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@VisualEchos , thanks for saying the price. I was curious. Will changing the camber screw up the new setup? I just don't want it to look like a "Stanced" mishap when I do mine.
Not sure what you mean. The Elise/Exige comes with very little negative camber from the factory, something like -.2, and if you bought this wheel/tire combo with stock camber, it would definitely poke in front because of it. This XXR combo is going to require -2 in the front, and -1.5 in the rear for no poke, but that's totally fine, and just what the doctor ordered IMO, the car turns so much better with increased camber in the front, it's like it's a whole new car. The best part? You can't even see it, so no, you won't have anyone confusing you for being "stanced" with broken suspension bits .

This combo was easy for me because I already had -1.5 up front from having my LSS struts re-grooved to give me a .75" drop. The rear was something like -2.5 from the factory, so I added shims to match the front and rear to -1.5 because I find that visually appealing (and again, don't race the car). You could get the -2 you need with the Sector111 steering arms.
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I like the silver Cup R wheels myself, Sector used to have them, but no longer carry the finish. But again, $3200 shipped is pretty steep.


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These are my wheels. Don't have tires mounted yet. I was disappointed when I received them because they don't have "LOTUS" stamped on the rim. Dave from SeriouslyLotus told me that Team Dynamics make these and they don't stamp them anymore. They're supposed to be the lightest wheels ever made for lotus.
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These are my wheels. Don't have tires mounted yet. I was disappointed when I received them because they don't have "LOTUS" stamped on the rim. Dave from SeriouslyLotus told me that Team Dynamics make these and they don't stamp them anymore. They're supposed to be the lightest wheels ever made for lotus.

Gorgeous. If these were contrast cut, I would have them on my car in a heartbeat. I wonder if XXR would do this?
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These are my wheels. Don't have tires mounted yet. I was disappointed when I received them because they don't have "LOTUS" stamped on the rim.
Beautiful set man, but I would feel the same, the writing on the outside adds a lot of interest for sure, and I would not buy them without it.

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Gorgeous. If these were contrast cut, I would have them on my car in a heartbeat. I wonder if XXR would do this?
Not at all, XXR won't do anything for you, and offer very few colors. It's a small company making knock-off wheels, they won't even make single-drill!

But again, they're super inexpensive, if you curb one, no big deal, just buy another. And the light catches them well .


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Beautiful set man, but I would feel the same, the writing on the outside adds a lot of interest for sure, and I would not buy them without it.







Not at all, XXR won't do anything for you, and offer very few colors. It's a small company making knock-off wheels, they won't even make single-drill!



But again, they're super inexpensive, if you curb one, no big deal, just buy another. And the light catches them well .





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Wow. Your Exige pics are hands down my favorites. I like the heavy contrast and demeanor of the shots. Classics.
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Wow. Your Exige pics are hands down my favorites. I like the heavy contrast and demeanor of the shots. Classics.
Thanks man, much appreciated. If you like, you can see 363 more here:

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Beautiful set man, but I would feel the same, the writing on the outside adds a lot of interest for sure, and I would not buy them without it.



Not at all, XXR won't do anything for you, and offer very few colors. It's a small company making knock-off wheels, they won't even make single-drill!

But again, they're super inexpensive, if you curb one, no big deal, just buy another. And the light catches them well .


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Thanks, but when I ordered I was unaware that they stopped the stamping. They came straight from England so I didn't want to ship them back. They are lovely even without the stamping.
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Thanks, but when I ordered I was unaware that they stopped the stamping. They came straight from England so I didn't want to ship them back. They are lovely even without the stamping.
Oh absolutely.

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So, just a quick update for those that might be reading this thread and thinking they want this combo. I think the 16" front wheel would be a better choice for anyone wanting to actually use this set because then you don't need so much front camber. However, for me, and in real life, this 17/17 combo just absolutely rocks, and visually fits the car so much better than the LSS or 240R Cup wheels, to the point where it's not even a contest. Every car has a theme, so to speak, and these wheels fit the Exige theme perfectly. They're not too pretty, like the 240R Cup wheels, and they're not to plain like the LSS wheels, and they have the perfect amount of "bat" in them, just like the car. This is actually quite hard to show in pictures, so I'll post some driveway shots below to try to give you the impression they make in real life.

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Front 17 looks too large to me. Funny thing in that driveway pic, front wheel looks larger than the rear.

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Front 17 looks too large to me. Funny thing in that driveway pic, front wheel looks larger than the rear.
It's because the front of the Exige was designed for 16s and the rear for 17s. The 17s in the front make it look "crowded" compared to the rear.

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My vote keep cups no matter what, and sell either last or xxrs. However I would keep xxrs over last wheels any day of the week.
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17/18 TD in body color w/ satin clear. I like this setup because the rolling diameter of the tires is exactly the same as stock. This means I can bolt on the stockers w/sticky tires for track use, without having to make any chassis adjustments.

Also, Vipers apparently don't know how to park.
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Front 17 looks too large to me. Funny thing in that driveway pic, front wheel looks larger than the rear.
There are several things going on here that probably make you feel that way, but in real life they look perfect for the car. Which is in sharp contrast to the Team Dynamics 17/18 set that just looked overwhelmingly too big in real life (partly due to the tires).

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It's because the front of the Exige was designed for 16s and the rear for 17s. The 17s in the front make it look "crowded" compared to the rear.

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No it's not, it's because the front is lower than the rear, and the lens used makes the front look bigger that it does in real life. I had my doubts about 17's in the front, but once they got on the car it's clear that they're just what the doctor ordered, and look vastly superior to the 16's with balloon tires.

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My vote keep cups no matter what, and sell either last or xxrs. However I would keep xxrs over last wheels any day of the week.
That last set isn't mine, they were just put on one side of the car for pictures. The 18's in the rear are massive, and look impossibly big in real life.

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17/18 TD in body color w/ satin clear. I like this setup because the rolling diameter of the tires is exactly the same as stock.
What tires/sizes are you running?

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You're driving a Lotus, not a Honda Civic. One of the hardest lessons to learn is to never, EVER, cheap out on parts that keep you safe, wheels and tires included. Even if you're hard parking, hellaflush, stancenation, scenepointspimping, Do not run xxr's. You've got a $30,000+ car.
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