Since my new Accord is coming, I figured it is probably more economically beneficial for me to sell my old Civic Si (2006-2008) rims with ExtremeWinterContact P215/45R17 tires on Kijiji, and just get a new set. I got tons of time to shop, so I began to look for some good deals.
Economics is not the ONLY reason why I wanted to change over though. The old Si rims, while they were in great shape, is definitely not perfect -- it has nicks and bumps here and there. It's not very visible, but if you look close enough, they are certainly far from perfect. In addition, I am kind of worried the 06-08 Si rims may not clear my Accord brakes. These rims are infamous for having terrible brake clearance for anything other than the Civic Si, and I don't want to put spacers on, so the hunt began. Again. (Actually, I am always on the lookout for good OEM rims just for fun, so it's not that I have stopped looking ever since I got my last set of Si rims for $250 last year.)
After months of searching, I came across a guy selling a set of 2009 Civic Si rims for $500. It comes with P205/50R17 Roadstone Winguard Sport performance winter tires. The rims are in pristine condition with almost no curb rashes or dings, and the tires have almost full tread. It's not that I will use these tires anyway; they're the wrong size, and I don't like the brand. But they're probably worth a few hundred on the used market sometime down the road. This can definitely knock some money off the $500 I am paying up front. If I can get $250 out of them, essentially I've paid $250 for the rims.
However, the guy lives near Okotoks, which is almost an hour's drive away from my house. Since I can probably find a similar deal down the road -- this is not a hardcore awesome deal or anything like that (Unlike those TSX rims and tires I got for $300 last year) -- but decent enough to make the purchase, considering the condition and young age of the tires, I don't want to make the trip. The guy's price is firm, which is fair, so I asked if he can meet me closer to my house. Eventually, we worked out a deal, and I met up with him in a place 10-15 minutes away from where I live. I checked the wheels out, grabbed as set of $100 bills from the bank, and he transferred the set to my car.
Now much to my surprise, he threw in all the lugnuts and even a locking nut set, which he never said was included in the original listing What a good man. Those things are worth at least $50-100 in the used market, considering it comes with locking nuts and the original key. Awesome. He made a good deal even sweeter. I drove home and unloaded the rims.
Earlier this afternoon, I wanted to see how much brake clearance the new rims have compared to my 08 Si rims. I installed these on my 8th gen 2007 Honda Civic LX sedan to get an idea of whether it is a good bet to fit it on my 2013 Honda Accord Touring I4 6MT. Here are some photos:
Both generations of Si rims on one car
TONS of brake clearance. Probably more than my stock 16" rims. Just for reference, here are the 08 Si rims:
Overall, I am quite happy with my purchase.
Later on in the evening, I went surfing around randomly, and came upon the Canadian Tire website to see how much they're selling Michelin X-ice Xi3 tires for. These are the tires I've always wanted since they came out, since they are by far the highest rated tires out there, not to mention low rolling resistance. My ExtremeWinterContact are great tires, they handle well, and grips like mad, but the rolling resistance murders my fuel economy even at high PSI settings. Canadian Tire is infamous for being nicknamed Crappy Tire, and their tires aren't exactly cheap either. Surprisingly, they have P215/55R17 -- the EXACT size and model I wanted -- on sale. It is also significantly cheaper than importing them from the USA, which is a big surprise to me. SInce the Xi3 is a new model, I know it's not old stock -- it could not be more than a year old. I quickly whipped out my credit card, and got them to ship it to the Canadian Tire behind my office, which is free shipping. The final cost with taxes and all fees? $692.96 CAD. Normally I will be paying almost $850 for them, which is an amazing deal.
Can't wait until I get my new car and these tires mounted