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« on: February 09, 2009, 07:32:00 PM »

I recieved the 17 x 9 snowflake rims today
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« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2009, 08:16:27 PM »

 Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked

Wheres the drooling smiley when you need it!!

Those look AWESOME!
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« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2009, 08:50:28 PM »

My silver painted centers are supposed to be here tomorrow.  If all goes well, I'll get my tires switched over and them mounted.
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« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2009, 10:19:52 PM »

Seeing this is a parts review section...what are your initial thoughts???
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« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2009, 10:27:13 PM »

They seem a bit heavy, maybe thats good from stability point. The paint looks nice as does the aluminum.
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« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2009, 05:50:02 AM »

Very nice, very nice indeed.

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« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2009, 07:56:24 AM »

They seem a bit heavy, maybe thats good from stability point. The paint looks nice as does the aluminum.

Since they're cast that doesnt's surprise me.  One of the things that makes billets so light is that they are just a thin decorative CNC'd insert welded hoop.  There's a of metal in the original 15" snowflake design, so to stay true to that there's even more in the 17".  Like you said though... that's probably a good thing.
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« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2009, 10:25:56 AM »

I am curious to see what tire size combo's would go well with this wheel. I am thinking about pushing the buttom on ordering some.  My car sit's at stock height and I just wonder what size tire I would order for these.
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« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2009, 12:08:30 PM »

Mark, go for a 50 profile tyre. I'm using Nittos on my 17" wheels and like them...they also fill the wheel arch and run very close to the right size diameter.
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« Reply #9 on: February 12, 2009, 06:22:45 AM »

Mark, go for a 50 profile tyre. I'm using Nittos on my 17" wheels and like them...they also fill the wheel arch and run very close to the right size diameter.

Leigh, what is the exact tire size on your car....it does have a fantastic stance?
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« Reply #10 on: February 12, 2009, 09:35:46 AM »

Thanks for all the great complements everyone.

I took a few photos of the wheels when they arrived from the manufacturer.  Enjoy!








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« Reply #11 on: February 12, 2009, 10:10:50 AM »

Mark, go for a 50 profile tyre. I'm using Nittos on my 17" wheels and like them...they also fill the wheel arch and run very close to the right size diameter.

Leigh, what is the exact tire size on your car....it does have a fantastic stance?

Mark, there are several calculators on the net where you can determine what the original tire diameter was for your stock tire and then compare various sizes with it to try and maintain as close to the original diameter as possible, which is the goal when plus sizing rims. Here's one I found on a quick search:

http://www.1010tires.com/tiresizecalculator.asp

I did a quick comparison for my '73 TA. Stock tire was 225/70/15 with a tire diameter of 27.4". To go to a 17" rim I could use any of the following tire sizes:

255/50/17 or 285/45/17 or 315/40/17

Its a good place to start to look for tires.
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« Reply #12 on: February 12, 2009, 12:27:10 PM »

Those wheels look great.  I just realized they are not the $$$$$$ Billet version.  I could actually afford a set of these.  I wonder what they would look like on my '73 no-spoiler Formula???
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« Reply #13 on: February 12, 2009, 02:49:30 PM »

Those wheels look great.  I just realized they are not the $$$$$$ Billet version.  I could actually afford a set of these.  I wonder what they would look like on my '73 no-spoiler Formula???

One of our goals when producing these was to price them in a range everyone could afford.
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« Reply #14 on: February 12, 2009, 03:34:47 PM »

Do you have any pics of them on an early 2nd Gen?
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« Reply #15 on: February 12, 2009, 03:36:28 PM »

Ummmm... I can try to get some this weekend.
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« Reply #16 on: February 12, 2009, 04:02:18 PM »

Those wheels look great.  I just realized they are not the $$$$$$ Billet version.  I could actually afford a set of these.  I wonder what they would look like on my '73 no-spoiler Formula???

One of our goals when producing these was to price them in a range everyone could afford.

How about a set of 17 inch honeycombs that dont require a 30 year mortgage? Confused
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« Reply #17 on: February 12, 2009, 04:04:35 PM »

More Pics of the flakes would be great. 

Less expensive Honeys would be great too, but there is probably much less demand.
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« Reply #18 on: February 12, 2009, 05:21:47 PM »

I cleaned the car and got some much better pics today:











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« Reply #19 on: February 12, 2009, 05:38:00 PM »

Jeremy, if you can..post your combo/tire specs with your pictures in the Show us your Stance thread located in the tech forum.
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« Reply #20 on: February 12, 2009, 05:44:53 PM »

Those rims look awesome, I really want to get a set.  Can someone stick one on a scale and get a weight without the tire?

Jeremy, what size tires are you running?
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« Reply #21 on: February 12, 2009, 05:46:42 PM »

I am running Goodyears in 275/40/17.

The bare rim weighs 27 pounds.  For perspective, a 15 x 7 snowflake weighed 21 and the cast aluminum 17 x 8.5 rim that these replaced weighed 27.5 so I am very pleased with the weight.
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« Reply #22 on: February 12, 2009, 07:11:31 PM »

Those wheels look great.  I just realized they are not the $$$$$$ Billet version.  I could actually afford a set of these.  I wonder what they would look like on my '73 no-spoiler Formula???

One of our goals when producing these was to price them in a range everyone could afford.

well you accomplished that and did a great job with them. you guys did a great job making them look correct without sacrificing quality that's hard to do at an affordable price these days 
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« Reply #23 on: February 12, 2009, 07:33:28 PM »

Question for YearOne whats the largest wheel in 17" you carry? What are the available backspacings? I'm running a 29 X 18.5X 15 right now. Mini tubbed.

Anything needed to run the 17's up front like steering limiters?

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« Reply #24 on: February 12, 2009, 07:33:49 PM »

I am running Goodyears in 275/40/17.

The bare rim weighs 27 pounds.  For perspective, a 15 x 7 snowflake weighed 21 and the cast aluminum 17 x 8.5 rim that these replaced weighed 27.5 so I am very pleased with the weight.

All, see my previous post about determining the right size tire.

Jeremy, were you trying to maintain the original tire diameter. If so, what was it with the original tires and what did you wind up with these. Looks great but I'm thinking your overall diameter might much less than the original with just 275s and a 40 series tire. Not knocking your choice in any way. Just curious about how you went through the tire selection. They look right on and the 40s aren't as low profile as I thought they might be.
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« Reply #25 on: February 12, 2009, 07:43:27 PM »

I wasn't trying to hit any certain diameter combo when I picked my tires.  My first set of wheels were 17 x 9's and all the factory cars ran 275/40 on that size wheel so that is what I picked.

I am not happy with the rear springs and will be going back to my steel springs.  This should lower the rear around 1/2 inch and then I will drop the front the same.

I think Year One hit a home run with these.  The price is very reasonable and I am more than pleased with the quality.
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« Reply #26 on: February 12, 2009, 08:41:14 PM »

I cleaned the car and got some much better pics today:












is yours stock ride height
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« Reply #27 on: February 12, 2009, 09:22:33 PM »

Should be real close if anything a little high.  I tried some fiberglass springs for a 69 camaro and they were taller than the factory ws6 springs.   I'm not sure how much the rear leaves sagged over the years.  I know the old front coils had sagged at least a half inch.

Even with 1 inch lowering blocks it is a little taller which caused me to raise the front to match.  It rides and handles well, but the steel springs are going back in as soon as I get time.  This should lower the rear 1/2 or so and I'll drop the front to match.

Back to the original question, I really think it is close to stock.
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« Reply #28 on: February 12, 2009, 09:26:18 PM »

Being your direct competition as per parts sales I will be the first to say if the quality is there (which it looks to be) with the price you all offer these at you guys have done a great job.

These were much needed in the industry and it is good to see you all were able to make them available to the community. It is refreshing to see one of the "Big 3" in the restoration parts industry step up on a project such as this.

Pete

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« Reply #29 on: February 12, 2009, 09:55:53 PM »

I have be following these rims for a while and can't wait to see a set in person. I think YearOne did an outstanding job on this project!
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« Reply #30 on: February 13, 2009, 08:28:32 AM »

Pete,

Thanks for the complements. 

Although our outfit is bigger than some, we are still just a bunch of gear heads like our customers.  I do not feel like I come to work at some large corporation everyday.  It feels more like hanging out with a group of car enthusiast.  For me, there is little difference in the social dynamics between a day at work and a weekend hanging out with friends in the garage.  Point being, everyone here is absolutely ecstatic about the wheels and F-Bodies in general. 

After all we do have a small fleet of F-Bodies in our building, not too many big companies can make that claim.

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« Reply #31 on: February 13, 2009, 09:34:35 AM »

Pete,

Thanks for the complements. 

Although our outfit is bigger than some, we are still just a bunch of gear heads like our customers.  I do not feel like I come to work at some large corporation everyday.  It feels more like hanging out with a group of car enthusiast.  For me, there is little difference in the social dynamics between a day at work and a weekend hanging out with friends in the garage.  Point being, everyone here is absolutely ecstatic about the wheels and F-Bodies in general. 

After all we do have a small fleet of F-Bodies in our building, not too many big companies can make that claim.

Cory

Cory, glad to see that YO is not just a sponsor here but actively participating in posts. To date the only other companies I could make that claim about is Performance Years (on their own forum of course) and Pete's F-Body Warehouse. Its always nice when the vendors take the time to "listen" and post. I've been really excited to see your participation here and it'll reflect on future purchases.
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« Reply #33 on: February 13, 2009, 07:52:55 PM »

My order for a set of gold went in yesterday. I have been debating for months whether these would be appropriate for a BRE type car, since I have the full drag Burt Reynolds package on my 78. The promotional picture of the BRE with the 17's lends tacit credibility to this application. An official opinion to this effect by Mr Year One would be a great talking point for the car, for when the inevitable "Wrong Wheels for a BRE" comment comes up. 
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« Reply #34 on: February 13, 2009, 08:26:07 PM »

for when the inevitable "Wrong Wheels for a BRE" comment comes up. 

and when that comment comes up if any dare, YOU should be the only one with the right to make that comment. Its your car, build it how you want it! Give the haters "the bird"!
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« Reply #35 on: February 14, 2009, 12:05:06 PM »

The online price for 4 17's is $749. However, they are advertised in my new High Performance Pontiac issue for
$699. Has the price gone up, or did I pay too much online?
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« Reply #36 on: February 14, 2009, 05:15:16 PM »

Got my 17" snowflakes on Thursday and they look fantastic, I could not be happier..
Yearone, excellent job!!
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« Reply #37 on: February 15, 2009, 10:45:19 AM »

Wow, they do look great.......I'll be ordering a set of 17's in the very near future.
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The online price for 4 17's is $749. However, they are advertised in my new High Performance Pontiac issue for
$699. Has the price gone up, or did I pay too much online?

The $699 was a discounted price for pre-orders. they are in stock now so no pre-order discount.
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« Reply #39 on: February 15, 2009, 03:40:38 PM »

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The $699 was a discounted price for pre-orders. they are in stock now so no pre-order discount.
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Thanks a bunch. I feel much better now. With the postcard and volume discount, I got a great deal. BTW, I am going to go with 255-50/17's on mine. Here is an interesting factoid. A friend of mine manages a wheel shop. He had just refinished his 15x8 snowflakes, so he had them stored against the wall in the wheel showroom. He got a tremendous response from non-TA customers, raving about the appearance and asking what they are how they can get their own. My point is, looking at snowflakes for us is a little like judging a beauty contest with your sister as a finalist. To the non-TA layman, the 17" snowflakes may look better than the much more expensive billets, since they are looking at them with unbiased eyes.
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