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Old 10-24-2010, 02:40 PM
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I found a good deal on some rims that i think will look pretty good but the bolt pattern is 5x4.5 and i need 5x4.75. Would it be safe to use adaptors?
I'm most likely gonna go with 17 inch wheels though.

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Old 10-24-2010, 02:42 PM
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Most of those aftermarket wheels go out of style quick. I wouldn't build a car around a set of wheels. Used aftermarket wheels are everywhere. If you have to have them let someone else take the hit on them.
And this is one of the problems, there are so many different wheels that you would be searching for EVER looking for used ones that fit your needs. And of course to just grab what comes along puts you back to square one with a car that doesn't look as good as it could with the "right" wheels on it.

Actually I think you DO build the car around the wheels in this case. You find the exact wheels and tires with the perfect offset that fits the car perfectly and make it all work.

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Old 10-24-2010, 02:45 PM
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This is a problem though because one coil can lower the car an inch and two can lower it three inches, it is sort of a hit and miss. Some coils you can't cut, because they aren't the same width the entire length. So it isn't as easy as just cut it.

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Take your time with the rims.
Don't just jump at a "deal" and start using adaptors and stuff.

Cut a coil off with the wheels you got and take it from there.

Other deals will come by in the meantime.

Of course, you can never go wrong with Cragers.
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I forgot to mention earlier that I believe the car will look "tougher" without the spoiler. My 2 cents.
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The only coils on that Firebird is in the front. They are the same width from toip to bottom. He can pull one of those coils out and use a tape measure and a set of calipers to figure out what the spring rate is. He can look it up on a spring chart.
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Actually I think you DO build the car around the wheels in this case. You find the exact wheels and tires with the perfect offset that fits the car perfectly and make it all work.

Brian
True Brian, In most cases i already know or have a good idea on what tire and wheel comb i want. That's why i said he needs to know what tire and wheel combo he is going with before trying to lower the car.



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Also, how much do you think a paint job like this would cost me?
That depends what is more important.... price or quality, because you can't have both
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If you use good paint, the materials will run about $2000-2500. If you use cheap materials, it will be less, but the red will fade faster, and the gloss will dull out faster.

A lot of guys are choosing the cheaper paints today, saying they will just repaint again. I think that when you find out how much work that is, you will realize you are not saving nearly enough to cover the amount of work involved.

Black is very labor intensive, unless you want some ripples and orange peel in it. It takes more time to prep for it, and has to be finished much better than lighter colors.

I think you mentioned spending $100 each for wheels, so I am guessing a high quality paint job is not in the budget. To have a pro do it right, you are looking at $7500 and up, depending on how straight the car is, and how good the painter is.

Are you planning on painting it yourself? If you have the skills, it would save a lot.

Another option is to use light colors. They are less expensive, with the exception of red colors which are some of the most costly. A light/bright color, like a "kodak" yellow-gold solid would not require the body, or the final finish to be as perfect.... and would still look great. Of course there are other light or bright colors to consider.
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Hmmmmmm...
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Another thing to consider is the tire size on some of those aftermarket rims. If you end up buying a set of wheels that use a odd ball tire size you are going to have problems finding replacement tires or you are going to have to step up on the cost.
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Alright i think i found some that will look real good. They're from a late model z28 camaro. 1 tire is included so i'd only have to buy 3. They guy's asking 100 bucks for all 4.
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Using factory GM wheels is a good idea if they fit. Just make sure they don't use a metric lug patern.
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Well they're aftermarket rims that were on a camaro so they have the 5x4.75 bolt pattern. They're 18 inch rims so how much would i need to lower the car or, or will they be big enough that i won't have to?
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Measure the tire diameter.
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This is the size of the tire that comes with them: 245/40/18
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