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Old 05-23-2013, 10:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Where to source Smooth Surfaced Rims from?

Ideally I'm looking for a rim that is 16" x 6.5", 5 Lug, 115mm Bolt Pattern, alloy, lightweight and a smooth surface for max aerodynamics. Any recommendations or sites that sell just that out there? I can't seem to find any. I prefer to stick with that size of rim because it will fit my current tires. Thanks in advance!

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I'm pretty sure Honda has one on the Civic Hybrid.
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Here is a link to my post on the source of Hybid rims aero-differences-between-my-lx-civic-hybrid-mod
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Old 05-23-2013, 07:46 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Wow thank you. That is a great site, never even knew it existed. I really appreciate it!
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I currently have the EX rims installed, mainly because I think they look awesome. But since I've been reading up on efficiency and aerodynamics, I quickly realized I made a big mistake. Luckily I purchased the EX rims for about $100 each + shipping so I think I will break even if I purchase the hybrids minus the fact that I will have to buy new tires, but this time I will actually have a choice in what tires I get. I sold my old steelies for $70 each.

You obviously favor the hybrid non-vented rims over stock lx / ex rims. Just based on looking at them, do you think they would cut it pretty close to the traditional pizza pan covered rims, as far as aero goes? I can't find any comparison data for the 8th gen civics hybrid rims vs other options. It's quite apparent that they would flow much better than ex rims.

Just to add a little more info to this thread, Hybrid Civics come stock with under belly panels to reduce under drag. I have ordered those. I found a thread on 8th civic I think it was where a guy installed them on his SI coupe.

PS: I found the hybrid spoiler on that site, requested a quote
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Oh wow would you look at that? Just found a set of 4 non-vented smooth civic hybrid wheels for $300 + Free Shipping on the bay.
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What you're doing is basically what Honda themselves did in 2012 with the Hf model. It got the hybrid aerodynamics but a traditional powertrain.
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I wouldn't bother with aerodynamic wheels as-such.
Filling the gaps between the spokes usually makes for a rather heavy wheel - and that'd be costing you fuel.

I'd go for light wheels, and cover these with a lightweight cover - pizza pans or coroplast or the disks that Vekke is producing ...
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I'm pretty sure those flat rims are also very light weight. Looking for sources...

Post 5 claims 15 lb. That's light. My factory Honda 16" alloys are 17 lb.
http://www.civicforums.com/forums/18...placement.html

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