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Alan Cesar
Alan Cesar Associate Editor
6/19/12 10:15 a.m.

The new Toyo R1Rs (sourced from Tire Rack) on Rota RB wheels add grip, but look a little goofy on the stock ride height. The rear wheel gap in particular is comical. But fear not: Ford Racing coil-overs are on the way.

(edited for correctness)

http://grassrootsmotorsports.com/project-cars/2012-ford-fiesta/rims-grip/

Jaynen
Jaynen New Reader
6/19/12 10:17 a.m.

Like the look of the RBs

ProDarwin
ProDarwin SuperDork
6/19/12 10:30 a.m.

Why the 225 and not the 195?

Javelin
Javelin UltimaDork
6/19/12 11:17 a.m.

I like the looks of the Fiesta.

I love the RB's (had them on my Miata).

I dislike the combination. That's just ugly, regardless of gap. Ewwww.

Nashco
Nashco UltraDork
6/19/12 11:18 a.m.
ProDarwin wrote: Why the 225 and not the 195?

Because racecar?

Per Schroeder
Per Schroeder Technical Editor/Advertising Director
6/19/12 11:24 a.m.

We're a little worried about heat management on the smaller tire--multiple drivers + summers in Florida = tire roasting.

Per

alfadriver
alfadriver PowerDork
6/19/12 11:48 a.m.

Nice Mini-Lites. I mean Panasports.

I assume they are aluminum, and not real Mags.

PHeller
PHeller SuperDork
6/19/12 11:52 a.m.

Not a good combo IMO.

I think the Panasports are a classic-car wheel, and the Fiesta does not look classic. Which is a good thing...unless you want classic car wheels for it.

Powar
Powar Dork
6/19/12 11:53 a.m.

Those are very hot.

mndsm
mndsm PowerDork
6/19/12 11:55 a.m.

I like it, though it needs some lowering something fierce.

Matt B
Matt B Dork
6/19/12 4:12 p.m.

Looks good to me. I understand what some people are saying about the panasport-style-on-a-modern-car thing, but it works fairly well here imho.

Alan Cesar
Alan Cesar Associate Editor
6/19/12 4:40 p.m.

In reply to Matt B:

I thought the same thing when those wheels arrived, and when we first put them on. Wait 'til you see the car on coil-overs. It's very different indeed. We actually posted a photo to our Facebook timeline not long ago, if you follow us on there.

Woody
Woody UltimaDork
6/19/12 4:42 p.m.

I love 'em.

alfadriver
alfadriver PowerDork
6/19/12 4:45 p.m.

In reply to Alan Cesar:

I think it will look even cooler when you make it look like a race car- stickers and all.

Alan Cesar
Alan Cesar Associate Editor
6/19/12 4:48 p.m.

In reply to alfadriver:

In good time, grasshopper.

Matt B
Matt B Dork
6/19/12 4:48 p.m.

Also, I really like the look of the 225 width on the 15x7s. ANTI-STRETCH!!!

Jaynen
Jaynen Reader
6/19/12 4:50 p.m.

Yeah posted pic on FB looks a lot better Edit linky http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150992483798140&set=a.90554638139.104770.66381183139&type=3&theater

alfadriver
alfadriver PowerDork
6/19/12 4:50 p.m.

In reply to Alan Cesar:

Can you paint the tire lettering yellow, too?

Alan Cesar
Alan Cesar Associate Editor
6/19/12 4:58 p.m.

In reply to alfadriver:

Hmmm.... Per, we got any yellow tire markers? I really like what that guy did with Sharka not too long ago.

Pete240Z
Pete240Z UltraDork
6/19/12 5:20 p.m.

I like the rims and tires. Tire Rack not showing this wheel yet? It doesn't come up?

Alan Cesar
Alan Cesar Associate Editor
6/19/12 5:36 p.m.

Sorry, that's a mistake. I'm pretty sure the tires came from Tire Rack, the wheels did not. I don't know where we got them exactly, but you can see the sizes and bolt patterns of the Rota RB here:

http://www.rotawheels.com/wheel.php?id=34

Nashco
Nashco UltraDork
6/19/12 6:12 p.m.
alfadriver wrote: In reply to Alan Cesar: Can you paint the tire lettering yellow, too?

Maybe...as long as the letters are for the sponsor. If you highlight that you're using other tires you might get in trouble in some events!

Bryce

JThw8
JThw8 UberDork
6/19/12 7:14 p.m.
Javelin wrote: I like the looks of the Fiesta. I *love* the RB's (had them on my Miata). I dislike the combination. That's just ugly, regardless of gap. Ewwww.

I wholeheartedly concur. Apart they are both great, together....just doesn't work.

Jaynen
Jaynen Reader
6/19/12 7:17 p.m.

I think they look good post coil over. Maybe not the style I would pick for a modern car but I think it is growing on me

DeadSkunk
DeadSkunk Dork
6/19/12 7:23 p.m.

I love the RBs on it, but then I'm biased. I have a set on my CooperS.

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