We decided to try out a 18/19 wheel stagger due to the limited (and decreasing) tire options in the common 17/18 tire configurations.
Up front are brand new 10-spoke Advan Racing RS-II wheels from Mackin Industries. These wheels feature a high-quality casting and flow-formed rim/barrel shaping. The wheels are 18 x 8.5 +51 offset combined with 12mm wheel spacers to clear the brakes. Due to the design of the wheel, a proper +39 offset would not clear our massive Performance Friction calipers, so we had to run a higher offset and a spacer. We wrapped the wheels in 235/40-18 Nitto NT05 tires.
The choice to go with wider fenders was not just for looks, but out of necessity and functionality. There are not many good tire options out there for the NSX, and the amount of options is dwindling over the years. There are plenty of modern performance tires in 225/40-18 and 235/40-18 sizing. We are going to explore how this larger size performs and what’s necessary to make them work on a daily basis.
The massive 14” Performance Friction Monobloc Multi-pad calipers and custom Brembo e-brake really look good behind the new wheels. The separated e-brake and large caliper visually brings the NSX into the modern era when it comes to stopping power.
The Downforce USA front and rear flares turned out awesome. They have an OEM look that is subtly larger and makes the car look more aggressive. The rear wheels have a +35 offset in this image, which is perfectly flush for the OEM fender but requiring a spacer to fill out the new fender’s increased width.
From the right angle, the new fender flares really pop. This is still a 19×10 +35 rear offset.