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budget friendly 18" wheels
« on: September 11, 2019, 08:44:38 AM »
I've mentioned these wheels in the past and have 2 set myself, as a Pro-touring/ autoX enthusiast this size wheel is a must, I get many customers ask about wheels, many times the cost is way up and some ca't afford $4000 in wheels.

I have found these Vision 143 wheels to be about the best deal available anywhere, they are available in 18X9.5 with zero offset, 6mm and 12mm AND they have the correct 5x4.75 bolt pattern not a slightly off metric pattern.
The other thing I like about them is that they have a 2100 lbs load ratting vs most others are in the 1900 lbs further more I have sent some of these wheels out to have widened and they spin the wheel first to make sure it is good and can be modified (many inexpensive wheels will not past the test) I just talked to the shop yesterday on a set of wheels they have for me and they said the wheels past the test with flying colors.

so the better news is the price, they are available through a few places, this last time I got them of Amazon $127 each!! so that is $504 for 4 wheels !!! I sent 2 of them to Weldcraft wheels in MI the widening is $225 per wheel, widening the rear wheels 3" to 18X 12.5 for a 335 tire and widening the front wheels 1" to 18X10.5 for a 315 tire
so for $1404 I will have a set of wheels to fit the biggest tires possible, now the front wheels don't need to be done if you will run a more sensible size like a 275 up front so that's only $954 .
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Re: budget friendly 18" wheels
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2019, 09:06:54 AM »
Thanks for the great info.




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Re: budget friendly 18" wheels
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2019, 10:18:44 AM »
Very true Dave.

Vision 143 is the best priced wheel out right now.  18x9.5 with 275/35-18 is the minimum for where most of us want to be.  Different car but I have that size on my ‘98 and it kicks ass.

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Re: budget friendly 18" wheels
« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2019, 10:25:20 AM »
I measured the rear tubs on my 79, and it looks like 255 is as wide as you can get without rubbing problems. 275's would look good, but how do you make them fit without tubs?

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Re: budget friendly 18" wheels
« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2019, 10:47:25 AM »
I measured the rear tubs on my 79, and it looks like 255 is as wide as you can get without rubbing problems. 275's would look good, but how do you make them fit without tubs?

there is plenty of room for 275's, with the right suspension 285/295s we even have a few customers with 315's in the rear roll the lip and massage the seat belt hump.

look in the sticky about stance and wheels.
The car in this picture has 17x9 with 275/40-17 tires all around using PTFB GT suspension kit, it was driven from NJ to Chicago then to Dayton at the T/A national where this picture was taken, then driven back to NJ, this was just a couple weeks ago.

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Re: budget friendly 18" wheels
« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2019, 10:55:13 AM »
here is another street driven car, stock frame NO tubs, leaf springs.
This car has 18X10 and 18X10.5 with 315's all around.

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Re: budget friendly 18" wheels
« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2019, 12:01:11 PM »
What diameter tires? The 275/35R18 is a full 1-1/4" smaller in diameter compared to the stock 27" tire. Is that why they clear?

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« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2019, 01:49:40 PM »
What diameter tires? The 275/35R18 is a full 1-1/4" smaller in diameter compared to the stock 27" tire. Is that why they clear?

Yes the diameter makes a big difference in fitment.
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Re: budget friendly 18" wheels
« Reply #8 on: October 02, 2019, 08:44:13 AM »
just got my wheels back from Weldcraft 18 X 12.5 now  :cool:
I started with a 18X9.5 zero offset (5.25 back space) now they are 12.5 wide with 8.25 back space to fit a 335 tire.
The rear end is going to be 2.5" wider per side to accommodate the deeper back space.
VSE fender flares are being installed on the car as well so no mini tubs.

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Re: budget friendly 18" wheels
« Reply #9 on: October 02, 2019, 09:57:11 AM »
Sweet!!
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Re: budget friendly 18" wheels
« Reply #10 on: October 02, 2019, 03:20:55 PM »
Mud flaps or rear flared guards are a must!

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Re: budget friendly 18" wheels
« Reply #11 on: October 07, 2019, 08:29:47 AM »
WOW!!  8.5 back space?  No leafsprings?
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Re: budget friendly 18" wheels
« Reply #12 on: October 07, 2019, 11:45:09 AM »
WOW!!  8.5 back space?  No leafsprings?

of course it has leaf springs, I did mention the rear end is 2.5" wider on each side.
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Re: budget friendly 18" wheels
« Reply #13 on: October 08, 2019, 10:10:52 AM »
ahhh, you did and I read it wrong.  I got you pushed them out 2.5 but not by the rear end.

Makes sense now.  Very cool.
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Re: budget friendly 18" wheels
« Reply #14 on: October 08, 2019, 12:13:38 PM »
Looks like you turned your TA into a dually, love it! :lol:

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Re: budget friendly 18" wheels
« Reply #15 on: October 09, 2019, 07:23:41 AM »
ahhh, you did and I read it wrong.  I got you pushed them out 2.5 but not by the rear end.

Makes sense now.  Very cool.

yes I did push them out by the rear end, we added 2.5" to each side of the rear end thus pushing the wheels out 2.5" giving me enough room inboard to use 8.25" back space.
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Re: budget friendly 18" wheels
« Reply #16 on: October 11, 2019, 11:04:55 AM »
I've mentioned these wheels in the past and have 2 set myself, as a Pro-touring/ autoX enthusiast this size wheel is a must, I get many customers ask about wheels, many times the cost is way up and some ca't afford $4000 in wheels.

I have found these Vision 143 wheels to be about the best deal available anywhere, they are available in 18X9.5 with zero offset, 6mm and 12mm AND they have the correct 5x4.75 bolt pattern not a slightly off metric pattern.
The other thing I like about them is that they have a 2100 lbs load ratting vs most others are in the 1900 lbs further more I have sent some of these wheels out to have widened and they spin the wheel first to make sure it is good and can be modified (many inexpensive wheels will not past the test) I just talked to the shop yesterday on a set of wheels they have for me and they said the wheels past the test with flying colors.

so the better news is the price, they are available through a few places, this last time I got them of Amazon $127 each!! so that is $504 for 4 wheels !!! I sent 2 of them to Weldcraft wheels in MI the widening is $225 per wheel, widening the rear wheels 3" to 18X 12.5 for a 335 tire and widening the front wheels 1" to 18X10.5 for a 315 tire
so for $1404 I will have a set of wheels to fit the biggest tires possible, now the front wheels don't need to be done if you will run a more sensible size like a 275 up front so that's only $954 .

Which offset would be the one for my 73 TA with your comp suspension? none, 6 or 12 mm?

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Re: budget friendly 18" wheels
« Reply #17 on: October 11, 2019, 11:06:41 AM »
I've mentioned these wheels in the past and have 2 set myself, as a Pro-touring/ autoX enthusiast this size wheel is a must, I get many customers ask about wheels, many times the cost is way up and some ca't afford $4000 in wheels.

I have found these Vision 143 wheels to be about the best deal available anywhere, they are available in 18X9.5 with zero offset, 6mm and 12mm AND they have the correct 5x4.75 bolt pattern not a slightly off metric pattern.
The other thing I like about them is that they have a 2100 lbs load ratting vs most others are in the 1900 lbs further more I have sent some of these wheels out to have widened and they spin the wheel first to make sure it is good and can be modified (many inexpensive wheels will not past the test) I just talked to the shop yesterday on a set of wheels they have for me and they said the wheels past the test with flying colors.

so the better news is the price, they are available through a few places, this last time I got them of Amazon $127 each!! so that is $504 for 4 wheels !!! I sent 2 of them to Weldcraft wheels in MI the widening is $225 per wheel, widening the rear wheels 3" to 18X 12.5 for a 335 tire and widening the front wheels 1" to 18X10.5 for a 315 tire
so for $1404 I will have a set of wheels to fit the biggest tires possible, now the front wheels don't need to be done if you will run a more sensible size like a 275 up front so that's only $954 .

Which offset would be the one for my 73 TA with your comp suspension? none, 6 or 12 mm, 18 X 9.5"


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Re: budget friendly 18" wheels
« Reply #18 on: October 11, 2019, 01:28:20 PM »
I've mentioned these wheels in the past and have 2 set myself, as a Pro-touring/ autoX enthusiast this size wheel is a must, I get many customers ask about wheels, many times the cost is way up and some ca't afford $4000 in wheels.

I have found these Vision 143 wheels to be about the best deal available anywhere, they are available in 18X9.5 with zero offset, 6mm and 12mm AND they have the correct 5x4.75 bolt pattern not a slightly off metric pattern.
The other thing I like about them is that they have a 2100 lbs load ratting vs most others are in the 1900 lbs further more I have sent some of these wheels out to have widened and they spin the wheel first to make sure it is good and can be modified (many inexpensive wheels will not past the test) I just talked to the shop yesterday on a set of wheels they have for me and they said the wheels past the test with flying colors.

so the better news is the price, they are available through a few places, this last time I got them of Amazon $127 each!! so that is $504 for 4 wheels !!! I sent 2 of them to Weldcraft wheels in MI the widening is $225 per wheel, widening the rear wheels 3" to 18X 12.5 for a 335 tire and widening the front wheels 1" to 18X10.5 for a 315 tire
so for $1404 I will have a set of wheels to fit the biggest tires possible, now the front wheels don't need to be done if you will run a more sensible size like a 275 up front so that's only $954 .

Which offset would be the one for my 73 TA with your comp suspension? none, 6 or 12 mm?

Zero offset
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Re: budget friendly 18" wheels
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