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As I anxiously await delivery of my new car, hopefully by the end of the month, I am mulling over what, if anything to do about the wheels. This forum offers so many varied options, I wonder what are your thoughts as to what would look good on my Matador Red CT. My dealer offers chrome for $1250.00.
 

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seriously...
 

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I'm thinking 18's or 19's for mine. I'm planning on working with VIP Auto Salon to mod my car tastefully and as practically as possible since it is my daily driver. They were the same team that modified the LS600hl in 2010 SEMA show. They're featured in Lexus Drivers Magazine online.
 

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Definitely don't do the chrome, it will add weight to the rims and that's a costly option just for a little extra shine. I too vote for going with aftermarket wheels, but keep your eyes on the rim weight to make sure you're not going to be sacrificing the MPG's.
 

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Has anyone looked at darkening up the existing rims? I see on some versions ("Sport" or 'F' models) in other (non US) markets, they have the standard rims just in a matt black or grey color...
 

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As I anxiously await delivery of my new car, hopefully by the end of the month, I am mulling over what, if anything to do about the wheels. This forum offers so many varied options, I wonder what are your thoughts as to what would look good on my Matador Red CT. My dealer offers chrome for $1250.00.
I traded in my 2008 red IS250 with stock chrome rims for my CT. I loved the chrome on that car, but I don't know that it would look so good on a CT. My heart was set on a red CT but we all know how that story goes, so I ended up with white. I was planning on painting the OEM rims dark gray on the red (and I did on the white) so obviously that's what I would do on that. When I had chrome wheels on my IS, I hit a pothole and since chrome practically can't be repaired (it can, but takes 3 weeks and a good chunk of change), I had to buy a new chrome rim...the whole thing was a nightmare and I have since sworn that I would never have chrome rims again.

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Thanks everyone. I think I will be sticking with the stock wheels until I see something that wows me.
 

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I'm not fond of chrome either. I'm enjoying the ride and the mpg that I'm getting right now (about 43mpg mainly on Sport Mode & Normal mode so I'm not the stereotypical slow hybrid driver.. haha!), so I'll stick to the stock or F-Sport rims for now and maybe lowering springs. To each his own in modding, but if you go bigger 17", 18", 19" etc. expect to sacrifice some mpgs. Bigger wheels do look nice though. Good luck!
 

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I'm not fond of chrome either. I'm enjoying the ride and the mpg that I'm getting right now (about 43mpg mainly on Sport Mode & Normal mode so I'm not the stereotypical slow hybrid driver.. haha!), so I'll stick to the stock or F-Sport rims for now and maybe lowering springs. To each his own in modding, but if you go bigger 17", 18", 19" etc. expect to sacrifice some mpgs. Bigger wheels do look nice though. Good luck!
Unless money is not an issue, then 18" and maybe even 19" RAYS/VOLKS will likely be the same weight or less than the OEM wheels, but only if you have the $3600 for the rims alone! :eek:
 
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