Star Sharka

What could these be?

What could these be?

Before I begin, I must apologize for the week-long tease. I did NOT intend on having such a long wait between teaser pix and this post. Lack of a fender roller and shipping time delayed things.

But that is now in the past.

About these boxes… They came from California from a dude who goes by “jdmslick” aka Marco. I’ve been hoping Marco would sell these wheels for over a year now. And during that year, I slowly built a Star Shark fund. I’ve also been scouring various sites in search of some 4×100 Sharks.

They’re pretty rare, SSR Star Sharks in 4×100. There are only three sets currently in the country.

Star Sharks next to Sharka

Star Sharks next to Sharka

Anyways, Marco sold me his set of Sharks. This happened right after a gorgeous set of SSR Meshies appeared on the CR classifieds. I *almost* jumped on that set of wheels, but something in the back of my mind said “but then you won’t have Star Shark money.” And not 24 hours later, I got a text from Marco asking if I wanted to buy the SSRs. “YES!” was my one word reply.

A billion Thank You’s, Marco. A billion.

The moment I opened those boxes and gazed at all 4 wheels was… religious. I’ve never seen a set in person. I’ve put together a fairly large folder of Miatas on Star Sharks on my hard drive, but that’s no substitute for seeing the real thing. Touching them. Sitting for hours and gazing…

I could go on.

Beauty.

Beauty.

My Sharks are the only faded gold set in the country. One black set and one red set round out the small US Star Shark Owners Club. And the faded gold is what I wanted. I’ve studied old SSR photos for years. I’ve always wondered exactly what this color actually looked like. Was it really so beautifully dull? Or were people desaturating and doing other various camera tricks.

Nope, they’re really faded gold. Just like in these pix. And it’s gorgeous. It’s like looking at a three-dimensional Kodachrome photo.

Bye bye gold nuts.

Bye bye gold nuts.

My set came with gold wheel nuts. They are original SSR acorn nuts, never removed or replaced. Well, until now. The gold bolts just didn’t quite fit with my dream. I just wanted regular old polished ones with the gold painted centers. So… I swapped them out. Quick work. And I can go back to gold if I want.

Dream wheels.

Dream wheels.

The wheel were gorgeous to begin with. But with the polished nuts? They’re what I’ve dreamed about.

Sorry. I seem to be gushing. I’ll stop. Or at least gush a little less.

Detail Shots

Star Shark center cap.

Star Shark center cap.

It says SSR.

It says SSR.

The center caps are metal. They’re in extremely good shape for being so old. Star Sharks were made in the 80s. These little SHARK stickers are around 30 years old.

And SSR valve stems? WITH CAPS? I’m a lucky guy.

14x6.5 +0 in the front.

14x6.5 +0 in the front.

14x7 -6 in the rear.

14x7 -6 in the rear.

If only I could read it.

If only I could read it.

All 4 of my wheels have intact spec stickers. This pleases me to no end.

Spoke detail

Spoke detail

SPEED STAR!

SPEED STAR!

Not sure what this means...

Not sure what this means...

Even the wheel bolts say SSR.

Even the wheel bolts say SSR.

And that’s all that’s written on the backs of the spokes. Quite a bit actually! Modern wheels don’t really have this sort of stuff. At least not in my experience.

Hubcentric rings.

Hubcentric rings.

Since I had a week to wait while Sharka chilled out on jack stands, I ordered some hubcentric rings from Discount Tire. They came in 2 days. Well done, Discount!

Miata hub = 54.1mm. SSR center bore = 60mm according to my caliper. Discount had this exact ring in stock. Metal and blue anodized. Can’t beat that! And indeed they fit perfectly.

And now for the good stuff.

Star Sharka

A Star Shark Sunset.

A Star Shark Sunset.

Perfection.

Perfection.

Front wheel detail.

Front wheel detail.

Sunset Chaser

Sunset Chaser

That’s all I got for now. I shot these photos after a good 4 hours of fender mangling with my new fender roller. It was not an easy 4 hours and I have a few more to go. I still have some scraping when encountering any sort of bump whatsoever. I was also losing the light, so… only a few pix of the wheels mounted. For now.

But I have Star Sharks. My world is a bright and happy place.

And now to spam every Miata forum ever with these pix.

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  • Stoly says:

    They look perfect. Hell, they ARE perfect. Congrat’s on the wheels and the really cool new logo!

  • Slolx50 says:

    They do indeed look good, but I think I slightly prefer the RPF1’s…

    • revlimiter says:

      I’ll not be getting rid of those. The Enkeis will be worn by Bucky for a while. They might turn into track wheels someday. Not sure. All I know is I’ll not be getting rid of them. I just added to my collection with the Star Sharks. 🙂

  • Billy T says:

    I liked star shark wheel from reading your post on one of the many Miata forums but I was not sure how it would look on Sharka.

    But wow they look amazing I really love that look.

    Good luck with finishing out the fender rolling.

  • Cosmin M. says:

    They look awesome! If only you were selling (and I had the money) for your RPF1s!

    • revlimiter says:

      RPF1s are cheap at Good-Win-Racing. Seems like 14s are always on sale there. But mine are going on Bucky. I can’t wait to pull the winter wheels off and put on something a little nicer.

  • Steve says:

    Speechless. Well done, Adam. Me and my Rotas are forever jealous.

  • Phatmiata says:

    So clean!! I just love it!! Old School Japanese wheels really give your car much more character than before, don’t ever go back!! Its just perfect now!

  • Looking good! so love the looks of this amazing ride!

  • Greg G says:

    Well it’s about time! 🙂

  • Brandon C says:

    so glad you finally ended up with these. they are perfect on your car.
    congrats!

    • revlimiter says:

      ARRGH! I meant to email you and tell you the wheels were finally mine. Sorry about that. Least you found out in a round about way.

      They’re everything I dreamed of.

  • OnePaintedMan says:

    Perfect. . . and deserved

  • Skeeler says:

    What’s the offset on these wheels? I can’t seem to find it in any of the wheel-backside photos.

  • spindiscs says:

    Really very special.

  • Danny Cruz says:

    I’m curious, did you weigh them?

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