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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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