Been a long time coming: SEMA 2014

I’ve been out of this site for a long time, but I’m planning to get back into it again. I went to the Sema show and it was an  increbile fulfillment of a childhood dream. I will be back! Here are some highlights of the show.

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Inspired examples of OEM wheels on the “wrong” car! v.2:

More examples of OEM wheels on the “wrong” car:

Acura TL wheels on a Honda Accord:

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Audi A6 wheels on this MK4 Golf:

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Flat orange painted Bentley wheels on a bagged Passat more your style? Image

This oddball shoe shaped car is a Volvo 480, and this rocks a full drivetrain conversion of FWD to RWD with a BMW transmission along with it’s E36 Motorsports wheels!

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BMW 5 series wheels suit this Toyota Chaser just right.

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BMW Style 5’s on this Triumph TR6 look good!

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Another showing by BMW, 7 series staggered 19 inchers filling the fenderwells of this Z33 Nissan:Image

An uncommon car in the stance scene, and it took a lot of work for this one to sit like it does with BMW X5 wheels on this Peugeot 406 coupe.

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BMW wheels are a fairly common swap on the Chevy S series trucks, and these M Parallels look pretty good on this lowered example. Image

C4 Corvette wheels on an MK5 Jetta looking good:

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C5 “Wagon wheels” are super popular in the Audi/VW stance world thanks to great availability, low price and spacer/adapter friendly high offsets. Double stagger works well on this A4.

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Still under construction, Z06 corvette wheels set off this S10.Image

C6 corvette wheels on this black on black Chevy S10 looking good.

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Corvette ZR1 wheels on this Oldsmobile grille swapped S10 sitting fat and flush on some wide meats.Image

Widened rear C5 Wagon wheels on this Chevy S10 look good:Image

Mustang Cobra wheels might give away what’s lurnking under the hood: A RWD drivetrain including a supercharged 5.4L Cobra motor:Image

Still tons more to come!

 

Bonneville salt flats, v.2: MORE SPEED

Another round of unlikely heroes of the Salt:

Starting this off is the Mitsubishi Evo’s older brother, the Galant VR4.

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Opel GT looking ready to attack!

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This rarely seen gem is an old Saab 99.

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Another Saab, the Sonett.

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Even a Studebaker Avanti came out!

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Another Studebaker, getting a push. This is typically due to a combination of engine tuning, cooling systems and tall gears.Image

One of the great things about Bonneville is the sheer variety of vehicles that run. Check out this Subaru Justy!

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Can you guess what this is? A Triumph Spitfire in all it’s aerodynamically modified glory.

Edit: Thanks to Bob Smith for the correction, this is actually a Triumph GT6+ which is a bit different than a Spitfire!  Image

Volvo’s can run too. Just ask this awesome Volvo P1800.

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New cars are developed every year by manufactures to often prove a point of technology. VW entered a Jetta Hybrid last year, and did pretty well.Image

The Jetta hybrid’s distant relation, the Kharman Ghia.

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Cool wheels that work on everything, v.2.2: BBS LM

BMW E39 on BBS LM:Image

GE8 Honda Fit on BBS LM:

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Honda Odyysey JDM on BBS LM:Image

Loving the bodywork on this S2K widebody:Image

Race ready or pavement scraping, BBS LM go well on everything, just check out this slammed Infiniti Q45:Image This FD3S RX7 has been all over the internet lately, and for good reason: BBS LM’s, slammed stance, clean aero!

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Bayside Blue R34 on BBS LM: A match made in heaven.Image 

The ill-loved RWD Porsche 944 works on BBS LM’s too!Image 

Slammed Subaru Legacy making the BBS LM’s work!Image 

The little Suzuki Cappuccino with big BBS LM’s!Image 

Toyota Chaser on BBS LMs:

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Volvo 850’s just don’t get enough attention.Image 

This Beetle has all kinds of Porsche mechanicals:  engine, trans  suspension  brakes, etc. Image 

The BBS LM works so well on Euro’s like this Audi TT.Image

Cool wheels that work on everything v.7: Buick GNX/ Pontiac Trans Am GTA

These wheels came factory on the Buick GNX, as well as a slightly different version on the the third gen Pontiac Firebird Trans Am GTA.

These are one-off 18″ versions of the GNX wheels on a GNX.Image

Volvo 240DL on GNX wheelsImage

First Gen Camaro on GNX wheelsImage

 

 

Pontiac GTO on GNX wheelsImage

5th gen F-body Chevy Camaro on GNX wheelsImage

It’s hard to tell, but apparently this Acura Integra is on GTA wheelsImage

Firebird Trans Am on GTA Trans Am wheelsImage

C4 Corvette on GTA wheelsImage

Wish there had been better pics of this Chevy Corvair on GTA wheels.Image

BMW’s bolt pattern is almost identical to GM’s, so here is a BMW 318 on GTA wheels.Image

How unusual is this? A tastefully modified S-body Blazer on Trans Am GTA wheels!Image

Going against the grain

These guys march to the beat of a different drum:

Ford Faimont Rally cross?

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Saturn SW2 Touring Car?Image

Volvo XC70 desert exploration vehicle?Image

Audi Quattro drift car?Image

BMW E30 tow rig?Image

RWD Honda Civic drifter?Image

Lamborghini Gallardo winter beater?Image

Old ’40s lifted and diesel swapped tow rig?Image

Nissan 240SX rally cross?Image

Subaru GL prepped for wilderness survival?Image

Banded steels

Banded steel wheels are made when a steel wheel center is removed from the barrel and either re-welded into a wider barrel, or the barrel is cut apart and a new piece welded in to widen to the wheel.

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