Re: Road Racing Wheels For 96 Civic EK
How much racetrack experience do you have? It sounds like you have little to none. If that's correct, you're better off just using your current wheels and tires when you start out. Newbies often make the mistake of thinking that they have to modify their car to drive fast in track events; then they start driving and see more experienced drivers in slower cars passing them, and realize that the mods aren't needed, that your own skills are the limiting factor in the speed and lap times of your car. Furthermore, when you are first starting out, you will learn more with less sticky tires that give you lots of audible warning before losing grip.
Once you build up some experience (maybe 6-10 events), at that point you might want to consider getting some sticky street tires or R compound track tires and possibly some new wheels to mount them on. When you reach that point, make sure to decide on those in the proper order; FIRST decide on what tire model and size you are going to use, and THEN decide on a wheel, based on what widths work for that tire. However, once you start track events, you might decide that there are some other parts of your car (like the brakes and/or suspension) that you would like to modify before changing the tires.
As long as your car is in good shape (nothing loose or falling off), about the only thing you really need to do for your first few track events is to flush your brake fluid (and you may want to use some high-temperature brake fluid), and to buy a set of decent high-performance brake pads and bring them with you to the track in case you use up whatever's on the car.