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Wheel Guide for the JDM Track Inspired Look

Wheel Guide for the JDM Track Inspired Look

Japanese cars are part of the fabric that makes up our automotive culture. We love them on the street and track. In this article, we guide you in choosing the best wheels for a JDM track-inspired look. We are featuring Vors, Vordoven, AodHan, and Kansei.

Japanese manufacturers are the reason behind some of the coolest stuff in the car scene today, just like the small high-revving engines and the sportiest designs ever.

Topnotch engineering found its way into the likes of the Lancer and Impreza, making them fiercely competitive in motorsports in the early '90s. Mad machines rose like the Calsonic Nissan R32 track car which started the Godzilla legend.

Aside from grid racing, drifting also caught up with Americans. Fans loved how drivers like Keiichi Tsuchiya effortlessly made their cars go sideways. Their cars danced as they lose and regain traction on the tarmac.

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Building Your Track-Inspired Car
Nailing that JDM Track Inspired Look
Vors
Vordoven
AodHan
Kansei
Why Change Your Wheels?
Wheel Construction
The Importance of Proper Tuning in Road Safety
Choosing What's Best for Your JDM Track-Inspired Car

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Building Your Track-Inspired Car

Who wouldn't want to be like their motorsport icons? With enough grit and persistence, you might just find the right project car to start with and follow your motorsport icon's footsteps.

It won't also take long before you put track-inspired parts to look the part. One of the first ones usually on the list are the wheels.

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Nailing that JDM Track Inspired Look

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There's a lot of aftermarket wheels that can help you nail the JDM track inspired look you've wanted.

To fast track your selection, we compiled a list of wheels that might appeal to you best:

Vors

Vors is a SoCal-based wheel company that envisions affordable wheels to bridge grassroots enthusiasts to the rest of the aftermarket world. It first tapped into the unmet demands among the '90s to 2000s Civic and Miata owners. 

As it grew, Vors tapped into a wider community that includes modern import tuners. The affordable wheel selection became more diverse than ever. 

These days, you can also find Vors on middle to full-size cars, as well as pick-up trucks and SUVs. But right now, let's focus on those that can make your car appear track-inspired.

TR4

Starts at $848 per set of 4

The TR4 uses the fan favorite five-star design but with a bit of flare. The spokes split into two as it flows to the lip. This gives the wheel a distinct sporty appearance that can look good in the pits. 

It's usually used on post-2000 import cars like the Subaru WRX. While a lot of enthusiasts associate the TR4 with tuners, other owners can pull off the look on domestic and European cars as well.

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TR37

Starts at $944 per set of 4

The Vors TR37 is very much inspired by modern wheels popular in the racing circuit. Its sleek six-spoke design is clean-cut for just about any car being set up to look like a serious track competitor.

It works particularly well with the recent generations of Civics, WRXs, and Cobalts for its larger diameter. Add a decent drop and you're pretty much good to go. 

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TR6

Starts at $632 per set of 4

The Vors TR6 is a cool throwback to everything good about '90s motorsports. This wheel has a lot of competition vibe in such a compact size.

If you love split six-spokes and a deep lip, this wheel should be right on your wish list. It should easily fit '90s to early 2000s tuner cars. You can keep the car clean, or maybe throw in some simple livery and decals to add more racing vibe to it.

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VR8

Starts at $848 per set of 4

The VR8 is as timeless as a gentleman who loves European motorsports. The multi-spoke wheel design can bring out the racecar vibe out of your ride. More than that, the studs and lip complement the face with an added depth to the entire wheel. 

The nice thing about the VR8 is it can be easily work with just about any modern car - be it Euro, domestic, and JDM. Couple it with a good set of tires and a decent suspension set-up, your car will definitely look the part.

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Vordoven

Vordoven Wheels got into manufacturing attractive aftermarket wheels in 2014. The owners were car enthusiasts themselves. Their wheel roster is inspired by both classic and modern designs.

The brand’s wheels are affordable as well as durable. These are manufactured using precision equipment and undergo strict quality assurance. Its production follows the Japan Light Alloy Wheel Standard to ensure each product’s integrity.

Forme 9

Starts at $668 per set of 4

The Vordoven Forme 9 might just be the brand’s most popular design by far. You can easily recognize this wheel with its five split spokes and concavity.

With its spokes evenly spaced, you can have a good view of the brake kit installed behind the wheel. The design works well with JDM cars because it gives off a sporty lightweight appearance and performance.

It's available in 18 and 19 inches, and comes with five-lug bolt patterns. You can have it in machine matte black, matte battleship gray, machine matte gunmetal, and full machine silver. 

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Forme 10 

Starts at $668 per set of 4

The Vordoven Forme 10 is a very clean wheel design inspired heavily by JDM track wheels from the ‘90s. Its design bears six smooth and fairly flat spokes. These are evenly spaced apart from each other forming soft triangles in between each.

It has a slight concavity the pushes the hub a little to the inside. The lip further adds more emphasis and character. Put together, these details will give off a very sporty appearance to your car.

This wheel model comes in 18- and 19-inch sizes for most five-lug bolt patterns. It should fit most modern JDM track car builds.

Vordoven offers this wheel in the following colors: textured matte bronze, candy blue, gloss white, full machine silver, gloss black, and hyper black.

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AodHan 

AodHan Wheels entered the aftermarket scene in a ripe time for JDM enthusiasts. In the late 2000s, the brand began producing wheels for performance, luxury, and stance. Despite design variations, its wheels come available at affordable price points.

Its facility uses low-pressure casting and flow-forged process for its monoblock wheels. This helps the wheels become durable throughout their service life.

AH08

Starts at $748 per set of 4

The AodHan AH08 is clean and simple, the kind favored by no-frills car guys wanting that JDM look. It has six spokes with a slight concavity and deep lip that further adds some character to the wheel. 

The wheel only comes in 18 inches and will fit most five-lug bolt patterns. You can choose from the following finishes: bronze, black, white, and hyper black.

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DS06

Starts at $748 per set of 4

The AodHan DS06 is a wheel that reminds you of the thrill and excitement from motorsports. Its multi-spoke design is attractive, coming with a slight concavity and deep-dish lip that pushes the wheel face inside.

It is available in 18 and 19 inches, perfect for fitting in those big brake kits on a five-lug car. You can also work with varying offsets and lip sizes to suit your style.

You can have this wheel in bronze with machined lip, hyper black, silver with machined lip, gold, and chrome.

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Kansei 

Kansei Wheels prefers to make a name by putting its designs to actual use on the streets and race track. The brand takes a lot of inspiration from the rich history and culture of Japanese motorsports.

It also works with racing enthusiasts for custom designs matched to specific track applications. 

KNP 

Starts at $908 per set of 4

The Kansei KNP is the brand’s flagship wheel model. Its design can be associated with the classic JDM track wheels. The wheel looks clean and sharp with its five spokes merging the hub to its deep step lip.

It is used by import tuners, whether on the street or track. Its lightweight construction makes it a suitable wheel for track duties.

The wheel comes in 17 and 18 inches and will fit most five-lug bolt patterns. It is available in three finishes: textured bronze, gloss gunmetal, and hyper silver.

 

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Corsa 

Starts at $908 per set of 4

The Kansei Corsa must have been inspired by the GT cars that run neck-breaking speeds.

Its 14 spokes are evenly spaced from each other and look symmetric to each other. While the design is modest, there's no denying that it's geared for performance.

This wheel is available in 18 inches and will fit most five-lug bolt patterns. Choose from its three finishes of hyper silver, gloss gunmetal, and textured bronze.

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Why Change Your Wheels?

A new set of wheels can alter the way your car look and handles. While they are not essentially for track use, you are giving your car a whole new character. Here are some reasons to get you excited:

Optimized Engine Power

Aftermarket wheels are built using lighter materials. Less weight means the engine can optimize its power. You can enjoy better fuel economy but it also allows you to accelerate quicker if the situation calls for it.

Stability and Handling

If set up right, your new wheels can help stabilize your car. The wider stance can provide more traction while the reduced weight makes it easier for you to steer.

Its construction should also be rigid enough to maintain grip on turns. It makes your feel more confident on the road.  

Sporty Vibe

Mounting track-inspired wheels can leave you wanting to drive your car everyday. Its sporty vibe makes your car look more competitive even on the street.

Ofcourse, you don't want to be doing pull offs too often unless you want the 5-0 on your tail. 

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Wheel Construction

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Even if you're not driving your car on the track, it wouldn't hurt to know how aftermarket wheels are made.

The common manufacturing methods are: cast, flow formed, or forged. Knowing their differences can help set your budget and expectations. 

Cast

Casting aluminum wheels is the most conventional way to manufacture wheels today. The process is easy and fairly inexpensive, making it accessible to a wide market. 

The wheel starts as molten aluminum poured into a cast to form the desired wheel shape. After cooling down, it is machined, drilled, and trimmed into the final design. 

While casting is straightforward, the wheel can have inconsistencies in its structural integrity. This can leave the wheel prone to cracking.

The only way to strengthen cast wheels further is to add more material to it at the expense of extra weight.

Flow Formed

Flow formed wheels (sometimes referred to as flow forged or forged hybrid) is an improvement from the cast wheels. Additional steps reinforce the wheel and make it lighter.

The process begins by casting the barrel of the wheel in a smaller mold. Heat and pressure are then applied using another machine until it stretches to its final form. Lastly, the casted center piece is installed to complete the wheel.

This kind of wheel offers strength and less weight. It can be used for occasional racing and track days with your buddies.

However, the casted center piece is still prone to crack under extreme abuse. 

Forged

Forged wheels are the most suited for track purposes. It uses high-grade aluminum monoblock pieces for superior quality. 

The wheel starts out with an aluminum block forged to achieve a grain flow. It then undergoes a series of steps to remove excess material and trim it down to its final form with precision.

The result of these steps is a lightweight wheel with high load rating. Forged wheels can be pretty expensive and might not be available in smaller wheel diameters.

Having said that, you might be better off with cast or flow formed wheels if you're just after the looks. 

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The Importance of Proper Tuning in Road Safety

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A car enthusiast can usually enjoy the car in two ways. 

On the track, you get to push your car's limits in a controlled environment. You have every opportunity to clock in your best lap time, flat out on long stretches, and attack turns the quickest.

On the street and highway, you get to drive in style from point A to point B and back. On other days, you cruise to parking lots and come meet other enthusiasts. 

Whether your car is built to run on the track or look like one, it is essential to tune it properly and use the right parts for your applications. Doing so ensures reliable performance and your safety whenever you drive it.

Roadworthiness involves a lot things. But since this article is about wheels, here are some of the important things you should always check and tune when you get a new set:

Wheel alignment

Wheel alignment pertains to the angular orientation of the wheels relative to each other and the vehicle. Tuning the camber and toe to optimum track specifications can be significant in keeping your car stable and maneuverable.

A slightly negative camber makes the lower portion of the wheel stick out more than the upper portion. It can help counter the centrifugal force that throws your car off when you turn.

On the other hand, toe-out adjustments on the front tires can put them in an optimal angle for turning. 

Too much or too little these adjustments can result in an undesirable handling.

Wheel fitment

Having enough clearances ensures that certain parts do not come in contact with each other when you're driving. Always consider your car's factory wheel specifications. When choosing a wheel, you can usually go up a size or two depending on its fenders, suspension, and brakes.

When mounting the wheel, you have to torque the lugs to the correct specification so that they hold the wheel firmly in place. Any vibration, big or small, can take a toll on your wheels and eventually compromise its integrity.

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Choosing What's Best for Your JDM Track-Inspired Car

Even if you have no plans of running your car on the track, it's best that you think like your favorite motorsports icons.

Function should come before form when choosing wheels for your JDM track-inspired car. Pick the most reliable design your budget can afford.

And once you've finished setting it up, head out and drive to your heart's desire!

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