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    Default History of the 949 Racing 6UL wheel

    A look back on the history of the 6UL wheel design and our current offerings.

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    You guys look sleepy. All-nighter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrackDayHookey View Post
    You guys look sleepy. All-nighter?
    Is your car ready yet? You're not getting any younger.
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    That's a harsh affirmative.

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    They did great in the video. I don't need hyper hosts, I want good info from rational people. When I need Ginsu knife sales I will wake up at 3 AM.
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    While it's a cool video, the thread title is a little misleading. I was expecting you to go into the history and evolution of the 6UL. I still have 1 first gen 15x8 6UL in black with a glorious machined lip in my garage. I think it will be hung on my garage wall at some point as automotive art. BTW, that set of 6ULs were the first set of aftermarket wheels I bought.

    BTW, isn't this the 10 year anniversary of the 6UL or was that last year? You're due for an actual history of video to commemorate the first 10 years. I'd be happy to help shoot it.
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    Audio could use little help. But for the most part. Very well done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gian View Post
    Audio could use little help. But for the most part. Very well done.
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    Misleading thread title but great vid and the new 19 looks killer.
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    Well crap, linked the wrong video. That was the Mustang wheel intro. Edited the OP. Correct video embedded now.

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    ^^That makes a lot more sense.
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    One day I will have a Miata worthy of the 15 x 12. My 140whp ain't enough for that right now. 15 x 9 UL's will have to do for now.
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    Cool video! It would be interesting to see the manufacturing process, and maybe some illustrations showing how the wheel is scaled to larger diameters and heavier loads. I'd be interested in what needs to be changed.

    The 15x9 6UL was the first item I splurged on for my MR2. Being perpetually poor, it was nice to spend money on a quality item. I was running the Rota Slipstream prior. They served their purpose quite well, but the fit and finish of the 6UL was way better, as expected, and I was excited to have wide wheels. They were truly something special and I couldn't stop looking at them and touching them.

    The 6ULs received plenty of attention on the street and on the track. "What wheels are those?" "How wide are your wheels?" "Are those 6uls?" At first I was happy to give 949 a plug, but after a while I'm just like, leave me alone! To place it in context, the 6UL was sort of a big deal in the MR2 Spyder community, and it was not a well known wheel. However, it fit a well-needed niche for auto-x and road courses, and those were the type of people I would most often socialize with. As a result, tons of questions about the 6ULs regarding fitment and impressions. "Well, they are wheels, they are round, and the car rolls on them just fine." I'm strongly introverted, by the way - I like people just fine, but usually converse on my own terms.

    One day I was at ACS, getting ready to load the MR2 on my trailer at the end of the day. It's wasn't a great day for me, I was tired and grumpy. Some strange looking guy was driving by with his Miata on a trailer, stopped, and yelled out, "are those 6uls?" I was annoyed. Turned out to be Emilio. I don't think he knew the MR2 crowd was using those wheels at the time. Haha. Anyway, I made a ****ty first impression, but I still have the same set of wheels all these years later. I love them, and I want a set for the Corvette in bronze.
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    Great videos. It is great to hear about the design details of high quality products.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SDSUsnowboards View Post
    Cool video! It would be interesting to see the manufacturing process, and maybe some illustrations showing how the wheel is scaled to larger diameters and heavier loads. I'd be interested in what needs to be changed.
    The 6UL doesn't get scaled. Each size is a clean sheet design.

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    That is too cool. When I see forged wheel, I imagine a robot blacksmith with a hammer tirelessly hammering spokes into shape from a block of metal. Making a wheel is not an undertaking most people do to improve their race craft. How did it feel when your effort and money culminated into a finished wheel? Did you ever have doubts that it would be worth while?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SDSUsnowboards View Post
    How did it feel when your effort and money culminated into a finished wheel? Did you ever have doubts that it would be worth while?
    Pretty cool to lift the first sample wheel out of the carton and stick it on a car. I did a thing! Almost immediately after announcing the project, the response was huge. So no, not really any doubts from the start.
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    Quote Originally Posted by emilio700 View Post
    Pretty cool to lift the first sample wheel out of the carton and stick it on a car. I did a thing! Almost immediately after announcing the project, the response was huge. So no, not really any doubts from the start.
    You might not have had any doubts but I remember finding a thread on Miata.net forum around '06 or '07 where many of those members were telling you a Miata didn't need anything wider than a 7" wheel. By the time I started looking at wheels for tracking a Miata, the 6ULs had been accepted so I was particularly perplexed by that older thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red_5 View Post
    You might not have had any doubts but I remember finding a thread on Miata.net forum around '06 or '07 where many of those members were telling you a Miata didn't need anything wider than a 7" wheel. By the time I started looking at wheels for tracking a Miata, the 6ULs had be accepted so I was particularly perplexed by that older thread.
    a book (I had it) written by one of Miata designer (technical) says the car will never need a wheel wider than 6". no performance improvement past that.

    25 years later, there are still a ton of people that don't believe in putting on wheels wider than tire factory recommended......My business partner will only buy Porsche approved tires (N) and Porsche approved oil on his 8 years old Porsche.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red_5 View Post
    You might not have had any doubts but I remember finding a thread on Miata.net forum around '06 or '07 where many of those members were telling you a Miata didn't need anything wider than a 7" wheel. By the time I started looking at wheels for tracking a Miata, the 6ULs had been accepted so I was particularly perplexed by that older thread.
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    There were enough people that understood (ordered wheels) that I knew the paradigm would shift as soon as folks saw them on cars and race results. I like creating paradigm shifts
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