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View Poll Results: What are the most important parameter in selecting a wheel for your Camaro?
Color/Finish 26 22.61%
Design 68 59.13%
Diameter/width 19 16.52%
Price 35 30.43%
Weight 37 32.17%
Other 5 4.35%
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Old 05-02-2013, 10:58 AM   #1
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Poll: What do you think is the future of wheels?

We all spend a great deal of time looking at wheels and deciding what is going to look and perform best on our Camaro. This is your opportunity to describe where you think the industry should be headed. Discuss your concerns about weight, diameter, widths, finishes, colors, designs such as concave, price or any other parameter(s) important tot you. Please select a single parameter that you think is the most important in making your final selection.
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:17 AM   #2
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I think ultra wide like the Batpod is the direction to go. I personally like the deeeeeeeep concave seen on many Euro/supercars. It looks great on the Vette. It's too hard to predict the future, but going from bicycle wheels on a Model T to what we have today, I'd say a wide wheel for traction is where the industry keeps progressing.

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C'mon man, we all know in the future we wont need wheels!!!! Our cars will levitate and wheel and tire companies will be out of business!!! Until then....keep working on making an "affordable" lightweight wheel!!! I have to pick two...because there are some nice options out there for lightweight wheels (which is important to me), but unfortunately, very few (if any) are truly affordable. So maybe a less expensive lightweight material or forging process????
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C'mon man, we all know in the future we wont need wheels!!!! Our cars will levitate and wheel and tire companies will be out of business!!!
LOL, I sure hope not!
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:25 PM   #5
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I think ultra wide like the Batpod is the direction to go. I personally like the deeeeeeeep concave seen on many Euro/supercars. It looks great on the Vette. It's too hard to predict the future, but going from bicycle wheels on a Model T to what we have today, I'd say a wide wheel for traction is where the industry keeps progressing.

Edit: By the way, your poll is going to be pretty much useless since most people will check all of them seeing as they're ALL important to making a wheel. It should be pick one.
Ultra wide is great for performance, but with CAFE standards, keeping wheels light while maintaining their strength (IMO) is probably gonna be a huge factor.

While many of us here at Camaro5 probably don't mind loosing some MPG in exchange for some grip, I believe most consumers looking for an aftermarket wheel are doing so for looks, not bottom-line performance. In that case, if you can bring a well designed wheel that has reduced weight to market, and advertise increased MPG (not to mention all around reduced rotational mass and unsprung weight advantages), I think you'll have a winner.
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Want to thank those that have responded and encourage those that have not to do so. This is certainly an opportunity to tell wheel manufactures what you all want in a wheel and an opportunity to influence the direction wheel manufactuing takes in the future. Camaro owners are growing in numbers as are their opinions, we want to hear what you have to say.
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Old 05-02-2013, 06:30 PM   #7
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I'd say most of my customers shop within their comfortable budget first, then pick a wheel in that price range that suits their style. I rarely get someone shopping for $2000 wheels that ends up buying $5000 wheels, or vice-versa. So, I'd say price is the most important factor, but not necessarily cheap pricing. Everyone has their own budget.

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For me, I would like to see the diameter come back down to a useful size. Everyone is going bigger and bigger and there are very few manufactures that are working on taking the larger designs and putting them in a useful size. I like the look of 20-22" rims, but I need the bite you can't get with them.

If someone were to make a good 18" deep dish rim that is 9"-11" wide that was strong and didn't weigh 30 pounds, I think they would have a winner.
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I voted OTHER......seeing as its 4 out of the 5 paramiters listed are the things needed for a wheel to be "Just Right"
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design and price hands down!
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I like 20" or 22" wheels. Not overly heavy. I am seeing more and more people liking and wanting a simple 5, 6 or 10 spoke type design. My dream wheel?

20" or 22" wheel in a 10" width to run square
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NO rivets or "bolts"
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I fell IN LOVE with a set of USW Wheels at the Camaro Revolution but I will never be able to afford a set of them.
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For me, I would like to see the diameter come back down to a useful size. Everyone is going bigger and bigger and there are very few manufactures that are working on taking the larger designs and putting them in a useful size. I like the look of 20-22" rims, but I need the bite you can't get with them.

If someone were to make a good 18" deep dish rim that is 9"-11" wide that was strong and didn't weigh 30 pounds, I think they would have a winner.
Pretty much agree with all this. You find a great looking wheel and it's either not available in 18's or it is but won't clear the freakin Brembos
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I'd say most of my customers shop within their comfortable budget first, then pick a wheel in that price range that suits their style. I rarely get someone shopping for $2000 wheels that ends up buying $5000 wheels, or vice-versa. So, I'd say price is the most important factor, but not necessarily cheap pricing. Everyone has their own budget.

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id agree with this 100%.. when i was shopping for wheels i set a budget i was comfortable with and could justify spending on a set of wheels and tires and then shopped within that budget. so i guess price first and design second. thats for a daily driver....for a track car i guess widths and weight would be the real factors. its function over form at that point.
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I think design is a given. The most important thing for me was the price. I found a few wheels that I liked, but once I looked into the price, I quickly changed my mind on the more expensive wheels.
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Price, design and different options on that design... Sometimes you find a good price and a nice design, but then the option on that design are limited... But the main price or came out with a payment plan to make the deal more tempted... Lol!
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Weight, then price.
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weight....with mpg/cafe regs and my needs on a road course weight is the most important factor
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Design, weight and price appear to be the most important parameters at present. In regard to design, what would you all like to see that perhaps is not offered? Also, I noticed that a number of folks have checked the "other" box. This is your opportunity to discuss what "other" items are important to you all. Who knows, you might start a different wheel trend for our Camaros!
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Design, weight and price appear to be the most important parameters at present. In regard to design, what would you all like to see that perhaps is not offered? Also, I noticed that a number of folks have checked the "other" box. This is your opportunity to discuss what "other" items are important to you all. Who knows, you might start a different wheel trend for our Camaros!
There are several designs on the market that grab your attention, unfortunately, most of the manufacturers are spending their time focusing on the larger wheels that don't have a functional purpose. With the current trend of "bigger is better", most of the wheel market is loosing out on a quality design because we are not going to slap 30" rims on a sports car/truck/off highway vehicle. When I spend $2000-$4000 on rims, the last thing I want to do is have to match that just to get rubber that fits.

Start bringing the designs back to sizes in functional ranges. It wasn't that long ago that 17"-20" rims were where the focus seemed to be and there were plenty of options. If someone wants to change out the rims on their Camaro, they are stuck with maybe 10 designs, and several are different manufacturers take on a similar design.

If you want to step out of the norm, lets see something that isn't a 5 spoke base design, bring back a true deep concave and get the diameter back to a useful range for the largest part of the market, those that drive our cars/trucks/OHV's and not just want the "bling" factor. It shouldn't be that hard to bring some of the designs to a 18" x 8"-11" rim and maintain the look. This would allow the weight to come back down and the price and quality to be back where the consumers are more likely to make the purchase.
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You make some good points 2010SSRSM6. When the ZL1 Camaro first came out Camaro owners liked the OEM wheels that came with this Camaro and started asking about after-market replicas. I think this is why many vendors, including us, are offering monoblock wheels basically to meet the current demand of a light weight, forged, multispoke wheel in smaller sizes. I remain curious as to the opinion of Camaro owners that checked the "Other" box in the poll. What would you all like to see in the evolution of wheels for the Camaro?
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Personally I don't even look at price until I find a design I like. I don't care how much it is, if it's ugly I'm not putting it on my car. I pick out a wheel design and then see if there's a way to fit it in my budget.

If I like one wheel more than the other, I'm not going to settle just because the wheel I don't like as much is cheaper. I just won't buy a set of wheels in that case.
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You make some good points 2010SSRSM6. When the ZL1 Camaro first came out Camaro owners liked the OEM wheels that came with this Camaro and started asking about after-market replicas. I think this is why many vendors, including us, are offering monoblock wheels basically to meet the current demand of a light weight, forged, multispoke wheel in smaller sizes. I remain curious as to the opinion of Camaro owners that checked the "Other" box in the poll. What would you all like to see in the evolution of wheels for the Camaro?
Get away from the "traditional" 5 spoke design. Lets get something with character and no bolts or buttons exposed to make it look like that's what is holding the rim together. Get back to a traditional deep dish or some sort of combo of deep concave/deep dish. Too many of the wheels available look just like someone else's. I want something unique.


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Get away from the "traditional" 5 spoke design. Lets get something with character and no bolts or buttons exposed to make it look like that's what is holding the rim together. Get back to a traditional deep dish or some sort of combo of deep concave/deep dish. Too many of the wheels available look just like someone else's. I want something unique.


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Looks like we are headed in the correct direction as we are offering concave/deep concave and blind bolt features on our custom 3-piece wheels!

Keep the opinions coming folks.
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Looks like we are headed in the correct direction as we are offering concave/deep concave and blind bolt features on out custom 3-piece wheels!

Keep the opinions coming folks.
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