I have been a member and daily viewer of Club Lexus for a little over a month now. We already have two Lexus vehicles in my family, a '04 ES 330 Graphite/Gray Sport Design (w/ Nav.) for my mom, and a '04 Silver/Black LS 430 (w/ Nav/ML/Black Pearl/Chrome) for my dad. I had an '03 Silver/Black Infiniti G35 Coupe (5AT w/ Nav.) but decided to get rid of it after being rear ended, hard. Ouch!
I decided to folow suit, so... I am taking delivery of my '06 Black on Black GS 430 (Loaded w/ Nav. & ML) on April 7th. I am very excited.
Even though I think it is a very nice looking wheel, I decided not to order my GS with the G-Spider wheels because I knew that I was going to be changing whatever wheels came on it. So, I figured that it was pointless, and a waste of money, to pay extra for a wheel that would see stacked in my garage days after taking delivery of my veicle. And, I do actually like the OEM 18" 5-Spoke wheels.
I have always wanted a set of Black Chrome wheels... That being said, I have already contacted Tom at Wheel Creations and ordered a set of 18" Black Chrome 5-Spoke OEM wheels on an exchange program. He has the wheels in stock (dealer take-offs), but not yet Chromed or Black Chromed, or Black Pearl as he refers to it. He said the process would take 2-3 week. I placed the order about two weeks ago, so they should arrive next week some time (just in time for my new GS). The price is about $1200 plus a refundable core charge once they receive my OEM wheels back to them.
Should I put these on and be happy with them? I know that they will look sweet and be different because no one around my area (suburbs of Detroit, MI) has Black Chrome, but I think that an 18" wheel is too small on this car. It needs 20's in my honest opinion.
I also already have (from my G35) a set of 20" VOLK Racing GT-C's in the "Mercury Silver" color (costs extra). They are a staggered fitment, with a 20" x 8.5" in the front and a 20" x 9.5" in the rear. The offsets are +26 for the front and +22 for the rears. They are wrapped in Toyo Proxes T1-S tires, sizes 245/35/20 for the front and 275/30/20 for the rear.
I don't doubt that a 20" staggered fitment wheel/tire combo will fit the third generation GS 430 because I have already seen a few here on CL with 20's, but I am concerned about the offsets. Does anyone here know (based on experience) if the Volks that I have will fit? And, even if they do/did, do I want a Silver faced wheel on my Black/Black GS or would a All Chrome or Black Painted Face w/Chrome Lip look better?
Or, should I take apart the 2-piece GT-C's, Chrome the barrels & Center Cap, and Black Pearl the faces? I have been thinking about this option just for the one-of-a-kind factor, but don't know that I want to disassemble them, ship them out, wait 2-3 weeks, reassemble them, and pay about $250/wheel additional plus shipping.
If the Volks do NOT fit my new GS 430, I will put them on my girlfriends new '05 Laser Red/Graphite (Loaded w/ Nav.) Infiniti G35 Coupe (5AT). I know 100% that they will fit on there!
Please help me with opinions about which wheels OEM vs. VOLK you think would look better (
). And, if anyone has any information on the offset concerns or comments on other wheel options, it would be greatly appreciated.