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Bronze wheels; Need Help
Topic Started: Oct 12 2017, 07:46 AM (664 Views)
ArmyAnt
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Hey All,

Long time lurker, first time poster.

I bought a 2000 metro Hatchback 1.0L from a buddy about six months ago for $200.
It had the typical rust and rotten frame horns as most metro's do.

I've since repaired all of what needed; rear fender wells, rocker panel on both side, bottoms of doors and rebuilding the frame horns. The interior has been stripped and all suspension components front and back have been replaced with brand new parts. I have Raptor lined the exterior in black and am about to do the interior in blood red. The seats are being reupholstered right now (should have them back in next couple of days).

I am now to the point of deciding on wheels. I want a set(5) of bronze wheels and tires to match.

I need the help of a few gurus to narrow down my options. I've dug through the forum and I end up overwhelmed by all of the info.
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Murf 59
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Welcome to the forum. There is a huge list of wheels that fit our cars. Not sure where the Mullet has hidden it.
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Are you looking for rims that you can paint a bronze color?
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http://geometroforum.com/topic/701184/20/#new
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ArmyAnt
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Oct 12 2017, 06:25 PM
Are you looking for rims that you can paint a bronze color?
If I can't find anything already done in bronze I will have them powder coated.

How do I resize pic's to post?
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I shrink my pictures down in size in paint.
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You don't want to go too big, it costs a tonne to get big wheels light enough that they don't make the whole car feel sluggish. With a three cylinder you also don't want to go over the stock diameter if you can help it, the added gearing will rob you of power. These tire sizes are the same diameter (or very close) as what came on your car, but increasing widths and wheel sizes:

155/80-13 stock
175/70-13
185/60-14
195/50-15

185/60-14 is the biggest the factory ever did, and is probably the best as far as all around performance is concerned. The GT's could be had with these on 14x5 wheels that looked great and were light as hell. They're hard to find, but worth the effort, Here's mine when I got them back from the powder coater, one has a weird winter hupcap on it that was also a factory option:
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I had 195/50-15's on my 98 on 15x6.5 wheels. The car turned corners as if it had a rope tied to a stake in the middle of the turn, but it did loose a little of the quickness that is the coolest thing about Metros. Rubbed just a little in the back, I rolled the fender with a baseball bat and the rubbing was never a problem again. They were Koenig wheels with an offset of -40, 42 would have solved the rubbing, 45 would have fit under the car better, but I don't know if 45 would have started rubbing on the inside. Problem is you don't get to choose, you have to take what they're already making, unless you have crazy money. I wish my Koenigs were half an inch narrower and -42 offset just as I wish the GT seven spokes were 6 inches wide. They looked like this:
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ArmyAnt
Oct 12 2017, 07:46 AM
I am now to the point of deciding on wheels. I want a set(5) of bronze wheels and tires to match.

I think I know where you might be able to get (3).

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ArmyAnt
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Thanks Woodie,


I've decided to dig through Konig's site. How bad will a 38 offset rub and will I need hub centric rings/spacers if the bore is 73.1?
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I see they still make the Lightening in 14x6 and it's only 12 lbs, only $89 at Discount Tire Direct. That's not bad if you buy tires there too, get the free mounting, balancing, and delivery, you're rolling for $700.

Back when I got mine they threw in a set of Gorilla lugnuts and concentric rings. The rings were the wrong size, so I just threw them in the trash. Never bothered with them, you wiggle the wheel/tire a little bit as you tighten up the lugs and they center just fine.

If 14x6 and 185/60-14 is what you're looking at, a 38mm offset will be just fine. Mine rubbed with 40, but I had 10mm bigger tires, that's 5mm on each side more clearance you'll have.
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Thanks Again to Woodie's suggestions, I pulled the trigger on a set of Konig Lightening wheels and tires.

14x6 185/60-14 w/38mm offset fit perfectly.
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