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Old 03-24-2018, 08:56 PM   #1  
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Can't seem to get a straight answer. Are the wheels on a base 2006 Convertible interchangeable with a 2006 Z51 convertible. From what I have read is that they are the same size wheels with the same offset.
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There is no such thing as "Z51 wheels" so yes, they will fit.
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No difference.
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There is no such thing as "Z51 wheels" so yes, they will fit.
There's no such thing as a Z51 convertible either.

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Z51 is the code for an option on '05-'09 base Vettes, but that option doesn't include any specific wheel. Any OEM wheel used on any C6 base Vette will interchange with any other C6 base Vette. They all have the same diameter, width, offset, and bolt pattern.
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There is no such thing as "Z51 wheels" so yes, they will fit.
There is no such thing as C6 "Z51 wheels"...
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There is no such thing as C6 "Z51 wheels"...
Well, this is the C6 section so I thought that was pretty much assumed.
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There's no such thing as a Z51 convertible either.
I beg to differ. I have a 2006 Z51 convertible. I think you meant to say a Z06 convertible.

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I beg to differ. I have a 2006 Z51 convertible. I think you meant to say a Z06 convertible.

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You have a 2006 convertible WITH Z51 option.
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You have a 2006 convertible WITH Z51 option.
Z51 didn't become a model until 2014 with the C7 Z51. Prior to that Z51 was an option only.
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just what is the Z51? I know the rotors are cross drilled. I was thinking that the rear wheels are bigger on the Z, but not according to recent posts. So, other than the rotors, what is the difference?
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just what is the Z51? I know the rotors are cross drilled. I was thinking that the rear wheels are bigger on the Z, but not according to recent posts. So, other than the rotors, what is the difference?
Thicker springs, and on the manual trans, different trans gear ratios, trans cooler, oil cooler, and power steering cooler. There also may be a difference in shocks, but I'm not sure on that. Also, the Z51-optioned cars have zerc fittings on the rear suspension.

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Just to be clear, '07 - '13 base cars with the F55 option have J55 rotors (large and drilled) and the J55 option was also a stand-alone option on any base C6. They are often wrongly referred to as Z51 rotors.
The '07 - '13 base cars with the F55 option also included zerks on the rear tie rods.
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You have a 2006 convertible WITH Z51 option.
Yep! According to Mike Antonick's "Corvette Black Book" I'm not the only one either. There were 4139 convertibles out of 11,151 built in 2006 with the Z51 option. That works out to about 32.2% of all 2006 verts had the Z51 performance package. The package listed for $1695.

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Z51 didn't become a model until 2014 with the C7 Z51. Prior to that Z51 was an option only.
Z51 is still just an option available on the C7 Stingray just as Z07 is an option on the higher models. The models are:
  • Stingray
  • Grand Sport
  • Z06
  • ZR1

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Can't seem to get a straight answer. Are the wheels on a base 2006 Convertible interchangeable with a 2006 Z51 convertible. From what I have read is that they are the same size wheels with the same offset.JKS415
The base wheels and the wheels on a Z51 OPTIONED C6 are exactly the same. The only difference was the Z51 tires were softer than the base car tires.

I think we are interchanging the word OPTION and MODEL. Z51 WAS an option available for all base C6s as far as I know.

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The base wheels and the wheels on a Z51 OPTIONED C6 are exactly the same. The only difference was the Z51 tires were softer than the base car tires.

I think we are interchanging the word OPTION and MODEL. Z51 WAS an option available for all base C6s as far as I know.
The Z51 RPO was taken away in 2010 with the introduction of the Grand Sport.
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Z51 is still just an option available on the C7 Stingray just as Z07 is an option on the higher models. The models are:
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  • Grand Sport
  • Z06
  • ZR1
I stand corrected. I could have sworn Chevrolet was calling them Z51's in their advertising.
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I stand corrected. I could have sworn Chevrolet was calling them Z51's in their advertising.
I thought so too.
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