RS Watanabe’s purchased

Ok so with the sale of the Compomotive ML’s some new larger rims were going to be needed to full the large flares my brother had custom made for the zed. The acquiring of JDM rims means more $$ would be required – so it was sometime before these were in the garage.

RS Watanabe R Type were purchased in gold in 16×8.5 -6 offset for the fronts and 16×9.5 -19 offset for the rear. Rapped in Toyo rubber 225/50/16 front and 245/45/16 in the rear.

At the time I was storing Dad’s JDM Fairlady Z (S31) at my house, now back living in NZ. So the new rims had to be installed on this to see how they would sit on a stock zed. As you can see Dad’s old Fairlady Z was also fitted with a G-Nose in this case a 2 piece fibre glass replica.

A few months later the suspension was installed in my car minus the springs. We setup some blocks of wood at fully compressed spring length to check rim to panel clearances. As the brother had only complete one front flare at this point in time I told him they were too large on the front. So I purchased some new front fender and smaller steel flares were added. In these pics you will see that one front guard has not been flared yet, but this guard did have the lip rolled and a bit of rod tack welded to the rolled lip to add strength back into the fender.

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