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motorheadmike 11-29-2016 04:45 PM

17x11 Ronal R15s - Done!
 
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I don't post here much - but figured you folks would appreciate this information. Weldcraft did the work. These were modified for our wagon build (http://ls1tech.com/forums/conversion...ion-wagon.html). They started life as legit Ronal R15 17x9.5s not the crappy recast/repops. These might be the only set of 17x11 R15s in the world (this is the internet and someone will take exception to the statement and make the effort to prove me wrong). The only reason these could be widened to the outside is because they are a "reverse mount" style wheel and have a non-stepped lip.

We will be mounting 345/40R17 Toyo TQ drag radials on them.

Buddy 11-29-2016 05:56 PM

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Thats awsome!! And your wagon is a really cool ride!!!
I have often wondered about widening rims... if it was worth it ($) or if it could be done quality wise. I have heard of Weldcraft, and also Greens out west.

Those look great though!!!

TTOP350 11-29-2016 06:28 PM

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Outstanding!!!!!

cosmick 11-29-2016 06:56 PM

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The pic didn't live up to the idea. It'd be more impressive, and stealthy, to add the width to the back side then use spacers.
If I was widening, I'd go at least 11.5, maybe 12.

motorheadmike 11-29-2016 08:05 PM

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Originally Posted by cosmick (Post 6095067)
The pic didn't live up to the idea. It'd be more impressive, and stealthy, to add the width to the back side then use spacers.
If I was widening, I'd go at least 11.5, maybe 12.

Value added = zero.

//<86TA>\\ 11-29-2016 08:14 PM

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Originally Posted by cosmick (Post 6095067)
The pic didn't live up to the idea. It'd be more impressive, and stealthy, to add the width to the back side then use spacers.
If I was widening, I'd go at least 11.5, maybe 12.

So go through all the effort and still have to use spacers? That makes sense....
OP, the wheels look awesome!

motorheadmike 11-30-2016 08:09 PM

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Added a second pic showing the (almost) 4" deep lip.

miamivice 11-30-2016 10:10 PM

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Awesome! Look forward to seeing them mounted!

Zach/90\irocZ 12-07-2016 10:04 AM

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awesome

scholtmj 12-07-2016 02:35 PM

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Weldcraft does fantastic work. Looks great!

Abubaca 12-12-2016 08:23 AM

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Those do look awesome! ....I checked out Weldcraft, and their FAQ. One thing I didn't see was strength. I'm no fab expert, but it seems sketchy. I've thought about doing it to widen some aftermarket Irocs.

Anyone have any concerns with strength???

scooter 12-12-2016 05:40 PM

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Originally Posted by Abubaca (Post 6097779)
Anyone have any concerns with strength???

Should be fine, the original wheel is the weak point here anyway since they are cast or low pressure cast (not sure) and not forged.

Manic Z 12-12-2016 09:43 PM

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Originally Posted by Abubaca (Post 6097779)
Those do look awesome! ....I checked out Weldcraft, and their FAQ. One thing I didn't see was strength. I'm no fab expert, but it seems sketchy. I've thought about doing it to widen some aftermarket Irocs.

Anyone have any concerns with strength???

I had my rear irocs widened about 4 years ago, and zero issues. The welding was pristine. Was very pleased with their work.
And I do drive the car very hard.

Abubaca 12-15-2016 03:14 PM

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That's good to hear. ...I've considered widening a set of 17 or 18 inch Irocs so I can run larger tires. Irony is I don't care about the 16" diameter, but the 8" width is a killer. ....and even the aftermarket Irocs are only 8".

Zach/90\irocZ 12-17-2016 01:13 PM

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I know right 8" is a bummer would be cool to see wider and maybe different concavity

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Originally Posted by Abubaca (Post 6098615)
That's good to hear. ...I've considered widening a set of 17 or 18 inch Irocs so I can run larger tires. Irony is I don't care about the 16" diameter, but the 8" width is a killer. ....and even the aftermarket Irocs are only 8".


mrestrictrplate 01-17-2017 07:30 AM

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How much do they charge to widen?

carlos64030 01-18-2017 08:16 AM

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I paid around $240 per wheel back in 2010 to have two 19 x 9.5 wheels widened to 13". Prices depend upon the size of the wheel and the amount being added to it... call them for pricing.

motorheadmike 03-20-2017 09:08 PM

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Finally got them back after 2 months at the refinisher. FML. Anyway, the tires are 345/40R17 and have a mounted section width of 13.5"; and that's that.

TTOP350 03-21-2017 06:31 AM

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Eh, I don't like them. You should just take them off and ship to me so I can deal with them.. LOL J/K they look killer and that wagon is making me moist.

Zach/90\irocZ 03-21-2017 01:17 PM

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Have thread for that build sick wagon wheels are gorgeous

Degweiser 03-21-2017 01:54 PM

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very nice

motorheadmike 05-17-2017 11:27 AM

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Because who doesn't like to whore their build, right?

Tibo 05-17-2017 01:51 PM

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You did great with the fitment. I think if you would have painted them a cast aluminum color people like me (with no idea what the stock wheel was) would be fooled until the width was seen from the rear.

Tibo 05-17-2017 01:53 PM

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Originally Posted by carlos64030 (Post 6105886)
I paid around $240 per wheel back in 2010 to have two 19 x 9.5 wheels widened to 13". Prices depend upon the size of the wheel and the amount being added to it... call them for pricing.

Worth looking into if I can grab a cheap used set of aftermarket IROC knockoffs.

motorheadmike 05-18-2017 08:13 AM

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Originally Posted by Tibo (Post 6137189)
You did great with the fitment. I think if you would have painted them a cast aluminum color people like me (with no idea what the stock wheel was) would be fooled until the width was seen from the rear.



Thanks! I am pretty much a master of wheel and tire fitment. ;) I did not want the tires poking out past the fender arches. I could have had my S60 built 1/2-1" narrower and had a little more room to play as there is still a fair amount of room toward the frame.


The wheels come with a machined diamond finish - too blingy for my taste. The black paint really mutes the width of the wheels - but, from behind there is no hiding the meats.

Tibo 05-18-2017 02:36 PM

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I understand the rear end is not in a thirdgen, but what width is the rear axle?

motorheadmike 05-24-2017 10:48 AM

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The rear is a Strange S60 set up at the stock G-body width and has axle tube flanges for LS1 discs. So it is about 52" flange to flange, IIRC.


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