• So do you like the 15" rims or the 17" rims?
  • So do you like the 15" rims or the 17" rims?
  • So do you like the 15" rims or the 17" rims?
  • So do you like the 15" rims or the 17" rims?

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  • I'm thinking I still like the 15" rims...

    45 52.33%
  • Definitely like the 17" rims better!

    20 23.26%
  • Man, I can't decide. They both look pretty good!

    10 11.63%
  • Blah! I don't think either set looks good!

    11 12.79%
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    American Racing 200S Series VC 2001 would look right on your car IMO, period correct style and tough. The gun metal is cool as well. I like the OEM alloys polished (I should, that's what I have), the chrome on steel set in the first pick are uh... not my favorite, I don't think the 17's look right on a C3 to modern for that antique.

    American Racing: Official Manufacturer Website- custom, chrome, polished and painted wheels

    I like Cragars on the right car, but to old school for your sled.

    The Vectors are to hard to keep clean, as are the gun metal Americans.

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    I studied this very question and looked at all the options. I couldn't get a 15" tire that was (a) wide enough or (b) looked correct. So I started looking at 17 and even 18" wheels. All that was hampered by not knowing what would fit. It kind of came down to the old "dartboard". Put pictures on the wall and start throwing darts. Ended up with 17's.


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    Default American Racing sizing chart configuration

    For anyone considering American Racing rims...I've (for the most part) deciphered their naming convention.

    The wheel code is #######
    The first three digits represent the model
    The 4th digit is the diameter, so a number 5=15", 7=17", 8=18", etc.
    The 5th digit is the width, so an 7=7", 8=8", etc.
    The 6th & 7th digit refer to the bolt pattern.

    So when I was looking at the Torqlites, the proper model or part number was 1357861.
    135 = Torqlite
    7 = 17" diameter
    8 = 8" width
    61 = 5 x 4.75" spacing

    Any rim with a model number ###7861 should fit my car.

    As for diameters, I think 15" is the smallest they still produce, so a "2" would denote 22" and not 12".
    As for half size widths such as as a 7.5", I don't know what they use.

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    I have 17x8 American Racing Torq Thrust II's installed with 255/50-17 tires. No one has addressed the huge difference in the way vettes handle with the larger rim and lower profile tires. There is a massive difference in cornering ability with the 17" wheels vs. 15" wheels. My .02


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    Quote Originally Posted by brandywine View Post
    There is a massive difference in cornering ability with the 17" wheels vs. 15" wheels. My .02
    The diameter really isn't the main factor. It's the tire compound first and foremost. But getting the hi-performance compounds in a 15" and wide (e.g. 255) tire is not available. So, yes, in that capacity, you need to move up to a 17", but that's due to the manufacturers deciding that they aren't going to make hi-perf 15" tires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evolution1980 View Post
    The diameter really isn't the main factor. It's the tire compound first and foremost. But getting the hi-performance compounds in a 15" and wide (e.g. 255) tire is not available. So, yes, in that capacity, you need to move up to a 17", but that's due to the manufacturers deciding that they aren't going to make hi-perf 15" tires.
    I don't have first hand knowledge of tire compound differences, but what I was referring to was the 17" sidewall's different flex than the 15". The 255/50-17's I put on have a sidewall that's 50% of the tire width. The 255/60-15's I took off had a sidewall that was 60% of the tire width.

    When going around a corner with some speed on the 15" tires, I experienced a bouncing sensation as the suspension and tires tried to work together.

    With the 17" wheels the car is now stuck to the road with no bounce though a corner. Could have just been my car, but I bet if you put a set of 17" or larger wheels/tires on your car you too will feel a difference.

    How they look is up to the individual. (except NCRS types)

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    I think what Evo was saying is basically what you just said. It's the shorter sidewall, not the 17" diameter that is making it feel like it's on rails. A lot stiffer.
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    So here's the "final" output as it actually is. I tried to get the car in the same position as last time. The first pic was taken in the morning (8 years ago!) and the new pic was taken in the evening (today), so the sun is at opposite sides. (I know that's nitpicking, but when I'm trying to duplicate as much as possible, those things matter to me. )






    The reason I put the word final in quotes above is because although it's kinda hard to tell, I have the spinner caps on this side of the car. I don't have them on the passenger side, as I'm trying to decide which I like better. It's pretty even right now. I think either way looks acceptable. Opinions on any/all of this?




    Here's the passenger side without the spinners, just the OEM caps.





    And here's the somewhat obligatory rear quarter panel shot that shows to some extent the dish of the rim and the tire tread.



    ...and compared to my initial photoshop in the first post, I'd say it was a pretty good estimate! "Good Job, me!" (I've removed the photoshop pic from the first thread and replaced it with the actual.)

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    WOW DRE!!! THAT LOOKS REALLY SHARP!

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    I like'em Makes it look much more up-to-date. So what exactly are they?

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    Quote Originally Posted by toms94 View Post
    I like'em Makes it look much more up-to-date. So what exactly are they?
    Torqlite 17"s by ARE...

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    Quote Originally Posted by KANE View Post
    Torquelite 17"s by ARE...
    <<< big azz pic of your car >>>
    Yo, Thor, stop stealing my thunder!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yoda View Post
    I like the Old wheels better, the second set remind me of S10 Blazer Wheels
    Ya know, Bud, I was just re-reading this thread and I completely missed something which I just quoted you on...
    Would you believe that prior to being on the vette, my buddy Josh had the 15" wheels on his S10 pickup?!?! So in my eyes, the 15" rims look more like something off of an S10!

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    I like them better with the spinners.

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    wheels look good. I like'm without the spinners.

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