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Old 07-11-2011, 07:03 PM   #1
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Drag Star Wheels

Just FYI....there could be another, more affordable option coming for light-weight drag wheels. I called Race Star Industries earlier today and asked about the compatibility of their Drag Star (92 series) wheels with the 5th Gen Camaro SS. I was told that the 17x4.5 will fit (w/o the roller skates), and that their engineers are currently working on a design to get their 17x9.5's to fit in the rear. Hopefully, they just come out with a redesigned 17x10 or even wider (I hope). They said they are hoping to have a solution for the rear fitment within 3 to 4 weeks....(we'll see). Anyway, with their "Uni-Lug" bolt pattern fitment, they said the 5x4.75 will fit our 5x120 bolt pattern without any problems (hub centric rings are recommended though). I was also told they are considering making some 18" sizes too. And that they will have 20x7.5" and 20x10.0 available very soon. I know some people may have a negative opinion of these wheels because they supposedly start life as a Chinese Casting, but in my opinion, they are light-weight, functional, and very affordable.....(and I think they look really good too, especially the "Dark Star" coming out soon). Hopefully, these will be a much more affordable alternative to all the problems with the Weld RT-S wheels. Take a look.... Whattaya think?

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Old 07-11-2011, 08:38 PM   #2
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I have Greg Weld(same wheel) 15s on my 3rd gen. They have been good. I had them painted black. They don't feel as light as another set of weld wheels I have (convo pro).
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Old 07-12-2011, 07:04 AM   #3
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I have Greg Weld(same wheel) 15s on my 3rd gen. They have been good. I had them painted black. They don't feel as light as another set of weld wheels I have (convo pro).
Yeah, since they are admittedly a "cast" wheel, I'm sure there are some lighter options out there, but these are still not bad. I was told that their 17x9.5 weighs in right at 20.0 lbs, and the 17x4.5 is about 14.0 lbs.
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Old 07-12-2011, 07:54 AM   #4
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4.75" x 5 is NOT the same as 120mm x 5. Yes, it is only 25.5 thousandths of an inch difference but that is a lot when it comes to error tolerances, especially on something as critical as bolting on wheels.

I thought I would try it myself and tied mounting a 4.75"x5 bolt pattern on a 4x120 hub and it was WAY off.
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Old 07-12-2011, 08:40 AM   #5
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4.75" x 5 is NOT the same as 120mm x 5. Yes, it is only 25.5 thousandths of an inch difference but that is a lot when it comes to error tolerances, especially on something as critical as bolting on wheels.

I thought I would try it myself and tied mounting a 4.75"x5 bolt pattern on a 4x120 hub and it was WAY off.
Yes, I know on a normal wheel that the 5x4.75 is different than a 5x120 (120mm = 4.72"). But, if I understand this "uni-lug" design correctly, these wheels have like a slightly elongated hole for each of the studs which will allow fitment with a 5x4.5, 5x4.75, and 5x5.0 bolt pattern with the use of special offset or centered washers under the lug nuts. From what I was told yesterday, with this "adjustability", our 5x120 (4.72) bolt pattern will bolt right up to these wheels. I must admit, I am a little skeptical about a "multi-fit" wheel, but there are plenty of high-horsepower cars out there that have been using these wheels on the street and strip for years now without a problem, so I guess it can't be all that bad?!?!?
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Didn't notice that "uni-lug" thing. Definitely interesting. I'm curious to see close up pics of the lug area and these offset washers.
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Old 07-16-2011, 08:57 AM   #7
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recd this email back...We actually have a set of 17x9.5” race star wheels in stock. However, they are already pre-mounted with a 275-40-17 Mickey Thompson Drag Radial. Brand new!!! Never been mounted onto a car. We had the tires mounted b/c word had it that those tires were close to being on backorder..they will fit the 2010 camaro
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recd this email back...We actually have a set of 17x9.5” race star wheels in stock. However, they are already pre-mounted with a 275-40-17 Mickey Thompson Drag Radial. Brand new!!! Never been mounted onto a car. We had the tires mounted b/c word had it that those tires were close to being on backorder..they will fit the 2010 camaro
You received this email back from who? Are they selling this set-up? The only problem with this set is the tires, that size is only a 26.0" diameter compared to the OEM 28.7". Well, it's good to at least hear another confirmation that these drag stars will fit on the Camaro. If you are contemplating buying these, just be careful, because I believe they make two different offsets in the 17x9.5, one will supposedly fit the Camaro, the other will not. I'm curious to see how these wheels fit with the Lower Control Arm clearance??? I haven't seen or heard of anyone having these on their 5th Gen yet.
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I was thinking with a 9.5" wheel, I would probably run the Mickey Thompson ET Street Radial II (295/45R17) or the M&H RaceMaster (275/50R17). The M/T is supposedly 27.2" dia. and the M&H is 28.0" dia. It's too bad they don't have at least a 10.0" wide wheel.
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You received this email back from who? Are they selling this set-up? The only problem with this set is the tires, that size is only a 26.0" diameter compared to the OEM 28.7". Well, it's good to at least hear another confirmation that these drag stars will fit on the Camaro. If you are contemplating buying these, just be careful, because I believe they make two different offsets in the 17x9.5, one will supposedly fit the Camaro, the other will not. I'm curious to see how these wheels fit with the Lower Control Arm clearance??? I haven't seen or heard of anyone having these on their 5th Gen yet.
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We actually have a set of 17x9.5” race star wheels in stock. However, they are already pre-mounted with a 275-40-17 Mickey Thompson Drag Radial. Brand new!!! Never been mounted onto a car. We had the tires mounted b/c word had it that those tires were close to being on backorder. So we got a set and put them on. We also have a set of 17x4.5” fronts with no tires mounted. They’ll work with the 2010 Camaro. However, make sure it’s not a 2010 ½ year camaro b/c half way through the year, they began putting the 2012 brakes on the rear and they are bigger and require an 18” rear rim.


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Old 07-16-2011, 03:22 PM   #11
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complete email... however i want for slicks..
We actually have a set of 17x9.5” race star wheels in stock. However, they are already pre-mounted with a 275-40-17 Mickey Thompson Drag Radial. Brand new!!! Never been mounted onto a car. We had the tires mounted b/c word had it that those tires were close to being on backorder. So we got a set and put them on. We also have a set of 17x4.5” fronts with no tires mounted. They’ll work with the 2010 Camaro. However, make sure it’s not a 2010 ½ year camaro b/c half way through the year, they began putting the 2012 brakes on the rear and they are bigger and require an 18” rear rim.
Hmmm, I would like the wheels, but I don't want those tires either. I wonder if he would take them off??? He must be talking about the "roller skate" brake pads, I think the brakes themselves are the same.
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i,m sure that is the brake issue he is referring to..but i,m not gonna be the 1st..lol...price is like 800 for all 4
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i,m sure that is the brake issue he is referring to..but i,m not gonna be the 1st..lol...price is like 800 for all 4
Does that include those M/T tires???? I suppose for that price, I could always sell them off!!!
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