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Top 5 Show Wheels Under $1500

August 14, 2021

 

Car shows are one of the many events that make the enthusiast community and car culture special, and a hurting bank account 100% worth it—all eyes on your build to show off the bloody knuckles, sweat, and tears you've put into your car.

 

Red 2016 Subaru BRZ limited with Kansei KNP wheels, Achilles 868 all season tires, and coilovers

2016 Subaru BRZ Limited | Kansei KNP 18x9.5 +22mm

Just as I touched on in a recent blog, Why The Car Scene Is So Special, cars become an extension of ourselves so every piece of the puzzle is important—wheels are no exception.

So, if you've been searching for some new, badass wheels for your show/stance build and don't want to completely wreck your bank account, here's our top picks under $1.5K.

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- Build Your Show Wheel + Tire Package

1) The Artisa Elder

2) Rotiform RSE

3) Kansei KNP

4) ESR CS8

5) Rohana RC9

 

2017 Ford Focus ST | Artisa ArtFormed Elder 18x9.2 +22mm 

 

 

 

Build Your Show Wheel + Tire Package

There aren't many things that compare to a solid wheel and tire setup—this I know for sure.

Another thing I'm sure of is how big of a pain in the a** it is to find a tire shop that'll mount + balance my setup. 

It's no secret that stance setups are dreaded by the ole mom and pop tire mounting shop—half of the time, they won't even mount them.

"sOrRy, wE dOn'T sTrEcH tIrEs"

"yOuR cAr iS tOo lOw, iT'lL rUb"

RIP. 

BUILD YOUR SHOW WHEEL + TIRE PACKAGE HERE

 

Black 2016 Subaru BRZ Premium with the Kansei KNP 18x9.5 +22mm with the Nitto Neo Gen and air lift suspension

2016 Subaru BRZ Premium | Kansei KNP 18x9.5 +22mm

So, let us take care of everything for you because we have enthusiasts who actually know what they're doing when it comes to stretched setups and everything enthusiast-car related. 

When you package your setup, we'll mount, balance, and ship everything for FREE.

Plus, we have guaranteed delivery dates on select packages in as little as 7 days. That means you could get your setup before your next car show. 

 

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A purple 1996 Nissan 240SX SE with the Kansei KNP 18x9.5 +35mm, Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R, and coilovers

1996 Nissan 240SX SE | Kansei KNP 18x9.5 +35mm 

If you aren't quite ready to send it yet and that total price seems daunting, don't forget that we offer financing with as low as 0% APR interest through Affirm. 

You can get your setup NOW, pay later, AND build your credit at the same time. 

 

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A white 20126 GTI S running the Rotiform RSE 19x8.5+35mm, Nitto Neo Gen Tires, and air lift air suspension

2016 Volkswagen GTI S | Rotiform RSE 18x8.5 +35mm

 

 

The Artisa Elder 

The Artisa Elder is one of five in Artisa ArtFormed Wheels' lightweight, Deco Directional collection launched in 2020.

While The Elder is new to the aftermarket world, it has quickly become a staple show/stance wheel in the community—check out our gallery to see for yourself! 

 

VIEW THE ARTISA ELDER GALLERY

 

Up close and personal with a wide-bodied 2017 Ford Focus ST running The Artisa Elder 18x9.5 +22 with Accelera 651 Sport tires, and Air Lift Air Suspension

2017 Ford Focus ST | Artisa ArtFormed Elder 18x9.2 +22mm 

As the flagship model in the ArtFormed collection, its bold yet sophisticated Deco Directional design and extreme concave profiles with aggressive offsets make the ideal stance wheel. 

 

EXPLORE THE ELDER HERE

 

A wide-bodied 2017 Ford Focus ST running The Artisa Elder 18x9.5 +22 with Accelera 651 Sport tires, and Air Lift Air Suspension

2017 Ford Focus ST | Artisa ArtFormed Elder 18x9.2 +22mm 

The Elder displays a split 7-spoke design with noticeable spoke millwork and a recessed lip for added durability.

And of course, the concavity profiles can get pretty aggressive—perfect for a stance build, especially with a lil' camber action going on. 

 

White 2019 Ford Focus Mustang EcoBoost with the Artisa ArtFormed Elder 19x11 +7mm , Ironman Imove Gen2 As, and air suspension

2018 Ford Mustang EcoBoost | Artisa ArtFormed Elder 19x11 +7mm

Another important note for The Elder is its big brake calibration. For all the STI & GTR platforms, or for those who've upgraded to a BBK, The Elder has more than enough room behind the spokes to fit your fat brakes. 

 

WHAT IS DECO DIRECTIONAL?

 

Up close with The Elder in raven black on a 2019 Ford Mustang EcoBoost

2018 Ford Mustang EcoBoost | Artisa ArtFormed Elder 19x11 +7mm

While most of the stance community isn't getting too rowdy on the street or bombing on the track, The Elder's strength and durability are next to none.

Artisa ArtFormed Wheels prides itself on its ArtFormed Technology that utilizes an advanced forging process and A356+ aluminum to optimize strength in every spoke. 

So, if your car is slammed on its nutz with a stretched boi setup, you can rest assure that those potholes have nothing on The Elder. 

 

2004 Mazda RX-8 running The Elder 18x9.5 +22mm with Hankook Ventus V12 and air suspension

2004 Mazda RX-8 | Artisa ArtFormed Elder  Front: 18x9.5 +22mm Rear: 18x10.5 +22mm

The Artisa Elder Overview:

- The flagship model in the lightweight, Deco Directional lineup.

- Bold design with sturdy construction. 

- Insane concavity profiles + big brake clearance.

- Starting at $1,020

 

GET THE ELDER HERE

 

Rear shot of a  wide-bodied 2017 Ford Focus ST running The Artisa Elder 18x9.5 +22 with Accelera 651 Sport tires, and Air Lift Air Suspension

2017 Ford Focus ST | Artisa ArtFormed Elder 18x9.2 +22mm 

 

 

Rotiform RSE

If you haven't heard of the Rotiform RSE, it's safe to say that you've been living on Mars or something. 

The RSE is a classic wheel for Rotiform and the stance community. 

 

CHECK OUT THE ROTIFORM RSE

 

White 2018 GTI S with the Rotiform RSE with Federal 595 RS-R and coilovers

2018 GTI S | Rotiform RSE 18x8.5 +35mm

The RSE's aggressive offsets and stance potential is insane. It's also one of those wheels that seems to suit a ton of different platforms because of its versatile mesh design.

For the GTI and Jetta platforms, the RSE is part of their existence. 

 

EXPLORE THE ROTIFORM RSE GALLERY

 

Red 2011 Mustang GT Premium with the Rotiform RSE 20x10 +22mm and Durun M626 tires

2011 Ford Mustang GT Premium | Rotiform RSE 20x10 +22mm

Rotiform uses the latest low-pressure casting technology to construct the RSE, which means it has a highly rated durability while still having a relatively low weight. 

As far as the offests go, the RSE starts at +13mm offset and max's out at a +45mm offset.

 

a blue 2019 Subaru WRX premium running the Rotiform RSE, Federal 595 tires, and Godspeed coilovers

2016 Subaru WRX Premium | Rotiform RSE 18x9.5 +35mm

 If you're a GTI owner, +35mm and +45mm are the sweet spots for a flush or nearly flush fitment. 

However, if you're on bags, +35mm offset is what many people run for a tucked fitment. 

 

VIEW MORE GTIs RUNNING THE RSE IN OUR GALLERY

 

White 2018 GTI S with the Rotiform RSE with Federal 595 RS-R and coilovers

2018 GTI S | Rotiform RSE 18x8.5 +35mm

Rotiform RSE Overview:

- Classic Rotiform styling with versatile design. 

- Low-pressure casting construction = durability + relatively low weight.

- Mild to extreme concavity profiles. 

- Stance-friendly sizes and offsets available. 

- Starting at $1,192

 

GET THE ROTIFORM RSE

 

Grey 2008 Volkswagen GTI R32 with Rotiform RSE 18x9.5 +35mm with Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S tires, and air suspension

2008 GTI R32 | Rotiform RSE 18x9.5 +35mm

 

 

 

Kansei KNP

The KNP is another classic and versatile wheel in the community, this time for the JDM segment. 

In fact, the KNP is actually the first model that Kansei released to the enthusiast community. 

 

EXPLORE THE KANSEI KNP

 

1990 Nissan Skyline R32 running the Kansei KNP 18x9.5 +20mm with Falken Azenis RT660 and Tein coilovers

1990 Nissan Skyline R32 | Kansei KNP 18x9.5 +20mm

While the KNP features a concave profile, it still clears big brakes and maintains a rigid construction. And even though its star-shaped, 5-spoke design is relatively minimalistic, the KNP makes a bold statement on just about any show car. 

 It's easy to recognize and has built a reputable name because of its high-quality design and construction. 

 

VIEW THE KANSEI KNP GALLERY

 

A shot of the Kansei KNP on a 1990 Nissan Skyline R32

1990 Nissan Skyline R32 | Kansei KNP 18x9.5 +20mm

Sizes for the KNP are limited but show/stance friendly.

Wheel sizes start at 17" up to 19" with wheel widths of 9", 9.5", and 10". The KNP is offered in +12mm, +22mm, and +35mm as far as offsets go.

 

 1990 Nissan Skyline R32 running the Kansei KNP 18x9.5 +20mm with Falken Azenis RT660 and Tein coilovers

1990 Nissan Skyline R32 | Kansei KNP 18x9.5 +20mm

Overview of The Kansei KNP:

- First model from Kansei. 

- JDM styling + size friendly. 

- Badass finish options.

- Simple yet bold star-shaped 5-spoke design.

- Starting at $1,0233

 

GET THE KANSEI KNP

 

Black 2016 Subaru BRZ Premium with the Kansei KNP 18x9.5 +22mm with the Nitto Neo Gen and air lift suspension

2016 Subaru BRZ Premium | Kansei KNP 18x9.5 +22mm

 

 

 

ESR CS8

The ESR CS8 is another relatively simple wheel design but paired with its bold finish options, floating spokes, and concavity, the CS8 is a popular show wheel in the community. 

 

GET THE ESR CS8

 

Black 2015 Infiniti Q50 Sport running the ESR CS8 19x10.5 +22mm with Ohtsu FP8000 tires, and BC racing coilovers

2015 Infiniti Q50 Sport | ESR CS8 18x10.5 +22mm

The CS8 features 10-spokes that initially look as if they were split but technically are their own individual spokes.

Regardless, the spokes meet the outer edge of the wheel, giving it that floating spoke look.  

 

Wheel shot of the ESR CS8 on a Black 2015 Infiniti Q50 Sport

2015 Infiniti Q50 Sport | ESR CS8 18x10.5 +22mm

The ESR8 also clears brakes for some platforms like...

- 18x8.5 +35 clears GTI BREMBO

- 18X8.5 +30 clears AE86 TRD BREMBO

- 18x9.5 +35 clears STI

- 18x10.5 +22 /+15 clears EVOX

- 19x8.5 +30 clears BMW F82 M4

- 19x9.5 +35 clears Mustang PERF PKG BREMBO

- 19X9.5 +22 / 19x10.5 +30 clears Akebono Q50/Q60/G37/370Z

 

EXPLORE MROE SIZES OF THE ESR CS8

 

A black Hyundai Veloster Turbo with the ESR CS8 18x8.5 +30mm, Kumho Ecsta 4x, and Eibach lowering springs

2014 Veloster Turbo | ESR CS8 18x8.5 +30mm

The CS8 does have limited sizes available, but again, they work well for show setups.

Wheel sizes include 18" and 19" with widths 8.5", 9.5", and 10.5".

Offsets range from +15mm up to +35mm. 

 

CHECK OUT THE ESR CS8 GALLERY

 

A black Hyundai Veloster Turbo with the ESR CS8 18x8.5 +30mm, Kumho Ecsta 4x, and Eibach lowering springs

2014 Veloster Turbo | ESR CS8 18x8.5 +30mm

ESR CS8 Overview:

- Split 5-spoke or 10-spoke design. 

- Floating spoke styling. 

- Bold finish options. 

- Starting at $989

 

EXPLORE THE ESR CS8

 

Black 2015 Infiniti Q50 Sport running the ESR CS8 19x10.5 +22mm with Ohtsu FP8000 tires, and BC racing coilovers

2015 Infiniti Q50 Sport | ESR CS8 18x10.5 +22mm

 

 

Rohana RC9

Lastly, we have the Rohana RC9, which is the newest model in their RC series lineup. 

 The RC9 features a split 5-spoke design with very thick and crispy spokes.

The RC9 also has a recessed lip which adds that extra element of complexity and durability. 

 

EXPLORE THE ROHANA RC9 HERE

 

Silver 2014 Audi A4 Quattro running the Rohana RC9 19x8.5 +30mm with Toyo tires, and air lift suspension

2014 Audi A4 Quattro | Rohana RC9 19x9.5 +30mm

This wheel also displays an authentic floating spoke design that so many enthusiasts geek out about.

This aggressive look of the RC9 is super badass due to all the small details you'd expect a wheel brand like Rohana to pay attention to. 

 

ARE ROHANA WHEELS ANY GOOD?

 

Up close and personal with the  Rohnana RC9

Photo from Rohana Wheels

As I previously mentioned, the RC9 is the newest model in their RC series.

The RC series is Rohana's rotary cast lineup that features the most aggressive concave profiles, hence why the RC9 is one of our top pics for show wheels.

 

Silver 2014 Audi A4 Quattro running the Rohana RC9 19x8.5 +30mm with Toyo tires, and air lift suspension

2014 Audi A4 Quattro | Rohana RC9 19x9.5 +30mm

Despite its concave profiles, the RC9 still clears big brakes, so whether you have an STI or swapped to a BBK, the RC9 is a prime choice for any show builds. 

 

CHECK OUT THE ROHANA RC9 GALLERY

 

Silver 2014 Audi A4 Quattro running the Rohana RC9 19x8.5 +30mm with Toyo tires, and air lift suspension

2014 Audi A4 Quattro | Rohana RC9 19x9.5 +30mm

As far as sizes go, the RC9 is offered in some bigger sizes since its design best suits thicc coupes and sedans that usually run bigger sizes.

Wheel diameters include 19", 20", and 22" with widths including 8.5", 9", 10.5", and 11".

The RC9 is available in a massive amount of offsets ranging from +15mm to +52mm. 

 

Up close and personal with the Rohana RC9 on a Silver 2014 Audi A4 Quattro

2014 Audi A4 Quattro | Rohana RC9 19x9.5 +30mm

Overview of the Rohana RC9:

- Thick split 5-spoke wheel with floating spoke design. 

- Rotary cast construction process. 

- Aggressive concavity profiles and still clears big brakes.

- Starting at $1,108

 

GET THE ROHANA RC9

 

Checking out the fitment on this Silver 2014 Audi A4 Quattro running the Rohana RC9 19x8.5 +30mm with Toyo tires, and air lift suspension

2014 Audi A4 Quattro | Rohana RC9 19x9.5 +30mm

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