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I am looking at buying a set of 15x7 wheels. The guy says they are Cragars' and magnesium. They have a chrome steel wheel (outer) with a aluminum looking center. They look just like the S/S wheels that are all chrome but have the different center. Does anybody know if Cragar made this type of wheel and weather or not the centers were alum or magnesium. He does have Cragar center caps but they could be off another wheel. Thanks
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Re: Cragar S/S wheels magnesium or aluminum

Cragar SS wheels are steel rim and alluminum center, all chromed. I've never seen or heard of them any other way.





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Re: Cragar S/S wheels magnesium or aluminum

Check out this site and see if you see them there: http://www.roadsters.com/wheels/

If they old they might be worth something, especially if they are magnesium.

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I don't want it to go to his head but Jim's right. You'll like this web site... http://www.roadsters.com/wheels/

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Gee Whiz!!!!

What a LINK!!

I like the old ET's that are like the old American T/T''s but had a dark, gun-metal gray on the spokes!

And the old Ansen Sprint "Wire-mags". I bought a new set of (4), 14" x 7" for $48 plus tax that fit our '75 Monza 2+2 AND nothing else!! I had to run something like a 145/14-70 to even fit them on the car.. I forget...

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Re: Cragar S/S wheels magnesium or aluminum

Thanks for the link. I'm begining to think that maybe the centers are just missing the chrome. They look like dull chrome in the pics i have seen. Whats a good set of 15X7s' worth these days?
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Re: Cragar S/S wheels magnesium or aluminum

SPB350,

Back in the late '70's I was "given" a set of 15 x 8 Cragar S/S rims that had nearly all the Chrome off the center sections. I am betting that is what you are looking at.

Also if they are the old uni-lug Cragars, forget about them. They are nearly impossible to balance. You can identify them as unilugs if they have egg shaped, obround, lug nut holes.
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Re: Cragar S/S wheels magnesium or aluminum

Uni lugs balance fine, it is the installing that needs a trick or 2
Put the rim on the studs
Use a set of std taper nuts, to 'center' the rims on the hub
Remove one at a time and use the CORRECT NUTS and THE CORRECT crager WASHERS!!!

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Re: Cragar S/S wheels magnesium or aluminum

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Also if they are the old uni-lug Cragars, forget about them. They are nearly impossible to balance. You can identify them as unilugs if they have egg shaped, obround, lug nut holes.
As far as old, they are still sold today. The 14 & 15" new wheels are still unilugs, too, but the 16 & 17"s are not.





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Uni lugs balance fine, it is the installing that needs a trick or 2
Put the rim on the studs
Use a set of std taper nuts, to 'center' the rims on the hub
Remove one at a time and use the CORRECT NUTS and THE CORRECT crager WASHERS!!!
The problem is the uni-lug Cragar uses the "as cast" surface and a washer to center the wheel. This creates stack up tolerances and no matter how you set them up they are not as good as machined tapered holes with matching machined tapered lug nuts. Since the Cragar S/S also isn't hub-centric, meaning the rim doesn't locate on the machined hub on the brake drum / rotor, the rim ends up not being concentric with the wheel bearings.

The point to all this is if you are buying wheels and have the option to purchase rims that have tapered holes and matching lug nuts they are a superior design. And a rim that is hub-centric is also a superior design to one that isn't.

That is why factory wheels are hub-centric with tapered lug nuts. No muss, no fuss, works every time.
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Re: Cragar S/S wheels magnesium or aluminum

Being a Cragar fan, I do need to point out again that the currently available 16" and 17" Cragar SS wheels do in fact use a conicle seat lugnut (and a separate part # for each "bolt circle" size.





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Magnesium.com wheels are 20 to 30 percent lighter than forged aluminum
and offer increased safety and performance.

Magnesium.com is also conducting a Best New Wheel Design competition,
and negotiating with several large distributors to establish a joint
machining and finishing facility in the U.S.

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