December 04, 2012
I've had these wheels on my JCW MINI almost four years. With the exception of the finish (more on that later), they are outstanding. At 14.2 pounds, these wheels are 7.5 pounds lighter the the factory 22.7 pound wheels. This is a huge unsprung weight reduction for a car that's already light and nimble.
I immediately noticed an improvement in acceleration, braking and overall handling with the MINI. I've paired them with a set of 215/45/17 NITTO NT NeoGen ZRs, which are a "PLUS ZERO" size for the MINI. Running with a "PLUS ZERO" size, with the 37 offset these wheels have,(factory wheel offset is 48) will, on a rare occasion, give you some wheel rub on the rear fenders when traversing extreme bumps in the road. I have never seen any tire wear from this and the fender well liner damage is minimal after four years
I've had no issues with any damage to these wheels while driving through the pothole riddled states of New York, Connecticut or Massachusetts, although I did lose a tooth filling in NY due to a pothole... :-/
The finish issue I had started immediately after purchasing the wheels when the painted finish started peeling off the wheels. Tire Rack immediately replaced them when notified. The finish on the replacement wheels started to peel off after about a year. I did not contact Tire Rack about replacing them again. I will be having the wheels powder coated when I remove them for the winter. That should solve the finish issue
I have to give these wheel an overall rating of "OUTSTANDING". I drive my MINI like I stole it or like it owes me money; that being said these wheels are completely up to the task and have complemented my MINI.