In the meantime while I’m driving Rusty around on the street, and scaring the neighbors, I thought I’d treat myself with a little bling bling. Sorta. The stock wheels and tires are SKINNY, me being used to the big meats on the 3rd Gen RX-7.
I’d heard that the stock 3rd Gen RX-7 rims will fit on the 2nd Gen car...with a little help from some wheel spacers. With that I began my hunt for some spacers... no luck. H&R, the only manufacturer of hub-centric spacers for the 2nd Gen RX7, discontinued the item. But Rays (of Volk Racing fame) makes a stud-centric spacer with the correct bolt pattern and thickness to fit.
For the street this was fine. And they were about $100 cheaper than the H&R spacers too. These were purchased poste-haste and my mint condition 3rd Gen RX7 wheels and tires were rolled out of a 5 year retirement. And installed they look fabulous. Clearance in the front between the tire and strut is minimal - 1/16" but it fits. The front wheels do stick out and preclude slamming the car too low but the big 245/45ZR16 tires really do fill out the fenders in the front and rear nicely. With a nice set of street tires I can now mount some track tires on the old OE rims and ditch the K-Mart All season M&S tires previously on the car.
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