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Old 08-07-2012, 02:48 PM   #1
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18" Drag radials on the ZL1

For those who are using 18" drag radials on thier ZL1 which wheels are you using? Vette wheels? Size and tire choice also?

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Old 08-07-2012, 02:54 PM   #2
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The rear brakes look to be the same as on the SS, so you should have all the same wheel choices.
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Old 08-07-2012, 03:00 PM   #3
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Thanks. Looking to buy a spare set of wheels to house 305 rear tires. Looking for recommendation on what others have done.
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Old 08-07-2012, 03:08 PM   #4
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The cheapest would be any of the 18x9.5 vette wheels everybody runs. Even the ZL1 engineers have run them.

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Old 08-07-2012, 05:52 PM   #5
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The cheapest would be any of the 18x9.5 vette wheels everybody runs. Even the ZL1 engineers have run them.
Yes, and have two wheels narrowed to 6 1/2" wide for the front as a semi-skinny that looks the same.

And with 186 mph rating you can drive this tire on the street or strip. It actually looks much better than in the picture. http://www.performanceplustire.com/t...05_SLASH_45-18
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Old 08-07-2012, 06:33 PM   #6
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Yes, and have two wheels narrowed to 6 1/2" wide for the front as a semi-skinny that looks the same.

And with 186 mph rating you can drive this tire on the street or strip. It actually looks much better than in the picture. http://www.performanceplustire.com/t...05_SLASH_45-18
Honestly the $$ you would spend on narrowing is not worth the minimal weight savings.

For about the same $$ you could buy actual skinnies with radial fronts that weigh in at 33 lbs each.
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Old 08-07-2012, 06:50 PM   #7
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Honestly the $$ you would spend on narrowing is not worth the minimal weight savings.

For about the same $$ you could buy actual skinnies with radial fronts that weigh in at 33 lbs each.
I paid $200 each for my two narrowed and $89 each for tires plus actual shipping of course. Yes a little cheaper for actual skinnies up front but will look much better with matching wheels. And you don't have to change out four wheels with each track visit. Run Mickeys in the back all the time and don't have to change either. Just don't drive 70 mph on wet roads with Mickey's in the back.

A factory wheel on the front with a Z06 in back doesn't look terribly good on a $60K car, IMO!
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Old 08-07-2012, 07:05 PM   #8
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I paid $200 each for my two narrowed and $89 each for tires plus actual shipping of course. Yes a little cheaper for actual skinnies up front but will look much better with matching wheels. And you don't have to change out four wheels with each track visit. Run Mickeys in the back all the time and don't have to change either. Just don't drive 70 mph on wet roads with Mickey's in the back.

A factory wheel on the front with a Z06 in back doesn't look terribly good on a $60K car, IMO!
Those tires are 25.3" tall. Most guys around here run 305/45 18 drag tires, which are 28.8' tall. The stock tires are 28.4" tall. I don't think any ZL1 owners are gonna neuter their cars handling by driving around on short/skinny fronts all the time, LOL.
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Old 08-07-2012, 07:24 PM   #9
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Those tires are 25.3" tall. Most guys around here run 305/45 18 drag tires, which are 28.8' tall. The stock tires are 28.4" tall. I don't think any ZL1 owners are gonna neuter their cars handling by driving around on short/skinny fronts all the time, LOL.
Obviously you have to select the correct rear diameter for the ZL1s offsets.
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Old 08-07-2012, 07:43 PM   #10
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So from what I've seen and read a stock 9.5" Z06 wheel will fit the rear of the ZL1 with a 285(?) drag radial? This would be the front wheel from a stock C6 Z06 correct?
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Old 08-07-2012, 07:47 PM   #11
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That is correct. The main reason for the front is the offset.

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I ordered the black Z06 9.5" wheels for the rear. Got them on ebay for 100 bux each.
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What size tires are you running on the 9.5" wheels?
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305/45/18 nitto DR

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Old 08-08-2012, 12:54 AM   #15
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Wow a 305 on a 9.5"? Ok. So Z06 front wheels with 305/45-18 tires is the final for the ZL1 rear.

Thanks for your input. Plan to have these ready for the strip after the 1500 mile break-in.
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Old 08-08-2012, 12:58 AM   #16
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No problem at all. There's even some.individuals that fit 315s on the stock SS rim. Now that's crazy haha.

How close are you to that break in period?

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Old 08-08-2012, 01:06 AM   #17
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Not that close. Car arrives at dealer on 8/20. Hahaa. Call me crazy but I like to be prepared. Haha. 2013 #968. :-)
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Old 08-08-2012, 01:27 AM   #18
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Looking for a pair of these vette wheels (the ones on the video posted by SUX2BU) myself, anyone know where I can get a cheap set in gloss black?

Any help would be appreciated, thanks
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Not that close. Car arrives at dealer on 8/20. Hahaa. Call me crazy but I like to be prepared. Haha. 2013 #968. :-)
Congrats man that's awesome. I had an allocation at my local dealer but changed my mind because of all the work I did to my SS already. But everytime I see one I just want it more and more. Keep us updated.

As far as where to get wheels I wont recommend where I got mine because they were a headache to work with. But you can Google C6 zo6 replica wheels and a bunch will pop up.

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Congrats man that's awesome. I had an allocation at my local dealer but changed my mind because of all the work I did to my SS already. But everytime I see one I just want it more and more. Keep us updated.

As far as where to get wheels I wont recommend where I got mine because they were a headache to work with. But you can Google C6 zo6 replica wheels and a bunch will pop up.

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Whats the proper offset to clear the rear brembos?
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Old 08-08-2012, 03:13 AM   #21
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Looking for a pair of these vette wheels (the ones on the video posted by SUX2BU) myself, anyone know where I can get a cheap set in gloss black?

Any help would be appreciated, thanks
Ebay 18x9.5 40mm offset 5x4.75 (yes, I know ours is 5x120, but it still works)
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Old 08-08-2012, 07:56 AM   #22
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I ordered the black Z06 9.5" wheels for the rear. Got them on ebay for 100 bux each.
Do you have a link for these? I see them for $152 each with a 56mm offset that are new replica type black Z06 wheels. Thanks.
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What is recogmended for the fronts? I see from the pic that they are the same looking rim front and back.
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I run the Weld S74's and the Z06 front at different times. Both at a good solution.
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What is recogmended for the fronts? I see from the pic that they are the same looking rim front and back.
56 offset won't fit, those are the Vette rear wheels. You have to run the Vette fronts that are 40mm offset.
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