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Corvette Aftermarket Rims - Hot Wheels

Part 2: A Close-Up Look At Some Of Most Radical Rims In The Corvette Aftermarket

Christopher R. Phillip Dec 16, 2009
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Last Month, we told you about a Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) study that pegged wheels as the automotive aftermarket's most popular accessory. It's no wonder. If you're like most Vette devotees, you consider the rolling block of metal connecting your vehicle with the road to be much more than a useful tool first engineered by ancient man. To you, a wheel is an expression of your own personal style-and an opportunity to give your Vette the head-turning look it deserves.

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This month, we're back with more of the "hottest" Corvette wheels for 2010. Because choosing the right wheel is a highly personal endeavor, we won't be favoring one of these manufacturers over the others. Instead, we've decided to list them all and allow them to state their case. All that's left is for you to decide is which ones are right for your Corvette.

General Motors/Genuine Chevy Accessories (GCA)

Brief Description:
Genuine Corvette Accessories wheels have been validated and tested by GM engineers to ensure the proper fit, form, and function for your Corvette. The wheels provide customers the opportunity to give their Corvettes a custom look, while maintaining the OE quality and warranty on such a vital part of the vehicle.

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Trademark Features:
Genuine Corvette Accessories offers two great wheels for your '05-'10 Corvette: a seven-spoke chrome wheel, which was showcased on the Hertz Edition (ZHZ) Corvettes, and a 15-spoke polished wheel, which is featured in Chevrolet's VPL Ultimate Package (available from your Chevy dealer). Both wheel designs are available in 18x9.5-inch front and 19x12-inch rear sizes, and with optional Goodyear Eagle F1 tires. Both styles feature the Corvette crossed-flags logo on the center cap. (Note: These wheels do not fit the Grand Sport or Z06 models.)

Quote from Company:
"Keep your GM car all GM."

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LG Motorsports
(972) 429-1963

Brief Description:
Looking to add a custom touch to your C6 Z06? Look no further than the LG World Challenge Z06 wheel. Sizes are 18x10 inches front and 19x12 inches rear. Tire-size fitments range from 275 to 295 on the front and 325 to 345 on the rear. OEM tire-pressure sensors can be installed, just like stock.

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Trademark Features:
LG World Challenge wheels are pressure cast just like the factory C6 Z06 wheels. This makes the wheel strong while keeping it affordable. Wheels come standard with Competition Gray powdercoated centers and high-polished outer rims. Custom finishes, including fully polished and chrome, are also available.

Quote from Company:
"LG World Challenge wheels are now available at the reduced price of $1,595 for a complete set of four!"

Mid America Motorworks
(800) 500-1500

Brief Description:
Our exclusive YJ8 '68-'82 wheels are manufactured to the exact specifications and finishes of the originals, using the latest precision-cast technology. They're perfect for restoring your '76-'82 or to improve the looks, ride, and handling of your '68-'75 (no adaptors needed). Wheels are available in '76-style, with black-painted lug centers; '78 Pace Car-style, which has a polished finish with a red pinstripe on the lip; '80-'82-style, with a brilliant polished finish; or '76-'82-style, in mirror-bright, triple chrome plated. They're sold individually or as a set of four and include the original-style lug nuts and a plain center cap at no additional charge.

Trademark Features:
Our YJ8 wheels come with one of the industry's only limited-lifetime warranties. If you ever have a problem with a wheel, all you have to do is give us a call, and we'll do anything we can to make it right. (We have a no-questions-asked lifetime warranty on quality and workmanship.) We also provide our customers everything they need to install our wheels, including free chrome lug nuts and plain center caps. (The only pieces that are sold separately are the center cap emblems.)

Quote from Company:
"Mid America Motorworks spent a lot of time meticulously researching the YJ8 wheels and making sure we brought a quality wheel to the market. We couldn't be happier with the finished product. If you're in the market for great-looking wheels that will improve your ride at a great price, you've come to the right place!"

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SLP Performance Parts
(732) 349-2109

Brief Description:
SLP offers Z06-style wheels featuring a metallic gunmetal finish and a machined-spoke face. These 18x9.5-inch front and 19x11-inch rear wheels are specifically designed to fit all '05-'10 Corvettes using the correct offset (53mm front and 73mm rear), a 70.8mm hub bore, a 6-inch mounting pad, and a 5-on-4.5-inch stud pattern. Best of all, you can reuse your factory Corvette tires, tire-pressure sensors, and lug nuts. Matching plain center caps are included.

Trademark Features:
OEM-quality construction and appearance; Metallic Gunmetal finish with machined face; correct offset and stud pattern; designed to fit without spacers or modifications; compatible with factory tires, tire-pressure sensors, and lug nuts; included matching plain center caps; compatible with all traditional Corvette emblems; one-year warranty.

Quote from Company:
"Tired of silver or chrome wheels? Looking to set your Corvette apart from the rest? These SLP wheels will enhance your Corvette's already-tough image. SLP wheels meet or exceed OEM standards for appearance, performance, quality, and ease of installation."

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West Coast Corvette
(888) 737-8388

Brief Description:
Our three-piece Forged Performance Wheels are constructed from high-quality forged aluminum, then CNC machined to our exact specifications. They carry maximum strength characteristics while reducing overall weight. West Coast Corvette offers them in 18- to 20-inch fitments for all C5, C6, Z06, and ZR1 models, and in a variety of widths and offsets to fit your vehicle's custom needs. The 946EXT is our newest design, sporting a full 4 1/2-inch lip on the Z06 rear wheel. The standard C5 and C6 wheel has a 4-inch rear lip.

Trademark Features:
The 946 Wheel is available in a multitude of finish combinations, including full chrome, polished, powdercoated, custom striping, and body-color matched. It comes with a lifetime structural warranty and a three-year finish warranty.

Quote from Company:
"West Coast Corvettes has developed this line of wheels exclusively for Corvettes, with exact offsets to best suit your vehicle. With our 25 years of experience, we have come up with great size combinations to house the largest tires possible, while maintaining optimum performance and handling. Call one of our specialists to find out more."

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Rushforth Wheels
(253) 306-3215M

Brief Description:
The Rushforth Wheels "Rated-X" is the perfect complement to any generation of Corvette, providing an aggressive, high-performance look. Available in two- or three-piece construction, in diameters from 17 to 22 inches and widths up to 15 inches, they're just right for that over-the-top custom application or even for a bone-stock Corvette that needs that extra something special. All of our wheels are custom made for each application, so they'll easily accommodate the brake package of a ZR1 or a deep dish on a midyear Corvette. This approach gives you just the right look and style for your personal taste and application.

Trademark Features:
Rushforth Wheels are made from aerospace-grade 6061-T6 rotary forgings to be light and strong. We offer a lifetime warranty against structural defects and a one-year warranty on our wide variety of custom finishes. These include brushed and cleared for a subtle zero-maintenance look, as well as any color, candy finishes, and our exclusive Smoked Titanium finish, which darkens the brushed aluminum for a uniquely sinister look. The entire line of Rushforth Wheels was designed by acclaimed automotive designer Jason Rushforth to make his design clients' cars stand out in the crowd. It has since grown into an international business that has put high-end designer wheels on all kinds of cars all over the world.

Quote from Company:
"Have you ever looked at a wheel as art? Maybe you should. Rushforth Wheels: the power of great design."

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Specialty Wheel
(800) 959-5800

Brief Description:
The Corvette Rally is available in sizes ranging from 14x6 inches up to 17x8 inches and comes in either the standard trim-ring factory style or an all-chrome version. We can also do custom backspacing at no extra charge to help accommodate customers' needs.

Trademark Features:
All of our wheels are built at our facility here in Portland, Oregon, and go through strict quality-control standards to make sure every wheel meets your expectations. Our trim-ring factory wheels are powdercoated and are far superior in both appearance and durability to painted wheels. We use a triple-chrome process on the all-chrome wheels to ensure that you get the best in quality for many years to come. Specialty Wheel has been serving the automotive industry since 1982 and is regarded as a leader in quality and customer service.

Quote from Company:
"We are proud to be an American company building quality wheels for the American collector cars of the past. We didn't invent the wheel. We just made it better. Specialty Wheel: all steel, all American."

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