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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-25-2019, 08:45 AM Thread Starter
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New Wheels for the Esprit

My favorite wheels have always been the BBS motorsports wheels.

A few months ago on BAT a guy offered some wheels that came from his V8 Esprit race car to the winner of a recent auction. I was curious.

Turns out the seller of the wheels was local, the wheels were 17" and 3 piece BBS. And the price was reasonable.

Of course I had just committed to an expensive brake system over haul (delete ABS back date to the Servo and Master Cyl type system).

I had to have them. The seller was gracious and let me save up a bit and gently broach the subject with the wife.

ANy way here they are.

Now I have to save up for tires ;-)

The wheels were designed to run 245/40 up front and 275/40 in the rear. I think they are 8.5" wide front and 10 or 11" rear.

Super excited! I hope you like them.

The old wheels are for sale if interested.
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Why do you need tires? Looks as if those puppies are holding on TIGHT even upside-down! ^^^

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What are your old wheels? If you say OZ Nova, then I've got dibs!
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Apparently the new wheel/tire combo is generating additional downforce, allowing the car to run upside down on the ceiling. Nice!
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Apparently the new wheel/tire combo is generating additional downforce, allowing the car to run upside down on the ceiling. Nice!
Notice that he had to fit stands to prevent the suspension from bottoming out???

(Sorry, Erik but: LOL)

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Yeah I was in a hurry when I posted and turning the photos over on my end did not work.

If I get a minute I will look up how to turn them around. I think I have to change the size slightly?

Any body have any cheap 17" take off tires I can use to get on the road :-)

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The pictures on my Mac desktop are upside down.

But the pictures on Tapatalk app on my iPhone are correct orientation.

Go figure.

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