I’ve had my Evo VIII since 2005. Actually to be specific I got it March 28 of 05 and it’s gone through a lot of transformation. Unfortunately those transformations happen if there’s something bad happens to the car. The amount of transformations is equal to the amount of unfortunate accidents that occur. It’s nothing major tho. No head on collision or getting rear ended but just merely a cracked bumper or scrapping something.
But the most often change on this car is it’s wheels. for the span of 3 almost 4 years I’ve had this car I’ve gone trough about 5 sets of wheels. Some I like a lot and still question myself why I changed them and some was really a phase. Here’s some pictures and the evolution of my Evolution.
This is my first wheel setup with the Evo aside from the OE setup of course. I was using a 57F-Pro with noble gold and polished lip. It looked good and elegant. I actually had these on a week after I got the car. These are the wheels I used on my first show which is Nissei that I took home the Mitsu Showoff. Good set of wheels except they were pretty heavy.
Up next is probably my favorite set and be far I would say the favorite look of my car. Advan RS. The first one in the US with the gunmetal GT-R offset. Love it. Perfect color, awesome offset, car sits right. Again my favorite setup. Although on the SEMA picture I didn’t have the Evo IX JDM bumper but a few months after I installed the JDM bumper and made the car look 100X better. This is the setup where Import Tuner decided to feature the car.
Next one is another set of Advans. I love Super Advan Ver IIs. I really do. So I figured it’ll look awesome on my Evo so decided to pick up a set. Thing is it was only a phase. I still love Super Advans but not on my car. I really felt that I was driving a civic because of the color scheme. I have nothing against the wheels but it’s just the color that I did. Still tho, I like it but it’s not my best. I think this would probably be, I don’t want to say the worst, but this is that I am not too stoked about. Still in pictures, it looked awesome. Hey won me a few trophies and landed me a couple of magazine coverage. So I take that as a win.
After the whole “Honda” phase, SSR decided to break through the US market via Tanabe USA. So Tanabe contacted us and asked if we could rock their new model. The SSR MS1. So after the two months of rocking the Super Advans I got rid of them and rocked the new SSRs. It was good. Rocked some 3pc wheels but now black with polished lip. I did use these wheels for more than a year which is surprising by my standards. I was in the middle of getting rid of the car or keep it and build it. So, I didn’t really care for what I do to it. Sad part is tho is I really got tired of it that fast. It’s just the fact that I haven’t decided the fate of my car stopped me from buying a newer set. Still I like the set but I didn’t love it.
Lastly, here’s my newest set. I got these about two weeks ago. Rockin’ another set of SSRs. Rockin the Type Fs. yeah they look like CE28s which I love btw. I had those on my old DC5 and to me they are one of the best. These I actually dig but knowing me i’ll get tired of it pretty soon. They’re a lot cleaner than my previous SSR MS1 and a lot more elegant / mean looking. Since I got really tired of the colored wheel/polished lip combo it’s a good thing to go back to 1 color 1 pc wheel. I love them and once again it’s driving me to do another alteration of my car.
And that’s it. It’s amazing how you see an evolution of a car and remembering what it meant to you and all the good memories it brings back just by looking at what wheels you are running. It’s a fucked up time line I know but that’s how I look at it and remember the life of my car. So what’s next? Dunno really. I guess, only time and the road will tell…