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Old 10-03-2000, 08:19 AM   #1
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i was just wondering, what bigger tires, do for a car, if have 16's on now. what exactly would 17 and 18's do for me differently? would it be a good or bad thing? just something i wonder about, thanx.

Besides the fact that it will look good.

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Old 10-03-2000, 10:23 AM   #2
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Well... I think you're talking about bigger wheels. Well... with bigger wheels... you'll have a stiffer ride. Which means the ride will be rougher... but it will handle better. Plus, you can fit in bigger brakes. But you will also be moving the weight of the wheel further out. So therefore, it will take more energy to get them moving... and to slow them down. Also, the prices of your tires will go up with the size of your wheel... so in reality, you're getting less material, but you're paying more.
Personally, I don't recommend getting anything over 16". If you install a turbo, then go for the 17"s. As for 18"s... I think they're fugly. Well... unless you have brakes that really fill up the space inside the wheels. Otherwise... there's too much negative space involved there.
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Old 10-03-2000, 11:59 AM   #3
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yes thank you, least i got someone to respond to me. i got a legacy GT 00, and there 16's just curious, if its realy worth the 17's, advantages and disadvantages...thanx tho..
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Old 10-03-2000, 01:58 PM   #4
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Trick is to get the smallest wheels that can clear your brakes. IMHO 16s are just nice for N/A Scoobies. It's light. 17" are nice but you wold have to spend alot to get light weight ones otherwise the heavy rims will be bad.... apparenly for every 1lb of unsprung weight it's equal to about 7lbs of sprung weight..... so say if your shiny 17" rims are like 4lbs more heavy than your 16"s....then it's 4X7 = 28lbs X 4 wheels = 112ls! It's like having a girl in your car all the time.... Hmm that's nuthin bad tho eh?
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Old 10-03-2000, 04:15 PM   #5
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well this will stop me from getting 17's then and saves me money on rims...thanx alot guys, this is the reason i ask.
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Old 10-03-2000, 04:19 PM   #6
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Larger wheel, smaller tire=less flex in the side wall=better cornering. Unless you have a nice set of reinforced sidewall slicks like the g-force ta r1's
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