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Category: Wheel And Tire

Minilite style rims are possibly the classiest wheels of all time. Famous 8-spoke design originally with banana-shaped spokes.

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Many companies make 8-spoke minilite-style wheels.

Banana-style spokes
* #Sportmax 513
* #Panasport C8 3-piece wheel
Long spoke
* #Watanabe F8B
Octagonal center
* #Classic 8 by VTO
* #Minilite Mag
* #Contessa [large center disc]
* Enkei#Compe 8
* #Panasport [triangular-section spokes]
* #Superlite by Performance [triangular-section spokes]
* #Rota RB
* #Watanabe RS8
* #Western [large center disc]
Round center
* #Minilite Sport
* #Minilite EV5000
* #Konig Rewind
* #Watanabe F8
* #Superlite ridged hub
* #Superlite 10 by Performance
* #Western Superlite

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3-piece style 16-bolt | 24-bolt
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One-piece style
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Kilograms discussion
4.0 Panasport 13x5.5 race
4.5 Panasport 13x5.5 road
4.5 Minilite 13x6 (old high magnesium content wheels)
5.5 Superlite 13x7


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Minilite was developed from 1962-1964 and made its competition debut 1964. Aluminum version came out 1973.
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Minilite Wheels - The real deal! alloy racing wheels 12x5 only $159 each in Silver, Black, White. Gold and Anthracite also available.


* Minilite Mag - the original with flat hub
* Minilite Sport - aluminum with ridged hub
* Minilite EV2000 - aluminum for high offsets

Sport - marked 'MINILITE' on the outside of the barrel
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The authentic look of the 60's manufactured using modern technology, custom made in England. Minilite were originally available in 10" and 12" diameters (12" for the Mini Cooper). Today they are available in more sizes including 13x6 for Datsun.

EV2000 for FWD offsets


See Main Article: ROH_wheels#Contessa



Rewind - new for 2005
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Rewind 14x7
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Formula Mag Inc. | Panasport Racing

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Panasport C8
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15x7" with 205/60R15 tyres
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race ultra light 5.6kg 14x7
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Phillipine Aluminum Wheels Inc.

Rota RB

* Red
* Silver
* Black
* Gun metal
* Yellow


Sportmax by XXR Wheels New Zealand

513 (15x7+15) with 165/50R15 tyres, 8 mm spacers on the front

Sportmax 513


Superlite by Performance wheels
* #10-spoke Superlite - 15" old style
* 8-spoke Superlite - all other Superlite
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14" Superlite
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14x6JJ - recessed hub
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13x7 Superlites with Toyo R888 205/60R13 tyres
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13 x 7 +7 (or +42?) | with spacers (5mm front, 3mm rear). Tyres are 165/70/13 stretched
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10-spoke Superlite

Old style 15" Superlite on left was 10-spoke large-disc, revised 15" Superlite on right (8-spoke)
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15" 10-spoke Superlites
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Superlite by Western Wheel, division of Rockwell International

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with optional Knock-off cap
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Western Wheel 13 X 5.5
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Watanabe 8-spokes debuted 1968.

See Main Article: Watanabe#8-spoke

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Classic 8

By VTO Performance Wheels, 14x6 $166



13x7 wheels and 175/50R13 Dunlop tyres
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deep dish
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