: Finally, my new wheels!



caddycruiser
06-25-06, 10:51 PM
Well, it was a bit of an interesting story, but I finally did get my new wheels and tires and put them on. Try not to drool, as I certainly still am…

Originally, a couple weeks ago, I expressed great interest in Elias’s chrome SS wheel combo. The cool guy he is, he started looking around and hooked me up with a guy out in CA that had a set with Kumho’s on them, and a couple thousand miles, that he was looking to sell for only $1000. I pretty much jumped on them without thinking twice, as one look at Elias’s car sort of makes one do things like that…

Everything was going well, then the night before the morning that the guy was going to get them dismounted, packaged, and shipped, his Impala AND the wheels still on it were STOLEN. Sounded like a screwy story at first—and too “convenient”—but actually did happen, and he just got his car back a day or two ago, with some broken windows and other things missing. When this originally happened, I had already paid him, and we just agreed that I would wait and see if the car turned up and then figure out what to do with the wheels or a refund then.

Well, I made it about 5 antsy days, and bouncing around the Impala SS board a bit, I saw an ad by a guy who had totally redone a Caprice 9C1, T56 and the whole works, including SS wheels, and then sold it—and the buyer wanted the stock steel wheels instead. He was selling the SS wheels and the Nitto NT-450 275-50-17 tires on them—with less than 500 miles—for $1000. Not chrome, but I knew someone would go for them quickly, so I called him up and we had a deal immediately. He sent them out the next day, then fast forward to this past Wednesday, they arrived.

As for the chromes, it would have been a cool look, but I didn’t want to deal with the stolen/cop debacle, and should have my money back tomorrow.

And now that I see these on my gray car, I am SO glad I went with the stock machined finish! They just look awesome, and with the Caddy caps, like what should have been there all along…but even better. Gave them a fresh coat of sealant, popped them on and swapped out the center caps, and now here is the hot new look:

http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c101/caddycruiser/95%20Fleetwood%20New%20Wheels%20June%202006/IMG_0257.jpg

I had seriously considered several aftermarket choices there for a while, but when it all came down to it, I just decided going with something larger and cooler looking but that was still OEM was the most unbeatable route—just like a lot of others, Buick and Caddy alike, have also done.

When I first said what I had bought, the reaction wasn’t so great, but after everyone around the house saw the first one unpacked, it all changed—haven’t gotten anything but stares and positive comments since.

Oh, and of course, the skirts needed modified down a bit, but my father was gracious enough to spend a few hours grinding, bending, polishing, and painting on those—now they not only fit PERFECTLY, but are in better shape than they’ve ever been.

Besides the look, I also LOVE the new Nittos, and the meaty 275 width. Truth be told, having driven it a few times now, I’m even more satisfied with the feel of the car—the softer stock suspension is still solid and absorbent—and the new wheels and larger, shorter tires just add a new crispness and bite to that. The stance is even perfect for me. Love it all so much, now I don’t see myself even thinking about touching the suspension, especially not for the mostly highway cruising I do.

caddycruiser
06-25-06, 10:52 PM
More:

http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c101/caddycruiser/95%20Fleetwood%20New%20Wheels%20June%202006/IMG_0258.jpg
http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c101/caddycruiser/95%20Fleetwood%20New%20Wheels%20June%202006/IMG_0259.jpg
http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c101/caddycruiser/95%20Fleetwood%20New%20Wheels%20June%202006/IMG_0260.jpg
http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c101/caddycruiser/95%20Fleetwood%20New%20Wheels%20June%202006/IMG_0261.jpg
http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c101/caddycruiser/95%20Fleetwood%20New%20Wheels%20June%202006/IMG_0262.jpg
http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c101/caddycruiser/95%20Fleetwood%20New%20Wheels%20June%202006/IMG_0263.jpg
http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c101/caddycruiser/95%20Fleetwood%20New%20Wheels%20June%202006/IMG_0264.jpg

caddycruiser
06-25-06, 10:53 PM
http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c101/caddycruiser/95%20Fleetwood%20New%20Wheels%20June%202006/IMG_0266.jpg
http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c101/caddycruiser/95%20Fleetwood%20New%20Wheels%20June%202006/IMG_0267.jpg
http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c101/caddycruiser/95%20Fleetwood%20New%20Wheels%20June%202006/IMG_0268.jpg
http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c101/caddycruiser/95%20Fleetwood%20New%20Wheels%20June%202006/IMG_0269.jpg
http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c101/caddycruiser/95%20Fleetwood%20New%20Wheels%20June%202006/IMG_0270.jpg
http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c101/caddycruiser/95%20Fleetwood%20New%20Wheels%20June%202006/IMG_0271.jpg

I~LUV~Caddys8792
06-25-06, 10:55 PM
That looks ****in' sweet dude! Really looks a lot more assertive and powerful now!

caddycruiser
06-25-06, 10:56 PM
The car was dirty in these pics, by the way. Not that you could ever tell...

caddycruiser
06-25-06, 11:04 PM
Here’s a good comparo of old vs. new, as well:

http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c101/caddycruiser/My%20Fleetwood%20April%202006/General%20Car/IMG_0200.jpg
http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c101/caddycruiser/95%20Fleetwood%20New%20Wheels%20June%202006/IMG_0257.jpg

Eldo1953
06-25-06, 11:18 PM
Looks awesome! :worship: cruiser we have the same car except mine is a '96!

BigDaddyDeville
06-25-06, 11:30 PM
nice, clean ride

Destroyer
06-25-06, 11:56 PM
Dont look right without whitewalls!!!!! Wah, wah, wah, lol. Looks killer, especially with the color of the car. Very nice. :thumbsup:

Benzilla
06-26-06, 01:45 AM
That looks great, I love the color, but it would have looked just as good in another way with chrome plated stocks and whitewalls. I am starting to get used to the chevy wheels on a Cadillac though.

DopeStar 156
06-26-06, 02:38 AM
Ever concider trying to fit the old centercaps on the new wheels?

caddycruiser
06-26-06, 05:27 AM
That looks great, I love the color, but it would have looked just as good in another way with chrome plated stocks and whitewalls.

I agree and that was actually the first plan I had, which definately would have saved me a lot of money, but in the end I just decided that the 17's--that also were GM OEM--were closer to the look and added performance I wanted.



Ever concider trying to fit the old centercaps on the new wheels?

Yes, briefly, but they're a little too large to fit the SS's and I didn't really like that look anyway. I think Katshot did that though, using his old Brougham caps, but had to get them modified to fit.

My brother asked me that about 3 times, because he must have thought it would look nice too. I REALLY enjoy the new Deville cap look, though.

Bro-Ham
06-26-06, 04:24 PM
Hi,

Looks GREAT with the wheels and wide tires!

Dave

96Fleetwood
06-26-06, 05:20 PM
Like I said before, looks fantastic!

urbanski
06-26-06, 05:22 PM
holy crap dude
that's freaking sweet!!!:worship:

caddycruiser
06-26-06, 05:38 PM
Thanks again guys!

It's definately become my "big -V", and seeing it from all different angles throughout today, I can't believe I waited so long! The ride and look with the original stockers was nice, but this combo has just put the car into orbit for sure.

Now, on to pumping up the performance ever so slightly...well, once my wallet is ready again...:rolleyes:

The comments in person have all been great so far too, except for my father saying "It looks like it just came back from Pimp My Ride now", and laughing. A little, I guess, except for being tasteful!

Also, thanks to all the guys who have done this "mod" before me, and shown the way:thumbsup:

Big_Blue
06-26-06, 09:47 PM
Dont look right without whitewalls!!!!! Wah, wah, wah, lol. Looks killer, especially with the color of the car. Very nice. :thumbsup:

Just like he said. I dont know why you guys dont seem to like white walls. They can set the car off so well. I am not a fan of the mid 90's caddies but when I see them with white walls they seem so much bigger and classy. Now dont get me wrong your car is A+ but I would like to see your car A+++ for perfection

caddydream
06-26-06, 09:58 PM
Looks much improved.

Destroyer
06-27-06, 08:08 AM
Just like he said. I dont know why you guys dont seem to like white walls. They can set the car off so well. I am not a fan of the mid 90's caddies but when I see them with white walls they seem so much bigger and classy. Now dont get me wrong your car is A+ but I would like to see your car A+++ for perfectionActually I was being sarcastic. I removed the whitewalls and did the SS wheels on my '91. I personally do not care for white wall tires and not only because they are not in fashion presently, I hated them on my dads cars when I was a kid too!. To each his own, the bottom line is everyone fixes their ride to suit them and their tastes. I like the look of big wheels/wide tires and no white wall tires but thats just me. :thumbsup:

96Fleetwood
06-27-06, 10:08 AM
Here is my .02$ on the subject...

A few of us who have bought these LT1 RWD Fleetwoods were in the market for a '94-'96 Impala SS (me included) and then stumbled upon the LT1 '94-96 Fleetwood. In my case, I figured why dish out $15K for a 1996 low mile Impala SS which had a MSRP of $27K when I could buy a 1996 low mile Fleetwood (which had a MSRP of over $40K) WITH Moonroof, Heated Seats, Lumbar, and much more luxury for $8K...

The choice was simple but the original basis of the purchase remained, hence why some of us have modified our LT1 Fleetwoods to make them handle and use the power like a Impala SS yet stay refined like a Cadillac... sound familiar? Think CTS-V :thumbsup: (would you put white walls on a CTS-V?)

On another note, show me some white walls or Vogues in 255/50/17, 255/55/17, or 275/50/17 with a V rating or higher and I am on it! :highfive:

-Elias

Big_Blue
06-27-06, 07:58 PM
Vogues do make 275 or 255 size tires they are custom built to suit. And No I wouldnt put white walls on a CTS's but I would put them on a FLEETWOOD even on a Impala since the wheel wells are so massively big. Do CTS's have big wheel wells? No or better yet are CTS's known for having white walls? NO but if you ask anyone in the world to decribe any old caddy I bet 99.5 percent would say white wall tires in the description. But for those people that choose to be against the grain should expect to hear feedback on not having them. You dont hear hear people describing a Honda without rims when making it styish? its just the way it is

18 inch mustard and white walls vogues
http://vogue-tyre.com/products/tyres/tyres_f.php?db_id=&All=true&Wheel=18&Brand=All&page=&&db_id=53
20 inch mustard and white walls vogues
http://vogue-tyre.com/products/tyres/tyres_f.php?db_id=&All=true&Wheel=20&Brand=All&page=&&db_id=61
22 inch mustard and white walls vogues
http://vogue-tyre.com/products/tyres/tyres_f.php?db_id=&All=true&Wheel=22&Brand=All&page=&&db_id=76


You have to pay to be the boss so if you want those tire sizes then pay to have them custom built.

Benzilla
06-27-06, 08:13 PM
Vogues do make 275 or 255 size tires they are custom built to suit. And No I wouldnt put white walls on a CTS's but I would put them on a FLEETWOOD even on a Impala since the wheel wells are so massively big. Do CTS's have big wheel wells? No or better yet are CTS's known for having white walls? NO but if you ask anyone in the world to decribe any old caddy I bet 99.5 percent would say white wall tires in the description. But for those people that choose to be against the grain should expect to hear feedback on not having them. You dont hear hear people describing a Honda without rims when making it styish? its just the way it is

18 inch mustard and white walls vogues
http://vogue-tyre.com/products/tyres/tyres_f.php?db_id=&All=true&Wheel=18&Brand=All&page=&&db_id=53
20 inch mustard and white walls vogues
http://vogue-tyre.com/products/tyres/tyres_f.php?db_id=&All=true&Wheel=20&Brand=All&page=&&db_id=61
22 inch mustard and white walls vogues
http://vogue-tyre.com/products/tyres/tyres_f.php?db_id=&All=true&Wheel=22&Brand=All&page=&&db_id=76


You have to pay to be the boss so if you want those tire sizes then pay to have them custom built.

:2thumbs: :cheers:

96Fleetwood
06-27-06, 08:18 PM
Thanks for the links.. but these Vogue tires are still H rated (not performance). I am looking for performance when I pay for a tire, which is why I don't mind paying $1,000 for a set of Michelins or Goodyears that will give me what I need despite the lack of a white wall.

I take my Cadillac to the track (drag, AutoX, and road events)... Vogues and White Walls would not withstand even the one session I did at the AutoX in May.

If I want to "cruise" then I would have kept my stock wheels and put a set of Vogues for sure.

Trust me, with as much as I have spent on modifications, these custom Vogues are Pocket Change...

However, I do have a set of 16 inch chrome wheels coming in for my "winter wheels" and I will most likely buy Vogues for them.

I appreciate the feedback though :thumbsup: on our "old" Cadillacs.

caddycruiser
06-27-06, 09:39 PM
Like I've said before, I still love the stock whitewall look and ride--it's AWESOME on our bone stock white & red '93.

But on this car, which is solely mine and that I drive everyday, I wanted something a little beefier and a lot more eye catching and higher performance. The stock wheels and blackwall Michelins were great, but this new setup fits my needs and wants better.

To each his own, and what Elias said about a lot of us having our cake and eating it too by getting a Fleetwood and having BOTH the Caddy look & feel AND the Impala SS performance, is so true:thumbsup:
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On a similar note, I must say--the reaction to the car now is incredible and increasing everyday. Looks on the street, compliments and pointing in parking lots, and even had some "Wow, who's car is that?!" comments today at my new job in a high-end architecture/construction firm.

Partly because of the Caddy (and its rarity) itself, but a lot more so due to those new "lowly Chevy wheels"...:rolleyes: