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Rally wheels vs. after market wheels?

I have a 68 Camaro original car for the exception of the wheels and am planning on replacing the wheels on it now. I'm having trouble deciding between rally wheels vs. after market. Original rally wheels are hard for me to find and expensive. Any thoughts and opinions are welcome.
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Re: Rally wheels vs. after market wheels?

If you want rally's wait and get rallys. Otherwise there are numerous rally look alikes out there as well as a bevy of other styles that you may like instead. I never cared for rally's and always loved centerlines. Couldn't find a set of centerlines that I had seen back in highschool, but found a set of uniques that were dang close. I'm happy, but will always be looking for a set of the old aluminum centerlines.

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Re: Rally wheels vs. after market wheels?

I'm partial to Rally wheels myself, but it really depends on the car. Somthing close to stock looking with a stock color / stripes I think looks better with rally wheels. Something tricked out looking with wild paint looks better with after market wheels in my opinion.

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Re: Rally wheels vs. after market wheels?

I just bought a 68 Camaro LeMans Blue SS that's been sitting in a warehouse since 1990. I have it in the shop getting checked out by someone who knows more than I do. I will give some pics when I get it back.
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Re: Rally wheels vs. after market wheels?

Call me old school but I say Ralley's. Also Yenko wheels (American Racing Torque Thrust II's) or anything period correct except those slotted aluminum wheels. I never understood the deal with the attraction to those wheels. However with said I had a rusted out 69 Firebird HO that looked like crap and then I put on a set of Cragar SS wheels with all new rubber and bam, the car looked awesome. I really hate big wheels though. Anything over 15's and I run for the hills!

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Re: Rally wheels vs. after market wheels?

I'm not a fan of big wheels either, but I DO like WWWWIIIIIDDDDDEEEEEE wheels on the rear. I'm going to be going with either Cragar SS, or something VERY close to them, I think.
That means that my ralleys will be in the classifieds section later this winter

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Re: Rally wheels vs. after market wheels?

Centerlines look good on a SBC, Torque Thrusts, period correct, look good on a BBC, IMO.

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Centerlines look good on a SBC, Torque Thrusts, period correct, look good on a BBC, IMO.
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As usual, I got it backwards Everett!
Not particularly, either wheel looks equally nice on a First Gen.

I remember others from way back, these were the choices the owners made, their car. The majority, SBC's had Centerlines, BBC's had Torque Thrusts, and L6's had chrome slotted or chrome reverse wheels. Just a trivia fact I grew up with. Same with other brands, also.

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Re: Rally wheels vs. after market wheels?

Here's a pic of my LeMans blue 68 vert when it had rally's on it.



and here is a pic after putting AR Torque Thrust D's on it. I think the TT-D's look better.


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Here's a pic of my LeMans blue 68 vert when it had rally's on it.



and here is a pic after putting AR Torque Thrust D's on it. I think the TT-D's look better.
RJ - I have to respectfully disagree. I think those Rallys look awesome on your car ! (the newer wheels look good, too, but I'd go for the rallys). I'm 45 y.o. so that would make me old-school, anyway. Love the Lemans Blue - nice car


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Call me old school but I say Ralley's. Also Yenko wheels (American Racing Torque Thrust II's) or anything period correct except those slotted aluminum wheels.
It must be a generation thing because by the time I was into cars, first gen Camaro's where old and hot rodded. Aluminum slots where the cool new wheel, so they look "Old School" to me.



To the OP, I don't know where you are shopping for wheels, but reproduction rally wheels are pretty cheap. Of course by the time you add rings and caps the price goes up. Used original ones are cheap too, unless you are buying rare date coded stuff.
You could easily get 4 wheels with rings and caps for under $500

http://www.jegs.com/p/Wheel-Vintique...48965/10002/-1

Of course if you want, you can spend $261.99 on just one GM trim ring. But it sounds like you are willing to go aftermarket and get the look for a reasonable price.

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well I'm soon to be 47 so I must be more "old" school than Mark

The first time I saw the TransAm cars run at Laguna Seca (maybe 1972-ish) almost all of them had 5 spoke AR's or Mini-Lites. While I like the look of Mini-Lites I had always wanted 5 spoke "racing mags" on my car. In high school I couldn't afford them for either of my Birds, now I can. Everyone has their preference and say, that is what it's all about.

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Ansen Sprints were another good choice of wheel.

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In my opinion, on a stock first gen you can't beat rally wheels but I also like the look of some convo pros on an old school hotrodded Camaro
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