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Old 06-29-2016, 11:00 AM
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It seems as though every c3 corvette has TT2 aftermarket wheels and the cars all seem the same. I have looked at past threads (as far back as 2002) and I see TT2s then. Can anyone tell me the reason they are so popular?
A little history:
"One of the first American Racing wheels that were intended for the street was the aluminum Torq-Thrust, introduced in 1963.

The original Aluminum Torq-Thrust wheels were only produced in 14 by 6 (shown on the right), 14 by 7, 15 by 6, 15 by 7, and 15 by 8 1/2 (shown on the right). The 15 by 6 versions all had "Sport Wheel" cast into the insides, and all of the other sizes were marked "Torq-Thrust".

Although they have been seen on virtually every type of race car and street car imaginable, the first aluminum Torq-Thrusts were especially popular with Corvette owners.

The early Torq-Thrusts could be considered to be the definitive aluminum hot rod wheel.

Early Torq-Thrusts are easily the most widely-copied aftermarket wheel in history. Versions of it have been produced by many companies, including Ansen, Appliance Industries, Crestline, Durachrome, E-T, Fenton, International Manufacturing ("IMCO"), J.C. Penney ("El Tigre"), and Superior. Here are some clues for identifying some of them:"
"The original Torq-Thrust "D" was released around 1965, and was configured to provide disc brake caliper clearance on then-current Corvettes. The hub of the wheel was moved outward a half-inch, and the spokes curved inward at the ends."

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Old 07-04-2016, 06:56 PM
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What do the TT2 18" end up weighing?

I went with Sport Muscle Nitro 5's as they were stupid cheap and I could just drive to a local TireRack location and pick them up with no shipping cost. BUT...

They weigh 29lbs a piece before they got eleventy million balancing weights put on them (the quality was AWEFUL) -while speed balancing they ended up just rejecting one wheel after it wouldn't belance after 3 attempts and they went and got me a new wheel from the back; then the new wheel took 3 attempts to get balanced, too...

-I found the weight of the TT2 17" -17.6 lbs..

I'm afraid I may have chosen unwisely by getting such a heavy beast of a wheel...


Forgot to post the stats for mine: I did 18x8.5 all around with a -6mm offset because that's what the TireRack.com computer told me to do.

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Originally Posted by Sklaris View Post
245/45's all the way around. Used the fit-rite and could only get away with 4.5" BS. Newer Foose Legends black. Look great against the red. Still needs to be lowered but working to get the interior done first.

WOW; what incredible paint. It's like red silk; what is that color called?


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These are "vision 142" wheels I picked up on ebay. They are very competitively priced http://www.ebay.com/itm/282049005062?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
18x 8.5 inches with 4.52 backspacing (-6mm offset) this makes them stick out as much as stock wheels from what Ive read but I did use the extended cone lug nuts and 1/4" spacers because I had the spacers left over form my old jeep and I likes the look better with them on. they sell 18x9.5" with 5.25" backspacing that would have worked great on the rear too but I chickened out due to tire choices and budget.

Sorry The pics are of the car being reassembled I just painted it a week ago. the car had cutting paste all over the wheels.

Tires are 255/45/18 they are made by falkens parent company ohtsu they were only $50 each shipped on sale (now $113 each from the same seller) so im not expecting miracles but they did get great reviews on every site I checked including amazon.. Right now im running on fumes as far as funds to get the car together.
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Old 07-11-2016, 03:50 PM
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Originally Posted by augiedoggy View Post
These are "vision 142" wheels I picked up on ebay. They are very competitively priced 18" x8 5 Vision Legend 5 VI142GB5 Black 5x4 75 6 Et 142 8861GB 6 Rims Wheels | eBay

18x 8.5 inches with 4.52 backspacing (-6mm offset) this makes them stick out as much as stock wheels from what Ive read but I did use the extended cone lug nuts and 1/4" spacers because I had the spacers left over form my old jeep and I likes the look better with them on. they sell 18x9.5" with 5.25" backspacing that would have worked great on the rear too but I chickened out due to tire choices and budget.

Sorry The pics are of the car being reassembled I just painted it a week ago. the car had cutting paste all over the wheels.

Tires are 255/45/18 they are made by falkens parent company ohtsu they were only $50 each shipped on sale (now $113 each from the same seller) so im not expecting miracles but they did get great reviews on every site I checked including amazon.. Right now im running on fumes as far as funds to get the car together.

They, and that paint, look incredible! I can't believe the price you got them for either.

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Old 07-12-2016, 12:11 AM
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Got my wheels today! I like the fit and the ride is great. no modifications at all. stock everything. I ordered my rims from wheels for less. front 17x8 4" backspace. nitto 245/45/17 front tire. rear rims are custom ordered took 3 weeks to get. 18x9.5 4 3/4" backspace and they fit nice. 275/40/18 nitto. rear tires don't stick out the wheel lip at all.
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Sweet.
Did you have to relocate emergency brake mounts?
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Old 07-12-2016, 11:27 PM
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[QUOTE=FKING1;1592614343]Sweet.
Did you have to relocate emergency brake mounts?[/QUOTEZ
Zero mods all stock.
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Old 07-15-2016, 10:26 PM
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Originally Posted by resdoggie View Post
I have US Mags Ramblers. 18x8 4.5 BS on front and 18x9.5 5.25 BS rear. 275's rear, 245's front. Although I relocated the parking brake bracket, I don't think that it was required for clearance but the cable would have needed a tie strap or two to make room. No interference with spring bolts, calipers, rear spring end or sway bar end links and no spacer. I did use a 1/4" spacer on the fronts to move the wheels outboard.
What spacers did you go with? Did you use regular lugs or add longer studs?
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Old 08-07-2016, 12:14 AM
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Billet Specialties. 17 x 11 with 315/35/17 rear and 17 x 9.5 with 275/40/17 front.

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These rims are awesome!!! What are the sizes?

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Originally Posted by TX-Techman View Post
These are the before and after pictures of our 69. The first picture was the day I got her home and the others are after a treatment of Zanio and upgrading the wheels and tires. The new wheels are from American Racing and the tires are 225/70R15 BFG Radial TA. I can't tell you how much the tires improved the ride and drive of the car, was is unbelievable and I love the look.

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One I looked at today............
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Because they look Awesome on C3's I live in savannah ,Ga and never have seen any vette with tt 2's on it on the street. I have tt 2's ordered now for my 71.. so there will be one more out there!
I had AR 200s on my 1967 Firebird 400. They were 1/2 the weight of the other brands and were track certified for drag racing.(and no rust + easy to balance)

The less weight you have to spin the faster you go. Spin an AR wheel on a front spindle and then a Crager and you can feel the difference.

Aside from the Torq-Thrust, the most popular aluminum wheel made by American Racing Equipment was another five-spoked design, called the 200-S (with the "S" standing for Satin), also known as the "Daisy". The earliest ad that I've seen for the 200-S was in the January, 1969 issue of Rod & Custom. I got them in Nov of 68, from an old speed shop that also built dragsters.
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Just brought a new set of rims for my 69. The rim size is 17x8, whats the biggest size tire I can get without clearance issues. I was thinking 245-5o-17 would that work all around the car. Thanks you guys are great
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Originally Posted by Sklaris View Post
245/45's all the way around. Used the fit-rite and could only get away with 4.5" BS. Newer Foose Legends black. Look great against the red. Still needs to be lowered but working to get the interior done first.
sklaris: I knnow this is a wheel thread but...what color is your car? Do you have a paint code you're willing to share?

Thanks!

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Quick set up here... I have F41 suspension on my 68 L71 with 15x7 rally wheels. It currently has the F70 bias red lines and handles horribly. The F41 has it sitting slightly low to begin with and I've further weighed down the front end with my addition of a/c and p/s. It was rubbing already when i hit rises in the road at speed. The car also has the 4:10 ratio rear, so freeway speed is a pretty high energy situation so i don't want a smaller diameter tire.
Some things I'd like to be clear on before I buy new tires or wheels and tires if I can get the group's help.
1)Does anyone have a similar setup and run 245/60r15 all the way around and can I put these on my 7" rally wheels?
2)If i jump to 18x8 rims with 4" bs and run 245/45/18 all the way around would I have to relocate anything or use spacers?
3) Do 17" wheels pose a bigger problem than 18" wheels on these cars? I would prefer the look of a 17" I think but don't want to mess with moving brackets or lines or adding spacers.

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Just looked at 29 pages of tire and wheel combinations and didn't see any Weld Draglites.....

These are 15x8 on the front, 15x9 rear. Front tires are 245 60 15 Coopers, and the rears are Mickey Thompson 295 55 15 drag radials.

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Originally Posted by kevinp661 View Post
1)Does anyone have a similar setup and run 245/60r15 all the way around and can I put these on my 7" rally wheels?
2)If i jump to 18x8 rims with 4" bs and run 245/45/18 all the way around would I have to relocate anything or use spacers?
3) Do 17" wheels pose a bigger problem than 18" wheels on these cars? I would prefer the look of a 17" I think but don't want to mess with moving brackets or lines or adding spacers.

Thanks in advance,
Kevin
Can't answer 1), though 245s are certainly a bit large on a 7" wide wheel. As for 2 and 3, any diameter 8" wide 4" backspace wheel will fit on the car fine, without mods, be it 15", 16", 17", 18" or 19". What tyre will fit on that wheel varies to some extent between cars, and given your current rubbing I'm reluctant to tell you that something will definitely fit, but a tyre that is 26-27" diameter and is 225 to 245 wide fits on almost all these cars from what I've read/seen. (e.g 245/50r17, 225/55r17, 245/45r18 etc). Hope that helps?
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