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Re: Greatest wheels

Postby Mr-914 » February 12th, 2014, 7:52 am

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I think if there was an award for coolest wheels by an automake, Saab would win hands down. Classic!

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I know there are another 3 that I am in love with that just didn't pop into the Google search.

How could we forget the famous and still fabulous Mini-lite wheel?

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Re: Greatest wheels

Postby powaz » February 12th, 2014, 8:58 am

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Mr-914 wrote:
How could we forget the famous and still fabulous Mini-lite wheel?




They look so good on the air-cooled VWs too.

Re: Greatest wheels

Postby slippyfish » February 12th, 2014, 1:26 pm

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The BBS wheels on the VW GTI Mk2 - the mesh ones - are pretty synonymous with that car. The later CH models did a good job too. The recent 'Hufeisen' food processor wheels never really did the trick...better on a Lambo Countach.

The Audi 8 spoke wheels on their bigger cars always was a good, geometric, clean look.

Also like the wide-hub 5-spoke BBS on the AMG cars from M-B, they look perfect on a slammed E55.
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Re: Greatest wheels

Postby RaraBlackSheep » February 12th, 2014, 8:00 pm

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Torq-Thrust D: I've been a sucker for the originals for as long as I admired things that go. And few cars look as good with them as the OG GT-350..although I saw a long hood 911 built for rally with a set and it looked nothing short of incredible.

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I also like a lot of the Japanese tuner wheels, I fell in love with these Weds as an undergrad. After I graduated and had a few checks hit the bank I scoured the internet to find a couple sets of them used (had been out of production for a while). You should have seen some of the reactions from the Ford die-hards though..."Are those <racial slur> words on a STANG???!"

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Re: Greatest wheels

Postby Lmo » February 13th, 2014, 10:39 am

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They look so good on the air-cooled VWs too.


Yeah, they did. Except they weren't Minis, they were EMPI wheels. I always wanted a set for my Ghia, but never had the extra coin available.

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I priced a set of Minis for my '88 Ford Escort (North American) about a year ago; $580 per corner... granted, they would have been a "custom cut" because of the odd offset, but still... $580 each?!?!
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Postby yo » February 13th, 2014, 12:18 pm

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Some great ones already posted. Those 2 ordinal TT wheels are great. The 6 spokes would always get the worst case of curb rash though because they stuck out! Super cool, but bad ID. OG sketch at my dealership.

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I have the flat 5 spokes in the picture and definitely love them.

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I got the more complicated 5 spokes on the S5 and I curse them every time I wash the car... way too complicated, lesson learned. 2 of my co-worked have the "rotor" style Audi wheels on their S5 and A4... totally envious. Easy to clean and the graphite finish always looks clean because it is basically the color of brake dust. Genius.
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Postby yo » February 13th, 2014, 12:23 pm

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My favorite aftermarket wheels right now are Fifteen52. Follow them on Facebook, great posts!

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Re: Greatest wheels

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I'm also a nut for the SAAB three spokes. Always loved those.

Re: Greatest wheels

Postby Cyberdemon » February 13th, 2014, 12:37 pm

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The Torq-thrust's we're going to be my suggestion...but for diversity sake I also love the M parallels. There's very few BMW's that they don't look good on, even dating back to the old E30's.

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Cyberdemon wrote:The Torq-thrust's we're going to be my suggestion...but for diversity sake I also love the M parallels. There's very few BMW's that they don't look good on, even dating back to the old E30's.



I'll see your "M parallels" and raise you "Z8 splits"!

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That Z8 is the cat's ass, and the wheels are perfect. These, by contrast, not so iconic. But more shiny.

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Re: Greatest wheels

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Lmo wrote:
They look so good on the air-cooled VWs too.


Yeah, they did. Except they weren't Minis, they were EMPI wheels. I always wanted a set for my Ghia, but never had the extra coin available.


I priced a set of Minis for my '88 Ford Escort (North American) about a year ago; $580 per corner... granted, they would have been a "custom cut" because of the odd offset, but still... $580 each?!?!



Ooch. Ok, yeah they are similar. Like I said, I'm no expert :) You have a Ghia? I've got a Sunshine Yellow '74 Convertible. Might get it back on the road this summer, we'll see.

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Postby powaz » February 13th, 2014, 12:58 pm

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slippyfish wrote:That Z8 is the cat's ass, and the wheels are perfect. These, by contrast, not so iconic. But more shiny.



And bonus for being body color... Cat's ass.. Is that good or bad? :P

Re: Greatest wheels

Postby Lmo » February 13th, 2014, 1:06 pm

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You have a Ghia?


Past tense; had a '68 for eighteen years; I still see it driving around town occassionally. The guy that bought it totally restored it, but it's starting to look a little rough around the edges again. I'm thinking stalk and pounce, but I'll bet he wants a whole lot more than he paid me for it.

A candidate for a Subaru conversion me thinks.... . .
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Re: Greatest wheels

Postby powaz » February 13th, 2014, 1:19 pm

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A candidate for a Subaru conversion me thinks.... . .



My mom has a '69 bus I'd love to put a Subie in. Ahh, some day.

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