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Old 10-24-2013, 04:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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1985-1989 MR2 Wheels on 2001 Corolla

I've been looking here and there at new wheels for the Corolla to replace the stock steelies. I want lighter weight and aerodynamic wheels. I want something that is as flat as possible with as few holes as possible, while still having some style. (I would prefer not to have pizza pans or moons.)

I like the Hyundai offerings, but 2 issues: One is finding them for non-stealership prices. Second is they're Hyundai wheels! I can't put them on my Toyota!





Kia has some nice ones, but they have the same problems as above. They also seem to be a little more 'open' then I would want (and the Hyundai's).



So just tonight, I saw the wheels on an MR2.

One issue. They are 4 bolts. Is there an adapter I can use for my Corolla? Another concern is weight. I wonder if these would actually save me any weight at the corners.
I like these, because they offer some style, without being overly 'open'. The three holes also seem like they would make good mounting points should I want to make a cover of sorts.

Any ideas?

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Adaptors?

Over the years, I've been part of many discussions on the subject and the consensus is that adaptors are problem areas. They increase the offset. They increase unsprung weight. They are a complication, and they don't always fit properly.

It would be better to get wheels that fit.
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Old 10-25-2013, 02:43 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the info. I guess I will keep looking then. Any ideas on a good set of relatively aerodynamic wheels?
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So just tonight, I saw the wheels on an MR2.

One issue. They are 4 bolts. Is there an adapter I can use for my Corolla? Another concern is weight. I wonder if these would actually save me any weight at the corners.
I like these, because they offer some style, without being overly 'open'. The three holes also seem like they would make good mounting points should I want to make a cover of sorts.

Any ideas?
What makes you think they won't fit?

The info I can find shows that both the first gen MR2 and your '01 Corolla should be 4x100 lug pattern on the wheels. Corolla didn't get 5 lug until '03.

4x100 is a VERY common bolt pattern. Granted, you still have to think about offset and hub center diameter, but I'd bet you could find lots of choices if you poke around on craigslist.

This database can look up other 4x100 cars to source wheels from:
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I'll be honest... I was thinking it was a 5 bolt pattern. Probably because every other vehicle in the driveway is 5 bolts. (Then again the other 3 vehicles are all trucks! )

Thanks for that link, it might help me find a set of wheels off of another vehicle that will work for me. When I get home and have more bandwidth and time, I'll check out some google images of those specific cars and see what I can find.

Any idea on the weight of the MR2s? I might have to make a couple of PMs or something. (*cough cough* serialki11er, if you're reading this )
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check off set and wheel width before buying. very important factors.
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What about Prius wheels, aren't the newer models 5-lug?
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We used to have an '87 oldsmobile cutlass siera, 4 cyl. Had steel wheels and completely smooth hub caps, 14" and 5 bolt iirc.

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I tried to find them, but I cannot. So if my suggestion will not have an image or a reference.

Have you thought about making your own rim? AKA, pizza pans and painting a rim, or painting the "vacant space" of a rim?
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I know those are important, but I'm not sure what I need. Do they need to be the exact same or is there play in the size difference?

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What about Prius wheels, aren't the newer models 5-lug?
I think I need 4 lug wheels, so I will have to be careful, because the Prius has both, depending on year.

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We used to have an '87 oldsmobile cutlass siera, 4 cyl. Had steel wheels and completely smooth hub caps, 14" and 5 bolt iirc.
I may have to look into that for my GF's Cutlass Supreme! I'd prefer alloy wheels, though for weight reduction. That seems to be my biggest problem. I can find wheels/hubcaps like that, but they are always steelies. I can't seem to find what I want in alloys.

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Have you thought about making your own rim? AKA, pizza pans and painting a rim, or painting the "vacant space" of a rim?
I was thinking that exactly today. The only problem is that I still want to get alloy rims and if I'm going to spend the money on nice rims, I don't want to cover them up. If I can find light weight alloy rims that aren't necessarily nice (looks and aerodynamically), but super cheap, then I might go that route.

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