It's the second thing you notice after a car's body catches your eye. Well documented as either making or breaking a build, wheels are a huge part of your car's overall look, feel, and though it's not so important at a car show, it's ability to handle on the road.
Cars at this level go well beyond the standard tire superstore wheel and tire suggestions, and wheels often live under aftermarket, rolled, radiused, or flared fenders that require a bit of research in order to get the proper fit and look that you're after. Then there's tire selection and, if you're a stickler for detail, lug nut and valve stem options that can be dissected into oblivion.
With 400-ish cars in attendance at Wekfest L.A. 2018, we saw it all, from high-end, high-dollar rollers to refinished classics alongside plenty of new school offerings. And as with previous shows we've attended over the last few years, the number of extreme camber builds seems to be slightly dissipating but still carries a strong following. Here's a look at some of the wheels we spotted on the Los Angeles Convention Center floor during Wekfest '18.
Volk Racing's TE37 has been around for over two decades and is by far the most popular wheel to ever find itself within the import aftermarket bubble. In fact, it's more popular now than ever before. Though the well-recognized design has been slightly tweaked with various colors and offered with minor detail changes here and there, the overall look and feel has always remained, and many will tell you that it simply looks good on everything.
And when we say everything, we mean it. That includes American muscle like this Corvette sporting a set of classic bronze wrapped in Hoosier holding power.
Spoon SW388 and the Regamaster Evo have been staples of the Honda community ever since their inception. Lightweight and offered in fender-friendly sizing, we don't expect they'll ever disconnect from Honda loyalists.
If you're going to run an open spoke design like the Rotiform and Work Meister CR pictured above, don't have anemic dainty brakes perched behind them. The Brembo and Wilwood setups shown here do the trick.
Brands like SSR Wheels offer a number of customizing options for customers to pick and choose their ideal set of wheels. Various sizing options, colors, finishes, and even hardware selection are in the hands of the end-user to create something that suits their application specifically.
There were a few wheels that might slip by you if you're not looking close enough. For example, from a distance this looks like a Mugen M7 but in actuality, this is a +Sure MD7 and was in fact made by the same wheel manufacturer that produced the M7. The center cap and lack of indention for the Mugen spoke logo are the biggest clues and you probably won't see another set of these in the near future.
Although this looks like a standard TE37, this magnesium version is anything but average. Fitted to Julia Duong's '96 240SX, finding a full set was tough and required three years of searching. You can read more about the wheels and the build they're mounted to in her 2016 cover feature.