Cars You Would Not Expect To Be Rocking Volks

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Volk RE30 On Ford GT

I thought I’d make a post on some cars you’d never expect to see rocking Volk wheels. Thanks to Phillip at Mackin, I have a few pictures to show.

Without a doubt Rays makes some highly functional wheels, but due to marketing and image its unfortunate that often they dont get much play on non Japanese cars. In recent years we’re seeing more of them on BMWs, Porsches and other German cars thanks to Rays international marketing, but still it is relatively rare to see some of our favorite Japanese rims on a wider range of rides. The Ford GT above is a great use of the lightweight 1pc forged RE30 wheels and I’m sure it was a great upgrade for that car.

Here’s a picture I took in Japan 10 years ago of a Japanese market Camaro Z28 with Te37s. This car was my own personal introduction to this topic. Sorry for the low res pic, thats how they made digital cameras back then!

Camaro with Te37 volk wheels 1999

That JDM Camaro was up on game, check the Brembo BBK hiding behind those TE37s. I’m sure this was a super tough car for the late 1990s in Japan.

Z28 Camaro with TE37s and Brembos

One more car for this topic: Te37s on a BMW X5. This is something I never thought I’d see.

BMW X5 on Volk Te37s

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24K Gold RE30s Mounted Up

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19×10 and 19×11 on an S2000. Tire sizes 255/30 front and 275/30 rear.

I soooooo wish that they didnt make me build a red car. I really dont like red cars. At any rate, I cant wait to put these gold RE30s on my gold car, it’ll look incredible!

24K Gold RE30s

PS: Thanks for all of the great comments!

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24K Gold Volk Racing RE30 – Racing Meets Bling

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24K Gold Volk Racing RE30 19×11

Being what I consider a purveyor of quality JDM tuning I often challenge myself to great degrees as I aim to push the boundaries of how we see conventional tuning. At the same time I must also balance the respect of the core principals that I love. These wheels simply put, are pushing the boundary.

For the latest car project I’m completing, I must satisfy my clients desire for bling and showmanship while retaining my hardcore JDM roots. Later on I’ll release my original concept for the project, which ultimately was changed as I was required last minute to paint the car to the new specification of the client (Red). Personally I dont like red cars at all so that posed a lot of frustrating challenges on its own. But working with the needs of the project, I wanted to find a wheel spec and style to match a show car quality red paint hue that unexpectedly forced on to the project. So, what did I do? I decided to embrace the bling and set out to do the first set I’ve ever seen of 24 karat gold racing wheels.

Knowing that adding the gold plating would increase the weight slightly I set out for the lightest wheel with the most agressive size I could find. 19×10 and 19×11 Volk Racing RE30s were the answer. After refinishing the wheel in real 24K gold, the result was still a very impressive weight of 21.55lbs, damn good for any wheel of that size!

While keeping strength and light weight function in tact, I can still say the famous Chappelle quote: This wheel is “The Most Baller S#!T Ever!”

Feel free to comment about how sacrilegious it is to take a racing wheel and gold plate it, I’m ok with the love and the hate mail. Sometimes I’m confident enough to go against my own theories and still reach the desired result…same goes with my gold S2000 when I made my own aero parts by mixing and matching and modifying while at the same time I always talk about the proven theory that mix and match aero doesnt function properly.

I feel that if the confidence, strategy and skill is there then rules are meant to be broken from time to time.

24K Gold Volk Racing RE30 19×11

24K Gold Volk Racing RE30 19×11

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