Well, got a solution to my wheel problem.
I had a used 99 C-5. The rpevious owner had an aftermarket chrome job done
on OEM wheels. As I have a crack in the RR, I went to the dealer to try to
get a replacement. The dealer wanted $639, just for an aluminum one -
allegedly GM don't do my wheel in chrome.
Went to Discount Tire & got a chromed OEM wheel for $360. One year
warranty on their chrome job. WE'll see how well it holds up. But even if
the chrome goes - I got an OEM wheel for barely over half the dealer price
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No "allegedly" about it, GM does not chrome wheels for the C5, any
year. In fact they don't even chrome the C6 wheel and one of their
build restrictions is the supplier not keeping up with the one they do
offer. Their C6 wheel supplier, not the plater, filed for bankruptcy
within the last few weeks.
Actually what you got was a used OEM, (maybe), wheel plated by God
only knows who. An entire set of 4 is going for $595 at some of the
higher priced Corvette suppliers. With the old wheel as trade in it
should have been closer to $180, or a new reproduction for the same
pain, or about half what you did pay. Good chrome should have a 3 year
Keep an eye on that thing and only wash it with a brush, never with a
cloth by hand. When that chrome comes loose on a wheel it's like a
fine razor blade and can cut your water softened fingers to the bone
right through the tendons. :-(
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