Gen II OEM Wheel Finishes

Discussion in 'RT/10 and GTS Discussions' started by Vpr898, Jul 11, 2018.

  1. Vpr898

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    Does anyone know what factory finishes the '96 and '97 GTS wheels came with?

    I know that the '96 are two-piece cast and welded and the '97 are of identical design but single piece forged. But that's all I remember.

    I can't readily find the information, thanks for the help!
     
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    weren't these wheels polished, then clear-coated?
     
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    Looks definitively like the '96 and '97 wheels would never had had a Durabright finish, according to info on that thread.

    I'm guessing, then, that '96 and '97 GTS wheels were just polished and cleared. I read a while back, where I learned about the casting vs forging, that the '97 wheels polish up much brighter than the '96 wheels. I've got a '96 and bought a set of '97s off a friend and they are most definitely a bit brighter (and have factory finish, not chromed). They're not in amazing shape and I'm having them redone, but I have never been sure of the finish.
     
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    Steve-Indy VCA Venom Member - Great Lakes

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    The advice was to treat the Gen II wheels as if they were painted...and, never use any metal polishes of strong (acid being one) cleaners.

    Some had them triple chromed, while others stripped them of the clear and used metal polish on the bare aluminum.
     
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    Yup!
     
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    Ron VCA E-Member - Great Lakes

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    '97 was a transition year. Some were cast, some were forged. All '96 were cast and all '98 were forged.
     
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    I hadn't heard that. Interesting.
     
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    I remember guys having the front wheels break under heavy braking with slicks. Just can't remember if it was the cast or forged wheels that were the problem.
     
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    Most definitely cast.

    From what I observed during that time period the spokes broke at the hub during hard cornering with slicks, though no slicks in the picture above.
     
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