...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!
1965 GTO - 439CI Poncho (440 hp/510 tq), 3 2bbl carbs (Tripower!), M4, Pro-Touring treatment (13"/12" brakes, fast ratio PS, tubular control arms, Global West suspension, etc.), 18" AR TT2 Classic wheels
2005 GTO - CGM, M6 - 19" VMR V803s; Chrome lug nuts; EE Catch Can; Revenge Designs Spoiler; JBA shorties; Tuned by Advanced Dyno; GMM Street
2009 G8 GT - Maverick Silver, A6 - Red/Onyx interior - Chrome lugs, VG sharkfin
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