August 24, 2013
For my situation, these wheels were the best all around choice, blending price, performance, and aesthetics. In this review I gave them their lowest mark in the cleanliness category, just because there are a lot of spokes to clean and each one creates a groove you have to scrub. Going from 205/55 rubber on stock 16x6.5 et42 wheels to these 17x7.5 et35 clad in 225/45 Direzza ZIIs has significantly improved the handling of my car. I think these wheels give a custom look without being "over the top". In addition to having performance and good looks, they are low cost and relatively light weight. From what I can tell, Sport Edition wheels are designed by Kosei and made in China. Initially I had some Chinese quality concerns, but my research turned up a lot of positive experiences for the Sport Edition wheels. My own experience has been excellent thus far, and I would definitely make the same choice if I had it again.
The 240SX is known for being a tail-happy car but with this wider wheel and sticky rubber, there is now enough grip in the back to keep the car mostly neutral for autocross. It will still oversteer in some throttle lift situations but it is so much more planted, especially in the rear, than the stock setup. My co-driver and I have gotten enough points to finish 1 and 2 in the STC class in my SCCA region this year (technically someone could edge him out of 2nd but mathematically I have already secured 1st). The car is essentially stock except for these wheels.
I had my eyes on the ASA AR1s for a long time, and with my goal to win this year's regional STC class, I wanted to max out the wheel/tire width allowance. When it came time to buy, though, I saw the Sport Edition SE-16 wheel with the same design for less money, so I went for them instead. It's been many months since I bought these, and I still catch myself peeking out the window just to look at these wheels.