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For whatever reason GM designers have little to no imagination when it comes to the finishes on the C7 wheels. Silver and chrome are too bright and black is too dark.

Even the new look 2015's miss the mark IMHO.

While sitting in a local Dodge dealer closing a deal on a new Ram pickup I couldn't take my eyes off the color combo on one of the 3 Vipers sitting on the showroom floor (they have 2 more in storage).

This is virtually the same paint as Cyber Gray but the wheels could best be described as Hyper Gray, somewhere between Hyper Silver and Hyper Black. It's the color I always knew would simply complete the look on a Cyber Gray C7.

I just hope I can find a refinisher to match this color. iPhone photography doesn't do the color justice.

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Why color?
I've had polished and clear coated raw aluminum on dozens of cars and it's a great look but the C7 cries out for a wheel with depth and dimension, something you don't get in a polished or base painted wheel. The "hyper" treatment is a multistage process with a base coat, translucent coat and finally a clear coat. It gives the wheels a depth or dimensional quality that, to my eyes, is absolutely stunning when executed correctly.

But the short answer is, " because I want it".


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Not a fan of Glen E's TSWs. No offense, just my opinion. But yeah those Viper wheels dont look like cheap TSWs and the color compliments that grey nicely. I would definitely love to see that color on our limited edition cyber grey
 

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I wouldn't go so far as to call the TSW's cheap, far from it. But, you have to understand how they are able to deliver a quality wheel (it's one of the best aftermarket wheels, in it's price range). To keep costs down they cast a blank then use a flow forge process to "rotary forge" the barrel. They then finish the center portion of the wheel, paint and ship. To keep costs in line they don't do a lot of machining on the wheel which is why they have a lot of sharp angles. Complex designs like the Viper wheels are best done with true forging and a fair amount of machining which means the wheels coast upwards of $1500 PER WHEEL.

TSW's are fine wheels and I may get a set of Interlagos to tide me over while I get the factory Z51 wheels refinished unless I can find someone local that can turn them around in a week or so. I don't want to have the car up on jack stands for a month waiting for refinished wheels. I can then sell the Interlagos wheels for pretty close to what they cost me when I get my refinished factory wheels back, it's a Win/Win.
 
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Great post mark and again like many things we have a clash of those that want a nice look and those that are purists/Vette aficionados. Although I can clearly see the fine machining in a HRE wheel, I don't have any desire to pay 10k for wheels to get that look. 98% of people who look at my wheels think they look fantastic, 2% don't. That mix is fine with me. And most important, I love them when walking to my car. And it will continue when these TSW's get switched from Cray Brickyards this month for about $400 a wheel, not $1500....

And this post was not to "sell" my wheels, just note the clearcoat color between the spokes match my cyber gray perfectly.

update: Brickyards shipped today...on car wed or thurs!
 
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