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Old 07-15-2004, 11:32 AM   #1
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Default anyone go from 18" to 17", or 17 to18"

Need to replace worn Mich. pilot z no Porsche 18 X 7.5 on 23 lb. fox 2 wheels.



May as well get lighter wheels. Understand unsprung weight and inertia (mostly).

Like the looks of the 18", and can get 18.5 lb. wheels. Cant afford the $400. + wheels. Id curb them after a while anyway.

The 17" wheel is one lb. lighter.

Is there an inherit disadvantage to an 18 vs. a 17" wheel.

On a 02 wagon 278 whp, mostly country road driving.
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Old 07-15-2004, 01:29 PM   #2
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more likely to damage the rim since the tire will be of a lower profile on the 18s.
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Old 07-15-2004, 01:44 PM   #3
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The 18" rims i've been using are ok pot hole wise, except they extend out a bit. Are real easy to chip if I get close to the curb, like a bank drive thru.

Hate to spend a lot of money. Need to get weight down etc.

If that is the only trade off, then 18" might be ok. Sure don't see many on performance cars. Iv'e got the oe 16' if I wanted to autoX.

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Am looking at the 18 x 7" 18.5 lbs, and putting on the Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-D3's. Luke at the Rack said the Michelin PS2's 225/40s have to wide a tread width for the wagon.

The SSR 14.6 lbs would be nice but are 8" wide.
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Anybody with a lowered wagon, and a 18" setup?
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Put on 17" 13.6lb Kosei's with 225/45/17 Michelin PS2's.
Really noticed the lingtness, but handling was to bouncy and very unstable cornering.

Gave them back and got 18 x 8" SSR 14.6lb Comps.
Then put on Goodyear gs d-3's. 225/40/18

Had to roll front fenders some more, and rolled the rears some.





The car still feels lite going thru the gears. Tires are very quiet and comfortable.
But the cornering. You can pull enough lateral g's to make your eyes bleed.
Do not even have to be in the proper gear, as they will hold without
gearing down or accererating thru the corner. Amazing.

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