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Old 02-26-2009, 07:41 AM   #1
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Big wheels keep on turnin'

This is not necessarily a Camaro question but generally… Who thinks this “big wheels” style is getting out of hand or who thinks it has run its course.

I personally hate the "big wheels" thing. I don't see any reason to have wheels larger than 18" on anything car or truck. As far as the Camaro goes... I think 18" wheels will look just fine on the v6 or v8 cars. Adjust the wheel wells to fit that size and be done with this "wheel race"!

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Old 02-26-2009, 07:57 AM   #2
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I didn't like them in the past, now I do. If I had a money tree in my back yard I'd get those black 21"s. eighteens are good looking also, though. Heck, I remember when 14"s were standard, now they look retarded.
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Old 02-26-2009, 08:23 AM   #3
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The size of the wheel totally depends on the vehicle. And many people have gone overboard. For example I think 22" wheels on a Hummer look great, but 20" would be max for a Camaro IMHO. So it really depends on the vehicle.
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Old 02-26-2009, 08:27 AM   #4
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I agree with rmyers. It all depends on the car. It just has to fit the wheel wells good and have some rubber on it. There needs to be a good amount of rubber on a big wheel or else it looks dumb but to much so it looks like a bogger tire haha.

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Old 02-26-2009, 08:32 AM   #5
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Rmyers is right. As long as it's in proportion, big wheels look fine. The Camaro, like the Challenger, has mammoth wheel wells. You need 20"s or even larger to fill it up.

I can remember a time not very long ago when 18" was considered a big wheel and 20"s were a size that maybe worked on a truck but rarely on a car. Now Challengers and 300s swallow up 22"s and there's still plenty of rubber on the tire. Hell, you can put 22"s on the Viper no problem. To me, the real drawback is cost: consider that the the 21" package for the Camaro is what, $4800?
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Old 02-26-2009, 08:38 AM   #6
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I really don't think 18" wheels would look proportionate on the new camaro. IMO 20" wheels are still a little small the 21" are perfect I mean look at the concept camaro it had 21" fronts and 22" rears
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Old 02-26-2009, 08:38 AM   #7
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It doesn't take a big wheel to fill the wheel well, you can put a larger profile tire to do just that. You don't need 20's if you don't want. Too lil of a profile will hurt performance especially at the drag strip, Too much profile hurts when turning. So it is all a compromise. I think filling the wheel well up, is just a personal preference. The question that should be asked is what do you want to achieve, and what works the best for your situation. IMO
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Old 02-26-2009, 08:42 AM   #8
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It doesn't take a big wheel to fill the wheel well, you can put a larger profile tire to do just that. You don't need 20's if you don't want. Too lil of a profile will hurt performance especially at the drag strip, Too much profile hurts when turning. So it is all a compromise. I think filling the wheel well up, is just a personal preference. The question that should be asked is what do you want to achieve, and what works the best for your situation. IMO
I totally agree it's a personal preference. For me my SS is going to be for street use so I like more wheel and the deeper the dish the better
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Old 02-26-2009, 08:44 AM   #9
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this is all we need. i think 16 it fine on most things. 15s are still nice

whats the bolt pattern on the new camaro? 5x4.75?
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Old 02-26-2009, 09:27 AM   #10
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The "Big Wheel" look is here to stay. I agree that the Camaro needs 20" wheels to look right. The side profile of the car coupled with the size of the wheelwells shows me that the designers intended it that way. IMO, 21" is the biggest wheel I would ever put on a car. Any larger and the section of the tire is to small to drive on a city street. I live in Chicago and this time of year the buckled pavement and potholes can turn a nice aluminum wheel into a paperweight. I know, most of us would never drive our Camaro this time of year.
As far as performance wheels go, less mass means more fast. Look at the Corvette, nothing bigger than 19".
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Old 02-26-2009, 09:42 AM   #11
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I didn't like them in the past, now I do. If I had a money tree in my back yard I'd get those black 21"s. eighteens are good looking also, though. Heck, I remember when 14"s were standard, now they look retarded.
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The "Big Wheel" look is here to stay. I agree that the Camaro needs 20" wheels to look right. The side profile of the car coupled with the size of the wheelwells shows me that the designers intended it that way. IMO, 21" is the biggest wheel I would ever put on a car. Any larger and the section of the tire is to small to drive on a city street. I live in Chicago and this time of year the buckled pavement and potholes can turn a nice aluminum wheel into a paperweight. I know, most of us would never drive our Camaro this time of year.
As far as performance wheels go, less mass means more fast. Look at the Corvette, nothing bigger than 19".
I agree with these posts (okay - with most of the other ones too, but I couldn't quote them all) and think it's relative to the size of the wheel opening and the proportion of the opening to the car. I can remember thinking how aweful a 20-inch wheel would look on a 'Vette and now, especially the style on the ZR1, I think it looks great. I don't think I'll go more than 20s on mine (I'm planning on staggering C6 ZR1s anyways).

But hey, to each his own and it's not like it's my money.
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The "Big Wheel" look is here to stay. I agree that the Camaro needs 20" wheels to look right. The side profile of the car coupled with the size of the wheelwells shows me that the designers intended it that way. IMO, 21" is the biggest wheel I would ever put on a car. Any larger and the section of the tire is to small to drive on a city street. I live in Chicago and this time of year the buckled pavement and potholes can turn a nice aluminum wheel into a paperweight. I know, most of us would never drive our Camaro this time of year.
As far as performance wheels go, less mass means more fast. Look at the Corvette, nothing bigger than 19".
Them 19's on the Corvette have way more mass than the 21's on the camaro. But yes too big is bad, too little isn't good either.
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i wonder if good ol 15's will fit for the dragstrip... front and rear?
need more sidewall for launching but those mega brakes might be too big.
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Them 19's on the Corvette have way more mass than the 21's on the camaro. But yes too big is bad, too little isn't good either.
Each car has different needs, but too much weight is never good.
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