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After much deliberation, I finally made a decision and put some new wheels on the SS. This post by @tanisdwninit pushed one of my top contenders over the top: The O•Z Leggera HLT, Bright Race Grey finish.

Today was bath day and while she was drying off a bit before getting her detail spray, I took a beer break and a few photos. They're not great shots, but they'll have to do for now.

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Front: 19x8.5, Offset 35mm
Rear: 19x9.5, Offset 45mm
OE tires & suspension

I had intended to take some 'before and after' measurements to determine exactly how much the track width increased, and measure the exact weight differences. Alas, it didn't happen. The wheels were originally scheduled to arrive at my installer a week or so after we returned home from vacation. Much to my surprise, they arrived the day before we left. I rushed the car down to the installer without getting any measurements or weights. I picked it up, drove it about 20 miles or so round-trip for a lunch meeting with my accountant (they seemed to be perfectly balanced), then parked it before heading out for a 10-day road trip to Colorado. Whew!

The Rims & Tires online configurator shows that the fronts stick out 13mm more than stock, and the rears stick out 12mm more than stock. Well within the acceptable range for my tastes. I have no plans to lower the car.

They fit perfectly and required no spacers, though the rears are mighty close to the brake calipers. They did require centering rings and new lug nuts, but those were included (and the centering rings pre-installed) in the quoted price from Tire Rack -- along with a pair of thin-wall sockets for use with the new lug nuts. Nice!

Overall, I couldn't be more pleased. I really like the style of the wheel, and the finish is in the Goldilocks zone for me: not too dark, and not too bright. This is my first wheel purchase from Tire Rack, and it went very smoothly. Also, Kudos to Firm Automotive on NE 28th St. in Fort Worth (my preferred installer). We've been dealing with the Firm family for years, and they always do a great job -- no surprise to have discovered so many 5-star reviews for them on Tire Rack's website.



























 

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Great look. I too like what I have heard called the "tuning fork" style wheels and have some Foose Outcast on order for my SS. That style looks killer on your SS and the grey goes great with the SLIHRM.
 

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Looking good!
 
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Great look. I too like what I have heard called the "tuning fork" style wheels and have some Foose Outcast on order for my SS. That style looks killer on your SS and the grey goes great with the SLIHRM.
Be sure to post some pics when your Outcasts are installed. I bet they'll look great on the SS.
 

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Looks great !!!!!!
 
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Great color combination for sure! When I was selecting my wheels, I almost chose a similar color. Not that I have anything against black wheels; but they're starting to get a bit long-in-the-tooth. Nice to see a deviation in the grayscale realm.
 
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They look really good on your SS, agree. I am at ~4k miles on mine, no issues with close but in spec distance from rear wheel and caliper.

You notice any performance improvement in steering, handling? My post highly deviated on that front since it was the main reason I swapped to these lighter weight wheels.
 
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Car pulls it off nicely!
 
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They look really good on your SS, agree. I am at ~4k miles on mine, no issues with close but in spec distance from rear wheel and caliper.
Good to hear! And thanks again for posting your pictures -- they're what finally broke the stalemate and led me to a decision. I really like the look on your car with the darker color, and I'm just as pleased with how they look on mine.

You notice any performance improvement in steering, handling? My post highly deviated on that front since it was the main reason I swapped to these lighter weight wheels.
Not in ordinary driving, no. And I haven't yet had the chance for a more spirited driving session.
 

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Glad you are happy with them and my post/pics Mike v made sticky helped. I found a random post pic to see these race grey color leggeras on black SS before I bought and of course nothingtoseehere had good post with these wheels in black helped me decide as well.

Anyway, think it's cool we have this fourm where we can see and read about upgrades others do before we take the plunge, we have it good on that front imo.
 
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Those wheels look great on your SS

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Well, I thought it was my imagination the first time it happened. But then it happened again. I'm getting a slight rub of the passenger-side rear tire on the inner fender lip with both kids (under 100 lbs. each) in back when going over a bump/dip at moderate speeds. I looked this morning and sure enough, there's a small area at about 10:00 with no paint. :frown
 

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Well, I thought it was my imagination the first time it happened. But then it happened again. I'm getting a slight rub of the passenger-side rear tire on the inner fender lip with both kids (under 100 lbs. each) in back when going over a bump/dip at moderate speeds. I looked this morning and sure enough, there's a small area at about 10:00 with no paint. :frown
Wow, sorry to read that. I can say with both my kids in back seat with these wheels on my 17 ~140 pounds no rubbing going over bumps. I am not sure if we have gone over classic large speed bumps though.

Not sure if my 17 which I put same wheels on is higher, more wheel gap than 16 model year, know 17 is higher than 14/15. Also, possibly since 17 is more "compliant" with mag ride could be difference why I have not had any rub.

On personal level now I am worried, was about to pull the trigger on king sl springs, this post now has me trigger shy.

Did you have your wheel lugs re-torqued, think recommended after first 50-100 miles? dont think that would cause rub if lugs got loose but not fully sure, again sorry to read.
 

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Wow, sorry to read that. I can say with both my kids in back seat with these wheels on my 17 ~140 pounds no rubbing going over bumps. I am not sure if we have gone over classic large speed bumps though.

Not sure if my 17 which I put same wheels on is higher, more wheel gap than 16 model year, know 17 is higher than 14/15. Also, possibly since 17 is more "compliant" with mag ride could be difference why I have not had any rub.

On personal level now I am worried, was about to pull the trigger on king sl springs, this post now has me trigger shy.

Did you have your wheel lugs re-torqued, think recommended after first 50-100 miles? dont think that would cause rub if lugs got loose but not fully sure, again sorry to read.
It's not major, but it's undeniable. Given everything I've read here about the various wheel/tire/suspension combinations, I'm quite surprised. But... it is what it is. I feel sure that some minor re-shaping of the finder lip in that one area will prevent any further rubbing. I'm not thrilled about it but not losing any sleep over it, either.
 

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It's not major, but it's undeniable. Given everything I've read here about the various wheel/tire/suspension combinations, I'm quite surprised. But... it is what it is. I feel sure that some minor re-shaping of the finder lip in that one area will prevent any further rubbing. I'm not thrilled about it but not losing any sleep over it, either.
yeah you dont look like you lowered your SS, you are stock on suspension or? Just curious.
 

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Guess could have read your first post better which outlined stock. Interested if you find reason since just does not make sense to me and hopefully wont cost you too much.
 

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Not in ordinary driving, no. And I haven't yet had the chance for a more spirited driving session.[/QUOTE]


Surprised to hear that. These are great wheels and look great on your car - had them on a Honda Accord Sport and I can say they made a huge difference due to the weight. Trying to remember, but I believe it was around 21lbs or so vs 29+ on stock - similar or less difference than would be on our SS's. Felt like a go kart after the swap (I know - slight exaggeration and weird analogy for a Honda Accord).
 
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