Guys work hard to express their automotive passion through a project car, but all too often, that message gets mangled when the wrong wheels are selected. The mechanical attributes of your car notwithstanding, how you project visually will either amplify your intent or completely short circuit your effort. Whether you want to admit it or not-and we won't even debate whether it's even fair-the wheels you choose, the tires you wrap them in, and the stance you give your ride will all largely determine whether others like your car or not.

That said, we're not advocating you just go out and spend the most money possible. It's more a question of figuring out your budget first, then choosing the wheel that looks and performs best for your wallet. We've seen cars with inexpensive steel wheels that had just the right diameter, the right backspacing, the ideal tire size, and the coolest stance that looked and performed better than a similar car with mega-buck bling. There's no doubt that you can impress (or piss off) people by showing off your money-that's easy. It's far more difficult to impress people with your sense of good taste. A sense of style (or lack thereof) is also what helps us decide what cars get in the mag, and which ones don't. The wrong wheel, tire size, and stance can be a deal breaker, even when everything else is nailed.

We've rounded up 25 rims for all budgets, and we like all of them for hard-core muscle cars. As you can see, there's a lot of variation here; some will work great for a stealth look, some are traditional, some are racy, some are showy, some are street/strip, some are Pro Touring, and some are designed for all-out competition. Now check 'em out, get inspired, and start sending the right message with your muscle car!

COKER TIRE
SS 396
Size: 14 & 15 inch
Price: $140
($560 per set, 15x7)
Source: Coker Tire
866-513-2744
www.CokerTire.com

YEAR ONE
FIVE-SPOKE RALLY
Size: 17x9
Price: $187.25
($749 per set)
Source:
Year One
800-932-7663
www.YearOne.com

FESLER
FS 914
Size: 18 through 26 inch
Price: starting at $225
($900 per set, 17x8)
Source:
Fesler Inc.
602-953-8944
www.FeslerBuilt.com

SCHOTT
MODSPORT
Size: 17, 18, 19 & 20 inch
Price: $850
($3,400 per set, 17x8)
Source:
Schott Wheels
562-598-4411
www.SchottWheels.com

WHEEL VINTIQUES
SERIES 66 RALLYE
Size: 16 & 17 inch
Price: $220.53
($882.12 per set, 17x8)
Source:
Wheel Vintiques
559-251-6957
www.WheelVintiques.com

SUMMIT
FAST FIVE
Size: 15 & 17 inch
Price: $154.95
($619.80 per set, 17x8)
Source:
Summit Racing
800-230-3030
www.SummitRacing.com

CRAGAR
701 MG SERIES
Size: 18x9 & 20x9
Price: Coming soon!
Source:
Cragar
877-827-2427
www.Cragar.com

BILLET SPECIALTIES
PRO TOURING THROTTLE
Size: 18, 19, 20 & 22 inch
Price: $675
($2,700 per set, 18x8)
Source:
Billet Specialties
800-245-5382
www.BilletSpecialties.com

SPECIALTY WHEEL
MOPAR WARRIOR
Size: 15, 16 & 17 inch
Price: $473.75
($1,895 per set, 17x8)
Source:
Specialty Wheel
800-959-5800
www.SpecialtyWheel.com

BOZE
PRO-LITE
Size: 17 through 22 inch
Price: $529
($2,116 per set, 17x8)
Source:
Boze Alloys
714-843-6811
www.BozeForged.com

Vintage Wheel Works
V45
Size: 15, 16 & 17 inch
Price: $369.75
($1,479 per set, 17x8)
Source:
Vintage Wheel Works
714-690-4700
www.VintageWheelWorks.com

Weld
G-Forged
Size: 15, 17 & 18 inch
Price: $259 ($1,036 per set, 15x10)
Source:
Weld Racing
800-788-9353
www.WeldRacing.com

RUSHFORTH
NIGHT TRAIN
Size: 17 & 18 inch
Price: $487
($1,948 per set, 17x8)
Source:
Rushforth Wheels
253-306-3215
www.RushforthWheels.com

SUMMIT
LEGEND FIVE
Size: 15 & 17 inch
Price: $149.95
($599.80 per set, 17x8)
Source:
Summit Racing
800-230-3030
www.SummitRacing.com

ROCKET PERFORMANCE
FUEL
Size: 15 & 17 inch
Price: $249.95
($999.80 per set,
17x8, Summit price)
Source:
Rocket Performance Machine
888-307-7525
www.RocketRacingWheels.com

FORGELINE
FS3P
Size: 18, 19 & 20 inch
Price: $1,050
($4,200 per set, 18x8)
Source:
Forgeline Motorsports
800-886-0093
www.Forgeline.com

CENTER LINE
QUALIFIER
Size: 15, 17, 18 & 20 inch
Price: $369.95
($1,479.80 per set,
17x8, Summit price)
Source:
Center Line Wheel
800-345-8671
www.CenterlineWheels.com

VINTAGE WHEEL WORKS
V40
Size: 15, 16 & 17 inch
Price: $369.75
($1,479 per set, 17x8)
Source:
Vintage Wheel Works
714-690-4700
www.VintageWheelWorks.com

STOCKTON WHEEL SERVICE
SLT
Size: 15, 16 & 17
Price: $315
($1,260 per set, 17x8)
Source:
Stockton Wheel Service
800-395-9433
www.StocktonWheel.com

YEAR ONE
PONTIAC SNOWFLAKE
Size: 17x9
Price: $199
($796 per set)
Source:
Year One
800-932-7663
www.YearOne.com

BONSPEED
JAG-X
Size: 17 through 26 inch
Price: $499
($1,996 per set, 17x8)
Source:
Bonspeed Wheels
714-666-1966
www.BonspeedWheels.com

COKER TIRE
FORD MAGNUM 500
Size: 14 & 15 inch
Price: $150
($600 per set, 15x7)
Source:
Coker Tire
866-513-2744
www.CokerTire.com

SPECIALTY WHEEL
OLDS SSI
Size: 14, 15, 16 & 17 inch
Price: $314.82
($1,259.28 per set, 17x8)
Source:
Specialty Wheel
800-959-5800
www.SpecialtyWheel.com

WHEEL VINTIQUES
BILLET RALLYE
Size: 17 inch
Price: $424.32
($1,697.28 per set, 17x8)
Source:
Wheel Vintiques
559-251-6957
www.WheelVintiques.com

SUMMIT
QUICK 8
Size: 15 inch
Price: $104.95
($419.80 per set, 15x7)
Source:
Summit Racing
800-230-3030
www.SummitRacing.com

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