My flow forged wheel saga

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Rudevette
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My flow forged wheel saga

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Hello friends,
Here is an update on my Callaway flow forged wheel saga for my C6.

Let’s start with a little review. I bought a set of silver flow forged wheels for a C6 non z06 Corvette off of the Corvette forum to install on my 2007 Callaway. All four wheels were shipped with four different tracking numbers via UPS on the same day in matching boxes. UPS stole one of the wheels at the distribution center in Aurora Colorado. After a long fight with UPS, they told me to get bent and I began my lifelong obsession of digging deep into the system like theft at UPS distribution centers and telling the world.

So then I had one rear wheel and two front wheels for my car. I bought another rear wheel off of eBay from Callaway cars. I believed it to be the correct dimensions but it was a different color. So I took all four wheels to my buddies body shop and he and I refinished all four of them to a color quite similar to the black one that I purchased on eBay.

Prior to this I spoke with somebody at Callaway parts counter and ordered a set of center caps for these wheels. The center cabs have sat in my garage for a number of months until now that the wheels are finished.It turns out the center caps only fit the one black color wheel that I bought off of eBay. The center hole where the cap goes on that wheel is about 2.5 inches. The three silver Callaway wheels that I got off of the Corvetteforum have center caps holes about 2.25 inches.

Now I’m back to hoping Callaway has matching center caps in the smaller 2.25” size that I can buy for the three wheels and I’ll run a 2.5 center cap on the other wheel.

It’s getting to be awefully frustrating.

-Justin
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Re: My flow forged wheel saga

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Oh geez man. So sorry to hear that. Keep the faith, those are sweet looking wheels and you’ll love them once it’s all said and done. :beer
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I think I found black plastic caps on eBay that will fit if I need to go that way. I really like the Callaway center caps though. If I get the eBay caps I can paint them with the pearl silver top spray that we used and get some c6 center decals or something.

My wife says to just go buy a different set of wheels that I like, but I’m stubborn and am not ready to lose this battle. 🤣😎. Plus I’m now $2500 into this set and close to the finish line...... maybe.....

-Justin
2007 Callaway Corvette convertible. 3LT, Z51, automatic, polished supercharger, engine covers signed by Reeves Callaway, Daytona Sunset Orange Metallic with tan top and interior.
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Keep the faith, Justin. Callaway always came through for me in the past 20+ years, and if they can help you, they will.

Understand on wife logic. Keep the peace, but explain your position and stand firm :beer
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In the end, if I ever get these wheels together and on the car, it’ll make a great story over beers at the Black Hills Corvette Classic.🍺
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So here’s the story. The silver wheels that I got (one of which UPS stole), are very early production Callaway flow forged wheels. These had aluminum center caps that measured 2.332”. Callaway then changed the wheel center cap holes and went to the plastic center caps and these measure 2.555”. So now it’s back to the drawing board on center caps.

-Justin
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Are the aesthetics of the caps the same? Id see if Callaway can make you an aluminum one that fits the plastic size. The size differential from front to back would not be noticeable to 99.9% of people. From 5' away discerning .2" would be a tall order
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I ordered some black plastic caps on eBay in the two sizes. The caps match the Callaway caps that I have in their basic shape. I’m going to paint them to match the wheel and apply a c6 center cap emblem decal, or else get my graphics guy who does graphics for my business vehicles to custom print me a decal for the center.

I’ll see what the eBay caps are like when they get here.

-Justin
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SurfnSun wrote: Tue Mar 23, 2021 9:34 am Are the aesthetics of the caps the same? Id see if Callaway can make you an aluminum one that fits the plastic size. The size differential from front to back would not be noticeable to 99.9% of people. From 5' away discerning .2" would be a tall order


That's what I would do, too. Callaway machined the caps out of billet for the 19/20" wheels they offered. I do not know the cost of the center caps, but they machined the CALLAWAY logo into the caps and they were retained by three Allen / hex bolts from the backside. Nice thing about those, they do not "pop" out on accident, like plastic caps can/could. Again, that's what I'd do. :beer
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These are the Callaway center caps.
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