I was undecided about plating them until a friend bought another Z06 just like mine, guess I gotta be different. The stock paint does a great job of hiding the brake dust as you all have said, but I keep my car so clean I don't think it's an issue. As far as weight difference goes, they chrome bike parts to save weight, so I hope it also saved a little un-sprung weight. They also have to polish the wheel prior to plating, so I'm pretty sure they are lighter. I didn't weigh mine so it's just my opinion... I did buy them from Corvette Mike, I was on the list for ~2 months. When I called, Matt said at that time he had 7 orders ahead of me, one with 2 sets, we all know who that was! The car draws alot more attention in chrome, the more I look at them the more I like them. The tire shop was also really impressed with the quality of the wheel. Thanks to the General & Corvette Mike. The one negative is the centers, I would like the stock imboss of the Corvette Flag, not the blank ones that came with them. Anybody know where to chrome plastic????