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#320036 - 08/26/10 01:22 AM Wheel help.
HomeDad Offline

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I didn't want to have to hijack Tom's thread any more than we already have. So I'll ask for some help and opinions here.
I've finally finished modifying my car after a year of work and the last thing I'm doing is changing out the wheels.
This is what I have on the car now in a real shiny chrome.
I want to get away from the all chrome look and was originally thinking of something like this. These run about $2300 and if I order them it will take about 16 weeks to get them from Japan.
I also like these wheels that are now being offered on ebay for $900, the car they were on is almost identical to mine.
So I guess it's do I go to a Japanese racing type wheel or go back to another Italian made wheel.
I would love to have your guys opinions or even some other suggestions.
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#320039 - 08/26/10 01:32 AM Re: Wheel help. [Re: HomeDad]
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Me, I prefer the last ones. The blacked out look is distinctive, and OZ makes a good wheel, from what I know. Which is little, I'll admit!
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#320043 - 08/26/10 04:43 AM Re: Wheel help. [Re: Ken.C]
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I also like the blacked out wheels Michael, that's definitely the style that seems to be in right now and it looks like it may be for quite some time.
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#320046 - 08/26/10 07:14 AM Re: Wheel help. [Re: RickF]
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I'm drawn to number two as well but I think it's only because I'm an ex-Jeeper and so the first thing I noticed were the fake bead locks.

I can't recall if you posted a pic of your car in Tom's thread but it's soo long now I'm lazy to go look. Lets have a look at your car so we can picture them on the vehicle.
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#320057 - 08/26/10 08:21 AM Re: Wheel help. [Re: Murph]
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Sorry, I don't like the black wheels, the colour doesn't allow you to see the shape of the wheel, also don't think the black wheel on red car works too well. Of the two the Japanese ones(first) look nicer although the second ones are a much better deal.

I'm rather partial to the look of some of the HRE Wheels as they look similar to what many of the Prototype and GT racers use.
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#320063 - 08/26/10 09:51 AM Re: Wheel help. [Re: Adrian]
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I should add...I do like black wheels on some vehicles, it depends on the style of rim, the type of vehicle and the colour of the car/truck. It's all about how the vehicle and rim/wheel go together and there are so many custom rims to choose from these days.
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#320069 - 08/26/10 10:44 AM Re: Wheel help. [Re: Adrian]
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I feel similarly as Adrian about black wheels. They look good on some rigs, down right stupid on others. Agree with Murph on the bead locks too. Fake anything like that to me, is just plain stupid and tacky.

I also do not like busy wheels and prefer them simple and purposeful. I tend to be drawn more towards the open, spoke type wheels, as I keep buying them. The Advanced Racing wheels you posted look the best to me, but I'd prefer them in chrome over the powder coated look. I ended up buying a set of Boss wheels for my Denali. They have a good warranty adn don't look half bad on the truck. They are the only brand that doesn't have small print regarding Alaska so I figure they must be pretty tough (many wheels have specific "Alaska" clauses). I went with the 330's in chrome.

You need to post a side shot of the car Michael. It's hard to visualize wheels on it without a pic. What's your calipers look like, do you want them to be seen?

Edited by michael_d (08/26/10 10:47 AM)

#320071 - 08/26/10 10:52 AM Re: Wheel help. [Re: michael_d]
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To me the real question would be, what's better the $2,300 rims or the $900 rims + whatever you would use the extra $1,400 on.

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#320077 - 08/26/10 11:12 AM Re: Wheel help. [Re: michael_d]
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I just got my van's body work totally overhauled, painted and new rims. I went with these American Racing Estrella rims. I didn't want the "bling" look. These have three coats of clearcoat but they still have a nice shine to them. I've received many compliments/inquiries as well as looks. I really like them, they look pretty darn sweet. I'm also not a big fan of black rims.

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#320078 - 08/26/10 11:21 AM Re: Wheel help. [Re: Ya_basta]
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Don't like blacked out wheels. I like the NSX style wheels and the beautiful forged wheel pictured. (Science of Speed?)

NSX is a great car.
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