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PostPosted: May 4, 2017, 12:24 am 
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Fiber glass is quite forgiving. You can always split the fenders & add a couple of inches to them. You don't have to go with the external add on flares. That's one of the big benefits to using FG bodies. Easy to repair/modify. Great looking aluminum 11. There are FG copies of the 11 & 15 etc.Personally I'd like to find a 30 body. FG is easy I went from this:

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To this lengthening it by 5" in the process.

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PostPosted: May 4, 2017, 8:40 am 
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Mike S wrote:
Fiber glass is quite forgiving.


Great! I got some 'glass work to do, you live near Louisville?

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With all of the Miatas out there running 14" tires, I think that someone will have "performance" tires for the rest of our lifetimes?
You'd think, wouldn't you? Since that's what they came from the factory with and all...But 'performance' minded Miata enthusiasts pretty much all switched to 15's long ago.

I always felt that the performance world mostly skipped from 13's, to 15's, to 17's, with 14's and 16's never reaching the same peak level of support inbetween. It's only with the gradual decline in support for 15's that 16's have started looking pretty popular by comparison. Although along similar lines, if you're a glass-half-full kind of person, I suppose what's out there for 14's does make 15's look pretty popular by comparison as well.

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PostPosted: May 4, 2017, 1:07 pm 
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Yes the dirth of 13" tires of any size (street) is what prompted me to go to 15" on my Lotus Europa. Couldn't find any rims over 7" either in the bolt pattern. I don't know how many sets of 13" rims I have now in MG, Triumph & Fiat patterns in aluminum & a couple of stock steel sets LOL Oh yeah & one 5 wheel set of Magnesium Fiats (I have an 850 spider).
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I built my locost with 13" wheels, seems like that might have been a mistake. Toyo R888's aren't too bad though, but they are a bit expensive. It's a bit like trying to find long wearing touring tires in a sportbike friendly size, not going to happen.
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I have a couple of Spitfire/GT6 chassis I want to build up into Locost type toys.
Not many wheels available in that hub pattern that are not 13".
In fact I'm looking for more 13" mag wheels for them.
Toyo's are a bit pricey but as light as these cars are should still last fairly well.

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