October 14, 2014
I bought these wheels in order to replace a set of 16" Sport Edition wheels that I purchased from Tire Rack (also on the cheap) a couple years ago. The Sport Edition wheels never balanced correctly and greatly contributed to a never-ending road force issue. The previous tires on the old wheels were Conti DSWs - which I will also not purchase again.
With respect to the wheel description for these Spec Ds: they are listed at 18.1 lbs, but they honestly feel lighter than that - especially with Michelin Pilot Super Sports installed. The combination of the Spec Ds and Pilot SS provides not only a night and day improvement in rolling smoothness (the vibration and shaking is completely gone), turn-in response, noise, all-around handling and appearance. More than one reviewer has commented these wheels look much nicer in person that in the picture - and this is most certainly the case.
The overall weight of the wheel and tire combination is almost exactly the same as the previous 16" wheel/tire combo - even though the old wheels were listed to be about 1 lb lighter. This is due to the fact the Michelins are a lighter tire. Overall, this makes for lower rotational inertia and has noticeably improved my car's braking response and performance. The road force for the set was between 6 lbs and 12 lbs.
My only luke-warm critique of these wheels is related to cleaning. Both the form and finish of the wheel contribute to the minor cleaning issues. The form/shape of the wheel has multiple near 90 deg angles that create some stubborn nooks. The finish is almost matt and therefore has a slight texture to it. The shape and texture combo gathers brake dust somewhat rapidly - especially if your brakes produce heavy dust. I use Brake Man pads and they not only produce very little in the way of dust, they are the absolute best balance of street performance and rotor wear. However, what little dust produced by the Brake Man pads sticks to these wheels.