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Old 07-12-2011, 04:01 PM   #1
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SS with heritage wheels- Gonna do it

Thinking about pulling off these huge 20" wheels and grab some 18" heritage wheels and throw them on.

I'd paint them some kind of silver, grey somesuch color.

Couple of questions:

I probably need to remove the brembo calipers, true?

Do I need to change the pads?

Now some are probably thinking that Mud's lost his mind. Why would he take off some good Pirelli rubber, 20" alloy wheels and those beautiful Brembos? Especially to put on the spartan heritage wheels.

Because I really like those heritage wheels. I just don't like the black color of them. I think a lighter color Heritage wheels would look very nice.

Second, anyone who's been following some of my posts knows I can't stand these large wheels. I love everything about this car except these god forsaken wheels.

So, I know I will lose some stopping power, I know I will lose some handling ability. I don't give's a rat's tuckus.

I want more tire sidewall and dadgummit I'm going to get it. Plus I want a more traditional look to the wheels.

So, Do I just need to change the brakes and calipers out to accomplish this project?

Thanks for any replies.
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Old 07-12-2011, 04:13 PM   #2
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i am sure you could find someone with a v6 who would be willing to do a conversion swap for the brakes, calipers, rotors, etc... and probably even the heritage wheels too..

IMO, I wouldn't do it but hey thats what makes us each unique. To each his own... good luck with your conversion. Thats whats gonna make your car your's and stand out from others. Be sure to post pics.
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Old 07-12-2011, 04:16 PM   #3
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Indeed, that's a good idea regarding the swap. Thanks.
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Old 07-12-2011, 04:20 PM   #4
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I'm actually interested on how this turns out.
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Old 07-12-2011, 04:25 PM   #5
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where are you located, I may know a few people that would be interested in the swap
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Old 07-12-2011, 04:26 PM   #6
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Me too.

I've been waiting for Crager and others to make a wheel and all the other ones I see, I just don't like. Too big, too gaudy, too expensive.

Going to go on my own if no one's going to make a more retro styled wheel. Torx is close, but not quite.

Just hate the narrow sidewall, hate the Hotwheels look to it. Because I love everything else about this Camaro.

I'll keep everyone posted and take pics.
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Old 07-12-2011, 04:27 PM   #7
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I will gladly trade you my 18" LT Wheels, they are already light silver greyish and weigh less then the heritage...whats that brakes too? I got you
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I thought it was just the "skateboards" on the pads that had to be cut off, or new pads installed.
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im in vegas...i will do an even swap with you. i got an LS with the heritage wheels. i also only have 500 miles on my car. how many miles on your car?
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Old 07-13-2011, 02:51 AM   #11
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Old 07-13-2011, 03:15 AM   #12
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I have 5k on my wheels and I am willing to sell my 18" heritage wheels so you can keep your stock wheels if you ever decide to sell your car or go back to stock. I would also be interested in a trade for the brembos. Let me know if you are interested.
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Old 07-13-2011, 12:07 PM   #13
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Sent some PMs to folks. Thanks for the inquiries. Have some stuff to do the next couple weeks then I'm going to entertain this project.

I may or may not swap the 20" wheels, keeping them in case there's the need to go back to stock. But, Once I get the heritage painted, installed and new rubber, if I like it enough to let the wheels go, I'll put them up for sale.

As far as the brakes, would the caliper need replaced with standard LS ones? I'm thinking it would, although someone mentioned to just remove the rollerskate type pads.
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Yep you would need to put the LS style brakes on yours. The offset of the wheels would need to clear the brakes. I would say, keep your brembos, and just get new calipers for the LS style so if you would sell your car or want to change back you can. Check out gmpartsdirect.com they are pretty good on price.
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Old 07-13-2011, 02:40 PM   #15
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Stephens,

Yes, I've been thinking about that. The only thing sure in life is you're never sure. Should keep all the stuff I take off just in case, although the tires I would sell. Don't need them taking space.

So I need:

Heritage wheels
LS calipers
non rollerskate pads

Muhahahahaha... My plan is coming together.
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Why don't you just buy some after-market 18" wheels that will fit over the Brembos?
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Because I can't find that many that do fit over the Brembos. Do you have any links? I'd be happy to check them out, thanks.
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Because I can't find that many that do fit over the Brembos. Do you have any links? I'd be happy to check them out, thanks.
The Forgestar F14s and CF5 18s do.

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=125820
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Im interested to see how your project turns out.

I have a set of heritage wheels and tires I've been wanting to do something with. Part of me wants to keep them all black, maybe a red line on them...

But either way, I say go forward with the idea and def. post pics!!!

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Darth emma,

Thanks, but yeah, I've seen those before and they are the style I just can't gravitate to.

The spokes come all the way to the perimeter of the wheel like the stock ones. I like some kind of dish or lipped surface area, not to mention they're pretty pricey.

The heritage wheels remind me a little bit of rallye wheels. A beauty ring, and stamped steel. Wheels today have these very thin spokes that, in my opinion, are not for me and don't look as good.

A couple other reasons is that many wheels today are just so gaudy, they don't balance the look of the car. All you're seeing is these wheels that overwhelm the rest of the car.

The price is astronomical as well. I would NEVER pay $3000-$4000 for wheels, forged, hand machined, whatever. They're wheels. I'd much rather spend that on engine, suspension modifications.

The whole large wheel thing reminds me of excess bling jewelry people wear, or someone who's tattooed their face. All you're looking at is this caricature. You don't notice anything else.

Wheels on a car should be about balance, improving the looks, not overwhelming it.
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Thanks, Stand alone. I'll definitely post pics. Just have to get a good paint shop who'l do quality work.
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My idea is to get a color that will make it look similar to this:

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Interesting. I want to see it when you're done.
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There are other 18s that fit. You might as Nine Ball. He knows these cars and what wheels fit really well.
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