For the first time in 3 months, I returned the car back to the ground today. While I’m lucky to be in California where a “real” Winter does not exist, I still want to drive the car before the rain starts. The plan was to lower the car off the jack stands last weekend, except I had to buy another set of non-REVO Project Kics R40 lug nuts to clear the front ARP studs. This is probably my 4th or 5th set of these Project Kics…

With the Advans, wheel changes are going to be a lot more tedious now. The lug holes on these wheels are super deep into the face, and there’s minimal room to navigate with a socket. A quick slip-up will easily scratch the wheel’s paint. By design of the RS/RZ, the spokes are slightly protruding outward near the rim, which is going to be an area of high debris susceptibility. I’m going to have to get the dark gunmetal paint color-matched and keep a small touch-up bottle.

Other than that, the wheels have definitely affirmed my allegiance to 18″ sizes. While 17″ wheels can look great, after trying out both, I think 18″ wins in its overall presence.

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Fingers crossed I can finally get my trim panels back soon and button up the interior. This chapter of the car’s build is becoming quite elongated. Then, as you may be able to guess from the picture, a well deserved wash will be in order.

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