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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old Mar 19th, 14, 02:05 PM Thread Starter
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Do affordable non-torque-thrust wheels exist?

My wheel rant...

I know...I know..."affordable" is a relative term.

There are definitely some options for wheels in the $150-$250 (per wheel) price range but it seems like they are ALL spin-offs of the torque thrust design.

It's like this is the only wheel option for a "budget shopper".

Don't get me wrong, the torque thrust is a timeless classic and a great looking wheel but it's just so common these days and I would like to find something different, but that is proving to be quite challenging when you're on a budget.

Forgeline is obviously one of the top of the line wheel manufacturers and they have some AMAZING wheel designs but...$3k, $4k or $5k+ for wheels?...no thank you. I'm just a weekend cruiser and cannot afford nor warrant that cost for wheels.

I'm sure the ultimate answer here is...INCREASE YOUR BUDGET...and that is fine but it just amazes me that there is not a single wheel mfg producing a cast, single-piece wheel similar to a popular Forgeline design, and available in the sizes and backspacings for our chevy musclecars.

If there is, I have not found them, and I have been looking A LOT.
TSW is probably the closest I have found but their backspacing options are so limited.

I'm looking for the following sizes:
Front: 17x8 with 4.75" backspacing, 5x4.75" bolt pattern
Rear: 17x9.5 with 5.5" backspacing, 5x4.75" bolt pattern

End of rant.
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Re: Do affordable non-torque-thrust wheels exist?

I can't tell you if they carry the back space you want...maybe a speacial order? But look at American and Cragar. They make wheels that look nothing like the torque thrust wheels. Cragar has the SS style and some vintage styles like the Elminator and American has Salt Flats and 17 inch Camaro/SS or Magnum styled wheels. you can get steele soft 8's from Cragar which look pretty cool depending on the car. You can also go with 17 in rally wheels and some other styles are offered out there....just can't remeber the brand making them.

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Re: Do affordable non-torque-thrust wheels exist?

Check out the MB Old School @ discounttiredirect.com or the B&G Rod Works Old School @ performanceplustire.com. They come in the sizes you are looking for and are priced right. Both places offer free shipping and will throw in free mounting and balancing if you buy a package. I've got them on my lowered 69 with no issues and I think they look great, decent quality too.

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Re: Do affordable non-torque-thrust wheels exist?

The "Old School" wheels have actually been my front runner pick for some time now as the price is very right and they have my exact sizes. My ONLY issue with them is that they have that torque thrust look to them. I have a strong feeling that I will end up with these wheels but I just wanted to see if anyone could recommend something that perhaps I have not found yet.
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Re: Do affordable non-torque-thrust wheels exist?

I've done a lot of looking as well, slim pickens in those exact sizes. Thats why I ended up with the Old Schools. I didn't want to spend so much on wheels that I'd feel like I was stuck with them. For the cost of the Old Schools I feel like I can do something different if something better comes along. And they fit perfect, form follows function right?

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Re: Do affordable non-torque-thrust wheels exist?

I have looked at and like the coys c-67 they are a good looking wheel but have heard of some quality issues with the wheels reming me of the old transam days

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Re: Do affordable non-torque-thrust wheels exist?

Those MB Old School's look like a very good deal if the quality is ok. I have a set of Foose Legends on my '67, very similar look, but the Old Schools are about half the price.

TSW makes some affordable wheels that have a more modern look, but the offset is wrong on most of them. But then you'd need to buy a high quality spacer to make them fit.


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Re: Do affordable non-torque-thrust wheels exist?

I went through the same thing and ended up keeping my $125 set of Vette wheels with flat caps. . . . and oddly enough not to many cars out there with all 4 15x8's, that's only 1 inch on top and 1 inch on the bottom with 225/60 and 245/60's and I get a lot of positive comments. . . .just an old guy talkin!
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Re: Do affordable non-torque-thrust wheels exist?

Found these on CL today, good price but they are TT's

http://southjersey.craigslist.org/pts/4376087683.html


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Re: Do affordable non-torque-thrust wheels exist?

While you may want to venture away from the AR Torq Thrust II's in order to have something different, I just bought a set of TT II's with your measurements for a total of $770.00 including shipping and a set of Lug Nuts! They are way below the competition and have many other wheel types available. Check out the eBay item number I purchased mine from: 271427640583. Dealer is Rocky Top Customs, eBay name of 865americantire.
Also bought the Nitto 555 Tires (555's 235/45 17's and 255/45 17's) from Custom Wheel Outlet on eBay for $522.00 shipped.
Total Cost Wheels & Tires: $1,292.00. Will need to add another $100 for local mounting and balancing, plus a front end alignment.

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Re: Do affordable non-torque-thrust wheels exist?

The reason that those wheels cost so much is because they are truly 1 piece wheels, cnc'ed

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