Hey, where’d you get the black Kosei K1s?” | Garage Rescue Miata

David S.
Update by David S. Wallens to the Mazda Miata project car
Dec 4, 2021

Photography by David S. Wallens

As we were getting ready to leave last night’s Orlando Roadsters meet, someone ducked his head into our passenger-side window:

"Hey, where’d you get the black Kosei K1s?”

Tire Rack.”

No way?”

Way.”

Okay, maybe the conversation didn’t exactly go like that, but our black Kosei K1 wheels caught the eye of a fellow wheel aficionado–someone who was only familiar with the silver finish.

The Kosei K1 has been a Tire Rack staple going back to 1999, and we had one of the first sets.

Back in the day, you could get K1s in silver and white. We originally went with white, a popular choice at the time. Somewhere in there, we remember a dark silver being offered as well.

[Our Miata has worn several different wheels over the last 23 years.]

Today, you have two choices for the K1: silver or black. We went with black because, well, black wheels look mean–even though, we admit, they don’t always photograph so well. (Question: Should we have gone with silver?)

No matter the color, though, then as today we’re fans of the K1: light weight, value pricing, timeless looks, easy lug access, track-proven, no protruding spokes and easy to clean. Plus no center cap to get in the way.

The K1 still comes from Tire Rack, meaning quick shipping plus the ability add mounted tires to the order. (Our wheels are wrapped with the Falken Azenis RT660.)

[Ultimate track tire guide | 200tw, 100tw, street-legal track and R-comps]

And speaking of last night’s monthly Orlando Roadsters meet, some photos. Come join us–always on the last Monday of the month at Ace Café Orlando. People start rolling in at 6:00 p.m.

 

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David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
11/30/21 3:56 p.m.

By the way, that candy apple red Miata? It's a wrap. Even up close, it looked like paint. 

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
11/30/21 3:59 p.m.

And just in case you can't make it to the Orlando Roadster's meet, Ace Cafe still offers full month of meets for cars, bikes and even trucks:

I might have to make it out to Honda Night and maybe even the KDM meet–and of course the Orlando Roadsters meet, too.

hybridmomentspass
hybridmomentspass Reader
12/1/21 6:57 a.m.

I just dont understand some trends.

Now, Im not talking the K1s, I want another set and I did have the gunmetal color in the past...they looked awesome

NickD
NickD MegaDork
12/1/21 7:11 a.m.

I was ><this close to getting Kosei K1s for my Yaris. I ended up going with bronze Advanti Storms instead, which are still a good look, but K1s are an underrated wheel.

GameboyRMH
GameboyRMH GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
12/1/21 9:43 a.m.

Hoping to some day get 15x8s for my AE92, wheels I'm keeping an eye out/saving up for are Konig Dial-Ins, Kosei K1s and Avanti Storms. I remember Jongbloed also made some nice 15x8s? Point is, all the wheels I want in that size are super-rare and paying for them a second time in import costs is really going to hurt sad

Aspen
Aspen HalfDork
12/1/21 10:12 a.m.

I don't understand the allure of black wheels. They just disappear in the wheel wells.

I'm just showing my age I guess.

docwyte
docwyte PowerDork
12/1/21 2:08 p.m.

In reply to Aspen :

I'm with you, I don't like black wheels either.  They do a great job of not showing brake dust and dirt/winter grossness tho

NickD
NickD MegaDork
12/1/21 2:24 p.m.
GameboyRMH said:

Hoping to some day get 15x8s for my AE92, wheels I'm keeping an eye out/saving up for are Konig Dial-Ins, Kosei K1s and Avanti Storms. I remember Jongbloed also made some nice 15x8s? Point is, all the wheels I want in that size are super-rare and paying for them a second time in import costs is really going to hurt sad

I had the Jongbloed 15x8s. They were pretty cool and I never saw many of them. But I sold my set off when I needed 15x9s.

AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter)
AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter) SuperDork
12/1/21 3:17 p.m.

I went with black K1s too, but it perfectly fits the theme I have in mind for the '22 challenge.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
12/1/21 10:27 p.m.

I'll add that the black K1 are easy to keep clean. Brake dust just wipes off. 

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