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OK, so after a multitude of posts and research, last week I decided to order the 20x8.5 MB Old School gun metal w/machined lip ($142.02 ea) mounted to 255/45 Hankook Ventus V12 EvoK110 ($163. ea) from Discount Tire (DT). I have to tell you I went back and forth between getting this rim, or the similar American Racing Torq Thrust in anthracite from a competitive tire company; both companies have good reputations for good deals and customer satisfaction; both rims are quality and have similar retro-style which is what I was looking for. The competitor's rims cost almost $60. more each.

I narrowed down my tire search to the Hankook V12 and the General G-Max AS-03 based upon quality reviews, tread design, and price. I leaned more towards the G-Max because it is an All Season tread, and I know that would last me longer Evo which is a Summer tire (other than that A/S is not an issue for me since I live in Florida). In contrast to the wheels, the competitor's prices on the tires were about $9 cheaper. However, at that time Hankook was offering a $80. rebate if you purchased a set of four; in addition, DT was offering on their site to MATCH the rebate with an additional $80., so by purchasing the tires from DT, I saved $160. Actually, I saved a total of about $300. going with DISCOUNT TIRE. Correction - I probably saved more because DT offers FREE SHIPPING!

The big difference in these two rims is the offset: the MB Old Schools have an offset of 7mm (I believe), and the AR Torq Thrust has an offset of 20mm, which is closer to our stock rims. In other words, these rims are both 8.5" wide, but due to the offset, the Old Schools rims stick out further. Some people won't like this, others will. I tend to like it because it reminds me how the muscle cars were modded in the late 1960's and 70's. However, this offset tends to limit the size of the tire you can fit within the fender well, especially if you have lowering springs: 255/45's will fit all around, but the 275/40's will only fit the rear.

When I ordered from DT, I dealt with Patrick. He was not like a salesman trying to upsell me or steer me to a product he wanted to sell me - he seemed more like a car enthusiast trying to make me happy in my purchase. He seemed genuinely professional and knowledgeable, even though I bugged him with several follow-up calls while waiting for the items to arrive.

The items arrived via UPS well packaged, and included a set of locking lug nuts (actually they gave me several locking lug nuts - and hey, what guy wouldn't want to have an extra nut or two?). The rims also included 4 black plastic hub center rings - do not forget the pop them into the back of the center cap area of the inside of the rims.

Comparing the 245/45 to the 255/45, as expected the 255 is about 1/2" taller and about 1/2" wider than the OEM 245/45.

Pic of inside comparison of the rims shows the difference in location of the mounting plate due to the offsets.
 

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Cleaning & Painting Brake Calipers

Every can of brake cleaner I saw said something about not getting it on plastic or rubber parts of the brakes, but would not elaborate on exactly what to mask off. I examined the brakes and the only rubberized parts I saw were the brake lines, so I masked them off and cleaned the brakes as best I could.

I waited 20 minutes and then additionally masked off the actual brake disc and any bolts I saw to keep paint from getting on them. I used Rust-oleum Caliper Paint (resists heat up to 900 degrees) in gloss black. Choosing a color was difficult - I contemplated silver, Mopar Blue, gloss black, or red. I chose black in keeping with my retro theme - I wanted the brakes to look clean and crisp, but did not want them to stand out too much.

Ideally I would have waited at least 20 minutes between coats, but I was short n time, so I gave the calipers 3 light coats, 15 minutes apart.

When complete, the painted discs gave the affect I was looking for...additionally with the rim's bright machined lip and gunmetal spokes, the gloss black calipers gave a "mean" look to it all. :rawr:
 

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DISCOUNT TIRE: for a great price I received quality tires mounted and balanced to beautiful rims, along with the locking lug nuts, all shipped to my house for free. I'll be moving to northern Florida in a month, and I like that they have actual tire shops there, so when I look into different size tires, I can "try them on" first...and I can still get their great prices.

MB OLD SCHOOL WHEELS: the spokes come in a beautiful high gloss gray finish, the lip is shiny machined finish, and the center cap is bright chrome. I love the offset, which gives the wheel the old school "deep dish" look, and causes the rim and tire to protrude out of the fender almost and inch.

HANKOOK V12 TIRES: love the looks and tread of these bad boys. Reviews of these tires are outstanding. Between the tire's grip and the wider stance of this wheel and tire combo, I really feel stuck to the road around corners. Admittedly, I haven't driven in the rain yet, so I'll comment on that after I experience it.

OUTLOOK: I'm hoping to add the Eichbach springs and lower it 1.5"/1.7" in about six months. After that, I will consider a staggered look - probably going with a 265/45 for the rear. Again, I would try the tire on after it is lowered to see how it fits in the fender first.

In short, I recommend these rims, these tires, and I recommend Discount Tire.
 

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Looks great, i have the same car pretty much except no stripe. I was looking at these and the BG Rodworks Gassers but ended up going with Hotchkis. I like the overall look you have going though, very tastefully done.
 

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UPDATE on Evo Tires

Well, we've had some serious rain these last few days here in south Florida, so I had the opportunity to test these badboys out. And yes, these Hankook Evo 12 tires really can grip. I had no issues at all with this wet weather. Even had to brake hard once - not a problem. I highly recommend these tires.
 

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Update on Tires/Wheels/Discount Tire

TIRES: Well, I've had these tires for about 14 months now and about 20,000 miles (half city. half highway). No problems with them - they grip well on dry and wet pavement, and sticky on corners - very good performance. Tread is starting to show wear and the tires are singing just a little - I'm guessing I have about 9 months or another 15,000 miles left, give or take. They've been rotated about five times so far. I had to have one tire replaced because I nailed a curb, so I have nothing but good things to say about the Hancooks. When it comes time to replace them, I'll buy the same ones, unless I change the size of the rear tires (considering keeping 255s in front and using 275/45s in rear, or putting 245s in front and the more common 275/40s in the rear).

WHEELS: These wheels are great. The "aggressive" offset makes them look deeper/wider. They are only available in 8.5" width, but IMO that's the perfect size, unless you want to put a tire wider than 285 on it.

DISCOUNT TIRE: Like stated earlier, they were great with the purchase and shipping. The best news is that a year ago I moved to northern Florida, and we have several DT stores up here. I've visited them several times for the rotations and also to have the indicated tire replaced, and their service was the BEST! Actually, far better than any other tire/repair shop I've ever dealt with.
 

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TIRES: Well, I've had these tires for about 14 months now and about 20,000 miles (half city. half highway). No problems with them - they grip well on dry and wet pavement, and sticky on corners - very good performance. Tread is starting to show wear and the tires are singing just a little - I'm guessing I have about 9 months or another 15,000 miles left, give or take. They've been rotated about five times so far. I had to have one tire replaced because I nailed a curb, so I have nothing but good things to say about the Hancooks. When it comes time to replace them, I'll buy the same ones, unless I change the size of the rear tires (considering keeping 255s in front and using 275/45s in rear, or putting 245s in front and the more common 275/40s in the rear).

WHEELS: These wheels are great. The "aggressive" offset makes them look deeper/wider. They are only available in 8.5" width, but IMO that's the perfect size, unless you want to put a tire wider than 285 on it.

DISCOUNT TIRE: Like stated earlier, they were great with the purchase and shipping. The best news is that a year ago I moved to northern Florida, and we have several DT stores up here. I've visited them several times for the rotations and also to have the indicated tire replaced, and their service was the BEST! Actually, far better than any other tire/repair shop I've ever dealt with.
We appreciate the kind words! I'm glad to see your new residence has Discount Tire locations near by :thumbsup:

Thank you for the update.
 
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