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    Default -new retrofit C3 17" x 8" Rally-wheels...

    -see on Ebay: the new retrofitable quasi-replica 17" x 8" version of original C3 15" x 8" Corvette Rally-wheels, which makes for an interesting option; -although providing better roadability for a heavy car, -will probably ride harsher on expensive super low-profile tires! Chrome-plated apparently in liew of available beauty-rings; -whatdo'ya-think?...
    (click to see while on auction) ~Bob vH

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...category=33748

    -Thanks for the below exemplary pix of these 17"/Rally-wheels (w/chrome rim portion and painted centers to closely approximate original look); --which I visually much like better than the comparative AmericanRacing/alum.spoke-wheels (most people would think them stock, -but wonder why they seem to look better!). However, as Zwede mentions, -the 16-lb per wheel reduced unsprung weight of the latter, is definitely significantly advantageous to improved road handling by more quickly responding to undulations in the road-surface, and one would feel a chuck-hole less harshly as the lighter-weight would jounce-up and back down more easily! Oh decisions, decisions...!!! ~Bob vH

    :s

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    Nope, still like originals better.


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    I used to have these on my '71. Looked great and rode better than the 15's. I didn't like the feeling of the tall sidewall with 255/60-15 tires. Felt mushy. I used 255/50-17 tires. Handled great also. Only drawback to those rims is the weight. They weigh 35 lbs each, and 66 lbs complete with tire.

    I recently switched to American Racing CL205's. These look like the old Torque Thrust D's but are 2 piece and can be had up to 20". I went with 17x8. The American Racings weigh much less at 20 lbs each. For 4 wheels that a 60 lbs difference!

    /Markus

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    BTW, some pics of the 17" rallys:





    And here are the new American racing:




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    Those A/R CL205's are pretty nice looking and the 17x8's fill the wheelwells up really nice as well. BTW that 's a really sharp looking 71 Shark you got there Zwede, I personally like the color as it is the same color as my 77.


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    I like them very much, they are on my wish list for the future.

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    Originally posted by C3forME
    Those A/R CL205's are pretty nice looking and the 17x8's fill the wheelwells up really nice as well. BTW that 's a really sharp looking 71 Shark you got there Zwede, I personally like the color as it is the same color as my 77.

    Thanks. The color is '97 Vette torch red. The 255/50-17's have the same overall diameter as the stock wheels. I had to clearence the front fender lips like the factory did on later C3's.

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    zwede those new wheels look amazing on your car.

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    WoW those AR whells are bad azz.

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