As some of you know I have not been completely thrilled with the low profile rims and tires I bought with my G8 GT last year. Love the way they look and handle on smooth pavement but did not love the way they ride on crappy Alabama highways and roads.
After getting a suggestion from another thread about finding someone to swap wheels and tires with I took a shot and here is how is worked out for me. I was checking out some pre-owned vehicles in the area to see what people are getting for used G8s retail. Lynn Layton Chevrolet in Decatur had two identical Liquid Red base G8s with cloth.
I drove out there with my car and talked to the used car manager about swapping out my wheels and tires for the tires on one of his vehicles. He agreed. I waited about an hour at the dealership. I offered to pay the maintenance time for the swap out. He took it.
The service area was slammed with business. Lynn Layton has about 800 new and used vehicles on a huge lot with a separate Cadillac dealership on the other end of the lot.
$60 later I am on the road with new to me tires. The good. The vehicle drives much smoother and quieter over rough pavement and road imperfections. The bad. They did not reset my TPMS. Five minutes of reading my owners manual and five minutes of doing got the job done. They only bat about .500 of doing it right at my regular dealership. It is a too easy a task to screw up in my opinion. Also upon closer inspection when I get home I now have three chipped center caps.
No big deal. I ordered four new center caps from www.GM-partscenter.com and got them in about a week. After two hours of removing tires, popping out center caps, and replacing here are the results.
Old wheels. Pretty but not right for me.
New to me wheels and tires (Eagle RS-A All Seasons with about 13,000 miles on them. Still plenty of tread left.)
Chipped center caps and one new spare in reserve.
Interior bonus shots of recent Bluetooth upgrade. $412 system and Installation at Freddie Louis here in Huntsville.
I have to manually mute the radio when a call comes in otherwise it works identical to my wife's GM bluetooth except I get a multifunction screen to go through my phonebook which automatically transfers to the on board system.
In conclusion, they got big rim little rubber wheels that some young guy will go nuts for to help sell their G8 and I got a lot of peace of mind and an even more comfortable ride on my end. Win-Win IMO. No selling on Ebay and buying from Tirerack this time. Total out of pocket for this swap $120 and four hours total time between dealership and this morning's jack the car up festival.
Other observations. I noticed more rust on the rear hubs than on the front. I spent a few minutes cleaning and sanding off the rust from the contact points and lugs. It was minor but the owner's manual said to do it in chapter 9.
For what it is worth I do like the appearance of these rims better than the base G8 GT rims.