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rjtrout2000 03-29-2015 08:50 PM

Decision between wheels
Well, now that I know my prize Mini will not be totaled and that it had no structural damage, I want to move forward with putting on some real lightweight and quality wheels.

I have always wanted a set of Enkei RPF1, but wasn't really convinced of how aggressive a 17X7 would be at +43mm. I would also be running my 15mm H&R spacers to achieve the stanced look of what I have on there now.

Do we have anyone on these forums running the 17 inch RPF1 right now? Any pics would be greatly appreciated. If these wouldn't fit for any reason in particular, I would also look at running a set of 17X7 Work Emotion CR Kai....but I think for the money, thew rpf1 seems to be the better performance bet with terms of lightweight.

Screw it, any opinion here is appreciated guys. Just glad my car will be OK

Tit 03-30-2015 12:33 PM

Hi had RPF01's on my R53. A mate also had them. They are excellent wheels. Super light and strong.

Mine were the exact same specs you're talking about there. They weren't aggressive at all. I reckon you could go an inch wider and a more aggressive offset for a nice look. Would take a bit of camber etc to make fit though...I'd defer that to the guys that know around here...

Anyway...this is what they looked like on my car

Here's an example of a more aggressive fit on an R56:


rjtrout2000 04-02-2015 03:43 AM

Awesome! Thanks for the reference photos as well. I think I will be purchasing in either black or the SBC color... Decision time!

Drew 04-02-2015 06:10 PM

You can't really use Ducks' R56 for comparison, since he's running a 5-lug conversion with a size only available with 5x114.3 bolt pattern. The 4x100 widths are not as wide, so getting an aggressive setup isn't as easy. If you want it to look a bit more aggressive you'll really want something at least 7.5" wide, with 8" or more being preferred. There are lots of wheels available in 17x8 et30-35 which is a proven setup on the R50-56 platforms.

I would ignore your spacers as part of your wheel purchase unless you really can't find anything you like without using them. All they're doing is pushing your stock width/offset wheel setup out a little, which looks a little better than stock but doesn't really help much with your goals. Instead, consider a 17x8 with 215/40 tires and I think you'll be happy with the results.

Use to compare offsets if you're unsure of how much clearance you'll have. Here's a link to roughly the fitment we're talking about:

That figures a 15mm spacer on a stock wheel vs. 8" wide et35. Since the wheel is 14.7mm closer to the strut than the original wheel, it's nearly identical to original wheel inset and will bolt up without issue no matter what suspension you're on. :tu:

Drew 04-02-2015 06:16 PM

Also, I ran 16x8 et38 RPF1's (3mm spacer up front) on my R56 Cooper and loved the setup. It was a flush setup, very light, and had a little more of a meaty tire look to it. Personally, I prefer the flat profile RPF1's, which the 16's I had were not, but given MINI offsets it's not possible without going to the lengths that Ducks did.

Tit 04-06-2015 12:29 AM

Thanks Drew. I was starting to ponder figment on our R56 and was dreaming of fitment like Ducks'. I just don't want to keep blasting the arch liners off! :P

Porthos 04-06-2015 05:27 AM

I thought about these but, I wanted 16x8. I think you can get them in 17x8 also.

emmerson_biggins 04-08-2015 02:59 PM

My wheels were perfect on my Mini....I never had a problem with rubbing unless I had someone in the back seat and I never popped an arch.

I was trying to sell them but never got a single PM, which was surprising because they were a steal at what I was offering them at.

Link for reference.

I still have them and would sell or trade.

Jonshungry 04-12-2015 04:29 AM

Yeah, sucks. Was thinking about running RPF1's as well. Really wished they offered 17's wider than 7".

Here's their size chart -

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