One thing you might want to do is carefully peel off one of the Rays engineering wheel spec stickers from the rim and put it on your drivers door jam next to the mfg stickers. That way service techs can get info on them at a glance. I did this with my Enkei rims. It will look like they did that from the factory.
I'm throughly jealous your rims only weight like six pounds each. Once you get the tires mounted it would be neat to have the weight of each wheel compared to stock. The stock weight for one wheel is about 22-23lbs, so hopefully your's will be about five pounds or more lighter.
It's been awhile since I've visited your site, and I've noticed that now you have a car-bra on the Insight.
I used to own a cheap car bra for my Civic and hated it. Didn't really work to stop dents and chips. It was dirty all the time, and if I had it on all the time, I'd probably had a two-tone, paint-fade hood. Not to mention what it'll do to the aerodynamics of an Insight.
There seems to be lots of people swearing by the 3M clear paint protection film. The drawback is the cost of installation. Otherwise, I've seen them, in person, on dark-colored cars and they are near invisible. I've seen pictures of them on light-colored cars, and most owners don't mind the thin-seam. They think it's a worthwhile investment.
The kit is reasonably priced, but to have it professionally installed, it could possibly cost up to $200-300 worth of additional labor. People have installed it themselves, and to be honest, the surface of Insight's hood isn't all that curvy, thus it probably isn't all too difficult for DIY. But like tinting windows, there are others who urged that the professional install is the own way to go. I haven't bought one cause I was still sitting on the fense on the issue...
Then last month, I decided to look again into the material (since someone mentioned on the web that the new line of 3M film is more flexible). I found this site that will sell the uncut film:
The advantages of the lighter rims will be most noticeable at lower speeds where aerodynamic drag is less of a factor.
You should try comparing 5 to 35 MPH acceleration times in 1st gear,
or 15 to 55 MPH times in 2nd gear.
In theory the lighter the rims are the more accurately the tires will follow the road surface. This would improve traction, reduce energy loss due to sidewall flexing, and reduce the gyroscopic effect. Even though the difference is small they should accelerate, handle, and turn better. The mileage and acceleration gains could easily be offset by increased wind resistance but that would not effect handling. I'm looking forward to photos as I bet they look terrific!
___I like the much lower weight vs. OEM but their aerodynamics may off set some of the gain in comparison to stock … Also, they don’t sound that cost effective although if you love the look, you made the right decision.
___Wayne R. Gerdes
___Hunt Club Farms Landscaping Ltd.