Project SC300 Road Racer: Part 23 – Wider is better! Getting Clearance with a Wide Body Kit.
Titan 7 T-S5 FORGED SPLIT 5 SPOKE WHEEL
This object of beauty is a Titan 7 T-S5 wheel sized 18x10x5 with a +22 offset in 5×114.3 bolt pattern.

Titan 7 normally pays extreme attention to detail, right down to the fitment. In fact, if you go to their website to order wheels, you start by picking the car, and then you get to pick your fitment options.

When we first contacted them, they said “we have no idea about the fitment on your car”. I knew what my old wheels were, more or less, and Titan 7 had Nissan 350/370Z fitments which are 5×114. So I said “send me the +22 and I’ll make it work”.

This is what showed up. Pure beauty. Amazing engineering. It has it all. This is a true forged wheel which starts as a solid cylinder of 6061 aluminum which then has 10,000 *tons* of pressure applied as part of turning it into what you see here.

With careful attention to detail with regard to weight reduction, strength improvement, tons of FEA analysis, big brake clearance accommodation, and more, these wheels are truly one of the best options on the market and at an extremely reasonable price. I can’t stop staring.

 

Valve stem and cap box taped to inside of wheel box
Titan 7 pays attention to the small details.

They could’ve just tossed the valve stem and cap in a baggie and dumped it in the big wheel box. No, instead they put it in its own packaging and securely taped that to the inside surface of the main wheel box. They put the wheel in a cloth bag and put that bag in a plastic bag. They use fitted padding around all of that. And did I mention these wheels are super reasonably priced?

 

QC stickers on wheel barrel
Each wheel is individually examined for quality. That’s nice to know!

The 18×10.5 T-S5 weighs 18.8 lbs. That’s really super reasonable for as big as it is. You might be able to find something lighter, but probably not anywhere near the cost or the quality.

 

Four Nankang Sportinex AR-1 tires stacked on their side
That is one seriously meaty pile.

When you look at these Sportinex AR-1 stacked up, it’s somewhat ludicrous. Previously I was running 235s in front and 255s out back. That’s 980mm of total tire width, assuming the manufacturer is true to size. Now I have 295s all around. That’s 1180mm of total tire width, an increase of 20%. And I think the Nankangs have a large contact area for their stated width. This is going to be a nuts setup – in a good way.

5 comments

    1. You’re not kidding @MattAtRedondo ! Sometimes you have to step back and look at the long path you took to get you are before you can appreciate it.

      Just don’t try to add up all the dollars you spent. That’s a bad idea!

  1. Those wheels look amazing. As an aside, you really should always run valve caps at the track. I run the little plastic ones because as you mentioned – every ounce counts.

    I’ve had debris or dirt get into the stem from an off track excursion and cause a deflation. Caps eliminate that possibility. Looking forward to the next installment.

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