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Old 01-04-2013, 01:24 PM   #1
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Question Replica SS rims on My LS

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I have a 2012 LS camaro, obviously v6. I need help because i'm really not a genius when it comes to upgrades but i always research and think everything though. The rims i want are very cheap and very nice looking. I'm tired of the unappealing heavy stock rims on the new LS's. Here's the info for the rims. 20x9" 5x120 with a 35mm offset i believe. Not too positive. Now i think i remember reading for a LS, the front rims are 40mm and the rear rims are 50mm offset? Yet again, not positive. So how would i make that work out with the rims? Also, just to be sure what size tires would i need? my stock tires are P245/55R18. I tried compatibility matches and it said 265/40/20. If that's right, what are the best tires i should get? Please try to explain it as simple as possible, as i'm only 19 right now but i'm a proud lover of my v6 that i have bought all by myself, no help. I'm also planning on getting SLP loudmouth 2's on it soon but, one upgrade at a time
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Old 01-04-2013, 01:40 PM   #2
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on that 20", you are looking at 275/40/20 on all corners. The added benefit is additional cornering stability as well as you can do a normal tire rotation.
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Old 01-04-2013, 01:48 PM   #3
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Alright so it's better like that? and the tires won't be too big?
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Old 01-04-2013, 01:49 PM   #4
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I love having the RS 20's on my 2LT, I think they're better looking. I also have a love/hate relationship with the tires being bigger in the back. You can't rotate them, which sucks.
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The SS comes with a 245/45/20 on the front on a 20x8.0 wheel and a 275/40/20 on the rear on a 20x9.0 wheel. I would think that if all 4 of your tires are 20x9.0 you should go with the 275/40/20 that comes stock as GEEKFREAKSCOTTY mentions above.
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Old 01-04-2013, 02:00 PM   #6
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For the cost of the "cheap" rims and 4 new rear tires. You might be better ahead just buying a set of OEM takeoffs in the F/S section. Unless you really want 9" fronts
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Old 01-04-2013, 02:07 PM   #7
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Well the LS has 245/55 front and back. and the rims are 18x7.5. So if i got 275/40 with 20x9 in all 4 corners it would be fine? Would the front and back offset when they're being put on matter? and i know it might be a little expensive but i pretty much like these rims. As annoying as it is to change tire size as well, i think it'll be worth it. The only thing that sucks is that the tires are new.
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Old 01-04-2013, 03:10 PM   #8
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So i think it's settled on getting 275/40 all around with the 20x9 rims but i'm still worried about how i need to do the offsets.
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I don't know how much you are going to pay for your replica rims and tires, but here's a set for sale in the marketplace for a great price and you don't have to worry about offsets.

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=236539

There are also several other threads with OEM SS wheels and tires listed.
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So i think it's settled on getting 275/40 all around with the 20x9 rims but i'm still worried about how i need to do the offsets.
If I recall, 20x9 with a 34mm+ offset is what you are looking for with those tires.

You can run factory take offs but you can't do a normal tire rotation. Personally, that's important to me, so I opted to use the same wheels and tires all around when/if I ever upgrade to 20s.
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Old 01-04-2013, 03:22 PM   #11
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These are the rims i want to help out. http://www.discounttiredirect.com/di...w=9&vid=020773

That other post is a nice price and that's low mileage but the thing is, this is a brand new camaro, 3k miles on it and i'm the first owner. So everything is pretty much brand new, so i'd rather spend the extra money on new everything. So I guess 275/40 all around would work for full tire rotations and the rims would fit without any problems, and if its 34+mm offset, if i get the put on at a shop will they do the offsets right?
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These are the rims i want to help out. http://www.discounttiredirect.com/di...w=9&vid=020773

That other post is a nice price and that's low mileage but the thing is, this is a brand now camaro, 3k miles on it and i'm the first owner. So everything is pretty much brand new, so i'd rather spend the extra money on new everything. So I guess 275/40 all around would work for full tire rotations and the rims would fit without any problems, and if its 34+mm offset, if i get the put on at a shop will they do the offsets right?
Yeah, that link is helpful. Those are nice looking wheels, I love the dark finish (but I am biased). I also know a little bit about brand new Camaros and wanting everything new for it (I've bought 2 in the last 12 months), so I understand your thought process.

I'd go with 275/40/20's all around and be done with it. I would think a 34+mm offset should be fine. If you are still not sure, why don't you create a thread in the Wheels&Tire section of the forum, you might have some more luck over there.
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These are the rims i want to help out. http://www.discounttiredirect.com/di...w=9&vid=020773

That other post is a nice price and that's low mileage but the thing is, this is a brand new camaro, 3k miles on it and i'm the first owner. So everything is pretty much brand new, so i'd rather spend the extra money on new everything. So I guess 275/40 all around would work for full tire rotations and the rims would fit without any problems, and if its 34+mm offset, if i get the put on at a shop will they do the offsets right?
You have to buy the wheel with the correct offset built into it

If you are buying a replica SS wheel however, that isn't likely to be an issue.
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For the cost of the "cheap" rims and 4 new rear tires. You might be better ahead just buying a set of OEM takeoffs in the F/S section. Unless you really want 9" fronts
This. I just bought a set of four factory SS 20's with tires, polished 5 spoke off Craigslist for $600. That was a steal, but there are plenty in the 1,000 range, with very good rubber.
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Yeah, that link is helpful. Those are nice looking wheels, I love the dark finish (but I am biased). I also know a little bit about brand new Camaros and wanting everything new for it (I've bought 2 in the last 12 months), so I understand your thought process.

I'd go with 275/40/20's all around and be done with it. I would think a 34+mm offset should be fine. If you are still not sure, why don't you create a thread in the Wheels&Tire section of the forum, you might have some more luck over there.
Yeah, i'm jealous of the ZL1. And i might just in case, i mean. I'd rather spend more money to make things nicer you know? and i love black myself. And from what i'm reading, alot of people do 275/40/20's all the way around.
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You have to buy the wheel with the correct offset built into it

If you are buying a replica SS wheel however, that isn't likely to be an issue.
Well i hope so, thing is, i do have an LS and i'm not sure how different the offsets are because i can't find it. I'm not sure if that would be a conflict or not, i'm pretty dumb.
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Yeah, i'm jealous of the ZL1. And i might just in case, i mean. I'd rather spend more money to make things nicer you know? and i love black myself. And from what i'm reading, alot of people do 275/40/20's all the way around.
It all boils down to:

A) Buy a set for a great deal off of another Camaro.

You cannot rotate tires though. If that doesn't matter to you, then this is by far the most affordable route.

B) Buy a set for a great deal off of another Camaro.

Sell/trade the back wheels and tires to someone who wants them for the front of his SS, take his front wheels for the back of your car. Kind of a royal pain (and can you run the rears all the way around?)

C) Pick out your own wheels in a setup that you can rotate for longevity, then pick out a tire that is better than the stock Pirellis. Sell your stockers to recoup a couple bucks.
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Well i hope so, thing is, i do have an LS and i'm not sure how different the offsets are because i can't find it. I'm not sure if that would be a conflict or not, i'm pretty dumb.
Dumb would be to not ask questions. It doesn't matter if it's an LS. The 20x9 wheels with a 34mm+ offset and the previously mentioned tires pretty much works across the board on any model.
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It all boils down to:

A) Buy a set for a great deal off of another Camaro.

You cannot rotate tires though. If that doesn't matter to you, then this is by far the most affordable route.

B) Buy a set for a great deal off of another Camaro.

Sell/trade the back wheels and tires to someone who wants them for the front of his SS, take his front wheels for the back of your car. Kind of a royal pain (and can you run the rears all the way around?)

C) Pick out your own wheels in a setup that you can rotate for longevity, then pick out a tire that is better than the stock Pirellis. Sell your stockers to recoup a couple bucks.
I think it's always safe to have 4 rotatable wheels lol, so i'll probably go with the same tires all around and i'll find a way to sell my tires and rims.
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Dumb would be to not ask questions. It doesn't matter if it's an LS. The 20x9 wheels with a 34mm+ offset and the previously mentioned tires pretty much works across the board on any model.
Well thats good, then the replica rims should have the offset built in correct?
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Hello blackandwhite! First off, welcome to the forum!

Now, onto your question. I know the mentality that you want everything new since it's your first brand new car. I too had that mentality at the beginning. But sometimes its better to buy slightly used and save a ton of money. The rims you are inquiring about I actually have some experience with because a buddy of mine who also has a brand new ls got those exact ones. I don't remember the size of the wheel but I do know that he ended up going with a 255 size tire all around. Now, I would probably advise you that if you would look past the new part, you could get a great deal buying from a reputable member around you or here. Reason I say this is simple. My friend ended up paying about 1750 out the door for the rims and tires. The tires were the expensive part. You could easily find a nice set of the ss stock wheels for about 1000 and in really nice condition. You'd save 700 dollars and get some great tires to go along with them. Then, if you wanted them black. You could simply either plasti dip them to be matte like the ones you're buying or powdercoat for another color or gloss black and still spend less than buying the other ones.

Just a thought.


P.S. Another thing is you could look for some take offs and those are basically new wheels with like a few hundred miles on them if anything.
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Talk to the guys a dicount tires, would think they should be the ones with all the answers.
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Hello blackandwhite! First off, welcome to the forum!

Now, onto your question. I know the mentality that you want everything new since it's your first brand new car. I too had that mentality at the beginning. But sometimes its better to buy slightly used and save a ton of money. The rims you are inquiring about I actually have some experience with because a buddy of mine who also has a brand new ls got those exact ones. I don't remember the size of the wheel but I do know that he ended up going with a 255 size tire all around. Now, I would probably advise you that if you would look past the new part, you could get a great deal buying from a reputable member around you or here. Reason I say this is simple. My friend ended up paying about 1750 out the door for the rims and tires. The tires were the expensive part. You could easily find a nice set of the ss stock wheels for about 1000 and in really nice condition. You'd save 700 dollars and get some great tires to go along with them. Then, if you wanted them black. You could simply either plasti dip them to be matte like the ones you're buying or powdercoat for another color or gloss black and still spend less than buying the other ones.

Just a thought.


P.S. Another thing is you could look for some take offs and those are basically new wheels with like a few hundred miles on them if anything.
I mean, i do like the brand new mentality because i'm not a cheap person i guess. I know the tires would be the expensive part. And i did just buy some plasti dip. Thing is i'm pretty new and i'm not really good and know any extra details. If i come across a really nice deal for rims and they aren't scratched up and they come with the wheels with all the same size tires and such, i'd probably be real interested.
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Talk to the guys a dicount tires, would think they should be the ones with all the answers.
I did on the phone for a bit, but not to this extent. I feel like you guys are better mechanics and wouldn't try to go for a rip off deal you know?
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Being a New Yawker your gonna need your original wheels & tires for winter,& the 20's for summer
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