Carlsson Wheels for Lexus – Looking For Dealers

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I’m testing the power of this blog. I recently got a great opportunity from a friend in Germany. I have rights and access to distribute Carlsson wheels for Lexus vehicles. Carlsson is of course a famous Mercedes tuner, but in recent years Carlsson developed tuning parts for Lexus. In Japan Carlsson has become a big brand for Lexus tuning in recent years, but in the US it is still lesser known for Lexus.

I’m looking for partners who can help out on this project, the prices are great.  Anyone interested in partnering with me? Lead-time is only 1-2 weeks by air freight.  These rims are about $1500 a piece in Japan but they can be sold in the US at a more competitive lower cost.

Anyone interested please email me ben@bulletproofautomotive.com

1/16 Carlsson Wheel for Lexus

1/16 Carlsson Wheel for Lexus

Carlsson Lexus GS

Carlsson Lexus GS

Carlsson 1/11

Carlsson 1/11

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Rim Vinyl

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I’m always interested in what the new trends are. I just like seeing something new…anything new will entertain me for at least a minute.

This year’s Tokyo Auto Salon brought a few new trends. One trend that I see potentially taking off is the concept of printed vinyl stickers for rim lips. The idea is not really anything new, printed graphics on vinyl stickers have been around for years. But the specific marketing and use of it on wheels is relatively new, especially when it comes to JDM tuned cars and Tokyo Auto Salon display cars.

I know where it’s headed ultimately, and its ugly. Within 6 months I expect to hate rim vinyl as much as I hate seeing Lambo doors on Ford pickup trucks. Most trendy things get abused and ruined very fast. But…just like I thought the first set of lambo doors was cool when I first saw them on something other than a Lamborghini, I’m going to put my neck out on the line and say that I think vinyl on rims can be cool if done right.

Let me warn however that 99.9% of the time vinyl on rims will be flat out offensive and terribly wrong. Even the display wheels for the sticker company promoting the rim vinyl were so horrible that I wont show any pictures of it here.

This Impreza blister fendered hardcore ride below is one really convincing example that wheel stickers could be done right, if the stars align perfectly.

I looked at this car probably 5-6 separate times while I tried to determine if I loved or hated the wheels. At first I didnt know what I felt, I was just shocked. Then I really looked at it carefully and realized that I actually was really impressed by it and I liked it. Why? Its so ridiculous and contrasting to see classic floral vinyl on the wheels of a badass widebody Impreza that it somehow works. Contrasts to me are very cool, and the style clash and overall implementation on this car worked really well for me.

Judge for yourself. I know many will hate…but some might like it like I do. Just dont ever try this yourself please…I can already guarantee you that this trend just goes downhill from here.

Wheel Vinyl

Wheel Vinyl

And the other side of the car has another design:

Wheel Vinyl

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Nismo Motorsports Wheels for R35

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At least I think these are the wheels that Nismo will offer…Whatever they end up on (Vspec, Nismo Aftermarket or whatever), am I the only one who thinks they are really disappointing visually? I know that’s blasphemy and all to say that about a Nismo product…but seriously, how many of you can look at them and tell me they are not ugly.

Maybe the looks will grow on me in time…but I don’t think so. Although there is some chance that they have a center cover for the lugs that changes the design and makes it look like something entirely different…that’s the only hope I have for this design.

Sometimes I say things and look back and feel really stupid for saying them. I might feel that way about this post if these rims end up growing on me. But for now, I gotta call it like I see it.

Nismo R35 GT-R Motorsport Wheels

Nismo R35 GT-R Motorsport Wheels

Nismo R35 GT-R Motorsport Wheels

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A Favorite Pic – Ultimate Rim Fitment

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Not for the faint of heart, this is the ultimate extreme wheel fitment and one of my favorite pics over the years. Those that have read The Real JDM magazine column (www.therealjdm.com) may have noticed this pic from one of my widebody tuning columns. I like it enough years later to still share it a second time.

His Res Pic:

Ultimate Rim Fitment

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R35 GT-R RAYS Wheels – What Am I Doing With a Set?

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What am I doing with these forged 1pc Rays 20″ wheels for an R35 GT-R? The blog will tell you in the near future…

RAYS R35 GT-R

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