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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old Dec 27th, 17, 02:37 PM Thread Starter
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Cragar vs. Torq Thrust

My '67 RS is nearing completion (after 3 years) and looking at wheels/tires. I am interested in either Cragar SS or Torq Thrust D as I like the more "old school" look. Interested in any comments on how you think these wheels look on first gens or on quality issues between Cragar and American Racing. Obviously, I would also welcome any notice from members who might have a set to sell. Tire and wheel combos are fine. Need something in the 15 x 7 size with 3.5 - 4" BS. I am in Virginia so probably need someone within about 150 miles of DC as shipping would get pretty costly. Thanks.
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post #2 of 34 (permalink) Old Dec 27th, 17, 04:29 PM
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Re: Cragar vs. Torq Thrust

Either one gives you the "old school" look. Both look great on first gen's, IMO.
I believe that Cragars are steel (heavier) and AR Torq Thrusts are aluminum (lighter) if that makes a difference to you. I can't comment on their quality.

I'm running Vintage Wheel Works V45's which look like the AR TTD's and the quality is top notch.

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Think about a 17" version of what ever wheel you decide on. 15" tires sizes are becoming limited and getting expensive. As well with 17" wheels you will get better handling, better speed rating and lots of selection. A 17" 45 series tire gives a decent sidewall and you can find 50 series if a little more sidewall suits you. I fairly sure both the wheels you are looking at are available in 17" sizes...
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American Racing TT D's do not look like vintage TT wheels, American Racing Original Vintage do. I have real original TTs from on my car, not reproductions. Most people today do not know what was around back then, and think D's are authentic. Depending on how your car is built, 17 inch rims may not look correct. I for one do not like huge rims on a stock looking car. That is not the old school look. Very simple, go to American Racing to view the choices.
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Re: Cragar vs. Torq Thrust

I like both wheels also but went with US Mags U104. I thought it looked a little sharper than the Cragers and is a lot shinier than the Cragars too. I already have the Torq Thrusts on another vehicle.
I hate to say it but one of the determining factors on the Cragars is that I have seen the chrome job on them deteriorate pretty quick as in rust spots and flaking on two sets of friends' wheels.
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Re: Cragar vs. Torq Thrust

No better old school look than the 15" torq thrusts but, they are both (tt & ttd) limited in backspace options if your car is lowered.

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I agree with Dennis, take a look at 17". They don't have the "large wheel" look like larger sizes (nothing wrong with that, just personal taste) and as Dennis points out more tire choices. Regardless of what wheel diameter you ultimately decide on, take a look at the old school wheel styles offered by Vintage Wheel Works. VWW offers both one piece and two piece wheels with many offset options.

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Re: Cragar vs. Torq Thrust

Good choice of wheels,

Old school look when I was in HS,
At my time/place, regardless of car manf & model,
BB's got Torq-Thrust's,
SB's got Cragar chrome spokes,
and L6's got chrome reverse steelies.

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Think about a 17" version of what ever wheel you decide on. 15" tires sizes are becoming limited and getting expensive. As well with 17" wheels you will get better handling, better speed rating and lots of selection. A 17" 45 series tire gives a decent sidewall and you can find 50 series if a little more sidewall suits you. I fairly sure both the wheels you are looking at are available in 17" sizes...
17" TT M's anthrocite:



I really liked the way they looked and they made the car handle FAR better than stock because there was a lot less sidewall flex.

That's my vote. Enough old school to look good, enough new school to be practical without being over the top. The anthrocite finish isn't too bling either unlike all chrome or polished wheels. Toned down enough to not detract from the asthetics of the car.

I looked at wheels for 2 years before settling on these. Didn't want to go with them because everyone else has something similar but there just isn't a better look for the car in my opinion. Really glad I went with 17" too. Tires were 225/45 and 255/40. Don't recall backspacing or widths but there's not many choices. Luckily you don't need many.
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post #10 of 34 (permalink) Old Dec 28th, 17, 05:35 AM
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Take a look at vintage wheel works V40 or v45s. They make a much nicer "Torque Thrust" than American Racing ever did IMO.
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I agree with Scott. If you are one of us seasoned members the TTs you see in your minds eye are the originals, not the Ds although i think the design changed around 1970 somewhere. I never had TTs back then. Cragars or Fenton Hustlers. The place i got shod didnt handle them.

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post #12 of 34 (permalink) Old Dec 28th, 17, 06:16 AM
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Re: Cragar vs. Torq Thrust

agree on the 17" handles better and ride is no different than 15 "
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post #13 of 34 (permalink) Old Dec 28th, 17, 06:30 AM
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Re: Cragar vs. Torq Thrust

Back in the '60's I was running Mickey Thompson's on a couple of my Corvettes (my 57 and my 64). Aluminum centers with chrome hoops. That was pretty trick in the Northeast NJ/NY/LI area at that time.



Poor example... my centers were polished and needed some upkeep LOL. A lot of guys had Cragars, but they seemed to pit/rust quicker than any other wheel. Back then... we drove our cars in the Winter on salted roads... nobody (in my crowd) had a "beater" for the bad weather.

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Re: Cragar vs. Torq Thrust

When I purchased my car it had Torque Thrust, I think every first gen Camaro had TT on it at some point.

If you go to a car show this Spring you should see a dozen Camaros with TT, you should be able to see what size you like best,and ask the owner what offsets he's using..

I think the US mag Ramblers are the new TT of the decade.

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post #15 of 34 (permalink) Old Dec 28th, 17, 06:59 AM
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Well this is only all opinions anyway so.... I have the Cragar SS wheels. I would only go 17's if the new brakes meant I had too. I think 17's with small brakes look funny, again opinion. I have had my Cragars for a million years and the chrome is just fine but I don't drive it on salty roadsand I wash and wax them. They are steel but with a big block and gobs of power who cares about a few extra pounds, as far as handling it's no Vette but handles well for a 1967 car. . As far as finding 15" tires I like the 275-60-15 drag radials but hooking up is important to me. At shows us old farts take one look at the Cragars and say "yup nothing like the look of Cragars and fat rubber on a first gen".
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