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Old 02-23-2019, 04:14 PM
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Re: Hawks Ronal R-15 18x10 Reproduction Poll

I apologize, for some reason it isn't letting me attach a picture to our comment
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I apologize, for some reason it isn't letting me attach a picture to our comment
Here you go....this is a pic from your email announcement

How long before we can purchase these ??
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Old 02-25-2019, 09:39 AM
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Re: Hawks Ronal R-15 18x10 Reproduction Poll

This solidifies my vote for A. Maybe not as a true R15 replica. I like the look and the lack of any cap makes the exposed lugs easier to check and re-torque at the track or for tech inspections.
Thanks Hawks for continuing to do research and development for this generation of car!
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Everyone should be grateful that Hawks supports our cars down to the last detail. Thank you guys.
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Re: Hawks Ronal R-15 18x10 Reproduction Poll

It’s too bad they can’t make both.. I’d say A is better for the track and looks like a whole new type of wheel, but B has that period correct iconic look people will want for a show car..

Could just take the caps off on track days with B..
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Old 02-25-2019, 10:27 AM
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Re: Hawks Ronal R-15 18x10 Reproduction Poll

Will these require spacers or any other modifications or will they be bolt on and go? What will the pricing be and when will they be available? Really like the look, retro, but not dated.
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Re: Hawks Ronal R-15 18x10 Reproduction Poll

the open center doesn't look right to me

closed one is a gooooo
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Re: Hawks Ronal R-15 18x10 Reproduction Poll

At the end of the day for me, the brake clearance is what's going to matter for me. I know the 17's clearance isn't great.
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Re: Hawks Ronal R-15 18x10 Reproduction Poll

Originally Posted by mrestrictrplate View Post
Everyone should be grateful that Hawks supports our cars down to the last detail. Thank you guys.
Best post in this thread!
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Re: Hawks Ronal R-15 18x10 Reproduction Poll

RE: It’s too bad they can’t make both.. I’d say A is better for the track and looks like a whole new type of wheel, but B has that period correct iconic look people will want for a show car..

Could just take the caps off on track days with B..

I think that was the best post in the thread. 88IROCvertZ hit the nail on the head. If you made A with an optional cap, people could choose. If you wanted B just put the cap on it and the detailed center is covered.....
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Old 02-28-2019, 02:56 PM
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I agree with option A with a removable cap to look like B. However I'd vote for A but in a 10.5 or 11 for a track wheel. Also needs to be under $500 a piece.
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Re: Hawks Ronal R-15 18x10 Reproduction Poll

I am going to go with A, it just looks more modern to me if you/someone is trying to go for a more updated look. More period correct is version B which seems to have the older crowds attention. That's just my two cents, but what do I know?
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Re: Hawks Ronal R-15 18x10 Reproduction Poll

I saw in the other thread that the Gold 17x9 IROC wheels are being delayed by another 6 weeks, will that cause a domino effect and push back the availability of these wheels?
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Re: Hawks Ronal R-15 18x10 Reproduction Poll

Wheel A looks like a generic SLP-styled 4thgen reproduction wheel, not the 3rdgen R15 Firehawk wheel.

If there's a real need for an 18" R15 Firehawk wheel, then wheel B should be it. Otherwise, why reproduce it?
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Re: Hawks Ronal R-15 18x10 Reproduction Poll

Are people who are shopping for an 18x10 wheel that concerned about being truly period correct? That seems to be more in the pro-touring or track day category, and I have a feeling those guys would prefer option A. I'd think the period correct crew would want a 17x9.5 Ronal...
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Re: Hawks Ronal R-15 18x10 Reproduction Poll

I think the Ronal is one of the best looking wheels to ever grace a Firebird but it won't fit over most (all?) larger than stock brakes. The 18" wheel will be useful for added brake clearance. Period correct and original don't matter much to people like me -- It's just a damn good looking wheel on a 3rd gen.

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Re: Hawks Ronal R-15 18x10 Reproduction Poll

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Are people who are shopping for an 18x10 wheel that concerned about being truly period correct?
I think it's more about gracing the wheel with the name, and having little to do with the original. Take the new Supra for example, kids who weren't around when the Supra was sporting the 2JZ don't understand why the purists are sick to their stomachs as to why Japan can actually label it a Supra bearing little resemblance to the original, not to mention sporting a German I6 engine. The original design made it what it was. It's looked at and frowned upon as a tad opportunistic just to make a sale by employing the name only.... when there are a gazillion other names out there to choose from. Option A is a great design even it were named something else, wouldn't you agree? People who are looking to buy an expensive 18x10 Ronal wheel would want a Ronal looking wheel, no? Otherwise why even call it that.

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Old 03-18-2019, 09:46 AM
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Re: Hawks Ronal R-15 18x10 Reproduction Poll

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I'd think the period correct crew would want a 17x9.5 Ronal...
There already is a reproduction 17x9.5" wheel. This is so you can get more brakes and better tire selection and staying with a wheel that looks period correct, well the option with the closed lug anyway.

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I think the Ronal is one of the best looking wheels to ever grace a Firebird but it won't fit over most (all?) larger than stock brakes. The 18" wheel will be useful for added brake clearance. Period correct and original don't matter much to people like me -- It's just a damn good looking wheel on a 3rd gen.
I have had my Ed Miller 12" FSL Wilwood setup behind my original R15s, not sure how much more I could fit though, I don't have anything in 13"

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People who are looking to buy an expensive 18x10 Ronal wheel would want a Ronal looking wheel, no? Otherwise why even call it that.
That's exactly my thought. Why even call it an R15 with the open lug? It's not the same look without the closed center, so why even consider calling it that?
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Re: Hawks Ronal R-15 18x10 Reproduction Poll

I still like A better, but B is most likely what people will buy. What is the projected backspacing for these?
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