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Oldboy Speedwell 02-24-2019 04:44 AM

Variations of the Minilite Wheel
 
The Minilite wheel is a true classic and many variations exist.

Thought I'd run through a list and hope people may add variants I may have missed.

The 8 spoke racing wheel is nothing new and has been a design staple for many years,
most famously we can cite Bugatti:

https://i.imgur.com/3gYs8gP.jpg

But it was the Cooper Car Company with their famous racecars who first came up with the "banana spoke" design instead of just flat,
which was supposed to aid in cooling the brakes.

https://i.imgur.com/daw3gKb.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/Kov42Pi.jpg

We all know what the factory S-Lites look like so I won't include them here.
Although they are indeed cool looking, like a beefy phat version of the classic, they are also quite heavy.

There was an aftermarket version which was even beefier and phatter, the RH Maxilite.
They're not seen very often.

https://i.imgur.com/I2r1T83.jpg

I suppose a good place to begin is with genuine Minilite itself.
They make one specifically for our cars,
the Minilte MC-40.

https://i.imgur.com/Yw1DBB4.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/U6BBVII.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/uW7KOsB.jpg

And now another genuine article, this version from a renowned Japanese company,
the Watanabe RS.

https://i.imgur.com/fQX0SrA.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/syfkj4M.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/iCH4cDd.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/XgLZteU.jpg

Next we have a design which is pretty much a replica of the Watanabe above with some subtle changes,
the Konig Rewind.

https://i.imgur.com/nEWim2c.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/bbEmAjg.jpg

Another well-regarded and classic company now with Panasport,
they make quality wheels.

https://i.imgur.com/hCdBP1c.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/JF44MpX.jpg

Another variant from a famous Japanese company,
the Enkei Compe.

https://i.imgur.com/yIohae6.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/1jbgZDz.png

Here's one not often seen anymore,
the ASA JH6.

https://i.imgur.com/Nzk4jJm.png
https://i.imgur.com/msvneig.jpg

Also not seen very often, but much better made than the ASA,
the XXR 513.

https://i.imgur.com/Z2v3Yjb.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/ihoCow8.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/pAMiWw7.jpg


And now the most popular aftermarket minilite-style wheel for our cars,
the Rota RB.

There's already a huge thread showing many pics of RB's so I won't include examples here.

The RB gallery:
https://www.northamericanmotoring.co...l-gallery.html

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Any that I'm missing?

Also,
please add a pic of your car here if you're running minilite style wheels!

Thanks.

02fanatic 02-24-2019 11:34 AM

I have Superlite Wheels on my 1972 BMW 2002tii and I love the look! They are very similar to the classic mini lite look!

Oldboy Speedwell 02-24-2019 12:12 PM


Originally Posted by 02fanatic (Post 4452732)
I have Superlite Wheels on my 1972 BMW 2002tii and I love the look! They are very similar to the classic mini lite look!

Cool!
Got a pic?
I once considered painting my A-panels and scuttle in Inka Orange as a tribute to BMW!

Superlites are well-proven and time tested.
Especially popular with the classic crowd.
Sadly, I haven't seen a modern MINI sporting them,
but they are cool no doubt!

https://www.performancewheels.com.au.../superlite-16/

https://www.performancewheels.com.au...e-16x8-600.jpg

Compomotive also make minilites,
but I think the largest size is 15" though...

https://www.comp.co.uk/products/prod...=ml1573-24-128

https://www.comp.co.uk/content/product/128_2_z.jpg

:

I will be going with some RB's here pretty soon and I especially like that they have the correct hub bore right off the shelf.

:

With regard to the classic Mini,
there were numerous companies that made them.
Here's a good overview:
http://www.wheeldictionary.net/10.html

Scroll down to the Minilite and derivatives section and there's alot.
:

Odd fact:
quite a many of the cars from the old Trans-Am series used to run magnesium Minilites.

https://themustangsource.com/timelin...nelliJones.jpg
http://www.trans-amseries.com/images...r/_WCC2394.jpg

BRGPA 02-24-2019 12:14 PM

Nice listing of all the variations of the classic Minilite. I've been running 16 inch 40th Anniversary Minilites on my R53 for more than 15 years and still love them. They have a bit of wear on the spokes from flying stones, etc. but touch ups have kept them looking good. My '75 has Minotars which are a takeoff on the classic 10" Minilite, and I think they look just right on a Mini.

Oldboy Speedwell 02-24-2019 12:30 PM


Originally Posted by BRGPA (Post 4452739)
Nice listing of all the variations of the classic Minilite. I've been running 16 inch 40th Anniversary Minilites on my R53 for more than 15 years and still love them. They have a bit of wear on the spokes from flying stones, etc. but touch ups have kept them looking good. My '75 has Minotars which are a takeoff on the classic 10" Minilite, and I think they look just right on a Mini.

:thumbsup:

GOOD STUFF!

I'd love to see a pic!

16" is my favorite size for an R53.

And for a classic,
the Minator is awesome no doubt!

https://i.imgur.com/KNMEwRH.jpg

02fanatic 02-24-2019 04:18 PM


Originally Posted by Oldboy Speedwell (Post 4452738)
Cool!
Got a pic?
I once considered painting my A-panels and scuttle in Inka Orange as a tribute to BMW!

Superlites are well-proven and time tested.
Especially popular with the classic crowd.
Sadly, I haven't seen a modern MINI sporting them,
but they are cool no doubt!

I will be going with some RB's here pretty soon and I especially like that they have the correct hub bore right off the shelf.

With regard to the classic Mini,
there were numerous companies that made them.
Here's a good overview:
http://www.wheeldictionary.net/10.html

Scroll down to the Minilite and derivatives section and there's alot.
:
Odd fact:
quite a many of the cars from the old Trans-Am series used to run magnesium Minilites.

Here ya go.....

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.nor...6e537a3dab.jpg
14" Superlites on my '72 2002tii


Oldboy Speedwell 02-24-2019 05:39 PM

:thumbsup:

Jawdropper of an 02!

Beautiful!

Looks brand new!

Thanks for the pic.

Love the roundel center caps too.

02fanatic 02-24-2019 06:23 PM

Thanks! When I was restoring it I wanted the mini lite/panasport look wheels & I discovered the super lites. Well made wheels and I love the style.

As for MINI wheels, I really prefer the spoke style wheels that resemble the classic minilite wheels. Nothing better on a MINI imo!

ECSTuning 02-25-2019 05:04 AM

Thanks for posting all of this :)

Husky44 04-12-2019 08:45 AM


Originally Posted by Oldboy Speedwell (Post 4452738)
Cool!


Odd fact:
quite a many of the cars from the old Trans-Am series used to run magnesium Minilites.

https://themustangsource.com/timelin...nelliJones.jpg

Great thread! It's interesting how our perspective shapes our perception. As a life-long Mustang guy, and new MINI owner, I loved my S-Lites because they seemed like a nod to one of my favorite "Mustang wheels," the Minilites shown above on the Parnelli Jones 70 TA car.

DneprDave 04-12-2019 09:13 AM

I like that the Rota RBs have a wide outer lip, that recesses the wheel's center disc. It seems that most new wheels have the spokes right out to the edge of the wheel, it makes it easier to curb the spokes and I don't care for that look.

Oldboy Speedwell 04-14-2019 08:25 AM


Originally Posted by DneprDave (Post 4463091)
I like that the Rota RBs have a wide outer lip, that recesses the wheel's center disc. It seems that most new wheels have the spokes right out to the edge of the wheel, it makes it easier to curb the spokes and I don't care for that look.

I agree 100%.

Oldboy Speedwell 04-14-2019 08:30 AM


Originally Posted by Husky44 (Post 4463083)
Great thread! It's interesting how our perspective shapes our perception. As a life-long Mustang guy, and new MINI owner, I loved my S-Lites because they seemed like a nod to one of my favorite "Mustang wheels," the Minilites shown above on the Parnelli Jones 70 TA car.

Boss 302 such a stunner!

http://www.motorsportretro.com/wp-co...at-Mustang.jpg

Such a shame that there isn't much film footage from the historic golden era --- what a great series it was!

With both classes running on the same track...

http://www.motorsportretro.com/wp-co..._3198405_n.jpg

I must admit to digging the under 2.0 class the most just because I've always been a euro-dude...

https://assets.hemmings.com/blog/wp-...21-970x414.jpg
https://www.alfabb.com/bb/forums/att...1&d=1235451927

...but dammit if it ain't glorious seeing those classic pony cars set up for handling on the road courses and they put a big love thump in my heart too!


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