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RedTop510
08-12-2005, 06:06 PM
I have a set of 4 Libre style wheels that I pulled off my old 510 a long time ago. I'm lookign to sell them, but am not sure of their authenticity. Any way to tell?

I know after 1970 the wheels are no longer stamped with American racing. All thats stamped in the back is 13x5.

thedman
08-13-2005, 09:46 PM
After 1970? That's pretty much all the AR Libres! If it doesn't have American Racing cast into it, it's probably not a real AR wheel. US Mag, Shelby and others made clones. Another telltale- the real one's have a strengthening rib running down the center of each spoke on the back side. Also, clones are generally much heavier. Real 13x7 AR Libres weigh about 13 lbs. A 13x5 should weigh less.
-Ted

RedTop510
08-14-2005, 12:53 PM
http://img289.imageshack.us/img289/2733/wheeldetail24vy.th.jpg (http://img289.imageshack.us/my.php?image=wheeldetail24vy.jpg)
http://img122.imageshack.us/img122/3530/wheeldetail35kh.th.jpg (http://img122.imageshack.us/my.php?image=wheeldetail35kh.jpg)


Pictures the first time might have helped... http://forums.freshalloy.com/images/graemlins/wink.gif

Basically, I want to sell these on ebay, but don't want to mislead anyone as I knwo that replicas are out there. This is the only site I've been able to find with any history of the wheel: http://www.roadsters.com/wheels/#Other

"These wheels, like many other American Racing wheels, were cast at a foundry in Portland, Oregon. When the foundry shut down in the late 1970s, American Racing then contracted their casting to Rockwell industries. Those wheels do not say "American Racing Equipment" on the insides like the earlier ones."

SO yeah. ALso form what I've read not all Libres had a third rib... Oh well. The only marks on the inside of the wheel are 13x5, max load 1080 lbs, and do not exceed 50psi.

Thanks for all your help.