I just took delivery of my (new to me) 1973 Trans Am. It is Brewster Green and running bone stock 15x7 Rally IIs. I am looking to do something with the wheel/tire combo. I just think a 17" rim diameter with an extra inch of width will fill the wheel wells out a bit better, provide a slightly more "agressive" look and provide better handling. I definitely do NOT want to go 18" or bigger. I also really like a 'vintage' look for this largely original car.
I cannot justify the coin for a set of billet wheels. If I could, I would probably go with the Billett Honeycombs from Year One or Billett Rally II's in 17x8 from Wheel Vintiques.
Money being a consideration, I have considered Wheel Vintiques steel Rally II's, but the largest size they come in is 16x8 and I don't know if one inch in each direction will really seem like it was worth the expense. You can see them here: http://wheelvintiques.myshopify.com/products/60-1
I have also thought of Year One's 17" snowflakes with black in between the spokes. Here: http://www.yearone.com/serverfiles/f...ain2.asp?cat=4
I think they would look pretty good, although I know I would be "crossing eras" with a snowflake-style rims on an early 70's TA.
A compromise would be a set of the new Cragar S/S with the matte-finish silver spokes for a more 'vintage-y' feel. You can check them out here: http://www.newstalgiawheel.com/wheel...ubcat3=1071110
These are available in 17x8 which isn't obnoxious looking, especially with non-staggered 245-45-17 rubber all the way around.
The thing I like about each of these options is that each one compliments the original character of the car in a different way. The Rally II is clearly the "stockest" choice. The tastefully oversized black insert snowflakes really scream "Trans Am" and the Cragars with the 60's-ish matte grey spokes are clearly aftermarket, but consistent with the early 70's era of the car. I know someone is bound to love any one of these choices and someone else is bound to hate each option as well. I'm just seeking some generalized feedback before I pull the trigger.
So, what do you all think? 16x8 Rally IIs, 17x9 Year One Snowflakes, or 17x8 grey center Cragar S/S???
Thank You All!!!