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Old 05-10-2013, 07:57 PM   #1
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Default Is it me or are base wheels better looking that Z51 wheels?

I've seen some pictures and the base wheels are growing on me.

What do you think?
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Old 05-10-2013, 07:57 PM   #2
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I've seen some pictures and the base wheels are growing on me.

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Old 05-10-2013, 07:58 PM   #3
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It is you! But personal taste is just that..
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Old 05-10-2013, 08:02 PM   #4
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It's just you

I find the base wheels hideous and make the car look bad.
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Old 05-10-2013, 08:51 PM   #5
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I love the 51 wheels.
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Old 05-10-2013, 08:55 PM   #6
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It's just you

I find the base wheels hideous and make the car look bad.
This pic of TR w/ base wheels look good.

http://www.corvetteblogger.com/2013/...y-advertising/

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This pic of TR w/ base wheels look good.

http://www.corvetteblogger.com/2013/...y-advertising/
It's subjective... I really don't like the base wheels but that doesn't mean many others wouldn't find them beautiful. I find the design is too plain and, in turn, makes the car look less sporty.
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It's subjective... I really don't like the base wheels but that doesn't mean many others wouldn't find them beautiful. I find the design is too plain and, in turn, makes the car look less sporty.
Wonder why they don't give those who don't want Z51 option the ability to choose Z51 wheels.
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Old 05-10-2013, 09:20 PM   #9
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Anyone good at photochopping ... How about a set of C6 / Z06 Comp Grey "Spider" wheels on the C7?
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It's just you. The Z51 wheels are MUCH better looking. It's almost worth the $2800 for the Z51 just to get the Z51 wheels - everything else is like a bonus!
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Wonder why they don't give those who don't want Z51 option the ability to choose Z51 wheels.
Probably because GM thinks the Z51 wheels look better and that is part of their strategy to get people to opt for the Z51. Not to mention the Z51 is a bargain.

The Z51 wheels are different sizes that the base wheels.

Give the aftermarket a little while and there will be reproduction Z51 look-alike wheels in base sizes.
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Probably because GM thinks the Z51 wheels look better and that is part of their strategy to get people to opt for the Z51. Not to mention the Z51 is a bargain.
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If you ever saw the Ferrari F430 standard seats, you would say they were ugly as hell. Many think it was done intentionally so that people would opt for the Daytona style at about $3600 more.

If that was the strategy -- it worked. About 98% came with Daytona seats.
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Old 05-10-2013, 10:42 PM   #13
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I agree with the OP. The base wheels are cleaner and fit with the design better. The "tuning fork" Z-51 wheels aren't bad, but they're pretty flat and look similar to a lot of other wheels out there.
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Nope,.. Its just you...

The base wheels look crappy. Way to plain looking.
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Old 05-11-2013, 12:32 AM   #15
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The base wheels look crappy. Way to plain looking.
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I agree with the OP. The base wheels are cleaner and fit with the design better. The "tuning fork" Z-51 wheels aren't bad, but they're pretty flat and look similar to a lot of other wheels out there.

So that makes three of us
I really like the clean simple look. Real easy to clean for a daily driver too. But the majority of corvette guys seem to like more interesting and complex wheels (like the ZR1 style) which admittedly give the car more pizzaz. To me the perfect wheel would be the base wheel in the bigger size.

You're right about fitting the design better. This clean wheel design was used in most of the early C7 renderings we saw at the Bash. Also on the Stingray Concept from 2009.

And you're right, many ordinary sedans are running around on wheels that look much like the Z51's.
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If you ever saw the Ferrari F430 standard seats, you would say they were ugly as hell. Many think it was done intentionally so that people would opt for the Daytona style at about $3600 more.

If that was the strategy -- it worked. About 98% came with Daytona seats.
Pretty much every sports car from every make comes with skanky base wheels and you have to spend $$$ to get the nicer wheel....it's marketing 101
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I've seen some pictures and the base wheels are growing on me.

What do you think?
I like them too, I'd like them even more in dark grey or black though.
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Pretty much every sports car from every make comes with skanky base wheels and you have to spend $$$ to get the nicer wheel....it's marketing 101
In general, yes, but.....

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First pic: rather ugly standard cast aluminum wheels.

$8000 later: Voila'! Optional machine faced forged light weight aluminum 20's.

Increased profit: extreme!
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