How do you like your classic split-spoke wheels?

David S.
By David S. Wallens
Apr 13, 2022 | wheels

Photograph Courtesy Mackin Industries

When it comes to split-spoke wheels, what do you like? Classic BBS or a different take?

A well-defined pocket around the lugs or a more gradual transition into the spokes? Parallel spokes or ones that converge a bit? One- or three-piece construction? How much lip–or do you prefer spokes that run all the way to the edge of the rim?

And we haven’t even gotten to colors or construction techniques.


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Tom1200 UltraDork
4/12/22 12:54 p.m.

Gotta be classic BBS.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
4/12/22 12:59 p.m.

I am going to say that the new Volk 21A–that’s it in the lead photo–got me thinking about this topic. Each brand has its own take on a long-time fave. 

pinchvalve (Forum Supporter)
pinchvalve (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
4/12/22 2:11 p.m.

The picture is about perfect for me. I HATE center sections that protrude from the lip in any way, I will snag that on every curb from here to Seattle. I LOVE deep-dish wheels, though I understand that it not an option for most modern cars, so these strike a good balance for me. 

I also like the number of spokes; too few make the wheel look weak, too many makes it look heavy. This is about right. 

My only change would be more space around the bolt/lug holes, I like some clearance for my socket.  

pres589 (djronnebaum)
pres589 (djronnebaum) UltimaDork
4/12/22 2:29 p.m.

I have always like Enkei RFP1's.  They look good on everything I see them on.  Example;


STM317 PowerDork
4/12/22 2:41 p.m.

Forgeline can really do no wrong as far as I'm concerned

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
4/12/22 2:51 p.m.

BMW Style 65 for me. Best looking wheel BMW has ever made, especially in the 18x9.5. Also brutally expensive.


Brett_Murphy (Agent of Chaos)
Brett_Murphy (Agent of Chaos) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
4/12/22 4:05 p.m.

The ones I have. BBS RKs, I think.


frenchyd MegaDork
4/12/22 4:08 p.m.

In reply to David S. Wallens :

As a racer I gotta get rid of brake heat.  The more open the wheel the greater the heat radiation is. 

Feedyurhed UltraDork
4/12/22 4:17 p.m.

Hey Dave,  I am a wheel guy like you. I look at them like art. I have sets of wheels that I have purchased brand new over the years and have never even had them mounted, preferring just to look at them.

rodknock Reader
4/12/22 4:48 p.m.

I've always had a soft spot for Work's VS-XX. 

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