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Question Which RPF1s to buy? "Standard" or "Type II"?

I've been in a 2014 iSport HB for about 4 months now and am interested in swapping out my OEM 16 steelies for some 17x7 Enkei RPF1s. For tire size, I'll probably stick to 205/55R17s.

I'm trying to decide between the standard and the "type II" RPF1s (the latter released in 2008 ).

Here are the specs I've been able to find:

standard RPF1s
size: 17x7
bolt pattern: 5x114.3mm
offset: +45mm
bore diameter: 73 mm
weight: 14.6 lbs (6.6 kg)
color(s): silver, black, gold
price: $220-250 USD


type II RPF1s
size: 17x7
bolt pattern: 5x114.3mm
offset: +48mm
bore diameter: 75mm (??)
weight: 16.2 lbs (7.3 kg)
color(s): gunmetal, metallic silver
price: $350-355 USD

I like the 10-spoke pattern on the "type IIs," but the weight & price of the "standards" are better.

If I go with the "standard" RPF1s, I'll probably opt for silver.
If I go with the "type IIs," probably gunmetal. (See pics below.)

I'm torn, though. Wondering if anyone has thoughts, one way or the other?


Final note: Wondering why the "type II"s don't seem to be as readily available for purchase in the US?
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Type II will look better in the size you want. Type I rpfs in high offsets look very convex. But if you want function over form, then type I.

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Type II will look better in the size you want. Type I rpfs in high offsets look very convex. But if you want function over form, then type I.
Thx for the feedback. Type I rpf1s never really dazzled my eye, but hadn't considered how they look w/high offset.

Hmmm, used to believe I was a function-over-form guy, but now not so sure anymore.

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Are they even made anymore? I thought those things they only made for a little while. They're a bit ugly IMO, spokes are far too thin.

If you're going for that look, I'd go for the RSM9, far better looking for a similar style.

17x7+45 @ 16.3lbs
Only thing I don't know is the price, I'm sure they're quite a bit more expensive.

The real issue is, at a 7" width, majority of wheels are "ugly" or strange looking.
Whenever I go to buy wheels I always google image search the specific size, because just pictures that the company puts up is likely among the most extreme of the sizes or specs, because that's when they look best typically.

(people are all about concavity these days)

lol unfortunately after saying all of this, I can't find any pictures of a 17x7 RSM9 anyway. But IMO is a fairly attractive wheel.. I just can't say for the 7 width high offset.


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Thx! I was looking at (ogling, really) these, too. I agree, they seem really nice and solid. Only prob is they're about $396 each (at Tire Rack)....

Might have to think about going up to 7.5-8.0 width and 215 for tire width....

Surfing the interwebs really is an exercise in fantasy....

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Yeah, that's basically why I quit hunting for OZ Alleggeritas.

They're hard to find, hard to get, and quite expensive.

Soooooo I got RPF1s LOL
For me though it's a bit different; it was looking for a specific wheel for a specific task. I have 3 other sets of wheels for other tasks, so it was just filling a hole, and ... pushing to not be expensive. Which, the nice think about RPF1s is they are indeed low price, which makes them fantastic wheels all around.

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Not really on topic...but are they supposed to be CE28 replicas?
And if type 2...why not call them RPF2's? lol

Anyways, I prefer the classing RPF1 look
and ease of availability.

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Thx! Will definitely check these out and let you know what I think.

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Man, I'd so be there to check out your 17-inch RPF1's, but have some Easter family obligations. BTW, have you posted any pics of your Speed3 with the RPF1s? I couldn't seem to find any in your albums....

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