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Old 01-08-2017, 07:36 PM   #1
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Another VMR Thread with a Big Twist...C'mon in...

...A different VMR rim than the "usual suspects" mounted on a GTO...The V803.

So after years of looking at the many hundreds of wheel threads on this site and the need to finally replace my OEM Bridgestones, I decided to take the leap to the "dark side" and go aftermarket wheels.

My requirements were that I wanted to go big but do no modifications to the outer fender lips or any major massaging of the inner fenders. As those who have "gone big" know, that's a pretty tough order to fill.

So I read the many threads on fitments/offsets and all the disclaimers on cradle alignment and car-to-car production variances and such and came up with what others have stated (members purplenurple and OldSchoolGP among others) as the ideal offset for a 9.5" rear rim to fit 275/30s with minimum to no rubbing. The "magic" range was stated as between +54 to +56 I believe.

Fast forward to the "search for the Holy Grail" that many of us have embarked on to find wheels that we personally like in those ideal offsets. The choices are few and far between in non-custom wheels that won't send you to the poor house.

So digging around I found that VMR had a couple of models of wheels that fit the bill for the deeper rear offsets - The V810 and the V803. Initially I was attracted to the V810 which looks similar to the V710 and I was able to find one GTO that ran these (member x1s1x300). VMR also made the V810 in an 8.5 ET45 for the front so I figured this may be the route to go. I never found any pics of a GTO running V803s.

I contacted Brandon over at VMR to check availability on the V810s as I scoured the interwebz and no one had the 19x9.5 ET58s. He checked and they were out of the +58 with no ETA for another shipment. That was back about 15 months ago!

Brandon and I communicated periodically over those months to see if there were any updates on the V810 +58 but there were no production dates. Brandon suggested I take a look at the V803 that came in 19x9.5 ET57 and that was available. I looked at several pictures of V803s on BMWs and Audis and they looked pretty good and grew on me. The only issue was only front fitment available for the GTO was 19x8.5 ET35 and I felt an ET45 would be better. I would reach out to Brandon from time to time to see if the were any updates on the V810 9.5 +58s or a new V803 8.5 in +45 and my persistence finally paid off as he said VMR developed the 8.5 ET45 and had them in stock.

Brandon and I went back and forth on a few questions and I finally pulled the trigger on the V803s. Brandon was great to work with and set me up with V803s and Michelin PSS tires mounted/balanced and ready to go. Double thumbs up to Brandon at VMR for great customer service.

Enough of the novel and on to the good stuff:

V803 19 x 8.5 ET45 with Michelin PSS 235/35-19s
V803 19 x 9.5 ET57 (with 3 mm spacer ET54) with Michelin PSS 275/30-19s

I purchased some Motorsport-Tech 3 mm spacers for the rears in case I needed them - That would get the magical +54 offset. I ended up needing them.

Mounted the V803s and took her for a spin and there was some decent inner fender rubbing on the right rear on hard right turns. Left rear there was some contact with the plastic liner towards the rear. I threw the spacers on today and took the Goat for a spin and only heard a light rub maybe twice from the right rear. I checked the outer fender lips and all looked good. I racked up 10+ miles testing so I'm confident it will be fine. Worst case I will get the BFH out and "massage" where I saw the contact on the right rear.

Noticed the ride is better with 19" PSS than the OEM 18" Bridgestones which is a plus.

Now on to the pics. This may be the only GTO running V803s as I've not come across any others to date. Enjoy!













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Old 01-09-2017, 03:41 AM   #2
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Mothertrucker those rims look great on your car. Major win!!! I've always been a big fan of the Hypersilver/stock paint on rims, seems to be the right blend of shiny yet restrained paint to really bring out the small details on wheels. Can't stand black wheels that hide the beauty of the design but I digress. Along with the rear spoiler and color, your car just oozes class with the new rims and is by far one of my favorite cars on the forum. Congrats on making being different cool again.
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Old 01-09-2017, 05:01 AM   #3
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Your new VMR's look great! Not a lot of people that can do the Cyclone Gray Metallic color justice with mods!

Car looks minty fresh and looks like a late build 05 also (based on what I see on the front struts)!
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Old 01-09-2017, 05:06 AM   #4
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Those look outstanding. One hell of a clean looking CGM as well.

A slight drop, in my opinion, would do wonders as well. Stock suspension still?
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Old 01-09-2017, 05:58 AM   #5
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Great looking car! Nice to see someone do some research and call a vendor to get what their after !
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Old 01-09-2017, 06:19 AM   #6
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I'm sure they don't make those in an 18 or 17 inch...
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Tri power ... Very Nice !!
I too have a CGM with VMRs & PSS . Only mine are 18s. Best Tires i have ever had
I am gonna lower the ass end 20mm soon
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Old 01-09-2017, 02:43 PM   #8
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Looks great. Needs slightly more lows.
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Agree with everyone else, looks perfect. All that time researching paid off.
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Old 01-09-2017, 09:28 PM   #10
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Mothertrucker those rims look great on your car. Major win!!! I've always been a big fan of the Hypersilver/stock paint on rims, seems to be the right blend of shiny yet restrained paint to really bring out the small details on wheels. Can't stand black wheels that hide the beauty of the design but I digress. Along with the rear spoiler and color, your car just oozes class with the new rims and is by far one of my favorite cars on the forum. Congrats on making being different cool again.

Much appreciated...I have always been attracted to the more conservative and subtle mods. Like you, I am not a fan of black wheels. I did toy with the idea of going either gunmetal or titan bronze but conservative won in the end.

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Your new VMR's look great! Not a lot of people that can do the Cyclone Gray Metallic color justice with mods!

Car looks minty fresh and looks like a late build 05 also (based on what I see on the front struts)!

Thanks...How did you guess the late build by the front struts? It was a June 05 build. Have any lottery numbers you want to share?

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Those look outstanding. One hell of a clean looking CGM as well.

A slight drop, in my opinion, would do wonders as well. Stock suspension still?

Thank you...Yep, stock saggy suspension. Based on the wear on the inner tread of the prior rears due to sagging springs/negative camber, suspension may be next as I don't want to eat these tires up. More research on deck for me...

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Great looking car! Nice to see someone do some research and call a vendor to get what their after !

Thank you...The forum is a great tool to search since the GTO has been out 10+ years - odds are any info you want is likely here. Again, VMR and Brandon were great to deal with.

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I'm sure they don't make those in an 18 or 17 inch...

19s only currently...Not sure if they have plans for 18s. You may want to inquire with VMR. My inquiring paid off in the end for me so it may pay off for you too.

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Tri power ... Very Nice !!
I too have a CGM with VMRs & PSS . Only mine are 18s. Best Tires i have ever had. I am gonna lower the ass end 20mm soon

Thanks...I've seen pics of your car before and she's very clean. I've had two sets of PSS on my G8 DD and they are awesome tires.

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Looks great. Needs slightly more lows.

Thank you...A drop may be in the future...

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Agree with everyone else, looks perfect. All that time researching paid off.

Thanks!

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19s only currently...Not sure if they have plans for 18s. You may want to inquire with VMR. My inquiring paid off in the end for me so it may pay off for you too.

I'm not THAT interested. VMR's look good, but i'll probably just get another set of RT-S wheels.
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Old 01-09-2017, 09:48 PM   #12
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Here are a couple more pictures:




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Love that last pic. So clean.
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looks pretty good, but would be even better if they had more concave.
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Old 01-10-2017, 08:04 AM   #15
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looks pretty good, but would be even better if they had more concave.

Thanks. I think the high offset took some of the concavity away on the rears. Would have been nice but not a deal breaker for me.
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She looks great man! Good choice on rims too, they definitely stand out on your car!
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Old 01-10-2017, 05:28 PM   #17
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Those are the first set of A. Market wheels I've ever seen on this car that I actually like.

Great, now you effed me all up. Was set to widen the stockers and have them polished.

Very, very nice piece. Well done.
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Man, looks great! I too have been in touch with Brandon about a similiar setup; can't wait! Quick question....what spoiler do you have on your car? I like the low, sleek look of it.
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Man, looks great! I too have been in touch with Brandon about a similiar setup; can't wait! Quick question....what spoiler do you have on your car? I like the low, sleek look of it.

It's listed in his signature.
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