New wheels

Today was the first real nice above zero day this year; a reprieve of a terrible winter with sub-zero temperatures in the double digits and a ruthless onslaught of snow. It was warm enough to hand-wash my Micra, and, I decided, warm enough to put the all-seasons back on. I had the snow tires mounted on the stock steelies, deciding to have the factory all-seasons mounted on 15-inch alloys.

IMGP5937I started my search at Midway Nissan, who had, on hand, one set of black and chrome alloys with “Fast” emblazoned in the middle. Too dark, I wanted bright silver to better match my car; and, more importantly, I’m not going to falsely advertise this car as fast. Quick maybe, at best, but certainly far from fast.

The man at the parts counter was honest; they wouldn’t be getting any other alloys in for another couple of months, and directed me to a place in my own back yard: Taunton Tires.

IMGP5941I wanted to stick with a 15 inch rim for two reasons: One, 15 inch tires are less expensive than 16 inch tires for this car. Two has to do with aesthetics: The gap between the edge of the rotor and the inside of the wheel well should not exceed the radius of the rotor that is showing beyond the hub of the wheel. Sorry, SR owners; it’s nothing personal, and purely subjective to my own personal tastes. I am thinking that a thicker sidewall on the tire would fill the arch a lot nicer.

IMGP5940The curves of the spokes, divided with lines, ties in to the contours of the body of this car, working much better, aesthetically speaking, with the overall flow of the design of this car than do the SR rims. The 5 spoke design ties somewhat resembles the hubcaps of my original Micra. Then there’s the brilliant silver colour: Understated, tasteful, and classy.

IMGP5938The people at Taunton Tire went the extra mile, spraying the callipers and drums with black paint to make everything look better. All for $519.80, with my factory rubber installed. Excellent value.

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