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Stock wheel weight
Topic Started: Jul 9 2018, 05:26 AM (205 Views)
HammerDown
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What is the weight of a stock wheel off a 1998 3/5? Just curious if some lightweight aftermarket wheels may improve fuel economy/acceleration?
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WiscoMetro
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As reported by 1DCGUY about a year ago the 13" steelies weight is 14.1 lbs
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HammerDown
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Probably can't get much lighter than that
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geogonfa
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Getting something like this helps...
https://www.ebay.com/i/192589305558?chn=ps
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WiscoMetro
Jul 9 2018, 11:28 AM
As reported by 1DCGUY about a year ago the 13" steelies weight is 14.1 lbs


HammerDown
Jul 9 2018, 10:17 PM
Probably can't get much lighter than that


Made of steel, probably not. Made of aluminum, most definitely. I have a set that I'm getting ready to throw on my car, that were originally off a Honda Civic VX, that weigh in at a portly 9.4 lbs each.

Recently, I've been hearing that the stock 14" alum wheels off a Gen 1 Honda Insight, weigh in only slightly more than that, by about lb, allegedly. If that's actually true, that, would be a very good alternative for some people; particularly, ones that wish to go up to 14" sized tire. Also, they're a bit more aerodynamic than my, "spoked" design, VX wheels.
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HammerDown
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That is considerable. What width and offset, bore size etc am I looking for?
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Good info here; :type

http://geometroforum.com/topic/701184/1/
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HammerDown
Jul 10 2018, 06:29 AM
That is considerable. What width and offset, bore size etc am I looking for?
One caveat to attempting to use either of the aforementioned Honda wheels, if you were even considering it, is that the the wheel pattern holes, as well as the hubcentric center hole, are different spec's than for a Metro. You either have to have them re-drilled, or use wheel spacer adapters. The adapters aren't that expensive, about $58 for a set of 4, but they they push the wheels out from the car by an inch, and they add back about 1 lb of the weight that you were trying to save in the first place.

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t3ragtop
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the factory aluminum 7 spoke 14" x 5.5 j wheels are the lightest direct fit wheels i have found. the only problem is that they are pretty rare and a set of 4 will run upwards of $400. 185 14 60 tire carcasses weigh more than the rims by a good bit.

aluminum wheels are the way to go on a mk4/5 metro. ;)
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Murf 59
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I weighed a steel 14 with a 195/70/14 tire. It came in at a whopping 34 lbs.
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Murf 59
Jul 13 2018, 11:15 AM
I weighed a steel 14 with a 195/70/14 tire. It came in at a whopping 34 lbs.
I bet the tire is 20lbs of that 34lbs, and the wheel is 14lbs. My tire wheel combination with 195 50 15 weigh 30.1 with the tire being 20.1 lbs. I bet the 70's are a lot softer to ride on; not as many jarring bumps.
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solerpower
Jul 14 2018, 09:19 AM
Murf 59
Jul 13 2018, 11:15 AM
I weighed a steel 14 with a 195/70/14 tire. It came in at a whopping 34 lbs.
I bet the tire is 20lbs of that 34lbs, and the wheel is 14lbs. My tire wheel combination with 195 50 15 weigh 30.1 with the tire being 20.1 lbs. I bet the 70's are a lot softer to ride on; not as many jarring bumps.
Yeah it will probably ride really well. Maybe I will install them in the fall.
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