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As we do not yet have a wheel and tire vendor, and in view of the huge importance for considering weight different when changing stock wheels for aftermarket, I wanted to post this one example. While the following example resulted in significantly less unsprung weight, there are wheels that look great, but weigh many pounds more than factory StingRay wheels.

"Lowered it as much as we could on the stock bolts. Installed the HRE P101's on factory Michelin Super Sports. Weighed the factory wheels and tires.

Fronts 51.5 lbs each.
Rears 60 lbs each.

Weighed the HRE's after we mounted the Michelins onto them.

Fronts 48.2 lbs each.
Rears 54 lbs each."

HRE's are super expensive, though superb quality. Here's how this one example looks:

 

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However, you do not have to get super expensive wheels to be light, my TSW`s are 400 a wheel , and
are as light as the z 51 wheel. You just have to do your homework.
 

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:cool:But HRE's puts it in the super car look. There are some wheels that put the car over tbe top.
I really don't see it that way and I'm a huge "research before you buy guy"...I certainly have the money to do HRE's but just can't see putting 9K into tires and wheels for a 60K car. Primarily because of the offset and specs, you can't get a concave wheel on a Vette, acc to the HRE dealer. You will on the wide body, but for now they all look flat. And therefore I'll pay for TSW Nurburgrings vs the HRE - because from 15 feet away you can't tell, and outside the forums no one can tell (meaning normal people...LOl) and they are 19# front and 22# rear...no downsides of this application.

of course the HRE looks a bit better, but not $6k better....IMO

The HRE at $9K for tires and wheels:




my TSW z51 size for 2400 for tires and wheels:
 

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HRE wheels are massively overpriced, there is no justification for a wheel to cost what they charge, absolutely none. Shop around, there are a number of top tier wheel manufacturers that can make a wheel for the C7 with the proper offset that are as light or lighter than the factory wheels for half the price of the HRE's.

BTW Glen, the TSW's are about the best bang for the buck I have found. The next closest run around $1000 per wheel which is roughly what the factory wheels cost.
 

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BTW Glen, the TSW's are about the best bang for the buck I have found. The next closest run around $1000 per wheel which is roughly what the factory wheels cost.
my research as well....if you want a "web wheel" instead of spoke, which is what I wanted. I work with a shop in Ft laud that reps about 50 wheel makers and we kept coming back to the TSW. They are now on huge backorder in the Vette sizes...
 

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While I love the new C7 I don't care what kind of wheels u put on it it's still not a CHOPARD 201-CARAT WATCH!





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I second that.

It's like a Timex vs Rolex or Omega. They both tell time, but damn does an omega stand out, especially to people who are in the know.
frankly, my world does not revolve around spending an extra 6K so I get nods from those that are "in the know" about wheels...so I'm good...
 

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I second that.

It's like a Timex vs Rolex or Omega. They both tell time, but damn does an omega stand out, especially to people who are in the know.
Actually, your post is more prophetic than you might imagine. While the crap coming out of China from companies calling themselves OEMWheels and the like is the rough equivalent of Timex the Omega / Rolex analogy plays out perfectly here. While many consider Omega and Rolex to be on par there is as huge a price gap between them as there is between Timex and Omega. I doubt anyone would consider Omega to be a cheap, poorly made timepiece but the reality is they are half the price of the equivalent Rolex. I can afford both, I choose to wear an Omega, I make the same argument with automotive accessories such as wheels. While I could afford the HRE's I've chosen to run BBS, OZ and Kinesis on my Porsche's for roughly half the price with every bit as much quality and performance. Shop around, understand the issues and make an informed decision. Don't fall into the trap of someone trying to tell you there is any justification for a forged aluminum automotive wheel to cost more than $1500 each. In fact, anything over $1000 is absurd unless it's plated in gold.

I've always leaned towards smaller, semi-custom wheel manufacturers such as Kinesis and I'm lucky enough to live a few miles away from this company; Complete Custom Wheel. When I get my C7 I will be at their doorstep looking to see what we can put together in design and finish to put my C7 "over the top" in the looks and performance department. Check out their finishes section. I think the Hypersilver would be killer on a CG car.

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Stock z51 wheels ain't no timex...
Just sayin...



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Absolutely but they don't get a lot of love. mostly from those who want to stand out and be a bit different. The reality is you have to spend a lot and go a long way to get a wheel that's better than the forged Z51 factory wheels.
 
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I ordered the black z51wheels. Have looked at other black wheels from other company's. So far not impressed.
Need to live with the car for a year or so before I make any major changes.
Except for tinted windows and lowering the car I'm going to try and get a feel for what I think is the hottest American car for 2014.
Got no feel now -
Still stuck in 1100 jail!




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frankly, my world does not revolve around spending an extra 6K so I get nods from those that are "in the know" about wheels...so I'm good...
You don't care about getting nods from car guys, but you have a thread devoted to just your personal car mods.
 

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Actually, your post is more prophetic than you might imagine. While the crap coming out of China from companies calling themselves OEMWheels and the like is the rough equivalent of Timex the Omega / Rolex analogy plays out perfectly here. While many consider Omega and Rolex to be on par there is as huge a price gap between them as there is between Timex and Omega. I doubt anyone would consider Omega to be a cheap, poorly made timepiece but the reality is they are half the price of the equivalent Rolex. I can afford both, I choose to wear an Omega, I make the same argument with automotive accessories such as wheels. While I could afford the HRE's I've chosen to run BBS, OZ and Kinesis on my Porsche's for roughly half the price with every bit as much quality and performance. Shop around, understand the issues and make an informed decision. Don't fall into the trap of someone trying to tell you there is any justification for a forged aluminum automotive wheel to cost more than $1500 each. In fact, anything over $1000 is absurd unless it's plated in gold.

I've always leaned towards smaller, semi-custom wheel manufacturers such as Kinesis and I'm lucky enough to live a few miles away from this company; Complete Custom Wheel. When I get my C7 I will be at their doorstep looking to see what we can put together in design and finish to put my C7 "over the top" in the looks and performance department. Check out their finishes section. I think the Hypersilver would be killer on a CG car.

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People are very serious here, we need to relax a little lol. We all have opinions and tastes and we'll do what we want, there's no right or wrong. You know what I meant using the comparison I did, I meant generic vs luxury brand. I just personally rly like the look of those particular HRE's, though you can argue they do look similar to many other branded styles out there. I wear omega as well vs Rollie if that helps against my elite wheel persona you guys are giving me lol. And no, I don't want to pay that much for a wheel, but they're still nice!
 

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Glen e's thread has been cited by tens and tens of our forum members as containing very helpful, practical and lost cost mods.
 

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You don't care about getting nods from car guys, but you have a thread devoted to just your personal car mods.
My take on the way that glen e comes across is that he is a guy who gets excited about his mods and wants to share all the details with others so they can do similar mods, too. If he only wanted kudos, then why would he give so many details of what he used, and the step by step process? Nah, the evidence shows that he is genuine.

He also will say he doesn't care what others think of him, and, if you read enough of his posts, you will sure see that is true, too!

I have come to like the guy in some weird don't-mess-with-him type of way.
 

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My take on the way that glen e comes across is that he is a guy who gets excited about his mods and wants to share all the details with others so they can do similar mods, too. If he only wanted kudos, then why would he give so many details of what he used, and the step by step process? Nah, the evidence shows that he is genuine.
thank you ...as I just said on the other board, I should start another thread on "failed mods", as I've got a bunch of them too!
 

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thank you ...as I just said on the other board, I should start another thread on "failed mods", as I've got a bunch of them too!
Yeah, sorta in a "don't do this" thread. That would be something I would surely read!
 
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