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Old 04-10-2004, 02:47 PM   #1
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Default 17" or 18" on XT ???

I wanna get a set of Rota Tarmac 2 for my XT but I am not sure if I want 17's or 18's

Any ideas?

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Old 04-10-2004, 02:56 PM   #2
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well, generally the bigger wheels are, the better your car looks, however the less rubber you can have to protect the wheels. If I were you the first thing I'd consider is the quality of roads that you're driving on. Beside that, the bigger tires are the more you gonna pay every time to replace them. And the last but not least is the "rubbing issue" thing. Before you place your order, make sure that this particular selected set of wheels and tires gonna fit your car without a problem.

Good luck! :-)

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Old 04-11-2004, 10:09 AM   #3
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Go to your library and read the Jan '04 story Consumer Reports did on plus sizing. Unless you have good reason (just looks could be a good reason ) it's probably a good idea to go with 17". I have ROTA SDR 17" on my XT. I don't know how much of the difference in feel/handling was due to getting rid of the crappy Geolanders (for Falken Ziex 512's (225/50R17) or going from 16 to 17 inches, but the way my FXT goes now is marvelous. I wouldn't have done this if I didn't dislike the OEM FXT setup.

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Old 04-11-2004, 11:58 AM   #4
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Unless you are driving all the time on newly repaved roads forget 18" rims, with a low sidewall one hit on a pothole and you just phugged up a rim

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Old 04-14-2004, 03:42 PM   #5
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18's seem to fill the gap better.
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Old 04-14-2004, 04:05 PM   #6
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18's seem to fill the gap better.

I think that is more due to the lowered suspension.

THe OD of the tire should be much the same regardless of wheel size.
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Old 04-14-2004, 05:07 PM   #7
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Unless you are driving all the time on newly repaved roads forget 18" rims, with a low sidewall one hit on a pothole and you just phugged up a rim

Pat.
I've driven down dirt roads with 18's on a lowered WRX, not the smartest thing to do, but they didn't get all wonky the first time out either. BUT you do have to be mindfull of the road with such a low profile tire.

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18's seem to fill the gap better.
it won't matter the OD are the same for the 17 or 18 wheel, if you are going for the correct tire size. otherwise your gearing and speedo will be very very wrong.

Overall, I think a 17 is the smartest choice and the 18 is the most stylish.

Ultimately it will be up to you...


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Old 04-14-2004, 05:23 PM   #8
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I bet some 20's qould really close the gap on hte stock height. I'd say, if your state keeps good roads like mine (Maryland), go with 18s. If your state is more like Pennsylvania (which quite possbly spends no state funds on road improvement) go with 17s. Personally, I like the look of the stock 16s on the XT.

Note... these are opinions from someone who doesn't own a Forester... yet.....
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Old 04-15-2004, 07:49 AM   #9
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Prod,
You must live in a different part of MD than I. I've bent 3 16 inch rims on my Miata with 40 profile tires. This is in Anne Arundel county. I don't dare drive it in Baltimore. I'll do 17s on the Forester with 45 profile tires. That seems to be the best compromise for looks/performance.

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Well yes lowered, I would'nt have it any other way. And that one lap car if driven on the road every day in Dallas (pot hole city) no problems.
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