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Been waiting a while for the yard to get some wheels in. I believe these are 1 year only. I wanted the older style wheels because they would look more factory but they didn't have any for months. So I was there just looking and came across these. They were $158 with tax for 4. So I guess that isnt too bad. They aren't new but they look ok. Here's a pic of one of them just before it got dark after we got home.
They are 15 inch by 5.5 inches wide. I want to run 195/55/15's if I can get them mounted somewhere.
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Those look fantastic, especially when placed against the plastic hubcaps of the steel wheels.
Are they all in such good shape?

The price seems good, I recently weighed up some aluminum wheels to scrap, they were bigger but worth about $25 each locally.

I prefer stock wheels as they tend to stand the test of time better than aftermarket which go out of fashion quickly.
 

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They are decent, I need to clean them though and take new pics.
Yea, I'm a fan of a factory look, but more hopped up. Junkyard swaps, know what I mean? It's cheaper too.
We paid $80 in core fees... Can't recoup it, don't have anything to take in. Also I'm going to keep my steelies and have two full size spares ;)

I'll take pics when I get a set of tires and an alignment. I'm considering the Ohtsu FP7000 from discount tire.
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I did a photoshop with some pictures off of google images. It's not my car. Just wanted to see what it might look like.
It's not bad, kind of too flashy for the car itself i.m.o. but thats ok. It's obviously going to need a spoiler now. They have a 2003 zx2 at the yard near here if that spoiler will fit. Anyone know if it'll fit a 4 dr? Or should I just get a 4 dr stock spoiler?
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They look good. I have a set of the ZX2 'Spun 3 blades' on my 1995 right now. Those I got for $100 exchange for my old 13" steels as the ZX2 was going to the salvage yard. You did good and they improve the looks of your ride 100%.
 

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I had those on my 99 sedan for a while too, if I remember correctly. Might be a picture on here somewhere of it.
 

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Got them mounted and balanced. First time I've ever done that, used a bubble balancer. There is some pride in doing it all myself. Pretty neat thing to experience. Total cost was $260. Not counting tools like the balancer and breaker/pry bars. Next time I do this I am using a professional tire lubricant. Let me know what you think.
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Neat to hear that you mounted and balanced your tires yourself.
I've manually mounted my own tires for years, I made a pair of tire spoons during my apprenticeship at a large industrial facility and they have served me well.
I like not having to deal with tire shops that may give me a hassle if the tires have an old manufacturing date, worn shoulder etc.

I just picked up a bubble balancer at Harbor Freight this summer. I was down in the Seattle area and had to go to three different stores and suffer slow, partially competent employees in the frustrating quest. Haven't used it yet, though.

I use an oil/grease type lube that's meant for corrosion protection as a tire lube. Before that it was gear oil or grease, especially grease that had a bit of dust in it that wasn't clean enough for bearings. I don't have trouble with corrosion on steel or aluminum wheels, and the rubber is fine when I eventually take the worn out tires off.

I bought one the cheapy manual tire changers a while ago and bolted it to a pallet, but found it didn't work particularly well. The big advantage is you aren't working on the ground, which can give you a sore back. But I still went back to tire spoons on the ground as it works better overall for me.
 
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