HT-Spec TSX gets new rollers…Steam-rollers from 949Racing and Hankook to be specific.

After months and months of waiting for the first batch of 949Racing 6ULR wheels to come in, and more months and months of deciding which tire and which color to option, and more months of trying to sell the Mugen M5 wheels I’ve been running while waiting…I have finally installed the first signature set of HT-Spec Wheels/Tire package on the HT-Spec Project TSX!

What makes this package HT-Spec? Specifically, the sizing. When it comes to choosing wheels, there a lot of different camps on how to do it “right.” Some prefer wheels 50% wider than stock with tires that are 10% narrower than stock. Some prefer to run whatever used JDM wheel that fits “pretty good” without fender rolling. Some want to keep the original size. I am with the camp that feels the widest tire possible on a wheel that provides a square sidewall and perfect backspacing is best. An people that share this opinion have a hero. His name is Emilio, and he runs a wheel company called 949Racing.

949Racing has made a huge splash in the track-performance world by introducing wheels with specs that mainstream manufacturers don’t dare to touch. Starting out with 15″ wheels on Miatas made his name, but left folks with larger wheels wanting something more. When he announced a 17″ product I instantly became elated. The 17″ wheel, dubbed the 6URL, was actually developed for the S2000 market. But as luck would have it, the 17×9 version on a 48 mm offset ended up being a perfect fit on out HT-Spec TSX, even when lowered significantly with an HT-Spec Damper Kit!

We test fitted a set back in May and posted the results on our Facebook page. With a 255/40-17 tire, which is slightly smaller overall diameter than the stock 215/50-17 size, we found the rubbing to be minimal with our HT-Spec Damper Kit set to a 1.75″ drop, and non-existent at a 1.5″ drop or with a very slight roll to the fender in the rear! The front required only a removal of the fender liner clip and no rolling needed at all. There is hardly any clearance on the insides, but the front wheels/tires do not rub ANYWHERE on the inboard side, even at full lock in a loaded U-turn!

The tire we chose for this package was a Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110. This tire has gotten a lot of great press, most notably in the last Car & Driver tire shootout, where it came in a close second to a much more expensive Michelin PS2. Check the link for details on this tire. The excellent rating and bargain pricing were all it took to convince me this was the tire to go for. Optionally the Hankook Ventus R-S3 would be the tire to get for track performance. The high level of grip makes it a performance champ, but the softer compound wears fast on the street. We might get a second set with the R-S3s, but for now the V12 evos are definitely the way to go!

For your own HT-Spec wheel and tire combo, please visit heeltoeauto.com!

Truly this is the MOST tire you can get on a TSX without fender modifications*! That is how this wheel and tire combo got to be HT-Spec! Healthy sidewalls = stock-like comfort. Wide tires = macho grip. Perfectly fitted wheels = Minimal-to-no rub.

* You’ll note we are running camber on this car. In the images the rear camber is natural and un-modified and comes purely from the lowered ride. We are planning to install an Ingalls Camber Kit and bring it to an even 2.0 degrees. We will need to roll the rear fender about 1/4″, which is almost nothing. The front camber in these images is displaying about 1 degree negative as achieved with Skunk2 Pro Series Front Camber Arms. We will be dialing in about 1.5 to 2.0 degrees negative up front as well. For information on camber and the effect it has in improving performance, read here.

I've been rolling on these 17x7 M5s for a while. They are nice and all. But not really turning me on.

Oooo, wheels and tires mounted...getting nervous.

949Racing Luggies and hub rings are ready. We'll use the purple rings. The golds were on hand just in case we had the size wrong.

949Racing Luggies. Very light aluminum, and unlike most other racing nuts, these are fully threaded.

A little weight comparo. Mugen M5, 17x7, +48 with a 215/50-17 is 45.8 lbs.

An HT-Spec 949Racing 6ULR (size 17x9 +48) with a 255/40-17 tire weighs 43.7 lbs! 2 lb savings per corner for 40+ mm in tire? YES PLEASE!

Here is a little visual comparison of how much rubber we are actually adding.

Something like 8.5 inches on a 215...

...and 9.75 inches or so on our new 255. Yikes!

Front hub ring installed and ready for wheel (ooo, Racingbrake 2-piece rotors are the centerpiece of the HT-Spec Stage 3 Brake Kit).

Rear hub ring installed and ready for wheel (note fancy HT-Spec Damper, Chassis Brace Kit, and Brake Package items. Who can see the HT-Spec item that is MISSING from this picture?).

And without further ado, installed pics!

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  2. Sam says:

    nice article, btw, what kind of exhaust on da TSX?

  3. ChromeJob says:

    Wow, that must corner like it’s on rails. Color me envious.

    How do they sound at 65 MPH, the TSX isn’t known for a lot road noise dampening…. ,:)

  4. MrHeeltoe says:

    Believe it or not these tires are pretty quiet. I get a little more noise but nothing that I thought much about until you asked.

  5. 05TSX says:

    “The front required only a removal of the fender liner clip and no rolling needed at all. ”

    I have 235/40R18th with stock suspension and in the extreme cornering at the AutoX I notice some scuff marks on this clip. Do you have a picture of what it look likes with the clip removed? Did you just pull the clip out, or did you do other minor adjustments as well? (cut the fender liner, etc.)

    “We will need to roll the rear fender about 1/4″
    A local performance shop mentioned that they cut & tuck the rear liner and completely fold the fender lip upwards. This has higher propensity of paint cracking. How do you achieve this “1/4 roll”? Is it the same procedure, but you stop the procedure earlier when the lip is moved up to an angle of about 25-30 degrees from it’s regular parallel-to-the-ground position?
    I would prefer to only do a partial roll if possible.

  6. Markus says:

    oh, and the hub centric rings on the euro accord is 64,1mm…

  7. Markus says:

    How much do they weigh, without the treads?? the rims i have now weigh in at 11,37 kg/pc unpainted, which would be @ around 25lb/pc, let me get out there and weigh them with rubbers on..

  8. MrHeeltoe says:

    Yes for sure they will fit over those brakes. The cost for shipping is about $250-300 I venture to guess. Keep in mind only the Nickel color is available right now.

  9. MrHeeltoe says:

    These are much lighter, around 17-18 lbs each.

  10. MrHeeltoe says:

    All you need to do is take the two clips at the top of the fender liner out, and then flip the fender liner on top of the metal tabs on the fenders.

    The rear might not need to be rolled…you should check your fitment before rolling. When I say 1/4 roll I mean, only small amount of clearance was needed on my setup. You won’t need to do a full fender rolling job.

  11. Markus says:

    Alright, mon ami, i am just doing the math right now, trying to figure which way to go.. there has to be a vacation payed, after acquiring new rims, so i must have a lil pow-wow with the misses, see what she thinks… can you maybe give me a guesstimate how long it would take for the mate black to be re-available?? thanks bud, later…

  12. k24cl9 says:

    Hey Marcus would these wheels clear a BBK?

    Really nice setup btw

  13. MrHeeltoe says:

    Yessir, they are designed around being able to use big brake kits. They have tons of room inside.

  14. EGbeater says:

    Do you have any pictures of the 17″ x 9″ +48 6ULRs on a 3rd gen TL (2004-2008)?

    Thanks!

  15. MrHeeltoe says:

    We did test fit but didn’t take any pics. They fit perfectly though with the 255s…