|Originally posted by rogergarrison:|
There are dozens and dozens of wheels that fit 5x100 bolt pattern. You have to be hard pressed to not be able to find something you like. Most times I see people wanting adapters are to make wheels they were given or bought dirt cheap fit. Those cheap wheels end up costing as much as buying new ones made to fit. If you do have your heart set on a different bolt pattern, making new hubs or spindles is the way to go though.
I have not seen an aftermarket wheel I like on a Fiero, at least nothing that is already available in a 5x100 bolt pattern. Everything I like has a different bolt pattern and to get it custom made in a 5x100 will probably cost several hundred dollars per wheel.
That having been said, I really like the 2003 Bonneville SLE chromed aluminum 5-spoke 17x8 wheels I have mounted on it now with the wheel adapters. I got the wheels for $150 for the set of 4 and the adapters only set me back $280. Total combined cost = $430. I don't know where you think I'm going to be able to find a good looking and quality made set of 17x8 wheels with a 5x100 bolt pattern for even close to this much because I have looked.
The 5x100 bolt pattern hubs are going to be upgraded soon. I'm already running thru new Timken rear wheel hub bearings at a rate of about one every two years. I believe the problem is the small size of the hub bearing the amount of torque I'm putting thru them with this turbo engine. I don't care for the small diameter outer CV tripot axle spline size either, so this is something I want to upgrade anyway. I'm already looking at other GM knuckle options that will give me the bigger wheel bearing, bigger CV axle diameter, and bigger 5x115 bolt pattern (as well as being able to accommodate bigger brakes). I actually already have an aluminum knuckle sitting on the shelf I think I can make work for this job.
Anyway, the rear isn't the problem. The front is. I either need a custom hub (w/ 5x115 bolt pattern) that will work on a stock Fiero spindle or a custom made knuckle to replace the spindle assembly that will allow me to bolt the hub bearing of my choice onto it.
Down the road, I eventually want to try putting 4 wheel ABS on my car and the only way I'm going to be able to do that is if I have ABS wheel speed sensors at every corner. I can do that with off-the-shelf GM FWD wheel hub bearings that have the 5x115 bolt pattern.
[This message has been edited by Darth Fiero (edited 08-14-2014).]