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The more I look at pictures of vintage cars from Japan, the more I notice they all have 1 of 3 different types of rims.

1) Watanabe RS8 Type R



2) SSR Longchamp XR-4



3) SSR Formula mesh(or another mesh rim that looks just like it. There are too many mesh rims that look the same!)



What do you guys think is the most common?

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watanabes are super common its like seeing Te37 on a ek hatch
 

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There seem to be a ton of SSR MK III for sale on club4ag over the past couple months.

The SSR Mesh has a different center than the enkei or riken or american racing so it seems to stand out to me.

I think the riken mesh is most common based on how inexpensive they are. Cheap used SSR mesh is 200-250 each used. Riken is 50-100 each used.

The only thing more common is the P-Type wheel. :)
 

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The more I look at pictures of vintage cars from Japan, the more I notice they all have 1 of 3 different types of rims.

1) Watanabe RS8 Type R



2) SSR Longchamp XR-4



3) SSR Formula mesh(or another mesh rim that looks just like it. There are too many mesh rims that look the same!)



What do you guys think is the most common?

Andrew
Completely off topic, but why oh why would you sell your Longchamps and buy some ugly ass banana spokers? Signed, xr-4 fan......
 

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From what I remember back in the 80's, around SoCAL area, it used to be any form of mesh-style wheel; whether it be BBS, SSR, Epsilon, Enkei or Riken.
 

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I vote a mesh or one of these:
 

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Completely off topic, but why oh why would you sell your Longchamps and buy some ugly ass banana spokers? Signed, xr-4 fan......
Because I like "ugly ass banana spokers"

If I could get XR-4 in a more aggressive sizing, I would. But authentic Watanabe is a nice change of pace for me. I always loved those rims. To be honest, I bought the XR-4 without knowing what they were...Still love them though, but my particular set is just not going to cut it.
 

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Because I like "ugly ass banana spokers"

If I could get XR-4 in a more aggressive sizing, I would. But authentic Watanabe is a nice change of pace for me. I always loved those rims. To be honest, I bought the XR-4 without knowing what they were...Still love them though, but my particular set is just not going to cut it.
Just goes to show how personal wheel choice is. That post was semi tongue in cheek, didnt mean to offend...:thumbsup:.
 

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Enkei 92s
ding ding ding!

with Riken mesh a close second.

None of the wheels you linked are nearly as common here as those two. Reason being, they actually sold Enkie and Riken mesh here in wheel stores back in the 80s while all of the wheels you linked are jdm imports that only import specialist shops or wheel importers brought in. ARE also got their hands on the enkie 92 molds and continued selling them as AREs for awhile too.

SSR mesh easily wins of the 3 you listed, doesn't hurt that they've been in production for like 20 years or something.

The banna spoke wheels are hard to side with as so many manufacturers have made wheels in that style (Panasport, etc).

And Longchamps? They're actually kinda rare, they're hard to get ahold of a nice set.

But if your talking whats most common in Japan, probably the SSRs.
 

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ding ding ding!

with Riken mesh a close second.

None of the wheels you linked are nearly as common here as those two. Reason being, they actually sold Enkie and Riken mesh here in wheel stores back in the 80s while all of the wheels you linked are jdm imports that only import specialist shops or wheel importers brought in. ARE also got their hands on the enkie 92 molds and continued selling them as AREs for awhile too.

SSR mesh easily wins of the 3 you listed, doesn't hurt that they've been in production for like 20 years or something.

The banna spoke wheels are hard to side with as so many manufacturers have made wheels in that style (Panasport, etc).

And Longchamps? They're actually kinda rare, they're hard to get ahold of a nice set.

But if your talking whats most common in Japan, probably the SSRs.
When I wrote the original post, I was thinking in terms of popular rims in Japan. As I mentioned, all the pictures I have been looking at of vintage Japanese cars have had 1 of the 3 rims I mentioned.

Longchamps are definitely rare in the USA, but I see them so much in Japanese pics. Almost as much as I see Watanabes.
 
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