It’s often said that the wheels make the car. And while that little phrase might seem a bit simplistic, it’s actually pretty damn accurate. After all, how many times have you seen an otherwise nice Camaro absolutely ruined by a set of hideous rollers? Wheels need to fit the overall vibe of the car they are rolling under. Back in the day there weren’t many options in regards to wheels. You could customize some stockers or choose from a handful of aftermarket options, but today the sky’s the limit. In fact, there are hundreds of styles, finishes, and sizes to choose from. Prices range from under a hundred bucks to well over a grand. Sorting through all the possibilities can almost induce brain lock up.
The four main criteria you need to factor into your search are style, size, weight, and most importantly, price. As you determine how much you can afford to spend on the wheels, remember that you will most likely need to get tires as well. Once you have your budget set, you can then start narrowing the field. After all, it won’t matter if those three-piece billet wonder wheels are perfect for your Camaro if you don’t have the coin to buy them. If your wallet is fat with cash, then you can get just about anything imaginable. Five spoke, six spoke, ten spoke, smooth lip, stepped lip, polished, chromed, painted, or whatever, chances are that someone has the ability to make your vision a reality.
We hit up 21 wheel companies and asked each of them to send us one of their favorite wheels. The goal was to give you a taste of the huge range of options on the market. If you don’t see exactly what you like here, then just visit their websites for hundreds of additional choices. Also, keep in mind that pricing can vary greatly, even on the same wheel, due to sizing and finish options. If funds are tight, you may be able to shave hundreds off the cost of wheels and tires by going with a smaller size, say 17s instead of 18s, or opting for a less expensive finish on the wheel.
Whatever you choose, remember that wheels are a big investment that you’ll have to live with for a long time. In addition to ratcheting up the looks of your ride, they also have an effect on performance. Think of this guide as the manly version of window-shopping.
The SP3P is by far the most popular roller in Forgeline’s inventory and it’s obvious why: a simple design makes any ride it’s mated to it look killer. Forgeline takes pride in offering nearly unlimited options for finishing. Forgeline’s most popular finish is something they call “diamond cut.” They powdercoat the wheel center, and then CNC a bevel around the perimeter of the wheel to give it a layered look. These wheels are custom-made to order, so you can have them painted or powdercoated any color in existence for the look you’re craving. Forgeline also offers weight-saving options like titanium fasteners.
Finishes: Brushed, polished, diamond cut, chrome, custom paint
Diameter:18-20, 22 inches
Width: 8-15 inches
Weight: 21-26 pounds
Source: Forgeline Alloy Wheels
Vintage Wheel Works
Nothing says cool like rolling old school. The Vintage 45 has five curved spokes that have a rounded “D” shape. It has a media-blasted center and polished outer barrel. The center disc is manufactured from virgin 356 aluminum ingots and heat-treated to a T6 factor. The outer barrel is made from spun 6061 sheet aluminum and has a fully polished front surface.
Finishes: Machined lip, media blasted center
Diameter: 17 inches
Width: 7, 8, 9, 9.5 and 11 inches
Weight: 19-25 pounds
Pricing: $250 - $350
Source: Vintage Wheel Works
Fesler’s newest addition to their three-piece wheel line comes in response to the overwhelming popularity of their first five wheels, which were introduced at the ’06 SEMA Show. Fesler’s three-piece wheel line was designed to accommodate the hot rod, muscle car, and street machine market. Every three-piece wheel is engineered and constructed using T6061 aerospace grade billet aluminum, which has been heat-treated to T6 for exceptional strength and durability. Standard color finishes feature three coats of oven-baked powdercoating followed by two coats of clear. Custom color finishes feature three coats of high quality automotive-grade paint with two coats of clear for a deep, lustrous finish. Wheel centers are triple chrome plated in the USA to ensure the highest quality finish.
Finishes: Brushed, chrome, polished, clear, and custom colors
Weight: 23-30 pounds
Pricing: Starting at $1,100
Source: Fesler Built
Boze Forged is kicking off 2009 with the introduction of their new ZE Forged Injected wheel. This new design incorporates special accent mill work, most notably outlining each spoke to add style and dimension. The Injected design is available in two-piece and three-piece versions and is built with a unique forging to accommodate large brake kits. All wheels are custom-built from 6061 T-6 billet aluminum and made with pride in the USA.
Finishes: Brushed, satin, polished, clear, and custom colors
Width: 7-15 inches
Weight: 26-33 pounds
Source: Boze Forged
The new Weld RT Series is engineered to solve fitment issues on late model performance applications, but is equally at home on traditional muscle cars and street rods. Sharing the same three-piece modular architecture as the Weld P.R.O. Race drag wheels, the RT series also utilizes a forged center and cold-forged rim shells for proven strength and durability for street-driven applications. Going to a smaller rim allows the serious racer to tap into the wide variety of performance tire options available for 15-inch diameter wheels. Fourth-gen LS1 GM F-body enthusiasts will benefit from the 15x10-inch (7.5-inch backspace) and 15x4-inch (1.5-inch backspace) combination for serious street/strip performance without modifying the brake caliper or adding wheel spacers for caliper clearance. Best of all, the Weld RT Series qualifies for contingency at NHRA National Events.
Finishes: Black anodized or polished center
Diameter: 15 inches
Width: 4-16 inches
Weight: 11-16 pounds
Pricing: $400 - $422
Source: Weld Racing
Fikse has been turning out race-proven wheels since 1992 and the same high quality rollers are also available for your Camaro. Their Classic Forged modular line of wheels has an extraordinary history. Since the first models were introduced, they have become benchmarks for style and performance. Rotary forged centers and Flowformed rim halves from 6061 T-6 combined with aerospace fasteners create a wheel that is as high quality as it is stunning to look at. All their wheels are custom hand-made to order here in the USA.
Finishes: Brushed, polished, and custom colors
Diameter: 17-19 inches
Width: 6.5-15 inches
Weight: 16-23 pounds
Two wheels in Billet Specialties’ Legends Series have a new look, the optional Prismatic Bronze powdercoat finish. This unique neutral hue looks great on any color car and conveys the look of classic muscle and high style on any Camaro they are mounted on. The powdercoated centers make getting road grime and brake dust cleaned off easy. Features such as soft-lip spun aluminum rims polished to a mirror finish make them stunning. They also feature one inch of caliper clearance for big performance brakes.
Finishes: Polished, prismatic bronze, various powder colors
Width: 7-15 inches
Weight: 21-30 pounds
Pricing: $325 and up
Source: Billet Specialties
If you want a more modern look, then your choices are almost limitless. A perfect example is this Rated-X wheel from Rushforth. The X in the name refers to the Roman Numeral 10, which is the number of spokes on the wheel. It’s one of their more popular designs and has been used on everything from new cars to ’33 Fords and will look great on Camaros of any vintage. Custom sizing is standard fare for them and every wheel is made to order for each application, so they fit perfect, not just close enough. They offer a huge variety of finishes including brushed, clear, two-tone, black, gunmetal, candy colors, and Rushforth’s exclusive Smoked Titanium finish that is a dark-tinted clear powdercoat that actually shows the aluminum through the smoky tint.
Finishes: Brushed, polished, clear, smoked titanium, and custom colors
Diameter: 17-24 inches
Width: 7-16 inches
Weight: 21-29 pounds
Source: Rushforth Wheels
Stockton Wheel Service
Stockton Wheel Service makes it easy to outfit your Camaro with the original style Rally Wheel. The Stockton Chevy Rally steel wheel is available from 14- to 17-inch diameters and can be made in any offset you need to accommodate factory original tires, late-model radials, or extra-wide Pro Street rubber. In addition, these steel wheels come in popular GM bolt patterns and are available in a silver powdercoat, fully chromed, or a raw steel finish so you can paint them to accent your Camaro’s appearance. Then you can jazz them up with licensed reproduction trim rings and hub caps that are sold separately. Some of these include GM disc-brake caps, knock-offs, bowtie caps, and more.
Finishes: Raw steel, silver powder, chrome
Width: 4-14 inches
Weight: 18-28 pounds
Source: Stockton Wheel Service
Rocket Racing Wheels
Racing’s Booster design is a one-piece wheel that’s precision-crafted from A356 aluminum and treated with a one-of-a-kind two-part silver finish. This matte silver coating gives the wheel a modern, high-tech look that sets it apart from ordinary chromed or polished rollers. Rocket keeps all the backspacing and bolt pattern combinations in stock, and can help you choose the right wheel for your Camaro.
Finishes: Matte silver, chrome, gray printed
Diameter: 17-18 inches
Width: 7-9 inches
Backspacing: 4.25, 4.5, 4.75, 5.25 inches
Weight: 19-23 pounds
Source: Rocket Racing Wheels
Driverz Inc. is proud to announce that they are the exclusive distributor for Curtis Speed Wheels. This new line features both cast and forged wheels with custom backspacing at an affordable price. These aren’t some foreign made wheels; they’re made in the USA from the highest quality materials. The dimensional designs give you the look and feel of the high-end, one-off wheels without the huge cost.
Finishes: Polished, brushed, powdercoated
Diameter: 17-20 inches
Width: 7-15 inches
Weight: 20-31 pounds
Source: Driverz Inc.
Utilizing high-intensity forged centers, Bonspeed offers top-shelf quality and design detail at a price that won’t send you into sticker shock. The Bonspeed line of wheels are manufactured to exacting tolerances and made entirely in the good ol’ United States! They ensure that each wheel has a show-quality look for the street by using deep recess soft lip rims, and high quality 6061-T6 aluminum for a premier surface shine and high strength. Their wheels feature hidden valve stems and solid billet center caps with a deep engraved logo. It’s this attention to detail that makes Bonspeed wheels a quality product.
Finishes: Brushed, polished, clear, and custom colors
Diameters: 17-24 inches
Width: 7-15 inches
Weight: 26-33 pounds
No need to search the swap meets and Internet auctions to find yourself a set of old-school wheels. These “Magnum 500” style wheels give you the best of both worlds. Back in the day, these were found on just about everything. If you want a truly classic look for your Camaro with a touch of performance, then look no further. These wheels are available in larger sizes to accommodate the new-style rubber and larger brakes more commonly found on today’s street cars.
Finishes: Polished lip, painted deep center
Diameter: 15-17 inches
Width: 7-12 inches
Backspacing: 3.75-7 inches
Weight: 21-30 pounds
Pricing: $200 - $300
Source: American Racing
The G5 wheel by Schott was born from a multi-spoke style established early in the history of road racing. Many companies have adopted the style and made it their own. Schott’s has updated the look with a flat lip and seamless polishing that will definitely make your Camaro stand out in the crowd. All of their wheels use their special Cover-Loc system to hide the lugs.
Finishes: Polished, brushed, or anodized
Diameter: 18-20 inches
Width: 7-15 inches
Weight: 24-33 pounds
Source: Schott Wheels
For over ten years, Budnik has been designing and manufacturing wheels and accessories with personality, dedication, and style. They’ve also invested heavily in forged tooling. The same structural benefits utilized by such critical applications as race engines and aerospace are now incorporated into every Budnik Wheel produced.
Each Budnik wheel starts life as a heat-treated forged-billet center. Then the delicate machining operations begin. First comes the turning procedures in their CNC lathes where the centers are machined for both appearance and balance. At this point the CNC mills drill the lug holes, then all the right areas are machined to expose the original Budnik design. A seemingly endless amount of time is spent polishing the wheel to a flawless mirror finish. The details are never overlooked.
Finishes: Polished, brushed, and powdercoat
Diameter: 15-22 inches
Width: 5-15 inches
Source: Budnik Wheels
Chip’s Foose Nitrous, in this polished, welded, two-piece version, has been a favorite of vintage and muscle car owners. Chip now introduces his “Nitrous Special Edition” available in three-piece or two-piece versions. Milled from a select block of forged aluminum, the Nitrous SE is engineered to allow clearance for the aggressive brake calipers on the new retro muscle cars debuting from Detroit.
The Forged center is bolted (blind bolts from the back) into a one-piece or two-piece flanged rim. A version with exposed bolts (bolts from the front) is also available upon request. Bolting the centers into the rim, instead of welding, allows for a vast array of finish options for both the center and the rim hoops.
Finishes: Chrome, polished, brushed, custom painted
Diameter: 19-22 inches
Width: 6-16 inches
Weight: Varies–titanium bolts and lightening pockets available
Source: Foose Wheels
S/S Super Sport 612
This was one of the first aftermarket wheels to make it big. The 61-series S/S wheel only comes in 14-inch diameter, reserving it for old-school street machines. It’s a timeless wheel that can be plugged into any muscle car and look right. Cragar’s larger version of the same wheel, the 612 series, comes in 17- and 18-inch diameter to fit the newer style of bigger wheels. The 61 series are two-piece wheels with a chrome-plated steel outer barrel and a polished aluminum center pressed in. The 612’s are also two-piece, but utilize a spun aluminum barrel to cut down on weight.
Finishes: Polished or chrome
Diameter: 17-18 inches
Width: 7-11 inches
Weight: 20-24 pounds
Bassett Racing is a leader in steel racing wheels. These aren’t your regular stamped wheels available at the tire shop down the street. They’re made for hard-core racing. Bassett has the ability to make any of their 15-inch rims in just about any width and backspacing. Best of all, they’re affordable. They aren’t DOT approved, but they seem to hold up well on the track where 200 mph speeds, and fender-to-fender shoving matches are commonplace. Since they are built for racing they are also as light as allowed.
Finishes: Silver, black, chrome, custom powdercoat
Diameter: 15 inches Width: 8-15 inches
Backspacing: 1-7.5 inches
Weight: 19-24 pounds
Source: Bassett Wheel
Meet Center Line’s biggest contribution to drag racing history: the Convo Pro. Each wheel is built to withstand the abuse from the high-horsepower Camaros that wear them. They’re also approved by many sanctioning bodies, so you know you’ve got a wheel that is lightweight, yet hasn’t given up any strength.
Finishes: Polished lip, machined center
Diameter: 15-16 inches
Width: 4-15 inches
Weight: 9-18 pounds
Source: Center Line Wheels
GM Billet Rally Wheel Vintiques
These billet aluminum rally wheels are the perfect choice to retain the factory styling, while upgrading to a larger size and lower weight – not to mention allowing for larger brakes. Wheel Vintiques has been producing this wheel for over six years. They make special center caps that use the shape of the wheel to hold them in place just like the factory wheels. These rally-styled rims come polished, unless you specify a hazed finish.
Diameter: 16-18, 20 inches
Width: 5.5, 7-9.5, 11 inches
Backspacing: 3.5, 4.5, 5.5, 6 inches
Weight: 22-30 pounds
Source: Wheel Vintiques
If you’ve ever been to the drag strip you’ve seen these wheels before. Only these are not the higher-priced name-brand wheels they appear to be. The Summit Sport is a one-piece cast-aluminum design making it lighter than a steel wheel, but not much more expensive. They are so affordable that you can keep you street tires on your current wheels and have these on hand for swapping to sticky rubber at the track.
Diameter: 15 inches
Width: 4-10 inches
Backspacing: 1.75, 4, 4.5, 5.5 inches
Weight: 15-22 pounds
Source: Summit Racing