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What Wheels Best Suit a 105?

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Solmanic,

as a quick update, The Alfaholic dudes have just posted some photos of their new 15 inch GTA replica and Ive got to say....they look freaking stunning.
The larger diameter really improves the look in my opinion, gives it a cleaner look and matched with some low profile rubber.........they look filth (good).

Im really suprised how much of a difference the extra inch in diameter makes to the overall appearance......although, I spose an extra inch will always impress and bring cries of appreciation:)

Check out the thread in the picture room. I think im going to have to start saving.

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These are my favorites - Campys and Vegas. Vegas (when painted black) work best on bold-colored cars, in my opinion; I think that your Ocre Yellow qualifies rather well.

(Hope it's okay to use your photos here, OWNERS!)
 

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It actually sits lower on the passenger side - I was told that this was due to the springs being designed for fat Italian guys in the driver's seat (that sounds like a saleman's line - can anyone say if there's any truth in it?). Anyway, I don't really want it lowered - I've already wrecked one sump and being an every-other-day driver I like not having to worry all the time about the evil traffic-calming speed-bumps in our area. I always thought some 15" wheels would make things look a bit more in proportion without touching the suspension.
two words - sump guard!

Also, stiffer front springs will help as they won't compress so much on bumps and put the sump into as much danger of contact with the road.

15's will help a little visually, but short of going to a larger tyre diameter, nothing is going to remove the acre of space between the tyre and the guard - it particularly stands out on a lighter colour too. There are some new 15 inch superlites available (less spokes, different 'look'). Also do them in 16s if you are feeling adventurous (I think 16s on 105s looks fat, but not everybody will agree)

3Alfas - I don't know the the going rate for a set of springs these days, prob a few hundred each end (maybe the front are dearer - brain fading...can't remember...)

Oh and those 15inch GTA wheels are pure porn - If they can do some 17's like that, I'll have a set for my V6!
 

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Cromadora-Fergat Mags

IMHO, I can't see any wrong choices (yet) in this thread. All these wheels are linked historically, either as OEM or decent after-market.

These C-F wheels came with my 105, I made inquiries to several old-time Alfa dealers who said these just 'showed up' on cars when delivered. (OEM?) No other explanation. They're 14x5.5J and Alfa67 p3-4 0801-1.jpg magnesium. What's interesting is all series 1, 105 GT's & GT-V's were configured for 15" wheels, and I have no knowledge that the speedometer and/or final drive were changed to indicate accurate speed.
 

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had cromodoras... put on Panasports... I might be bias but I prefer the Minilite/Panasport/Superlite look...
15 x 7's - 30mm offset
Someone creative might be able to photoshop on your other wheel options so that you get a side by side comparison.....

BTW great looking car you have there :)
 

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BTW great looking car you have there
Thanks James - BTW it helps seeing the different styles on a car the same colour. It's interesting how much the colour changes how certain things show-up.

The Alfaholics 15" GTA wheels don't look quite how I expected - a bit too much like a Mechano toy car for my liking.
 

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I am with Papajam, in my mind the originals with hubcaps still looks the best, but I am an originality Nazi and have never been into after market stuff. I still think that the colour of the car has a lot to do with your wheels, Giallo ochre lends itself well to wheel options, unfortunately olive green metallic doesn't:(
 

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The Alfaholics 15" GTA wheels don't look quite how I expected - a bit too much like a Mechano toy car for my liking.
I'm with you on that one. Maybe it's the extra low profile racing tires but I don't like the look at all. Too much wheel, not enough tire; it reminds me of the pimped up SUVs you see on TV. For what it's worth I have 14X7 Panasports on my 74 GTV.
 

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I'm with you on that one. Maybe it's the extra low profile racing tires but I don't like the look at all. Too much wheel, not enough tire; it reminds me of the pimped up SUVs you see on TV. For what it's worth I have 14X7 Panasports on my 74 GTV.
Thinking about it the GTA wheel is sort of strange, kinda belongs on a 1920s race Bugatti or such.
 

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Well I have gotten the "official" review from SWMBO - the results are as follows:

Original steel wheels with hubcaps - Old Grandma's car :(
GTA wheels - Old Grandpa"s car :(
Alfaholics 16" GTA's - Wind-up toy car (I tend to agree a bit)
Cromodoras - Try-hard, grandson's car :(
Mini/Superlights - Too "spikey", sleazy Uncle's car :confused:
Momo Vegas - "Bleagghhh" :(

Existing whachamacallit wheels - "What the hell is wrong with them - you're not thinkning about spending $$$ replacing a perfectly good set of wheels... blah, blah, blah" (I kind of zoned out about there) :eek:

I don't know, she wouldn't even take a look at the poll results - I mean I have statistical evidence and everything now!!!
 

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Well I have gotten the "official" review from SWMBO - the results are as follows:

Original steel wheels with hubcaps - Old Grandma's car :(
GTA wheels - Old Grandpa"s car :(
Alfaholics 16" GTA's - Wind-up toy car (I tend to agree a bit)
Cromodoras - Try-hard, grandson's car :(
Mini/Superlights - Too "spikey", sleazy Uncle's car :confused:
Momo Vegas - "Bleagghhh" :(

Existing whachamacallit wheels - "What the hell is wrong with them - you're not thinkning about spending $$$ replacing a perfectly good set of wheels... blah, blah, blah" (I kind of zoned out about there) :eek:

I don't know, she wouldn't even take a look at the poll results - I mean I have statistical evidence and everything now!!!
My solution, damm the torpeodes !!!! get several sets and change em when you feel like it :D
 

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My solution, damm the torpeodes !!!! get several pairs and change em when you feel like it :D
I like your thinking - but for that I'll also need a compressor, air-gun and a hoist. I don't think the domestic gestapo will have a bar of it - especially since it was ME who had a dummy spit about over-spending this month. And then there's this rotten suspension issue I am being made aware of...

I AM NOT MADE OF MONEY PEOPLE!!!


Oh, hang on - where did that roll of twenties come from?
 

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I think you guys are getting a bit mislead on our 15" GTA wheels in these photos. These photos are with extra low profile racing slick tyres fitted, so naturally the wheel/tyre ratio looks a tad imbalanced in these photos. These photos are merely to show the look of <i>the wheel</i> - not the wheel/tyre ratio - they won't look like this with normal street tyres fitted. Naturally any of you with 15" Panasports or otherwise know that 15" doesn't lose this nice ratio, in fact the 105 coupe was originally designed around 15" wheels! When we get the first production wheels fitted with street tyres on my GTA Replica, we will photograph this to show you what the normal wheel/tyre ratio look will be.
 

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The torpedo approach???

Well I have gotten the "official" review from SWMBO - the results are as follows:

Original steel wheels with hubcaps - Old Grandma's car :(
GTA wheels - Old Grandpa"s car :(
Alfaholics 16" GTA's - Wind-up toy car (I tend to agree a bit)
Cromodoras - Try-hard, grandson's car :(
Mini/Superlights - Too "spikey", sleazy Uncle's car :confused:
Momo Vegas - "Bleagghhh" :(

Existing whachamacallit wheels - "What the hell is wrong with them - you're not thinkning about spending $$$ replacing a perfectly good set of wheels... blah, blah, blah" (I kind of zoned out about there) :eek:

I don't know, she wouldn't even take a look at the poll results - I mean I have statistical evidence and everything now!!!
I feel your pain. I got lucky, though. I traded a Springfield Armory 45ACP for a set of wheels that needed some serious cleaning up. When she who must be obeyed enquired about the new wheels I was cleaning up, I told her how I traded one of those guns from the cabinet for them. She was elated with my choice, and loved the way the new wheels made the Nuova Super look. And a few weeks later, there was a sale on a S&W 45ACP wheel gun... which found its way back into the cabinet. In a year or two, it will find its way to the nightstand...

If the full speed ahead in spite of torpedos is possible, don't be surprised if your partner loves the new look, and wants rides more often.
 

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Max is right - the low profile race tyres look different to road tyres with these wheels -
I like the GTAs..... (personally still like the minilite/panasport/superlites a bit more though)

Wheels are up to the individuals opinion

here's the GTAs with a mock up 205/55 tyre on them
 

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Wheels are up to the individuals opinion

here's the GTAs with a mock up 205/55 tyre on them
Yes - but when you can't make up your mind, then put it to the vote.

Good work on the pic - maybe someone has a bit too much spare time on his hands...
You're in the same timezone as me so shouldn't you be working?
 

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I'm confused. What does SWMBO have to do with the choice of wheels?

Does she consult you regarding what fabric she should buy to make a new dress? Or which handbag to buy to match her new shoes? I dare say not. Just as, her opinion, counsel and input into wheels for YOUR Alfa should amount to zero :p

I sense this will get a reaction!

Oh, and you could rule out Momo's anyway, cause they're incredibly hard to find, and expensive.
 
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