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I am looking into getting some chrome wheels and have decided to pose a question for you guys.
Since I am one of the few 02 cars with 01 wheels - do I gain anything by keeping those exact wheels.
I know that only a few diehards will actually know the difference. I also don't have any plans to sell the car. I have a 5 year loan, and would like to keep it longer than that.
I am looking into two scenarios - buying a set of reproduction chromies outright, or exchanging mine for chrome. I would like to end up with a second set of wheels for racing which is why I would consider buying outright.
On the latter, I would be without what actually came on the car. Right now, I have everything, down to the plastic off the seats that the car came in/with.
However, I don't see that I would gain all that much down the line if I kept it exactly stock.
I guess this is the dilemma that everyone finds themselves in on their first major "mod," even if it is just appearance.

Suggestions wanted.
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Keep the stock wheels. Just in case. It may not amount to anything in 20 years, but if it does, and you don't have the original wheels, you'll be kicking yourself.
 

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Chris,

The '01 wheels are FORGED, and the '02's are Spun-Cast. The '02 wheels total 1 1/2 lbs lighter.

GM was having supply problems with the '01 wheels, and went to Speedline(Mfg.) to get the quanity they need to prevent production problems.

Forged wheels are much stronger than cast wheels and more expensive. If you're gonna race, why not do it with the strongest wheels!?

I'd keep the '01's. If you decide to Chrome 'em, do what I did and ask the tire dealer to loan you a set of regular Corvette wheels. Mine took a week to chrome.

Ask your Chevy Salesperson to recommend a tire dealer, or find a custom wheel/tire shop big enough to have spare Corvette Wheels. Otherwise, you will probabily get '02 wheels back when you trade. I'd mark the wheels to make sure you get yours back!!

HRE, or Fikse FORGED wheels go for about $5,000.00 for a set of 4 wheels!!

HTH,
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Your car

But, screwing around with FORGED OEM wheels, that were STOPPED being produced because of "Weight", issue's is BS...........( it's called $$$$$$$$$$$$$).

Keep the ORIG forged, get another set......somewhere, somehow.......

I have been around long enough to know, as fast as these cars are, the 5k+ number made in '01......will diminish rapidly due to major do overs, and wrecks, mods, etc.........having a car "Stock", exterior wise, has a special appeal to those of us old enough to remember HOW hard it was/is to find a pearl left in the pigpen.

Just look at what the ORIGINAL Vette's of the 50/60's are bringing..........STOCK......not modded to hades.............
 

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I have an 01, but did what you are considering doing. Bought a repro set of chromies, and love them, really upgrades the look of the car. I will have my slightly damaged OEM 01 wheels repaired over the winter and will keep those.

I may look into having the OEMs polished and clearcoated, which supposedly looks really good.

I would keep the OEMs and buy a set of repro chromies...
 

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I just went through the same thing, except my 02
(built Nov 1) has 02 cast wheels. I bought a set of repro chromies from Corvette Mike and kept my
original wheels. Very happy with my decision, the
wheels look great, I cant tell they are not o.e.
If you buy repros go with Corvette Mike or Corvette Wheel Specialists or someone else whose
repros are made in USA, as these repros are only
1 - 2 lbs heavier than o.e. (they are also stronger) Some vendors sell taiwanese repros, those are 5 - 6 lbs heavier than o.e. and quality control is suspect to me. Corvette Mike has the repros on sale for $1350 per set/ freight prepaid
graet deal!, talk to Matt, he knows wheels.:)
 

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Your '02 with

the '01 forged wheels makes it a rare collector item in the future.

The factory had switched to the spun cast wheels for '02 but Speedline had "just in Time" delivery problems after September 11th with their inbound shipping from Italy. So the factory switched to its secret 'o1 parts inventory to fill production needs after September 11th for about a month and a half. It will be interesting to see how many '02's were produced with the forged wheels during this time; I wager not too many.

My advise is to keep the 'o1 forged wheels in a safe place. If you mod your car always keep the "take off" parts so that you or a future buyer can convert it to original. Even after 5 years I think the limited # of 'o2's produced with '01 forged wheels will command a higher resale price and definetly be worth more 10 to 20 years down the road especially in good condition and with low mileage. Now if you have a laminated front page with September 11th Headlines to go with your cars docementation....WOW! Just think what these cars could bring. Some saw macabre but buisness is buisness. A rare factory option marked by an historical event. That's what every collector looks for.

On a side note I think modified cars bring a lesser value down the road unless they are raced. To race and win that is even more special. My car is stock, raced in a stock class and has wins. Some mods are allowed but I have kept all of the stock "take off" parts for the future buyer.

If you want a sweet, chromed and lighter wheel which looks something like a Lemans BBS wheel on the C5R and are resonably priced check out Chromed CCW's. You can get them from "Hoosier" Tom Reichel at Mid Atlantic Motorsports, tell him I sent you (Don Williams):

[email protected]

www.midatlanticmotorsport.com

If you click on his gallery in the above link you can see the CCW chromies on the Silver C4 #96 and the CCW's with Black anodized centers on the Silver C5 #199 SS. Check them out on that Blue '70 LT-1 #94. Just awesome.

Otherwise I recommmend either Fiske,Hickock, BBS, HRE, Mallett or an aftermarket chrome reproduction. Ypu can spend between $305 to $1500/wheel
 

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All good info guys, thanks.

Some additional info that I didn't add earlier. The car is my daily driver and will not be a low mileage vehicle. I have 4 week and have put just over 2600 miles on it.

As far as racing goes, I just want a spare set of rims to go play with. I am not a serious racer by any means. Just some drivers ed events so I can drive the car like it was designed to be driven, and in a nice safe environment.
So I am looking to somehow keep mine and get a set of chromies and end up with a set that I can play with. I am getting more upset as I realize that to keep my 01 wheels I will have to either make them a nice wall decoration while driving the chromies and having a set to race on, or racing on the originals.
I was looking to keep the cost down, but buying two sets of wheels sure won't do that.

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How can you tell if they are '01s or '02s? My car was built on 10/25 which sounds like it is around that time. Just curious:roll:
 

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What kind of wheels:

My 2002 ZO6 has 2001 Chrome wheels They have the initials GM stamped inside on one of the spokes and the number F-03-02-01 also #9593805 and USA Rg G138 and H 032601A. Not sure what all that means. I know they are GM wheels, but they do not say Alcoa anywhere on them. Then again Alcoa may be the supplier. I am not looking to sell the car for more then I paid for it 30 years from now as I might not be here. I am going to drive it and enjoy it. This is not a "Garage Queen" I have read about people who have very little mileage and keep their car covered up for years and end up taking a big hit on the car. The ZR-1 s are a good example of that. The car costs up to 60 to 70 thousand dollars and are now selling for 35,000 of so for a late model one. If you want to make money don't buy a car to do it. Better off putting $50,000.00 down on a house or apartment building then you will have something in 20 or 30 years. Why save something for a future buyer enjoy the car yourself. Thats the way I see it.:) :) :cheers: :cheers:
 

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Ice,

You may be able to tell by looking on the inside of your wheel(s) to find an unmachined surface. Castings will have an uneven surface, sometimes "bubbly" or with little high and low spots, as in a sand casting. Casting involves molten metal poured into a mold.

The forged wheel should have a smooth appearence with sharp edges. Forging involves a solid piece of metal that is stamped by a very hard steel tool under extreme pressure. Hence, the molecules are aligned and the metal is very dense leading to increased strength.

If you could get a wheel off of a '01 and compare it to a recently produced '02 wheel you should be able to see a difference upon close inspection. Now all you gotta do is find those 2 guys with the right cars and convince each of them to pull off a wheel:)

If this doesn't work, perhaps there is an I.D. # stamped on the wheel that would identify whether it was forged or cast.....or, you might call the plant and talk to Will Cooksey. Interesting Question!!

HTH, :cheers:,
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Easy to tell apart. Forged wheel spokes are solid from the center to the outer wheel area. Cast wheels have a scalloped indention on the back of every other spoke toward the outer wheel area. With the wheels on the car just run your hand down the spokes, if they are cast you will feel scalloped area on every other spoke about 2" long where spoke goes into outer wheel. If wheels are off, 02 wheels say "speedline" cast into the back.
 

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Cool. I'll have to check that out... wasn't interested enough to yank the wheel for just that but the scalloped test is easy enough.
 

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I have heard from Ken Fitchner on CF that if your vin is between 109523 and 110263 you have 01 wheels and your build date is between 10/8 and 10/15. Not sure how accurate this information is but you can check it out in Ken Fitchners news letter. Hope this helps.
 

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MOUNTAINWOLF said:
Easy to tell apart. Forged wheel spokes are solid from the center to the outer wheel area. Cast wheels have a scalloped indention on the back of every other spoke toward the outer wheel area. With the wheels on the car just run your hand down the spokes, if they are cast you will feel scalloped area on every other spoke about 2" long where spoke goes into outer wheel. If wheels are off, 02 wheels say "speedline" cast into the back.
Looks like cast :) has a hollow indention right where you said it was... every other spoke on the back.
 
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