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Old 03-30-2005, 12:28 AM   #1
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Hola!

I'm thinking about some new wheels for my 2001 2.5 RS coupe.

Has anyone had experience with Centerline Wheels? Specifically, the RPM, Excel, or Neutron in 17x 7? I see the offset is only 42, which isn't ideal.
But for the price and the light weight, they look very tempting.

Any thoughts?

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Old 03-30-2005, 10:48 AM   #2
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I've heard rumblings of cracking and the offset is less than ideal.
I found them clearanced out at Jeg's (iirc) about a year ago and it was tempting.
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Old 06-11-2005, 10:44 AM   #3
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these models have all been beefed up by Centerline due to the cracking issues. folks were using them to drift and breaking them. Centerline makes them in polished only. they now weigh about 3 lbs heavier in every wheel size
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Old 07-20-2005, 10:48 AM   #4
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Yea, i just orderd a set,have been looking at them for a while now too. They are now heavier now as they dont machine out the inside of the spokes like they used to. check out the clearence section of centerlinewheels.com for damn good prices on these rims.
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Old 07-20-2005, 11:03 AM   #5
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i just got the last set of Silver pearl Excels as free replacements for a screw up they made on my old(lightweight-14.5lbs) 18" RPMs. These Excels friggin weigh 19lbs now

BTW: the +42mm offset is ideal for this wheel width. It is the same a +48mm offset on a 7.5 wide wheel.
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Old 07-20-2005, 02:41 PM   #6
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yea, the 18s RPMs i just orderd, she said they are around 15lbs. so hopfully she is right. i will weigh them when they come in. That and i have to paint them. since i got a deal from centerline, at only 120 a rim, but they come in white.
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Old 07-20-2005, 03:26 PM   #7
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yeah, hopefully you got the old style, enjoy. I am considering having mine re-powder coated in Black pearl like my old RPMs.
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Old 07-20-2005, 04:05 PM   #8
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yea, i am just going to paint them. as i am not really feeling the white color. but couldnt pass up the price.
then got some tires for 74 a piece new shipped to my door :-)
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Old 07-20-2005, 04:18 PM   #9
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you got a smokin' deal Shane!

I loved my old RPMs but they gave me one that was 7.5" wide instead of 7". they had no more instock and could not find or make one that was the old configuration. the one odd wheel rubbed during hard cornering and they eventually gust gave me a new set.
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Old 07-20-2005, 09:09 PM   #10
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well, at least it sounds like they have great customer service.
the ones i got are 7.5 so i hope they dont rub
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Old 07-20-2005, 09:11 PM   #11
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I had Centerline Dyno's on my Grand Am, LOVED the rims (still have em, cant find any buyers)
i am having issues with the centercaps flaking their top coat. I called Centerline and i believe they are sending me new ones. so +1 for customer service
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Old 07-20-2005, 10:57 PM   #12
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Centerline doesn't actually have a customer service. Everything goes through the sales mgr. I dealt with my ordeal for about 4 months and was extremely frustrated by the errors and mis-information!!! the SM got fired and I then had to explain the whole story to a new guy. Luckily, I made friends with the traffic mgr and he is a stand up guy, very helpful who went and ragged on everyone else for not taking care of me. Rito Chavez, if you ever need him. Sales mgr is Loius Sanchez and it will be unlikely if he ever returns your call.

Shane, if the 7.5" wheels are +42mm offset, make sure you are not too low or you'll have to place a crap load of negative camber on the alignment. Centerline never actually released the "tuner" series in 7.5". It was a special run for Les Shuab in the pacific NW. I ended up with one mismarked wheel that did not match the rest of my other 3 wheels, and then the nightmare began......
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Old 07-21-2005, 12:49 PM   #13
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ahh, that sucks. they should be here on friday. so we will see if they fit or not. i have the Eibach Pro Kit on my car, and it does make the rear sit a little low. so i will have to see maybe time to roll the fender
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Old 07-21-2005, 12:54 PM   #14
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Shane, with those springs you should be fine. i have coil overs and the rear fender sits beneath the top of the tire and the front rubbed only on the plastic inner fender liner on the front. it never rubbed on the metal. if you're using 215s or 225s you'll be fine. 235s may cause an issue.
good luck man....
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Old 07-21-2005, 04:15 PM   #15
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well, the rear sit just a hair in the rear fender now. (i really need to get rid of those springs as i would like a equal fender gap) the tires i will be running are 225s, so not too wide.
will take pictures of them when done. anybody painted these gold before?
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Old 07-21-2005, 04:30 PM   #16
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mine rubbed on the front only at this height. that front left wheel was the 7.5" wide one, the rest were 7" wide. I have quite a bit of camber on the rear for more stability when conering above 120+ mph. I am sitting a bit lower than this now.
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Nice, have any other picts of you car? Side pics?
Thansk
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Old 07-21-2005, 05:54 PM   #18
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I'll try to get some taken tonight
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Old 07-21-2005, 09:44 PM   #19
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Shane, here are a few new pics. not great, but I tried to give you a decent profile of the 7" wide wheels. They tuck under very nice. you will prolly have the same offset so yours will be 1/2" wider. I am running 225/40/18 Dunlop SP Sport 9000s. They have a ptotective bead for the wheel. I would not personally go any wider with these 7" wheels.



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Old 07-22-2005, 12:35 AM   #20
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damn, looks damn good. i will post pictures hopfully monday after i get mine mounted
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Old 07-22-2005, 12:37 AM   #21
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Hey, what brakes do you have on your car?
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Old 07-22-2005, 09:40 AM   #22
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Hey, what brakes do you have on your car?
Shane
that's the AEM big rotor kit. these, along with carbotech bobcat pads do pretty well. Drastically improved over stock without spending thousands on calipers. I spent about 500.00 for everything, pads and rotors. I love these pads! the initial bite is very strong with much less dusting than stock pads. the only down side is they don't bite well in the rain when the brakes are still cold, "Caution". Almost crapped my pants the first time I experienced this and the car was not stopping........make sure they are warmed before any hard stops in rainy or wet conditions.
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Old 07-24-2005, 01:17 AM   #23
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just installed. damn these are light.

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Old 07-24-2005, 01:21 AM   #24
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Looks nice!
you need to cut half a coil out of the front springs.


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Old 07-24-2005, 02:07 AM   #25
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yea you do. i will be down there on tuedsay for the permeir for dukes of hazard so free up your shop for me
Shane

(yes, i will be stoping by if you are there, i need some lemon heads )
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