Something Awful From Texas
I follow a wide variety of car clubs on Facebook. People post questions, photos, stories, and arrange meets. As loosely moderated clumps of assorted people, Facebook conversations can quickly go from “hey nice wheels” to “BUSH LIED. VACCINATIONS CAUSE AUTISM!” within three replies.
Some posts, however, demand controversy.
Originating in Houston, a new trend in custom wheels involves spokes, called pokes or “texas wire wheels”, that jut out more than a foot, similar to James Bond’s wheel-mounted cutting saws.
A company called Texan Wire Wheels is a purveyor of these… pokers… with single 17” wheels starting at $1395. Add $800 a piece to dip them in gold, and of course you’ll want gold and white stripped Vogue tires, $200-$250 each depending where you look. A full set will set you back just under ten grand, a fine upgrade for a 1990 Brougham worth all of $2500.
In addition to four standard wheels, it’s customary to mount a continental-style spare on the rear bumper as well as an additional one on the trunk lid for a total of six obnoxious pokers. Wheel balancing must be a nightmare.
At least, unlike the west coast “stance” trend, pokers are primarily safe with standard-size wheels and tires that keep handling and braking in tact. Visually, however, they’re garish and likely pose a challenge in parking situations.
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Vanity knows no bounds.