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Buyer's Guide: Best Budget Wheels Under $2000 for Track-Inspired Cars

Buyer's Guide: Best Budget Wheels Under $2000 for Track-Inspired Cars

Speed is part of any car enthusiast's life. Many of us aspire to be just like our motorsports icons. In this article, we discuss the essentials of choosing budget wheels for track-inspired cars. We will start you off with brands like Vors, AodHan, Avid1, and Kansei.

For us car guys, nothing beats the rush you get from speed and pushing your car to its limits. It is the ultimate test between man and machine. And it's hard to resist.

Most of us envy the life of racing legends. We look up to our favorite drivers and take inspiration from the cars, the builds, the team, the lines they take on and off the track. 

Forget about the famed cars from Hollywood. We think it's infinitely more exciting to pattern your build from the iconic racecars.

Navigate your way through the article here:

Wheels for Your Track-Inspired Car
What's On The Market?
Vors Wheels
AodHan Wheels
Avid1 Wheels
Kansei Wheels
What Can You Expect from Changing the Wheels?
Setting Up Your Track-Inspired Car
Making The Most of Your Track-Inspired Car

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Wheels for Your Track-Inspired Car 

Track-inspired cars are driven on the road for the most part, but made to look like they are racecars. 

They are usually packed with performance upgrades like air intakes, headers, exhaust systems, beefed up suspension, and aftermarket wheels.

Despite not being driven like all-out racecars, they can pack a lot of punch to get your adrenaline going for the occasional canyon runs and back roads. 

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What's On The Market?

Now, we know how aftermarket wheels can improve your track-inspired car. It's time for you to have a look at what you can buy out there.

There are a lot of brands in the market that are inspired by actual track wheels. Let's have a look at some of the brands and their wheel models.

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Vors Wheels

Vors is all about the unmet demands in the car community. The brand found value in offering affordable wheels to grassroots enthusiasts. This was good news for the Civic and Miatas across SoCal.

These days, Vors also tapped into a bigger reach. Its current lineup includes modern wheels for mid to full-size cars, as well as pick-up trucks and SUVs

That goes without saying that most of the popular Vors models are perfect for track-inspired cars.

TR4

Starts at $848 per set of 4

The TR4 is the most popular Vors wheel by far. This fan favorite has the five-star multi-spoke design, giving a track vibe to any car that uses it. 

This wheel goes well with cars that have some racing pedigree in their engineering. So the next time you get a Subie or a Honda, might as well put some TR4s on it. 

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VR8

Starts at $848 per set of 4

The VR8 brings in a lot of track nostalgia that will appeal to neophytes and seasoned enthusiasts alike. The multi-spoke design is inspired by those used on European highways and racetracks. 

While this wheel looks distinctly Euro, you can easily put it on just about any track-inspired build. The VR8 also got a lip and stud to add more personality to your car. 

If you want some class on your track-inspired car, then the VR8 is the wheel to get. Add a set of good tires and wicked suspension for best effect!

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TR6

Starts at $632 per set of 4

The TR6 is the kind of throwback wheel that brings back the '90s JDM track car appeal. You can easily imagine yourself in the heyday of the import car movement in SoCal with a set of this baby. 

The size, design, and deep lip goes well with import cars from the '90s and early 2000s. Despite being small, this wheel can pack a lot of personality, especially if you're after a track-inspired look.

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TR37

Starts at $944 per set of 4

The TR37 is another wheel heavily influenced by modern-day track cars. Its no-nonsense six-spoke design can make your car appear like it's ready to shave off some lap time on its next heat. 

It comes with a larger diameter so it works well with the newer imports in particular. But who's to say that the TR37 doesn't look good on some domestic and Euros too? There are already owners rocking these bad boys to prove they look wicked on just about any car.

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AodHan Wheels

AodHan Wheels came into the aftermarket scene in the late 2000s. This brand brings modern and refreshing wheel designs at affordable price points.

The nice thing about its design selection is that the wheels can match models across different car segments like street, luxury, and even economy. 

The company keeps up with the evolving market through innovation – both with design and manufacturing processes. Among these are AodHan’s low-pressure casting and forging used on its monoblock wheels.

DS02

Starts at $800 per set of 4

The AodHan DS02 is a sporty design that resonates everything good about racing. Its multi-spoke design with a slight concavity and deep-dish lip forms a nice stance fit for your weekend warrior. While it easily complements tuner cars, it also looks good on domestic and European cars.

The one-piece alloy wheel suits a modern track-inspired build. It also has ample room to accommodate performance brake upgrades.

The DS02 comes in 18- and 19-inch sizes that match most five-lug bolt patterns. You can also mix and match offsets and lip sizes to your preference. This wheel comes in the following finishes: bronze with machined lip, hyper black, silver with machined lip, gold, and chrome. 

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AH08

Starts at $848 per set of 4

The AodHan AH08 bears a clean and simple look favored by no-frills car guys. The design is very straightforward that you do not really have to worry about whether or not it looks good on the car. It has six spokes with a little bit of concavity placed and a slightly pronounced lip.

It is constructed from a single piece of alloy. This makes the wheel fairly rigid and give off the vibe that it's ready for some racing. Its dimensions should accommodate bigger brakes for better stopping power.

The AH08 is available as 18-inch models that fit five-lug bolt patterns. You can have it in bronze, black, white, and hyper black.

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DS01

Starts at $848 per set of 4

The AodHan DS01 looks like a trendy wheel fit for car shows instead of track days. Its attractive design uses seven twisted split spokes that resemble the sun as seen in ancient tribal murals. Small studs adorn the circumference as if they were gravitating stars. The deep-dish lip further adds depth and character to the wheel making it even more wonderful.

Its intricate details make the DS01 an attractive option for a track-inspired car. This wheel actually made appearances in the drifting circuit and might be seen on other track cars as well.

It is available in most 18- and 19-inch configurations for five-lug cars. Choose from its range of offsets and lip sizes that best suit your motorsports applications. You can have it in silver with machined lip, bronze with machined lip, gloss black, black chrome, gold, and chrome.

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Avid1 Wheels

Avid1 Wheels belong to the young guns of the aftermarket wheels segment. This company has just offered its fresh wheel designs post-2000. It offers these products at affordable prices so that enthusiasts and their budding track cars have easy access to them. The Avid1 selection is filled with designs that come in aggressive dimensions to suit the modern demands in the car scene.

AV06

Starts at $704 per set of 4

The Avid1 AV06 has so much JDM influence that it makes a fitting wheel for track-inspired cars. This wheel takes a lot of inspiration from full-blooded Japanese racing wheels. Its six spokes form an even clean streak from the hub while the slight concavity and deep wheel add depth to the piece.

This one-piece cast design comes only in 17- and 18-inch diameters. This leaves ample room to fit in performance brakes and tires with profiles suitable for your build. It is available for most cars that come with four and five lugs. You can choose from a range of subtle to flashy colors like hyper black, matte bronze, gloss black, matte blue, and white.

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Kansei Wheels

While some aftermarket performance wheels rely on branding and history, Kansei Wheels would rather show off its quality by putting the products to actual use. Its selection includes a couple of designs fit for track cars and street machines alike.

These models are inspired by import scene icons whose vibe Kansei is hoping to capture. Furthermore, the company is also willing to work with the enthusiasts themselves for custom designs and applications. 

Corsa

Starts at $1080 per set of 4 

The Kansei Corsa is a multi-spoke wheel whose looks might remind you of the GT and Le Mans cars. Its 14 spokes are evenly spaced apart from each other and look symmetric to the adjacent pairs.

Kansei achieved a very clean look by leaving out details aside from the step lip and spokes. The wheel does not have an aggressive look but you will surely note that it is built for performance.

It only comes in 18 inches for the common five-lug bolt pattern. You can choose from hyper silver, gloss gunmetal, and textured bronze.  

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KNP

Starts at $1200 per set of 4

The Kansei KNP is the wheel that propelled the brand to its current status in the aftermarket tuning scene. It takes a lot of cues from classic JDM tuner wheel designs. The wheel looks perfectly clean on its five spokes merged to a deep step lip design.

Its sturdy and lightweight construction makes it a good option for a track-inspired car that is close to the real deal. In the true spirit of modern motorsports, this wheel only comes in 17- and 18-inch variants matched to the common five-lug bolt patterns.

You can have this wheel in classic tuner finishes such as textured bronze, gloss gunmetal, and hyper silver.

 

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Tandem

Starts at $1160 per set of 4

The Nissan Skyline is one of the most recognizable Japanese cars in the import tuner scene. Kansei Wheels made a fitting tribute to this icon by creating the Tandem. The six soft narrow spokes take you back to the ‘90s.

The wheel is very clean and performance-oriented. However, Kansei took the liberty to deviate from its inspiration by coming up with various concavity options as well as making it available to other five-lug bolt patterns.

The Tandem is only available in 18 inches but you can choose from three finishes: textured bronze, gloss gunmetal, and hyper silver.

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What Can You Expect from Changing the Wheels?

Getting some aftermarket wheels for your track-inspired car has its benefits. While this may not get you the full capabilities of a real track car, it adds some character to your ride.

Improved Stance

Aftermarket wheels can improve the stock stance of your car. It gets into a wide aggressive form just like the track built counterparts that inspired the build.

Likewise, wider wheels can increase the tire surface that comes in contact with the road. With proper tuning and alignment, it can help improve your car's traction and handling.

Aggressive Look

Who wouldn't want a car that's nice to look at? By putting on wheels that complement your ride's lines, you make it stand out a little bit more on the streets. The sporty look brings your track-inspired build up another notch. 

Let's be honest here, the majority of people who will be attempting builds like this will spend more time at meets, than going all out at global time attacks. It's perfectly respectable to want to have something that looks the part. And the aggressive look is one of the top reasons why this track inspired look is so popular. 

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Setting Up Your Track-Inspired Car

Switching to a new set of wheels might work to your disadvantage if you don't have regard for proper tuning. Here are some of the areas that you need to set up right after putting on new wheels: 

Wheel alignment

Wheel alignment is the angular orientation of your car's wheels in relation to the body and each other. Adjusting the camber and toe to ideal specifications can make your track-inspired car easier to handle by optimizing the tire's contact surface to the road.

These adjustments can also prevent your tires from wearing unevenly and prematurely, and therefore less prone to accidents and inconveniences on the streets.

Wheel fitment

Wheel fitment pertains to bolt pattern, wheel and tire sizes, brakes, and fender clearances. These things are essential in keeping the all the components intact and free from any obstructions to movement.

Knowing these limits should help you pick out the suitable wheel to go with your car. It should also determine what other upgrades and modifications you might need to properly fit the wheels. 

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Making The Most of Your Track-Inspired Car

Function comes before form in racecars, but finding a balance between the two will make or break your build. Keeping your upgrades within budget doesn't mean compromising quality and safety. Choose the best set of wheels you like and can afford. 

Once all is set, it's time to take your car for a spin. Just remember to always inspect your parts and follow public road regulations. Have fun and stay safe!

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