Help me find a 32/33 cm round rim

Elaphe

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I currently have this rim on my rig. It's a Chinese clone but it's well made, unexpensive and comfortable, It's made of leather or something that resembles leather. It's also sold on eBay.

https://es.aliexpress.com/item/32838802542.html?spm=a2g0s.9042311.0.0.3e5563c0u5a5n7

I decided to to replace it with a suede equivalent, so I purchased this one.

https://es.aliexpress.com/item/32890964096.html?spm=a2g0s.9042311.0.0.3e5563c0u5a5n7

Unfortunally, this model is not so well made. It's not very symetrical and you can quickly notice that the strip on top is not vertically aligned with the center of the rim. I tried another unit and had the same problem, so I suppose it's an issue with the molding used.

Lately I've been trying to find a 33 cm or 32 cm flat round rim made of suede or alcantara which is not very expensive but I had no luck.

There are some models like this

https://es.aliexpress.com/item/3285...4.0&pvid=e93835ee-1b2b-4997-844d-cca3e3725da9

But I tried the leather equivalent and the grip was not comfortable because there was not enough room for the thumbs.

This one looks more interesting:

https://rrs-direct.com/volant-rrs-3...30.html?___store=english&___from_store=french

Maybe I should forget about clones and spend more money in a branded rim. I like the OMP Targa 330 and the Sabelt SW-633.

What do you think?
 

Elaphe

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Thanks, but that's not round. Motamec has some excellent flat round rims, but 35 cm.
 

anton_Chez

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Got a round 320mm rim from Sim Racing Coach along with the flat bottom GT style rim and the standard button plate to share between them. Super happy with it. Rim only price is pretty good, too.
 

Elaphe

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Got a round 320mm rim from Sim Racing Coach along with the flat bottom GT style rim and the standard button plate to share between them. Super happy with it. Rim only price is pretty good, too.
That rim is OK, but the suede version has the problem that I pointed out: not enough room to put your thumbs where you grab it. I saw a video review and they mentioned the same about the thumbs.

Notice the difference with the leather version on the right:

 
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anton_Chez

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Don't they have a leather version? I thought they had both. I got the suede, I like it. Both rims are good and different enough from each other to warrant having both.
 

Elaphe

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Finally the other day I bought the Z-11 rim by Zalem. It's pretty unexpensive and feels quite good, with a bit of oval grip and no problems with my thumbs whatsoever. However, the finish is a bit meh. I mean the suede on this rim is like rough and wild, even with some areas softer than others (the right parte looks worse). The suede on the rims from Aliexpress was definitelly less rough, like a bit closer to alcantara. Do you think it's fine and normal or does it look like garbage?



 
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RCHeliguy

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Those look nice. I'm considering getting a bare rally rim but wonder if I would want a 330 or 350mm rim.
 

RCHeliguy

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I've been using a round 300mm wheel, and was just looking at my rig and control placement. I'm starting to agree that 350 might be too large. 50mm is about 2" and that is pretty big.
 

Elaphe

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I agree 350 is too big. Even in rally driving, today the preferred size is 330 or 320. 350 was more common in old cars though.
 

anton_Chez

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I bought a 320 Rally Cup rim from SimRacingCoach when I got the GT1 and button box. I haven't used it much, but it's perfect for rally and I can either leave it bare ala old school or mount the button plate to it and use the shifter paddles with it. Perfect solution and it only added around 50 bucks to my order.