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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 7:33 pm    Post subject:  Wheel choices, aaarrrrggg.. Reply with quote

I need wheels bad! (Galaxy Silver 2004 Impala, spoiler, mud guards) & need some opinions.

I want to go with 17's, maybe 18 but no more. I keep coming back to these-

http://www.summitracing.com/pa...../overview/


I think they have a decent "factory" look & the colors go well with the silver body without being too "showy.". They need to be easy to clean & not crazy expensive, but not look "cheap" like you see a lot. Not a lot to ask right?

I was looking for 5-star Torque Thrust style wheels but having a little trouble-any info?

Thanks for all ideas!


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 8:15 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

me, im stuck with goin 18", seems to fill in the wheel wall lil more w/o having to rise or lower the car. also im not goin chrome next time either.

not a bad lookin rim, they look like theyd go well w/ your car color...
long as your going to be happy w/ them ... go for it ...

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2014 1:10 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Check out wheelpros.com. they own American racing as well as several other lines and have several wheels that look like that

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2014 12:44 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

18's fit well on these cars, 19's are best fit IMO, but hard to come by.

Check out tirerack.com for the Sport Edition line. They have an OEM look also and are inexpensive

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2014 5:32 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

^^hes right, Franks wheels were perfect lol get some of the 06+ ss wheels they look good on the 00-05s

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2014 6:27 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I loved my Sport Edition KV5s.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2014 6:32 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

discounttiredirect.com too, not sure if they carry what you're looking for but similar to tirerack.com.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2014 4:05 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Why not a set of stock 18's off an SS or an LT?

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2014 8:18 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Thanks for all the replies! That gave me some more places to look around.

I would love the SS style 18's but not sure on price. If I could find repops that might be better, but its all about the $$. [edit-just looked on Rockauto & they arent that bad!]

About the size. I see a lot of you like 18" so maybe I should be also? I was thinking 17's mostly due to the tire I wanted, Riken Raptors. They dont have many sizes in 18" while they have a ton in 17's. If I were to go 18's, whats a good size that will fill up the wheel well? Its just a summer driver so things like snow/ice are no concern.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2014 3:58 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

You'll regret those Riken's. They are cheap for a reason.

A pretty good, cheaper tire in the correct size for your car, 245/45R18, would be a Fuzion UHP. They are on close out right now so pricing is pretty good.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 17, 2014 6:46 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Thanks for all the replies & help, very much appreciated! NAIOA is the best!

I'm going for the American Racing Mavericks but only in the 16x7 version ($110 on Amazon, a little less from Belle Tire),.The Sport Edition wheels were very good, tough choice really. I want the 18's but I dont need to go crazy & think long term. In all honesty the Impala will be a summer driver in 2014 then sold in the fall to make room for a new toy Wink If she was a 3.8 things would be different, but its not sooooo...I still have this summers worth of fun driving with it & want to look cool while doing it, haha.

About the Riken Raptor tires, why are they so bad? I used them on the 85SS Monte project & loved them. Granted the car did not do many street miles with them, but they were "grippy" when they were used & looked good. Durability & weather is no concern, just summer cruising (dry pavement & some rain).

Thanks again, I appreciate your thoughts & knowledge!

(edit)
I'll post a pic when the Mavericks arrive. No Tires yet & the car is in storage, but maybe it will look ok!
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 17, 2014 8:56 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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I loved my Sport Edition KV5s.





Meh, I liked your stock wheels better. Smile

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 8:22 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I hate showing a pic of a messy shop, but its been too cold to do much, plus too many projects going on at once! But, heres a test fit of a wheel. Looks goofy hanging out at full travel with no tire, but ya can get the idea Wink Tires are in the budget for next week, maybe this weekend if I get the time. Should look a little better!





(Yes, that is a big ole Michelin X-Ice snow tire on the roller next to the car. Bought them right before winter & they havent seen one snowflake yet, guess they work pretty good Laughing )
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2014 5:23 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Got the tires mounted, yippie!
Its been on jackstands for a couple weeks & taking a while for the suspension to settle-everything is cold! Thats why it has the 4x4 look Very Happy

My new rotors are rusting & havent been used yet. Hurry up spring, she needs a bath & I want to drive!




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PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 11:24 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

EMMJAY wrote:
^^hes right, Franks wheels were perfect lol get some of the 06+ ss wheels they look good on the 00-05s


Hellz yeah. 19s or bust!


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