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Old 05-15-2018, 08:03 PM
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Default Lightweight 17" & 18" Wheel Options?

The mega thread on larger C3 wheel options doesn't break out the lightweight wheel options.


I'd love to see what options people have found for LIGHTWEIGHT wheels that fit our C3s. I know many of the forged options can be budget busting, but if there are any reasonably priced lightweight options that you know of, please call that out, too.

I love the look of my 18" Chrome wheels (Sport Muscle Chinese Junk) and the good tire options that are available, but I really bought some ridiculously heavy wheels and I don't want to make that mistake again.



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Old 05-15-2018, 10:28 PM
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Light weight and inexpensive just don't seem to go together. CCW is one of the few that you can stay under 1K a wheel. An option that would require patience would be to decide on diameter and width and put together factory "take offs" from high end performance cars and use adapters to get the backspace correct.
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Old 05-15-2018, 11:58 PM
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Wheel adapters and C5 OEM magnesium 5-spoke 17" front wheels. Those wheels are about 17lbs each. The rear 18" wheels are 19.5 lbs.

Rev Classic 100's in 18x8 are about 30 lbs a wheel.

Mickey Thompson Street Comp wheels in 18x9 are 23 lbs.

CCW SP500/505 type of wheels in 18x9 to 20x9 size range should easily be in the low 20's.

I don't know any others offhand but there are likely some other $200-300 wheels that are of a reasonable weight.
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Jongbloed makes some light weight wheels for about $1k each.

https://www.jongbloedracingwheels.com/?_rdr
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Originally Posted by 3JsVette View Post
Light weight and inexpensive just don't seem to go together.
Ain't that the truth!

My buddy just bought a set of Weld S71's in 17x10.5. We didn't weigh them but they felt pretty light, around 20lbs or so each, for about $535 each.

https://www.summitracing.com/parts/w...b43a/overview/

My 17x11 LTIII's are around 23lbs each, and $465 per wheel. I don't know what my 18x12's weigh, but they're heavy!

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My LTIII 17"X 8"s are right at 20 lbs and were also around $450.00 each.
Plus they are a period correct type wheel that accent the classic car look.

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Weld, Centerline
Chinese wheels all look like cheap crap trying to look expensive.

Have your wheels put on a machine and spun before mounting the tires.
Gave up on aftermarket rallyes, went through 6-(once looked like a hula hoop wasnt even round!)
Even Weld isnt what they used to be, those were wobbly too the tire guys pointed to the "made in usa" sticker and laughed. Summit stepped up though
The stock Hyundai wheel they mounted next was perfect.

Once a tire is mounted they wont take it back. There is a "within spec" thing youll hear that may appear to be ok on the machine but will tear your tires up and vibrate. Buying everything from summit mounted and balanced is a safer bet.

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