David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
12/24/04 9:32 p.m.

Some parts showed up today: Rota Auto-X wheels. Since Rota chose to use our original name for these new wheels, how could we resist? They're a little on the narrow side at 15x6.5 inches, but like we said, we caved into style. Perhaps we should do some testing to see if that extra half an inch really matters? By the way, the color is Gun Metallic.

According to the scale at our local post office, each wheel weighs in at 12 pounds, 12.40 ounces. Soon we'll be wrapping these wheels with tires from BFGoodrich.

Looks like this is going to be an international effort, as we have some more parts on the way:

  • A Vibrant Power header and exhaust system from Canada. (www.vibrantpower.com)
  • Whiteline Automotive suspension parts from Australia. (www.whiteline.com.au)
  • Koni shock absorbers from Holland. (www.koni-na.com)

Add those to our Rota wheels from the Philippines, and it's a pretty global effort. (By the way, the car is also from Canada.)

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