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Lightweight wheels for a daily driver?

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    Senior Member Naaman's Avatar
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    Lightweight wheels for a daily driver?

    I've been shopping around for wheels for my 98 ever since I bought her two years ago.

    I'd like to lighten up the rotating masses as much as possible without destroying daily drivability. I don't mind a bit of a rough ride, but I don't want anything too "delicate" or high maintenance. What are you guys using for after market wheels?

    I've got C4 replicas on the car now (17x8.5 and 17x9.5). I wouldn't mind going wider or taller, but I do not want a wheel that is "just for show" and adds 10 lbs to the rotating mass. If I'm spending money on it, it should improve the car's performance (that's my philosophy, anyway). An improvement in cruising MPG would also be nice.

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    Man. I feel like a stalker -just replied to your other thread.
    I wanna ride this one because I also want to hear a little about lighter tire/wheel combo's. My rears are 325's. Love them but do want a set of lightweight rears for the track.

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    C5 magnesium wheels are not that expensive and pretty light.
    You could go with c5 z06 speedlines, i believe they are light as well.
    How much are you looking to spend?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vexzer View Post
    Man. I feel like a stalker -just replied to your other thread.
    LOL
    Quote Originally Posted by Vexzer View Post
    I wanna ride this one because I also want to hear a little about lighter tire/wheel combo's. My rears are 325's. Love them but do want a set of lightweight rears for the track.
    A lot of online wheel shops don't bother to tell you how much the wheels weigh... only how many inches and how much bling and chrome and spinny-spinny you can get...

    Quote Originally Posted by tatertot91 View Post
    C5 magnesium wheels are not that expensive and pretty light.
    You could go with c5 z06 speedlines, i believe they are light as well.
    How much are you looking to spend?
    The C5 thin spokes are actually my favorite wheels. Now, are the C5 wheels magnesium from the factory, or are we talking about magnesium "replicas"?

    For one-time expenditures, I'm usually not too tight-fisted, but for the right set of wheels, I'd be willing to go up to $1200-ish (might have to shop the used classifieds to get the right deal). I'm just in the research phases of this right now, though. The cheaper I can find a good wheel, the sooner I'd be likely to buy it.
    Last edited by Naaman; 01-18-2012 at 08:34 PM.

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    Here is a list, that I found on another site, of some different options.

    4th Generation Wheel and Tire Weights

    Note: Many of these were taken with a bathroom type scale and may not be 100% accurate. If you have additional weights or weights you believe are better, please email to one of us listed in the first post and we'll update the thread.
    58 lbs - AFS chrome 17x11 GS offset wheel with new Dunlop SP8000 315/35/17 tire
    56 lbs - AFS chrome 17x11 GS offset wheel with BALD Dunlop SP8000 315/35/17 tire :-)
    56 lbs - 18x9 chrome Cobra R replica wheels with 285/35/18 tires
    55 lbs - AFS silver 17x11 GS offset ZR1 wheel with new tire
    55 lbs - 17" Prime chrome 5 Stars with 275/40 tire
    55 lbs - 17" chrome Firewhawk wheel with new tire
    54.5 lbs - Replica SS wheel with Khumo 712 275/40 tire
    52 lbs - AFS chrome 17x9.5 ZR1 wheel with new Dunlop SP8000 275/40/17 tire
    50 lbs - OZ Monte Carlo 17x9.5 with 1/3 tread 275 GSC
    50 lbs - AFS polished 17x11 GS offset ZR1 wheel with new 315 BFG Comp TA drag radial
    48 lbs - 16x8 stock chrome 5 star with Kuhma Estca Supra 712 tires (V rated)
    47.36 lbs - 17" 10-spoke Camaro SS wheel (chrome) with BFG G-Force T/A KD tire/air
    45 lbs - 99 TA stock 16" chrome wheels and tire (SZ 50)
    44 lbs - 93-96 Camaro wheel with Nitto drag
    41.5 lbs - 93-96 Camaro wheel with bald 255 BFG drag radial
    40 lbs - Weld Pro Star (15x10) with new Hoosier QTP 28x11.5-15 (no tube)
    40 lbs - Centerline Telstars 15x10, 26/11.5/15 MT ET streets with tubes
    35.3 lbs - New Dunlop SP8000 315/35/17 tire
    31 lbs - New Dunlop SP8000 315/35/17 tire - hmm?
    31 lbs - Kumho Victoracers 275/40/17 tire
    30 lbs - New Dunlop SP8000 275/40/17 tire
    29 lbs - 97 to 99 Vette standard rear wheel
    28 lbs - Kumho Victoracers 315/35/17 tire
    27 lbs - Weld Pro Stars (15x3.5) with Cooper 165R tire
    27 lbs - 18x9 chrome Cobra R replica wheel
    26 lbs - Centerline Telstars 15x4, 26/7.5/15 (4.8 tread width) M/T sportsman
    25.5 lbs - Hoosier A3S03 Autocross tire 315/35-17
    25 lbs - Firestone SZ50EP stock size tire
    25 lbs - New Futura 275/40/17 tire
    24.5 lbs - Goodyear GSC 245/50/16 tire
    24 lbs - 97 to 99 Vette magnesium rear wheel
    22.5 lbs - Hoosier A3S03 Autocross tire 275/40-17
    22 lbs - 90 Vette stock wheel 17x9.5
    22 lbs - Hoosier R3S03 275/45/16 tire
    22 lbs - 01 Camaro SS 17x9 wheel
    22 lbs - 2 piece Centerline Sabre type 17x9.5 wheel
    21.64 lbs - 17" 10-spoke Camaro SS wheel (chrome)
    21.5 lbs - 97 to 99 Vette 18x9.5 wheel
    20.06 lbs - 00 Vette standard rear wheel
    20.06 lbs - 17" 5-spoke (ZR1 style) Camaro SS wheel (painted)
    20.5 lbs - OE ZR1 17x9.5 wheel
    20.5 lbs - AFS replica 16" SS wheel
    20.1lbs - 97 to 99 Vette magnesium front wheel
    20 lbs - CCW 17x10 wheel
    20 lbs - CCW 17x11 wheel
    20 lbs - 3 piece Centerline Sabre 17x9.5 wheel
    19.5 lbs - 1996 stock Camaro wheel
    19.5 lbs - Stock 5 star 16" Z28 wheel
    19.44 lbs - 16" Camaro Split 5-spoke ("Snowflake" style) wheel (chrome)
    19 lbs - 2000 stock Camaro wheel
    19 lbs - 97 to 99 Vette 17x8.5 wheel
    18-19 lbs - Centerline 17x9.5 wheel
    18.08 lbs - 00 Vette standard front wheel
    18 lbs - Fiske FM5 17x9.5 wheel
    17 lbs - 2000+ stock Camaro wheel (different than above?)
    13 lbs - Weld Pro Star (15x8)
    10 lbs - Weld Pro Star (15x3.5)
    10 lbs - Bogart DragStar 15x10 racing wheel

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    Billet specialties street lites are also a good option, also look into weld rts style wheels. Both very nice looking wheels and light as well

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    And factory magnesium wheels not replicas

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