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Re: 17x9 Inch Snowflakes
« Reply #15 on: April 02, 2009, 10:34:56 PM »
Ok, well I went out and mounted the new rims and tires on my car today.  They look good on the car, but not as big of a change as I would have thought.  I thought the change would be a little more drastic... what do you guys think?

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Now I do have the white paint for the tires to bring the "Whitewalls" back.  Maybe I will do that soon.

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No, my original was 15x8 Snowflake rims with 225/70R15 tires.  I went to the 17x9 Snowflakes with 255/50R17 size tires to try and keep close to the original size.  I wanted to make sure that the tire fit nicely in the wheel well.  When I made the change, it still fits nicely, but it did raise the car up about 3/4 of an inch front and rear.  What do you guys think?
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Re: 17x9 Inch Snowflakes
« Reply #16 on: April 02, 2009, 10:42:20 PM »
I think it looks killer, subtle though... To be expected, though, they are the same design just larger.

I just want to find out if a vette brakes upgrade a-la Kore3 will fit in 'em. They'll be on my wishlist if I can confirm that it does.

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Re: 17x9 Inch Snowflakes
« Reply #17 on: April 02, 2009, 11:56:20 PM »
Excellent comparison pics.

It's surprising that the car would sit any higher with the 17's, having basically the same or even a tad less tire diameter as it had before. Maybe it's because of less tire bulge.

It may not be a drastic change in looks, but it'll be interesting to hear if there's a bigger change in handling.
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Re: 17x9 Inch Snowflakes
« Reply #18 on: April 03, 2009, 07:10:30 AM »
Man, I'm really liking those new wheels.  No, not drastic, but definitely very cool! 8)
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Re: 17x9 Inch Snowflakes
« Reply #19 on: April 03, 2009, 07:22:24 AM »
Rims look excellent... very nice!  ;)....Tires look big... not sure about them (no raised letter ?)  IMHO.... ;)  I guess I'm not used to seeing these cars with big fat Modern tires....


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Re: 17x9 Inch Snowflakes
« Reply #20 on: April 03, 2009, 09:27:32 AM »
I agree, they are not to drastic but definately cool.   Unfortunately most people who are not TA nuts like us will never know the differnce.
How do they ride and handle?    Any noticeble difference there?
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Re: 17x9 Inch Snowflakes
« Reply #21 on: April 03, 2009, 10:36:33 AM »
Very subtle as said before.  The tread is aggressive and I like that.  I'd think you could go a little wider in the back, same overall tire height - that's the way most Vettes are.
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Re: 17x9 Inch Snowflakes
« Reply #22 on: April 03, 2009, 09:23:42 PM »
The ride is about the same.  I do a little better in turns (took the highway on ramp at 65-70), but the tires to "track" alot in groves and such in the road.
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Re: 17x9 Inch Snowflakes
« Reply #23 on: April 03, 2009, 09:28:16 PM »
I'm betting that's the "Fuzion" brand trend.

I had an '02 Electron Blue Vette with the Goodyear Eagle runflat tires.  The rears failed and I put in some cheaper brand.  It NEVER rode the same again.  It was always grabbing a groove on the highway whereas the F1's never did that.

Same size, just a different brand.  When it comes to speed rated tires, you get what you pay for.
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Re: 17x9 Inch Snowflakes
« Reply #24 on: April 05, 2009, 09:49:56 AM »
I really like the look, but its missing a little something.  I think the white paint you mentioned.  I think the white might "set off" the all black look of the rims and tires ::)  Just my humble opinion, looks great Hitman.
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Re: 17x9 Inch Snowflakes
« Reply #25 on: April 05, 2009, 10:20:10 AM »
I would go with the rubber letters opposed to the paint. With the letters you could put what you wanted, and they last longer.
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Re: 17x9 Inch Snowflakes
« Reply #26 on: April 05, 2009, 10:24:49 AM »
I would go with the rubber letters opposed to the paint. With the letters you could put what you wanted, and they last longer.

What rubber letters?
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Re: 17x9 Inch Snowflakes
« Reply #27 on: April 05, 2009, 10:25:43 AM »
Looks  good

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Re: 17x9 Inch Snowflakes
« Reply #28 on: April 05, 2009, 10:39:15 AM »
yeah el Presidente' , what rubber letters ?
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Re: 17x9 Inch Snowflakes
« Reply #29 on: April 05, 2009, 10:49:48 AM »
wow, i am going to wait till i see two cars side by side in person for a comparison. I was surprised by hitmans pictures. I honestly thought there would be more of a difference (15 to 17). In fact, I think the absence of the raised white letters, kinda detracts from the period correct modern look of the 17" wheels.  
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