19 pm)
only1, maybe you'll have time to go to this year's NY Auto Show and get to see the unveiling of the new S2K "type-r". Let us know if you do.
But since this is really an Integra forum, we should go back to talking about Tegs. Wanted to know if anyone knows what hardware I need to order when installing a OEM ITR front lip. From Acura's parts list (Bumper section), I think item #4 (bracket) and #38 (Clip Nut) are the only ones I need. Anyone have experience with the install? Am hoping since it's OEM, it won't be that hard to do.
Lastly, I have a Flamenco Black Pearl 00 GS-R. 00 ITR lips are listed as "Starlight Black Pearl". 01 ITR lips are listed as "Nighthawk Black Pearl". Not sure which one will be a closer match to my stock FBP color.
#1714 of 1734 Re: S2K [deryckfm]
Mar 25, 2007 (11:26 am)
S2K Type-R? When is it coming out? I can't wait for the stats on that baby. I 'll be all over that if the price is reasonable.
Just go to www.acuraautomotiveparts.org or call 1-800-Carland and ask for the parts department and tell them you are ordering from the web site. I think the guy's name is Mike that deals with Internet orders. He 's pretty good. He 'll tell you exactly the parts you need for the ITR front lip.
I know for a fact that the ITR black is a different shade than GSR's. Most people buy the ITR OEM lip unpainted and then take it to a body shop to have it painted with their Integra's color code. If you want it to match your car exactly, that's the only way to do it. Black comes in many different shades and you might not be happy if the pre-painted lip doesn't match the rest of the car. Do it right the first time around. That way you can always take it back to the body shop if they screw up or it doesn't look the same as the rest of your car. The body shop will do their best to match it with your hood and the fenders or sorrounding paint. You can't go wrong that way. I remember the price from older groupbuys being half that of a painted OEM lip. Just make sure to tell the body shop to apply lots of clear coat on it because the front lip is the one that gets hit with all the bugs, dirt, rocks etc. It takes the hardest pounding out of any other body part.