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NC Adventurer
Posted 2021-11-28 10:58 AM (#617212)
Subject: Wire Wheels


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I'm thinking about adding wire wheels to my '60 DeSoto Adventurer with some wide whites.

I'm looking for anyone who has added the wires and tires to their car and interested in the brands they purchased, as well as their satisfaction with their purchases.

Thanks in advance!
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Viper Guy
Posted 2021-11-28 2:15 PM (#617216 - in reply to #617212)
Subject: Re: Wire Wheels



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Good afternoon Todd,

I purchased two sets of the Tru-Spoke brand. These are the specific Chrysler style that many refer to as Kelsey-Hayes. They are expensive (around $2000 a set for just wheels or maybe even more now) and are available with or without tires mounted and balanced. They are available in 14" or 15" and I believe they are 6" or 6 1/2" bead width.

I have been very satisfied both from looks and quality. Center caps are extra. The wheels are dished out slightly providing a little more tread width and filling up the wheel wells better. Mine had 800X14 bias plys on the Firesweep 4 door and 225X75-14 radials on the Firedome 2 door which match the standard factory tires size wise. If I had it to do over, I would opt for the 235X70-15 strictly for aesthetics and my preference for radials.

Hope this helps.



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NicksGarage
Posted 2021-11-28 5:46 PM (#617235 - in reply to #617212)
Subject: Re: Wire Wheels



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I bought a set of them from a 300 club member to put on my 300F a few years ago and they were supposed to be mint but they had rust starting around the rim that you could see up close. I never put them on that car but when I got my New Yorker wagon I wanted to put them on there but it turns out they leak. The sealant over the spoke ends is failing. I don't know who made these but I'd assume they're Chinese ones. They have the dual bolt pattern on them. I don't know if I'm going to be able to successfully reseal them. One of them was very hard to balance as well. I really like the look and I know lots of people complain that they aren't period correct. I've been around for a long time and people have been putting these wheels on big Chryslers for many decades. I may end up buying a new set from Tru-Spoke if I end up with some extra cash.

The tires here are Cooper 235/70R-15s. I'm going with the blackwalls.




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imopar380
Posted 2021-11-28 8:38 PM (#617239 - in reply to #617235)
Subject: Re: Wire Wheels



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I bought the Truespoke made in USA wheels back in 2010, from Motorspot http://www.motorspot.com/
The biggest thing is if you're storing them in the winter in a humid winter climate, grease up the rims.
Mine have a few minor spots of rust after 11 years. Never had any problems with air leakage.





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NC Adventurer
Posted 2021-11-29 5:00 PM (#617255 - in reply to #617239)
Subject: Re: Wire Wheels


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Hi impoar380,

First, Thanks for the reply and the information. Its deeply appreciated.

May I ask what size wide whites you're running? That's the look I'm going for and your pic is the closest to what my car looks like, so the image of the end look is pretty clear.

Thanks a million. Best of everything to you and yours this holiday season.
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NC Adventurer
Posted 2021-11-29 5:02 PM (#617256 - in reply to #617235)
Subject: Re: Wire Wheels


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Hey ViperGuy and NicksGarage,

Thanks a million for the replies and the pics. Those are some beautiful gars you two have and the wire wheels just set them above the crowd.

Best of it all to you and yours this holiday season.
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imopar380
Posted 2021-11-29 6:42 PM (#617257 - in reply to #617255)
Subject: Re: Wire Wheels



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NC Adventurer - 2021-11-29 2:00 PM

Hi impoar380,

First, Thanks for the reply and the information. Its deeply appreciated.

May I ask what size wide whites you're running? That's the look I'm going for and your pic is the closest to what my car looks like, so the image of the end look is pretty clear.

Thanks a million. Best of everything to you and yours this holiday season.



My wheels are 15 inch, the the tires are Diamondback P235-75R15 with custom 2 3/8" whitewalls. If I were to order them again, I would go for 2 inch whitewalls. Have a great Christmas and Holiday season!


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NicksGarage
Posted 2021-11-29 9:11 PM (#617260 - in reply to #617257)
Subject: Re: Wire Wheels



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imopar380 - 2021-11-29 3:42 PM

NC Adventurer - 2021-11-29 2:00 PM

Hi impoar380,

First, Thanks for the reply and the information. Its deeply appreciated.

May I ask what size wide whites you're running? That's the look I'm going for and your pic is the closest to what my car looks like, so the image of the end look is pretty clear.

Thanks a million. Best of everything to you and yours this holiday season.



My wheels are 15 inch, the the tires are Diamondback P235-75R15 with custom 2 3/8" whitewalls. If I were to order them again, I would go for 2 inch whitewalls. Have a great Christmas and Holiday season!


I think your whitewalls look fine. The issue is that there is no black between the whitewall and the wheel giving it that extra wide look. With the factory wheels and covers the rim is visible giving a black break line. I assume diamondback could accomodate that by leaving a gap on the inner part of the whitewall to let some of the black show.

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Mr. Bob
Posted 2021-12-04 4:04 PM (#617391 - in reply to #617212)
Subject: Re: Wire Wheels


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Further away from the "stock" look, I have Cragar TruSpoke 30 spoke wheels on my 61 Newport/300G tribute car. With the spinners/center sections being narrower than the Mopar style center caps, and fewer spokes, the wheels look more open. 235/75/14 Coker tires. Rides great with no drivability issues. I bought them as a clean used set about 12 years ago for $400. Needless to say, you can't find them for that price anymore.

I'm sure some of you won't like them...



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NC Adventurer
Posted 2021-12-06 11:08 AM (#617418 - in reply to #617391)
Subject: Re: Wire Wheels


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Mr. Bob - 2021-12-04 4:04 PM

Further away from the "stock" look, I have Cragar TruSpoke 30 spoke wheels on my 61 Newport/300G tribute car. With the spinners/center sections being narrower than the Mopar style center caps, and fewer spokes, the wheels look more open. 235/75/14 Coker tires. Rides great with no drivability issues. I bought them as a clean used set about 12 years ago for $400. Needless to say, you can't find them for that price anymore.

I'm sure some of you won't like them... :)


Your car looks fantastic! Anyone who doesn't like it needs to get over themselves.

That was a heck of a deal! You're right, those deals are long gone, the way of the dodo and common sense.

Best of luck with your stunning ride.
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