Project V8 RX-7 SSR SP4 Professor Wheels Stoptech trophy brakes toyo r888 tires

Project V8 RX-7: Wheel, Brake and Tire 3 PART MEGAPOST!

Part 3 - The Wheels and Tires Meet the Brakes and Body Kit

by Jeff Naeyaert

In Part 1 of our Wheel, Brake and Tire miniseries, we ordered a set of SSR Professor SP4 wheels for our RX-7 from Tanabe and were patiently enduring the two month wait for them to be built in Japan. During that time we fitted our car with a Stoptech Trophy big brake kit (in Part 2) hoping they would clear the wheels.  Right on schedule our wheels arrived and we were able to pick them up from Tanabe's facility in Torrance!  In Part 3 we’ll finally see how close all our guesses were to being “good enough”!


SSR Professor SP4 3-piece wheels 18x13 & 18x11Our SSR Professor SP4's in Titan Silver with a polished barrel.
SSR Professor SP4 3-piece wheels 18x13 & 18x11That lip on the rear wheel is wide enough to lay a dollar bill lengthwise... but I forgot to take a picture of that.  Also note the included valve stems.  This is a rear wheel so we're not worried about clearance on this wheel but the front wheel remains a concern.
SSR Professor SP4 3-piece wheels 18x13 & 18x11From the side you can see where the inner and outer barrels of our 18x13 inch SSR  Professor SP4 wheels are welded and sealed with silicone as added insurance against any air leaks.
SSR Professor SP4 3-piece wheels 18x13 & 18x11A detailed look at the gusseting between the spokes of the SP4. This increases the wheel's strength without adding much weight.
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Dusty Duster
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Monday, July 20, 2015 5:24 AM
OMG, that FD is teh sex. You gonna paint or wrap it next, Jeff?

Monday, July 20, 2015 5:29 AM
The black and red looks pretty damn cool. You should just paint the body kit black and leave it as such. Maybe the gas cap too. But damn, dat fitment bro.

How many people have asked about your red intercooler? (Yes I know it's an air filter, but someone must have mistaken it at some point).
Monday, July 20, 2015 9:02 AM
I'm not usually a fan of Rocket Bunny kits, but your car looks GREAT. It has to be one of the best LS swapped FDs out there. Great job buddy!
Monday, July 20, 2015 9:08 AM
Shout out for America's Tire! I worked there for about 4 years and they don't joke around with the training and high expectations from their employees. We had several local tire shops bring us the stuff they couldn't mount.

Mounting steamrollers on 13" wide wheels isn't the hardest thing I had to do but they definitely require technique to ensure you don't tear the bead.
Jeff Naeyaert
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Monday, July 20, 2015 1:00 PM
@Dusty, not sure yet man. Paint looks better, but even just driving up and down the street a few times to bed the pads the R888's picked up all kinds of gravel and rocks peppering them down the side of the car... So either paint and then put that clear wrap on to protect the side of the car or just wrap the whole thing. I've heard that wrap might not like to stick to the fiberglass though. Then again the paint might not to stick either and i've already scraped it up pretty good just moving it in and out of the shop!

@beaters I've thought about that. Maybe if it were just overfenders over the wheels but there's just too much black to leave it all that untreated IMO. I'm thinking about holding a design contest to give me ideas how to paint or wrap this thing. I do think it needs some lines or something breaking up the look in front of the rear wheels--there's a lot of real estate there that looks a little too "heavy" all one color. Lol, no one has asked about my red intercooler yet--it wasn't as visible before the rocketbunny front end and I haven't had it out of the shop but a couple times since!
Dusty Duster
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Monday, July 20, 2015 2:28 PM
Jeff, I've seen quite a few hard parkers do a vinyl wrap on their entire car after a widebody conversion, so I think it would stick just fine. Plus you wouldn't have to worry about stone chips as much.
Monday, July 20, 2015 6:12 PM
Absolutely love the build. Love where it has gone. I agree with Beaters, the Red and Black looks pretty damn sweet. I have friends who use and swear by PlastiDip. Nice flat black, or gloss, its your boat to float. Granted, you will need to remove and reapply every two years or so. But, its essentially a tough rubber coating over your panels no matter the material. Easily replaceable and applicable stuff. Could be a good article,too. Just some food for thought.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 6:49 AM
Do any of those final pictures exist in high resolution anywhere? Methinks I need a new work desktop background.
Nick B
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Tuesday, July 21, 2015 11:21 AM
@emeyer - we're working on making a way for readers to download high-res pics. While we work on that which pic(s) are you looking for?
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 1:58 PM
in for hi res pics, all the ones on the last page with the car on the ground...
Jeff Naeyaert
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Tuesday, July 21, 2015 4:01 PM
updated the last page.. click on the images for high(er) res versions.
Friday, July 24, 2015 2:40 AM
Wouldn't moving the rear wheels back affect the anti-dive/lift of the car? Or is it such a small adjustment that it would have any noticeably negative affects?
Sunday, July 26, 2015 12:35 AM
MxExUx that was a thought looming in my mind too. Why not just limit downward travel somehow? Or was that geometry change for the better? Was the car aligned to spec prior to measuring for the new wheels? I know I make a lot of downer posts, but this is one of my favorite MIQ projects and I'm glad it's still moving forward.
Jeff Naeyaert
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Sunday, July 26, 2015 5:00 AM
it wasn't that big of an adjustment--just enough to clear the bodykit. Honestly i didn't measure where the wheel was before I installed the trailing arms and didn't think much about it. A future installment will address the downward travel @supercharged at which point i will get rid of the spacer...
Sunday, July 26, 2015 12:07 PM
Can you plug in the trailing arm length vs stock and whatever effect it has on geometry for gee whiz too?
Friday, September 04, 2015 3:18 PM
@Jeff Naeyaert - Did you guys ever get the Alpha-N tune on the AEM 30-1220 running?
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