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Old 04 Apr 2004, 08:38 am
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Default Boyd's Wheels-Good Deal?

Got a chance to buy some Boyd's Smoothies with Kuhmo 225 40s (front)and 245 40s (rear).

The tires have about 15k on them. Everything looks good.

They want $1200.

Should I go for it?

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Old 04 Apr 2004, 10:13 am
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arthur, I don't know much about Kuhmo tires,but the Boyd wheels
would look great on your Cruiser.IMHO Are they 17's ,18's??[:I]
Is that his bottom dollar? I say if you like them ,go for it.[:X]
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Old 04 Apr 2004, 11:07 am
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The Kuhmos are a very decent cheap tire, I'm running them on my car and they are great! I think that's a decent price as long as there's no curb rash or anything.

If it doesn\'t fit get a hammer. If it still doesn\'t fit, get a bigger hammer. - Jesse James
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Old 04 Apr 2004, 02:19 pm
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Raceandstreet has the Smoothie's 17X8 on sale for $ 776.00. I was going to order them however they do not fit the GT.
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Old 04 Apr 2004, 03:09 pm
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Make sure they fit the GT (offset).
Boyd's wheels are very nice. While they may be cheaper than new, check condition.
Kumho's are dirt cheap, so if you need to replace them no big.

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Old 04 Apr 2004, 03:57 pm
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They are made for the GT, they are 18"s.

I really like the look.
2004 GT Cruiser Electric Blue, Stage 1, Ghost Flames, Boyd Coddington Smoothies.

Borla Duals, unecessary Airad CAI Thing, 18\" Boyd\'s Smoothies, and she\'s dropped an inch or two.
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Old 04 Apr 2004, 04:59 pm
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Three things you should also consider. First if your car is a daily driver 18 " with a 40 or 35 tire if you live in an area with allot of potholes you WILL bend at least one rim. I have a friend in the Philly area with the same wheels and in three year has bent 4 rims

Second They are polished rims witch means if you don't get down on the ground and polish and rub them they won't keep their shine.

Third if you have ABS you have to stay within I think 3 % height difference or the ABS won't work right.

If you check the internet you can get the same one new for the same price. Race and Street is a good example.

This will help with the tire size

This will help you to keep your speedometer close
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Old 05 Apr 2004, 12:01 am
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According to Race and Street the same setup would cost $1976.

Are you sure about the bent rims? That kind of bums me out. We do have a lot of potholes.
2004 GT Cruiser Electric Blue, Stage 1, Ghost Flames, Boyd Coddington Smoothies.

Borla Duals, unecessary Airad CAI Thing, 18\" Boyd\'s Smoothies, and she\'s dropped an inch or two.
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Old 05 Apr 2004, 11:48 am
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I say go for it! Smoothies look great on a PT. In my opinion, nothing complements the PTs styling better. I'll be putting them back on my cruiser as soon as the weather cooperates. I got mine for about a grand ON SALE from Moss, 17x7 front, 18x8 rear, non turbo. Right now theyre going for $375 a wheel for turbos, so youre getting a deal.

Be careful though. Is there a way you can check the balance before you buy? I got mine BRAND NEW. I originally got 17x8 for the front, but changed my mind and returned them for 17x7. The first installer balanced them "as well as they could." The steering wheel shimmied at 40 mph. They balanced it again and the shimmy came around at 60 to 70.

Then I went to NTB to have them look at it. They balanced twice more and removed the retaining clips. Brought it back a third time, told the guys that the shimmie stops at 90mph, and they told me to just drive over 90mph. Upon further inspection, they noticed the rim was "bad" with a wobble and suggested that I return it.

I ordered and received a new pair of fronts. Guess what, one of those was worse than the first! So the guy at Moss suggested I keep the best two of the four, and return the two bad wheels, no problem.
The 18x8s in the rear were perfect, nothing wrong with those.

I was told by the folks at Moss that I wouldn't need hub centric rings, and the guys at B/C said the wheels were made especially for the cruiser, so I think it was indeed just bad wheels. Many people told me that it is unlikely that a company such as BC would produce more than a few bad wheels, and that aftermarket wheels almost never fit as well as as OE wheels.

Fortunately, in the end I wound up with a good set of four wheels. I still love 'em despite the inconveniences I had to go through. It was worth it for what I think are the best looking wheels you can get for a PT. I still think Boyd makes fabulous wheels and Moss has great customer service.

Keep in mind these are not billet wheels, but cast with spun rims, which may be a reason for inconsistencies from wheel to wheel, who knows. As for durability against pot holes, just be careful. The rim lip is pretty fat on these wheels so they can take quite a beating (I hope). Your mechanic will have to put the weights on the inner rim of the wheel. I hit an extremely rough RR crossing, much worse than a speed bump, and no problems. Also, the first street I get on to go to work is strewn with pot holes. I'm sure anyone would be careful with 18s!

Good luck!
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Old 05 Apr 2004, 12:12 pm
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You didn't say who was selling them & why. If there's no guarantee then it's buyer beware. You might be better off paying a bit more and getting returnability.
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