Tires, Wheels, & Brakes Discussion about wheels, tires, and brakes for the new MINI.
Sponsored by:
Sponsored by:

Variations of the Minilite Wheel

  #1  
Old 02-24-2019, 04:44 AM
Oldboy Speedwell
Oldboy Speedwell is offline
4th Gear
Thread Starter
iTrader: (1)
Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: NW Georgia, USA
Posts: 507
Liked 94 Times in 82 Posts
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:



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.




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.



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





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






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




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




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




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




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






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

:

Any that I'm missing?

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

Thanks.
 
  #2  
Old 02-24-2019, 11:34 AM
02fanatic
02fanatic is online now
5th Gear
Join Date: Nov 2015
Posts: 1,047
Liked 65 Times in 62 Posts
I have Superlite Wheels on my 1972 BMW 2002tii and I love the look! They are very similar to the classic mini lite look!
 
  #3  
Old 02-24-2019, 12:12 PM
Oldboy Speedwell
Oldboy Speedwell is offline
4th Gear
Thread Starter
iTrader: (1)
Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: NW Georgia, USA
Posts: 507
Liked 94 Times in 82 Posts
Originally Posted by 02fanatic View Post
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/



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

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



:

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.


 
  #4  
Old 02-24-2019, 12:14 PM
BRGPA
BRGPA is offline
4th Gear
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 357
Liked 8 Times in 8 Posts
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.
 
  #5  
Old 02-24-2019, 12:30 PM
Oldboy Speedwell
Oldboy Speedwell is offline
4th Gear
Thread Starter
iTrader: (1)
Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: NW Georgia, USA
Posts: 507
Liked 94 Times in 82 Posts
Originally Posted by BRGPA View Post
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.


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!

 

Last edited by Oldboy Speedwell; 02-24-2019 at 12:36 PM.
  #6  
Old 02-24-2019, 04:18 PM
02fanatic
02fanatic is online now
5th Gear
Join Date: Nov 2015
Posts: 1,047
Liked 65 Times in 62 Posts
Originally Posted by Oldboy Speedwell View Post
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.....


14" Superlites on my '72 2002tii

 
  #7  
Old 02-24-2019, 05:39 PM
Oldboy Speedwell
Oldboy Speedwell is offline
4th Gear
Thread Starter
iTrader: (1)
Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: NW Georgia, USA
Posts: 507
Liked 94 Times in 82 Posts


Jawdropper of an 02!

Beautiful!

Looks brand new!

Thanks for the pic.

Love the roundel center caps too.
 
  #8  
Old 02-24-2019, 06:23 PM
02fanatic
02fanatic is online now
5th Gear
Join Date: Nov 2015
Posts: 1,047
Liked 65 Times in 62 Posts
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!
 
  #9  
Old 02-25-2019, 05:04 AM
ECSTuning's Avatar
ECSTuning
ECSTuning is online now
Platinum Sponsor
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Wadsworth,OH
Posts: 27,547
Liked 528 Times in 509 Posts
Thanks for posting all of this
 
__________________

Have MINI questions? Need MINI answers? Live Chat us! 8:30am to 12:00am Midnight EST
[email protected] | [email protected] | INSTAGRAM | FACEBOOK
Customer Service Hours: 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM EST|Sales Team Hours: 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM | Saturday 10AM to 7PM EST 800.924.5172
  #10  
Old 04-12-2019, 08:45 AM
Husky44
Husky44 is offline
2nd Gear
Join Date: Dec 2018
Location: #253-Tacoma, WA (Hilltop)
Posts: 67
Liked 8 Times in 7 Posts
Originally Posted by Oldboy Speedwell View Post
Cool!


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

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.
 
  #11  
Old 04-12-2019, 09:13 AM
DneprDave's Avatar
DneprDave
DneprDave is offline
6th Gear
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Pacific NW
Posts: 3,209
Liked 58 Times in 53 Posts
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.
 
  #12  
Old 04-14-2019, 08:25 AM
Oldboy Speedwell
Oldboy Speedwell is offline
4th Gear
Thread Starter
iTrader: (1)
Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: NW Georgia, USA
Posts: 507
Liked 94 Times in 82 Posts
Originally Posted by DneprDave View Post
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%.
 
  #13  
Old 04-14-2019, 08:30 AM
Oldboy Speedwell
Oldboy Speedwell is offline
4th Gear
Thread Starter
iTrader: (1)
Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: NW Georgia, USA
Posts: 507
Liked 94 Times in 82 Posts
Originally Posted by Husky44 View Post
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!



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...



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




...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!
 
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
NealDePape
Countryman Wheels, Tires and Brakes
0
04-24-2014 01:16 PM
Morefun
Tires, Wheels, & Brakes
2
01-17-2005 01:33 PM
kyle00
Interior/Exterior
9
07-05-2004 06:04 PM
mkosma
Interior/Exterior
1
10-24-2003 11:18 AM
SilkGreenGreg
R50/R53 :: Hatch Talk (2002-2006)
7
10-31-2002 01:54 PM


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Quick Reply: Variations of the Minilite Wheel


Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

© 2019 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.