We think the real reason wheel companies keep developing new wheel styles is so they can buy more ads in Sport Truck. We're fond of american racing torq thrust wheels and all their variants. We've owned several sets and have a set on one truck right now. You're correct about torq-thrust wheels spanning many decades and trends, but the world would be pretty boring if everyone ran the same wheels.

We're a short-attention-span society, so we like change. Change is invigorating, both from a personal perspective and as a business model. if you're adverse to change, we suggest checking out the amish racing wheel catalog. they've got some bitchin wood-spoked rims that haven't changed in a hundred years.

Where Can I Find...
Where can I find stock parts for an '88 Chevy Scottsdale 3/4-ton pickup?
Dave Smith
Irvine, California

Latemodel restoration Supply specializes in restoration and custom parts for '88-'98 Chevy trucks and has everything you need to fix up your Scottsdale.

Wheel It Ever End?
Am I the only guy who's getting tired of seeing Conestoga wagon wheels on trucks and SUVs? I like big rims and low-profile tires, but there's got to be a limit. I've got some Foose 20x10s on my '02 Escalade and I think they fit the truck very well and look great. I'm fine with the factory 22s on the new Escalades, but it looks like wheels are headed into the 30s. When that happens, how long before someone makes a 48-inch wheel? I'm not sure if covered wagons had wheels that tall.

My biggest gripe is the clowns who can't properly fit the big wheels inside the fenders of their trucks, so they jack the bodies up off the frame to gain clearance. If you're gonna run the big wheels, do the chassis and body work necessary to tuck the wheels inside the fenders.

Besides looking like some dopey Tonka trucks, the clowns with the body lifts are mixing truck styles. If you want the big wheels and lifted look, use big, aggressivetread- pattern monster-truck-type tires. Thirtyseries rubber bands look stupid on a lifted truck.

I'd like to hear from other readers if any of them feel the way I do about the direction of custom-wheel sizes. Thanks for listening.
Joey D'Amato
via e-mail

Don't shoot us-we're just the messengers.at the recent Sema Show in las vegas there was a huge area of the show devoted to custom wheels. there were wheels in excess of 30 inches on display. that's a lot, but in a sea of bling and billet, wheel companies have to do something pretty spectacular to stand out.

Maybe it's part of that whole Vegas bigger-bolder-and-more-brazen mentality, but we view las vegas and some of the automotive extremes more as entertainment than everyday fare. a statuesque Vegas showgirl might be fun to look at, but you'd probably be embarrassed to walk around a shopping mall with someone wearing 3-foot fuchsia plumes and 10 pounds of rhinestones.

We agree with you about the tonka truck or hot Wheels look that people get when they have to lift their trucks to gain enough clearance to actually steer and turn corners. our stand on the tucked-insidethe- fenders look goes a step further-we think the wheels and tires should be perpendicular to the pavement when the truck is aired out. We'll let a little negative camber slide, but we hate it when the tops of the tires look like they're going to touch the exhaust manifolds.