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Hello, I am Peter from Sweden, Stockholm. This is my first post.

I just owned my car for a month and I love it, I am new to driving a sports car and still learning it, how it drives and how it behaves and such.

But I have notices that I often get wheel spin at red lights or traction control kicks in on a turn with some power is applied. I am thinking this has to do with the original tires being 10 years of age and the rubber is old.

What improvements would you guys start doing if you owned my car?

I am thinking of new 20" wheels and new tires, and do E85 conversion. Is this a good idea?

I can see in the service book they changed sparkplugs recently, why do you think they have done that on a 42,000km (26,000miles) car?
 

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Very nice, love the white. Yes 10 year old tires should probably be replaced. The stock wheels look nice, (to my eye) but are somewhat narrow and very heavy. I went with ESR RF2's in 19X8.5 +30 front with Firehawk's in 245 35 19, and 19X9.5 +35, with 265 35 19 rears. They fit perfectly for my taste, (not quite flush but close) no spacers and no rub.
Welcome and keep us posted on your progress.
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Thank you for liking it and thank you for your warm welcome!
I prefer black or white cars, and I really like the choice of rims for your black Gen. They really pop!

I actually just now ordered new wheels (no tires yet)
Not sure if they will be flushed / legal without modifications. What do you think lvdukerider

I got these:

Imaz Wheels IM5 Left 10x20 ET38 HUB 74,1 Black Polished
Imaz Wheels IM5 Right 10x20 ET38 HUB 74,1 Black Polished
Imaz Wheels IM5 Left 9x20 ET38 HUB 74,1 Black Polished
Imaz Wheels IM5 Right 9x20 ET38 HUB 74,1 Black Polished
(5x114,3)
 

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Thank you lvdukerider
Our taste is good, I really wanted a polished lip, I think these will look great (aka dirty)

I realized the wheels available in the market in US and EU are different, I wanted to get Vossen wheels first, but they are so hard to come by, so I found these and I need to go for what is available in EU.
 

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I have a 2011 3.8 Track with the manual transmission.

Over the years I've found that my car will not spin the rear tires in a straight line. If the tires start to spin it just chokes out the engine and the rpm drops till the computer/programming decides the engine rpm meets the car mph and then the car will start to accelerate again.

When turning right, if the tires start to spin it will, again, kind of kill the acceleration and the tires stop spinning.

When turning left it will burn the tires till I let up on the gas pedal. I've spun the tires from a dead stop start across three lanes of traffic pulling across the oncoming lane and the center turn lane to get to the traffic lanes on the other side of the road. I've spun the tires from a dead stop start across three lanes of traffic turning into a parking lot across the street/road.

I have no explanation for why the tires will spin when turning left. They just do.

At close to $700 for two rear tires I really don't try to spin the tires.
 

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wow that is crazy! My traction control have kicked in stopping me from doing a doughnut, and I don't dare yet to turn it off.

Do you think the wheels I ordered will fit?
 

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wow that is crazy! My traction control have kicked in stopping me from doing a doughnut, and I don't dare yet to turn it off.

Do you think the wheels I ordered will fit?
Those wheels look great! Most people go with an offset around 25 with 20" wheels for flush fitment though? 15mm spacers would bring them out, but really depends on your fitment goals?
 

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Those wheels look great! Most people go with an offset around 25 with 20" wheels for flush fitment though? 15mm spacers would bring them out, but really depends on your fitment goals?
Wow thank you! You know buying wheels is the hardest choice in life if you ask me. I have been questioning my choice over and over, but it helps a lot when now two people think they would look great on my car.

I honestly didn't know what offset was until recently, my goal is that they fit, don't scrub any fenders or "struts".
Yeah this is not my field of expertise, but I went over to a tire garage and they will help me find tires that are fitting those wheels. I want Michelin, Pirelli or Continentals.
I dont want Hungcock written on my tires. Like seriously. Even in advertisment on TV they call it Hangooo, but it clearly sais Hung **** if you ask me.

I think first I will fit the wheels and tires, lower the car.
Is it easy to change the camber of the back wheels? I would like some camber, 5 degree maybe? and then see if I need to get some spacers to make them flushed. What do you guys think?
 

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My car is still 100% stock. All I've done is oil/filter changes, air filter changes, and put a couple sets of stock sized tires on it.

Only advice I can give is the Bridgestone tires far outlast the Kumho tires (dealership recommended and installed the Kumhos after assuring me they were just as good, or better than the original Bridgestones).

At 72,000 miles I've still got the original brake pads on mine (accelerating around/past is preferable to hitting the brakes for me.)

I've never been disappointed in how it runs/handles stock so I've never bothered/spent money to increase power levels.
 

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Ok the tire garage called me back and this is interesting. First of all, they want my to come over with the wheels when I get them, to see how they fit and then decide on what wheels to order.

I think that is a good service, since they said; we don't want to order something for you from Germany, wait 2 weeks and then find out they don't fit.
But I mentioned [B]Triple-D[/B] that we might need to get 10 to 15mm spacers. And he said, we don't fit them anymore because of they cause damage of some sort (I didn't catch what the issue was)
 

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And the guy have been 25 years in wheels/tires business so I would like to consider what he sais, but at the end of the day, if I need spacers... I would go with spacers.
 

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Hmmm, maybe the previous owners did E85 conversion, because they changed spark plugs? What should I look for if this modification have been done?
 
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