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Rims!!!!

hey, I was wondering since im customizing my gt, if any one knows where i can get some really nice rims that will fit a 1971 opel gt. I dont have that kind of money right now, but still want to look. I want 13, 14 or 15 inch rims, and they have to be chromed. just give the online link to get there. thanks
 

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I have 16" rims on mine and I love the way that they look. I had to have mine custom made from a wheel manufacturer. I foudn the closeset offset, and had to have some wheel blanks custom drilled with the 4x100 bolt pattern.

I have pics here if you care to look at them:


http://images.m-nus.org/OpelGT


Obviously some of those pics have 13" rims also.

I will let you know tomorrow what tire sizes I went with. I have absolutly no rubbing or contact with mine.
 

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Oh yeah, I should mention that I have gone with a slightly slimmer tire with a lower profile in the front since those pics were taken. The tires pictured did rub in the front. However they do not now that I have adjusted profile/width. I will see about getting some better pics
 

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Hi,
Off topic to cypher...I took a look at the other cars in your gallery. What is the story behind the 250$ BMW E-30? That is a good looking car.

Garry
 

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As an alternative to buying a newer style wheel, or just to be different (slightly), I have considered having the stock Opel wheels (preferably the early 70's black and grey Opel wheel with the four 'ribs') enlarged to 14" or 15", widened to 6" or 7", and chromed in the same fashion as the old Magnum 500's (Ford and Chrysler wheels).

I think they would look really nice, being a period style, without being overwhelming or clash with the car.

The price is actually very reasonable.
I talked to Wheel Vintiques about this a few years back and they didn't think it would be a problem at all.
 

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I have had the Honda rims on two GT's with no problems at all. They are plentiful and cheap. You can get them in so many different styles to. First the appliance mags and now the bbs. Both sets were 8 inches wide and fit the cars nicely. It actually lets you put a wider tire on and not have it sticking way out. I got both sets from Honda dealerships that were overstocked. Both sets were priced to move, current bbs set was 450 new.
 

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rims i like

Hey, me again. well i found some i like. you can go here to check them out: http://www.cragar.com/wheels_ccw.html. I like series 61, and series 341. the bolt pattern on them aren't right. i want to put 15 x 7 on mine. here is a picture of some other ones i like but they are 17's.
if you find any thing like looks like these 3 types in 15 x 7 let me know. that are the four bolt pattern.
 

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There are a few of the Crager Model 61's floating around that will work on GT's. I think Brian said he had to do a little work to get these to work on his.
 

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i currently have a set of cragar ss on my car, but i am thinking of going back to stock. a) what is the widest tire that will fit? b) does anyone know where a set of originals can be found? c) is it possible to rechrome my ss's? (the chrome is starting to blister with rust)
 

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how much are you willing to pay for orginal rims with the center piece? cause when i get my new rims i'll sell you my old one'd if you want them.
 

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I have two '72 style rims, and 4 center caps that are currently serving no use. I am willing to part with them quite cheap!

Let me know. Email me if interested!
 

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I'm currently looking for a set of stock rims, preferably the 4 slot with the center pieces, don't really care for the 4 rib version. I live in the Northwest, Washington state, so I would prefer to pick them up vice ship them (yikes! hate to see the price to ship a set) if anybody in the area has a set for sale, shoot me an e-mail [email protected]. :D
 

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Shipping them isn't as bad as you think. I shipped 4 aluminum (lighter than stock). I removed weights, valve stems, tires, dirt, everything. Shipped with 4 center caps and 16 lug nuts from Central Texas to Florida for $35 I think. I put them all in a big box and padded them real well.
So it's not totally insane.
I am looking for 2 or 3 of the small center caps, 4 rib wheel style. (73 GT style) They pop up on ebay but folks are wanting $30 to $50 for them! Are they that hard to come by? Anyone out there that is a little less proud of them that would like to part with a set? I actually already have two of them. One is good one is bent with the center part out. So I would like three.
Thanks.
 

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mjewell said:
i currently have a set of cragar ss on my car, but i am thinking of going back to stock. a) what is the widest tire that will fit? b) does anyone know where a set of originals can be found? c) is it possible to rechrome my ss's? (the chrome is starting to blister with rust)
You have two choices for stock widths. '75 cars had 5 1/2" wide rims (4 rib rim with 4 slots, but the slots have a little divider bar, unlike the earlier 4 rib wheels). All others were 5". I wouldn't go any wider than 195's on 5" or 205's on 5 1/2". If anything, my cars have been happiest on 185's.

If you want the original GT wheels (grey, 4 slots, no ribs, large center cap), I think I have a set or two. Or the wheels with all the little round holes.

Rechroming Cragar SS's can be a problem. The rims are steel, but the spiders (the centers) are alloy. From what I recall, they have to remove the spider from the rim, chrome them separate, then put it all back together. Wheel Vintiques can be of more help on that issue, too. (Personally, I never cared for SS's. A little to flashy for my taste, plus the two piece steel rim/alloy spider is weak, especially after years of corrosion, and most are 'unilug'). The one benefit of the SS's is that you can get them in 13x7 and/or with a crazy deep dish offset. They are being reproduced, too, I think.
 

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If you search around the site you'll find a article written
about tire and rims, it is very helpful in purchasing new tires
and rims. Just from memory, the tires and rims on my car are for
a BMW, Check out the Tirerack.com

If you can't find that article I could email it to you, I'm sure I saved it somewhere.

Stanley_P
 

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I ordered these tires and rims from www.tirerack.com
Rims were $115 each.
Tires were $96 each.
The bolt pattern or PCD (pitch circle diameter) is 4x100 for
typical Opels. But what I found out from the mail order companys is they wont sell you anything that is not for the Opel GT.
Just remember that a 77-81 BMW 320i has the same bolt pattern and offset that will work on a GT. That is the only way the saleman would sell me a set of tire if it was for a BMW.

Here is some of the article.

Stanley P
 

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You just have to ask them for the waiver to sign before they will ship rims other than what their database says will fit. Basically it is just saying that you understand that there is no returning for non-fittment and any other problems are your own and they won't get involved.
 
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