The Watanabe RS Eight or RS8 are JDM Wheels which were actually made by SSR Wheels. With the classic 8 spoke Watanabe Design, the Watanabe RS Eight feature 2 piece construction. Pictured are the Watanabe RS Eight on a Nissan Skyline GT-R R32.
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Watanabe makes the quintessential Banana Type 8 spoke JDM wheels in a few different yet similar styles. Due to the spoke shape and lip size, I believe the Watanabe wheels pictures are both the Watanabe F8 type. On the left is a Nissan 300zx Twin Turbo Fairlady Z32, and on the right a Nissan Skyline GT-R R32; both some beautiful Machines.
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Volk Racing GTU are JDM Wheels targetted towards the USDM Market. As the wording on the ad suggests, these JDM Wheels are named for the IMSA GT-U Class, an American racing series. The Volk Racing GTU are 2 piece wheels with a mesh face. Pictured are the Volk Racing GTU on an S13 series Niissan 180SX.
The Advertisement reads:
“An Intrepid newcomer to the world of Volk Racing with the integrity to compete at the searing speeds of the IMSA Series GT-U Glass. Equipped with a two piece forged rim and a revolutionary disk with a 12 cross-point mesh design, it offers unsurpassed performance and strength. The wheel’s exceptional breathing and tight weight combine to give you the competitive edge. Introducing the Volk Racing GT-U. For achieving your Daytona dream.”
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The Work Ewing I designates the Ewing Series JDM Wheels with a mesh face. This version of the Work Ewing I has the more updated sandwich mount 3 piece design with a step lip that was more popular through the 90’s. Classic to the Work Ewing series though the years was a faux centerlock design with hidden lug nuts. This version of the Work Ewing I was available in 16″ 17″ and 18″ diameters.
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The Stern Series of JDM Wheels is most Popularized by the Stern Face-II 5 Spoke Wheel. So popular, it was used on certain year Saleen Mustangs. The Stern Face-II is a muscular looking fat face 5 spoke wheel with exposed hardware. The Stern Face-I was pretty much the one peice version of the face-II. The Stern Face-II 6s was similar just that it had 6 spokes. The Stern R Schmiede had curved spokes, which I am guessing would be helpful to big brake fitment. Pictured above are the Stern Face-II-6s mounted on an Nissan Silvia S13, and a MK3 Toyota Supra.
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The Volk Racing Group C Europe are the one piece version of the Volk Racing Group C JDM Wheels. The Volk Racing Group C Europe features the similar 5 spoke design with an elongated dimple in each spoke, and hidden lug nuts with a hex cover. Pictured what looks to be the Volk Racing Group C Europe mounted to a Nissan Skyline GTST R32. As with all Volk Racing wheels, they are manufactured by Rays Engineering.
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