OK, so I'm going in 1000 directions with this since I don't know yet exactly where I want to take this car.
BUT, I'm looking at another option, given the idea of running those Falken tires.
So, if the contisportcontacts are $300 each (that's about what the dealer charges), then that's the "budget". If the falkens are $150 a pop, I can consider buying a wheel for $150 and for the same price, go with a wider falken, then every change after that I make money on cost of ownership.
If I look at Discount Tire, I can get Falken 265/35-20's for $185, and I can get this wheel for $203:
The net effect is an identical theoretical wheel diameter (-0.09%), a 9" wheel, and the option to either keep running with falkens, or go to any high performance tire in the 265/35-20 range in the falkens are a dud, which includes contisportcontacts and also the Michelin 4S. Tho those are now at the $300+ each mark. But by then I've already worn through a set of Falkens so the wheels are "paid for".
The wheels have an offset of 22, which, when compared with an OEM wheel of offset 43.5 means 8mm MORE clearance on the inside, and the wheel sticks out an extra 34mm which may or may not be an issue.
The overall cost is $88 more per corner for a parts-cost of $1550 instead of $1200 for the FIRST year. Every year after that tire replacement, assuming the falkens are good would be $740 parts cost, at a savings of $460 per year from cost of ownership. This all assumes the install costs are equal no matter the option selected.
The other factor is a ~10lb increase in both rotating and sprung weight, which I don't know if that's a big deal or not. Also my OEM's are 19", so I don't know if the 20's would decrease my ride quality much when on the street. Also, I don't know if that wheel/tire combo would have stiff sidewalls or not when cornering, the contis are pretty good there.
And the backup plan if the wheels and tires get bought and suck, is to get the 225 falkens for hte OEM wheel, and save the bought wheels for track days with an expensive tire, set up when I get a good bonus some year in the future or whatever/whenever. Or just sell the wheels at <$100ea and move on in life.
Sounds like a decent plan.... Though the RE71R doesn't come in that size, so I'm "limited" on the cool tires I can choose from that don't cost $400 a pop...
you guys see any gotchas? It seems not unreasonable to me...