Countachqv wrote: ↑December 14th, 2019, 5:07 pm
Need to jump in defense of the 18" lol. Lets forget the money discussion for a moment because if money is in play with car value etc, then it messes things all up. Frankly anyone being on this board has to have something more toward the M than just a cheap ride. There are much cheaper and newer ride today.
But if you like the 300M and want the nice pressure monitoring option, get some nice 18" put on new sensors and get the 2002 overhead computer. Did this in my former pro-am.
It is true that redoing 4 rims new is about 500 - 600 (get them straight, de-scoffed and repainted). That is what it cost me to have a set of rims done to new a few years ago and to add the original new michelin tires well conserved was another $300. Still have the rims stored in the basement. Brand new wheels just like out of the factory. Used them only a couple of times. But again dont start with rims that are too beat up.
Well, if the question was, "I found some decent Special 18's in the yard, should I clean them up and put them on my car?" I'd have said go for it. They're high on my list of favorite stock wheels, up there with the Crusader wheels from the Intrepid R/T.
But, the question was whether there was any money in acquiring used beat up wheels and reselling them (with or without expensive refurbishment), which there isn't.
I'm all for saving these rare parts and using them, or getting them into the hands of someone who wants them, but no one is going to do it today with the goal of making any money. That ship sailed a decade ago, unfortunately.
I have two full sets of Special 18s with tires and sensors in my basement. One from the blue car and one from the black car. All of the tires are expired now, and the set from the blue car needs to be refinished ($500 bill to do it professionally, I failed at doing it myself and the clear coat I used turned yellow). I'm open to selling at least one of them as we're looking at buying a house and moving in a few months and don't want to throw out my back getting 8 wheels and tires up from the basement... which have been moved from storage unit to basement to basement for nearly 10 years now, as the cars have been on their summer wheels and tires permanently. I came close last week to needing to replace the tires on one set so I could drive my car on snowy days, but I finally have my Jeep back from its extensive warranty work. I *may* get a set of used newer tires on them and mount them for winter storage of the cars, but honestly I've never suffered flat spotting in either car.... and the black car has sat for close to 3 years on its current tires.
I don't know if I'll sell either set of not, but I do know I'll have difficulty doing it until I find someone local who wants to buy new tires and repaint them themselves, or can transport to Carlisle. Hard to do the latter with the car full of show stuff and the club grille.
But I digress. Do people want them? Sure. Are people willing to pay a premium now? Not at all.