The 1990s was a very strange decade for the overall car industry. But the most prominent changes became obvious in Japan. The JDM (or the Japanese Domestic Market) cars were quite different from their counterparts which were sold at the same time in other countries. JDM Wheels were at the forefront with countless numbers of sets being sold each day.
One of the principal features of such cars was that they could be modified in any way the owner liked. This was part of the JDM experience that has never been recreated. If you were not satisfied with the OEM wheels which came with such cars, you could purchase a sweet pair of Rohana Wheels.
Alternatively, if you are really looking to spice things up a bit and have a bit of extra money in hand, go for Fuel Wheels! Fuel’s aesthetics and build qualities are superior to most modern names in the aftermarket rims niche, and they can make the most basic of automobiles look more aggressive.
But before choosing a set of custom rims, here is a lookback at some of the most fashionable cars which ruled the roost in those days and wishing that some of them made a comeback!
The top 5 favorite JDM cars
JDM cars have not always hit the bull’s eye even though they were meant to indulge the customer first. Here are the most popular cars which could do with version 2.0.
- Nissan 300 ZX: Of all the models that formed the Nissan ‘Z’ series, this was probably the most memorable. The Nissan 300 ZX was one of the first cars which actually had a series of JDM Wheels designed exclusively for the range.
It had an aggressive stance with a V6 engine, twin-turbo. While the speed limit was helmed at around 155 mph as per prevailing Japanese laws and the range itself was officially discontinued in 2005, it would probably have been very interesting to see how this monster performed and looked in a high-end set of Rohana Wheels!
- Honda EK-9 Civic 6: Often commonly known simply as the Civic Type 6, this is one of the first models of the Honda Civic range which never made it to any country outside of Japan. Yet, it had an enviable reputation; for example, it was the first in a long range of Honda passenger cars that housed an engine that could produce up to 182 HP of power.
It came in a hatchback finish only and not the usual sedan-type models we are used to seeing and had a 5-speed manual transmission. Since there have never been any iterations of the vehicle post-2000, it is safe to surmise that we will never see this model with an automatic transmission. The many models of the EK-9 range that exist look pretty chill in a set of forged Fuel Wheels.
Had it made its way to other major markets, perhaps we would have a lot more examples of this classic 90s JDM car in a set of advanced rims which did not exist then!
- Mazda RX-7 (3G): The third generation of the iconic Mazda RX-7 was a one-of-a-type car which was as famous abroad as it was in the Japanese Domestic Market. When it first launched in 1991, very few people outside of an automobile factory had seen anything like it! It was sleek, elegant, had a fantastic weight distribution scheme and was straight out of the movies.
Some of the later variants (the model was discontinued only in 2002) have been spotted with aftermarket rims that make them stand out in a crowd. A set of Rohana Wheels would surely do a lot of justice to this undisputed classic, as would a set of matte-finished JDM Wheels.
It is actually difficult which one would be ideal for such an iconic and timeless classic to be honest.
- Honda NSX: This was proof that even a company like Honda could produce something that resembled a sportscar and could attract as much attention as a Lamborghini or something in that milieu. Honda’s NSX is the only car on this list of JDM classic models which has witnessed a comeback due to the crushing public demand.
However, the NSX 2.0 is still nothing when compared to the original NSX that was a work of art. It had a sturdy aluminum body and it was the first of the mass-produced passenger cars which also had an aluminum engine. The highest speed achievable was over 190mph.
It has been spotted in heavily modded and upgraded looks in the United States where Fuel Wheels seem to fit it like a second skin.
If you can get your hands on even an older model, try out some of the best brands of JDM Wheels just to experience what a 90s icon looks when it is resurrected.
These are some of the top JDM cars which still lurk around guarded by protective owners. Any modern model of alloys from Rohana Wheels and so on will look good on them.