You guys may remember last January when Konig worked with us to secure a set of the new Dial-In wheels. We received boxes of beautiful, gold 15x8 wheel goodness and we filmed the UNBOXING. We never did another feature on these wheels because, well what is there to say until you beat them up over a period of time. So here it is, the 1 year evaluation of the Dial-In after a full racing season. Having run through 3 sets of tires , 2 sets of these tires were dismounted and flipped mid-lifespan so we have some thorough tire machine use as well. I will split this review into 3 sections; Strength, Finish, and Appearance to try to cover all the bases.
I mentioned in my unboxing video that these wheels are flow-formed like BBS and 949 Racing wheels, so there is no doubting their integrity. I ran the BFGoodrich g-Force R1, the Hankook Z214 C7, and the Achilles ATR K Sport tires in 2017. The race tires were rated under 100TW and the Achillies are a 140TW, each set of these tires saw plenty of heat cycles and laps as well. So before we started the 2018 season I dismounted the tires and inspected the wheels thoroughly. In the above picture you can see there is some melted rubber or tire lube around the bead, whatever it is I had no issues cleaning it. There are also some scuffs on the drum from tire R&R, but aside from these superficial markings the surface was still good as new. I also inspected all of the spokes and hub for cracks and discoloration, finding nothing at all to report. During wheel balancing the machine passed all of the wheels for run-out, and they still look perfectly straight while spinning.
Take a look at this picture. That my friend is a whole year of undisturbed brake dust from my Winmax W4 track-pads. You can also see all of the clamping marks around the edge of the drum from the tire machine. In addition I also use a sharpie to log all of my sessions on the wheel face, and when I mount a new set of tires these marks get cleaned off with a rag and brake-clean. And anytime I hit a cone with the wheel, it leaves a large black streak on the spokes. My buddy John is always telling me to clean my wheels, but honestly I like the patina. Every once in a while he will clean them when we do an event together, and believe it or not most of the marks and brake dust come right off with soap and water. Easy.
I felt it necessary to add this part of the review because we all know that feeling of "its time for change" when it comes to wheels. I never got tired of my Enkei RPF1's, but the Rotas bored me. I had a set of Drag and Jongbloed wheels as well, and I grew tired of both. The Konig Dial-In is one of those wheels that looks great, and will hold up to almost anything you throw at them. While these wheels have an aggressive look, they also kept the design simple so you end up with something that looks great on a wide variety of cars. Konig has not asked me to write any of this nor am I on their payroll, I just REALLY like these wheels. I also like to provide completely transparent parts reviews, so we can all make better decisions with purchasing parts. Support the companies that support the racers right? Thats what its all about anyway, community. Feel free to watch our most recent race with the TRD Cup below.