Thanks Mal, but remember I havn't weighed any wheels yet, just the tires so far. You'll note that I went with the narrowest 13 inch wheel as I just don't like the look of added-on flares. This photo shows the 10 inch A008 right next to the 13 inch A539- just not that much difference! (You can also see what happens with minimal arches when it rains on my long gravel driveway!) I have no doubt that the pose-pak (thanks Cheleker!) wheels are made of lead, but lets face it, that's hardly the only reason for the lackluster performance... the cars were pretty much neutered and overweight by the nineties... way too tall a final drive with wideratio gears and poorly sorted fuel injection. It was not easy to get the ancient design to pass ever tighter Euro emisions and fuel economy requirements. Trying not to offend anyone, but think how poorly the Mini compared to say a Honda Civic from the late 90s in every meaningful way- performance, comfort, practicality, reliability, durability, fuel economy, safety, price... Only it's iconic history and cult status kept it alive!
But now we still have the last laugh. You don't see Civics or anything else for that matter being snapped up anywhere in the world, retitled to make them older, and imported to the US under all sorts of pretence to willing buyers who continue our fascination with these unique little cars. Nothing else on wheels is more likely to draw a smile and a wave from innocent bystanders!
Oh, and the faces stuck to the school bus windows... I bet not a one has pointed to my "hideous" 13 inch wheels and said 'cool car, but what's with those big ugly wheels!' An open mind is a wonderful thing...
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