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Old 04-17-2003, 11:28 PM   #1
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OK we all know how much this wheel weighs, and how much that tire weighs - etc. My question is, how much extra weight begins to make a noticeable difference? I mean, street noticeable; not like "these added .002 sec. to my 1/4 mile time".

Here's the deal - I'm looking at OZ Superleggeras and Enkei RPM2s. The SLs w/tires will be about 1 lb. heavier than stock each. The RPM2s will be 3 lbs. heavier than stock each. The RPM2s as a package will run me $400 less than the SLs...
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Old 04-17-2003, 11:41 PM   #2
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I personally don't think it makes as big of difference as somepeople make it out to be. Are you going to be racing your car? If no then don't worry about it.
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Old 04-17-2003, 11:52 PM   #3
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No real racing, just showing Civics what's up from a traffic light...

Sort of the way I am looking at it is those extra $400 could buy an intake and a crank pulley; or an axle back exhaust... If the difference is minor I can more than make up for it. If the difference is like constantly trying to accelerate through slush then I'd rather spend the extra 4 bills.
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Old 04-18-2003, 02:25 AM   #4
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Thats about an 8lbs difference between the two... It will have an effect, but probably not a noticable one If it were me, i'd rather have the $400 for the power mods
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I read somewhere that every 1 pound increase in unsprung weight (like wheels, tires, brakes) counts as 4 pounds as sprung weight (rest of the car). So if you put on 4 wheels that each weigh 3lb more than stock, that's like (4*4*3) 48 pounds more in effective weight gain.
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Old 04-18-2003, 03:19 PM   #6
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I knew there had to be a conversion factor out there somewhere. 48 lbs sprung (hold all jokes please ) is a lot but not astronomical. I can live with it.
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Old 04-18-2003, 03:22 PM   #7
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for me... i notice it immediately... but then you get use to you... just like when you upgrade your turbo... at first... FAST! (hella fast for us nor. cali folks)... but then... it gets slow.
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Old 04-18-2003, 07:48 PM   #8
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Replaced my stockers with 225/18/40s on Konig Monsoons (very heavy wheels) and I noticed it immediately. Car felt less quick. In the end, it's not that big a deal, the car still hauls ass and corners lightyears better.

I plan to get lighter wheels when it comes time to buy tires but I'm not THAT concerned.

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