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Old 17 May 2010, 10:51 am
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Default 2004 GT Replacement Rims?

Hi, I am new to the forum, and I did several searches, but could not find a thread that answered my specific question:
We have a 2004 GT with stock chrome 5 spoke wheels. We live in PA and the wheels have corroded so badly they will not hold air; a common problem from what I read. We want to purchase 4 new wheels (stock are 17") at a reasonable cost & not chrome. I have a couple questions, besides the obvious, what do you think is the best wheel...
1) Does material/finish make a difference - Mag, Alloy, Polished, Painted, etc..
2) What is a "Center Ring," and is it better to get wheels that do not require one? I see Centerline Wheels do not require ones whereas a couple American Racing ones ship them with the wheel.
3) Can anybody recommend one brand over another for quality, durability, pricing, etc.??
THANK You so much in advance....Cory
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Old 17 May 2010, 01:06 pm
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Welcome to the forums.
1) I have had the silver painted wheels on both my PTs and they have been excellent - I just wax them with the rest of the car - I think they are the most durable. My daughter and son-in-law each have the chrome, and the chrome discolors, pits, flakes, and in general is a pain.
2) the PT wheels are "hub-centric" - the center hole sits on the hub and centers the wheel - look and you'll see a "lip". A center ring is an adapter for a wheel that is not hub-centric to make it fit.
3) I think your best bet is - they have software that determines which wheels fit and you can browse there and then either buy there or at least decide what you want and buy them elsewhere.
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Thanks so much for your input, I appreciate your time and educating me.
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