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Click for a mini gallery of some of this year's clear rims

Last year "clear" was very in at SEMA: Clear wheels, clear hoods, clear heels, even clear engine blocks. This year a few wheel companies are keeping the trend alive with more on the clear front. While there was a set of massive 30-something-inchers on a particularly clean Riviera, we also saw some slightly more tame sizes on display as well. The big ones on the Riv were from Rimshot, but Dub had some out there, too, on a nearby Benz. The Dubs didn't capitalize on the all-clear concept quite as well, but they seem a bit more realistic in some odd way. Still kind of ridiculous for anything other than display, they at least LOOKED somewhat usable.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Hey, does anyone here remember why wheels starting getting larger in the first place? For performance. Less sidewall, less sidewall flex. Duh! I remember back in the early 90's that 16" was considered a performance tire!

      Well, my Vette has 18" on the front and 19" on the back. Those are pretty huge! This is the point where the sidewalls are pretty small and you really can't go much smaller to keep the ride somewhat compliant. Also, much bigger and you actually have to lift the vehicle.

      Donks...other than screaming "look at me I have no car sense" what is the point? About 5 years ago I saw an 80's Camaro on a monster truck wheel package driving down the street. The guys inside thought they were cool. All the people coming out of the clubs were pointing and laughing.

      I fear this is where the Donks will go. Sigh.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Aside from the rims, that looks really good.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The "donkey" portion of the name on this car is about right. The second part should have read donkey "_____"...well, insert your own word there.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That could have been a cool car, with a real resto-mod job. It looks like someone spent time and sweat equity in that paint job, but WHY?

      Rivs and others are still rare enough not to be as common as the chevelle or camaro car-show queens. With some taste, a Riviera like that could be very cool.

      As it sits it is a running/rolling joke. It has everything, (good donor, money, hard work) except any sense of taste, and without it, it is off the deep end, and the rest doesn't count for much.

      What sort person with any shred of self respect would ride in something 8-feet tall, and emblazoned with "donkeyfrog", let alone own it?

      The huge clear, heavy, and all sort of stupid wheels are just the beginning of this travesty.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That boattail Riv . . . as crazy as ever. And still gorgeous.
        • 7 Years Ago
        WOW. Autoblog is full of haters. How old are you guys? What do all of you do? What is your profession? ... Damn fools, stop bashing... That is CREATIVE AND GENIUS... I had a long conversation with Doug McGoon (the creator of the clear wheel) at the show and his story is inspiring. Although I do not like the huge clear rims on that terrible riviera, it got the job done, and got it done well. Brought much attention to the product.... Accept change and appreciate the new creations coming to the industry... You fools dont understand anything. McGoon won 14 SEMA awards for those wheels, they had to bring him his awards in a wheelbarrow. You have to appreciate that.

        ... BTW those clear spoked rims on the benz were the best product at the show!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Not that I would ever do anything like this to a vehicle -- it's just not my thing -- but the irritation displayed by the posters here surprises me. We are for the most part performance enthusiasts. Other people use their cars for a different sort of expression. Why would you even care about this segment of enthusiasm? It's not like it takes away from the guys who like high performance. Whether we like it or not, it is a sort of automotive enthusiasm.
      I wholly understand that it isn't to many people's taste, though. No understatement, no practicality, little in the way of safety and no sensibility. Kind of corny, really.
        • 7 Years Ago
        You make a good point.

        I get aggravated at these idiots b/c a car like this is dangerous, not because it looks retarded. The ridiculous sound systems are another point all together...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Can't wait to see some 40'' rims on next year's cars.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That thing actually, and I'm not kidding here, makes me want to cause physical harm to the person who thought it up. It's a good thing I'm a peaceful man (and live in another country!).

      Poor, poor Riviera. Why would anyone do such a thing to such a beautiful car? If I was religious I'd order it an exorcism.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Pokey, u read my mind!
      • 7 Years Ago
      What a waste of a perfectly good Boattail!

      I hate to see great old classics like this turned into rubbish!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Poor boattail, I immediately thought the same thing. The boats are still bargin muscle car with very unique looks. They came with the Pontiac 455 block and a great low and wide look. Sure the interior is craptastic, but I have thought of getting one of these to build, but there are very very few in socal that are up for sale.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Glad someone else recognized the car... At least they did it to a '72 instead of a '71... would've been better to have done it to the uglier '73 (hope mine doesn't find out I just called it 'uglier' >_
      • 7 Years Ago
      just shows off how pathetically small the brakes are on most of these things.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Staying power? I never knew they were here in the non SEMA world.
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