What is the perfect Miata wheel? And can we agree it’s three-piece Bears? | Garage Rescue Miata

David S.
Update by David S. Wallens to the Mazda Miata project car
Oct 28, 2021

Photography by David S. Wallens

Why we go to events: see friends, see cool cars, see new things.

We remember when Ronal Bear wheels were available new back in the '90s, but at this week’s Orlando Roadsters meet we saw something new yet retro: three-piece Bear wheels. In gold. Or is it bronze? Either way, it looked cool.

Did someone cut up an original set? We didn’t get a chance to chat with the owner, but we’re guessing they’re from Felgenwerks.

So, speaking of Miata wheels, what’s your favorite for the chassis?

While our 1992 Mazda Miata now wears the Kosei K1 Racing–same as it did 20-plus years ago–several other wheels have been fitted over the years:

Stock Mazda “daisies”
14x5.5 inch
Circa 1998

Kosei K1 Racing
15x7 inch
Circa 1999

Rota Circuit 8
15x6.5 inch
Circa 2001

American Racing Silverstone
15x7 inch
Circa 2005

Rota J-SPL
15x6.5 inch
Circa 2006

Volk TE37
15x6.5 inch
Circa 2011

Kosei K1 Racing
15x7 inch
Circa 2021

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Javelin (Forum Supporter)
Javelin (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
10/27/21 12:15 p.m.

I need a set of those. 

tb
tb GRM+ Memberand Dork
10/27/21 12:34 p.m.

I think those are awesome, but they are worth a lot more than the rest of miata in total. The style boost isn't worth the budget hit, sadly...

AClockworkGarage
AClockworkGarage Dork
10/27/21 2:41 p.m.

Those are dumb as hell.

jerel77494
jerel77494 New Reader
10/27/21 3:00 p.m.

Favorites are Enkei RPF1 and 949 Racing's 6URL.

I like the Mazdaspeed wheels, but they're fragile.

ShinnyGroove (Forum Supporter)
ShinnyGroove (Forum Supporter) HalfDork
10/27/21 3:13 p.m.

Yeah, that's gonna be a no from me dawg.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
10/28/21 8:39 a.m.

If that dude didn't leave near us (hate to steal someone's look), I'd totally buy a set. 

wspohn
wspohn SuperDork
10/28/21 11:21 a.m.

Neatest wheels on a Miata would be these (you'd get to let your inner Ben Hur out):

 

MadScientistMatt
MadScientistMatt UltimaDork
10/28/21 11:40 a.m.
jerel77494 said:

Favorites are Enkei RPF1 and 949 Racing's 6URL.

I'm with you there. Can't go wrong with either of these on a Miata.

dean1484
dean1484 GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
10/28/21 12:54 p.m.

My wife wanted a set of these for her H2 when they came out.  

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
10/28/21 1:19 p.m.

In reply to wspohn :

With or without the knock-offs, yes, those would look fantastic. 

dclafleur
dclafleur Reader
10/28/21 1:21 p.m.

I wonder if I can get those in a 6 lug.

ShawnG
ShawnG UltimaDork
10/28/21 2:01 p.m.
David S. Wallens said:

In reply to wspohn :

With or without the knock-offs, yes, those would look fantastic. 

Knockoffs are stupid when you can see the lug nuts.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
10/28/21 2:04 p.m.

In reply to ShawnG :

Perhaps I should have said spinners. 

Cactus
Cactus HalfDork
10/28/21 2:13 p.m.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't Ronal bears forged?

84FSP
84FSP UltraDork
10/28/21 2:43 p.m.

I think they were a basic cast heavy ish Ronal standard wheel.  They are swmi interesting but are now worth a fortune after being 3-400 a set forever.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
10/28/21 2:47 p.m.

In reply to 84FSP :

I remember the same. According to this chart on Miata.net, the 14-inch version weighed 18 pounds, 4 ounces. 

fornetti14
fornetti14 GRM+ Memberand Dork
10/29/21 5:43 p.m.

I love the look of the SSR wheels on my car.  I'm switching to the old Kosei K1-TS wheels next summer, just to try something different (with 200tw tires)

A major reason I bought the car was for A) Flyin Miata turbo already installed and B) loved the look of the rare mint 15" SSR's.

93gsxturbo
93gsxturbo UltraDork
10/30/21 8:26 a.m.

1 Piece masquerading as 3 piece are the dumb.  Friends dont let friends roll on replicas.  

rslifkin
rslifkin UberDork
10/30/21 10:03 a.m.
David S. Wallens said:

In reply to 84FSP :

I remember the same. According to this chart on Miata.net, the 14-inch version weighed 18 pounds, 4 ounces. 

Over 18 lbs for a 14x6 wheel?  That's up there on the heavy end of bad factory wheels territory.  In my mind, that puts them right next to steelies on my "wheels I won't use for anything" list. 

chandler
chandler UltimaDork
10/30/21 11:18 a.m.
93gsxturbo said:

1 Piece masquerading as 3 piece are the dumb.  Friends dont let friends roll on replicas.  

There are a number of companies turning one piece wheels into 3 piece, threepiece.us has been doing it for awhile but the quality concerns me. Some of those aren't designed for that.

wspohn
wspohn SuperDork
10/30/21 11:41 a.m.

Thee 15" wheels from my old Lambo would look good on a Miata (would be a tad expensive, though).

They use the same spline drive as most wire wheel British cars so you could adapt Triumph knock off adaptors.  Problem is that they are 7" - put one on my MGC just for fun - obviously a case for fender flairs!  They'd give a Miata a real Lotus 26R look. They were available in repro aluminum alloy instead of the original magnesium, a few years ago.

 

These wheels for MGB/C etc.  would also work on spline drive:

noddaz
noddaz GRM+ Memberand UberDork
10/31/21 2:03 p.m.

Floating Doc (Forum Supporter)
Floating Doc (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
10/31/21 3:08 p.m.

SSR in silver...


 


 

or white, although I sure wouldn't recommend white for a daily. 
 

buzzboy
buzzboy SuperDork
10/31/21 4:14 p.m.

I don't care what car/truck/suv we're talking about because the one true wheel to rule them all is Gold Mesh Wheels.

dean1484
dean1484 GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
10/31/21 4:30 p.m.

In reply to buzzboy :

BBS for the win on any car!!!  The M6 from the late 80s had them with those weird metric tires. Love the look of them!!   

russde
russde Reader
10/31/21 7:23 p.m.

In reply to David S. Wallens :

No No No...

And No...just NO

93EXCivic
93EXCivic MegaDork
11/1/21 8:36 a.m.
chandler said:
93gsxturbo said:

1 Piece masquerading as 3 piece are the dumb.  Friends dont let friends roll on replicas.  

There are a number of companies turning one piece wheels into 3 piece, threepiece.us has been doing it for awhile but the quality concerns me. Some of those aren't designed for that.

I have only heard bad things about threepiece.us.

captdownshift (Forum Supporter)
captdownshift (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
11/3/21 2:21 p.m.
obsolete
obsolete GRM+ Memberand Reader
11/3/21 3:47 p.m.
captdownshift (Forum Supporter) said:

I present a lovely alternative

"I said I wanted Racing Harts, not racing hearts!"

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
11/4/21 1:44 p.m.

Love20bee does three-piece conversions. I only know what I see on their Instagram. 

hybridmomentspass
hybridmomentspass Reader
11/4/21 1:52 p.m.

Local shop to me has a new set of those...had them since the early 00s. If anyone is interested drop me a line and I'll put you in touch with them. 

They arent for me, but I do like the silly-factor

Wxdude10 - Mike
Wxdude10 - Mike Reader
11/4/21 2:23 p.m.
buzzboy said:

I don't care what car/truck/suv we're talking about because the one true wheel to rule them all is Gold Mesh Wheels.

Trans Am GTA just called.  He confirms you are right

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