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.

Discuss.

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Comments
Tom1200
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
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
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
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
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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