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#1 Old 06-21-2007, 11:35 PM
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Question 17's or 18's???????????????

Inquiring mind wants to know what you guys are rollin on, and your two cents on what I should get. My car is already lowered and my stock 17's are nice but are 18's to big for our cars? With the tires thinner than stock do you feel the road more, also what is the widest wheel we can roll? Im going to get the konig hotswap's black with red inserts, what do you think?
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im rollin on 225/45ZR17s.... they were on my car when i bought it.... i like the way hook the road in the dry.... ive got a really stiff setup in my car again was done to it when i got it.... i like the way it rides....
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I have 18's on my rex. You do feel a little more of the road but nothing real noticable, and i came from the stock 16's. The new rims make the car look so much better.
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Your car looks nice 420! With 18's will i have to get my fenders rolled?
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Thanks alot, and no you shouldn't have to roll your fenders.
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shouldin have too.... i have a lot of room on mine....
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someone told me that 18's will make my car slower than stock! True or False
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off the line yes.... higher top speed though and better gas mileage on the high was.... your basically changing the gear ratio
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If you run an 18" wheel with a narrower profile tire than stock in the right ratio, the speed won't be affected in any way shape or form. My 225/45/18's are the same diameter as the stock tires.

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Well, depending on what kind of 18s you get, you'll accelerate slower because of the increased weight, and the distance of that weight to the center of the rim. Since the majority of the increased weight is located far away from the center of the rim, the weight is further emphasized, meaning your car will have a harder time accelerating. This is why even if you get 18" rims and tires the same weight as stock, you'll still accelerate slower. I noticed this when I got my 17s, and with tires they were only 3 lbs heavier than stock.
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Most of all the pro trade magizines reccomend 17/225/45 on a 17"x6.5" or x7"rim. Anything bigger than that is for showing off. You can go with 18/235/55 on a 18"x7.5" rim if ya just gotta' go big. It will make the car handle twitchie and bumpy. Ahh...the price you pay to look good. But it won't hurt or rub anything.

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i love my 18'' BBS RE's. i think they fit the car perfectly
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18" enkei evo 5's wrapped in nitto invo tires grip like a mutha *******8
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17" Enkei RPF1 wrapped in RE01R. Great street and track setup!

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Late to every thread...its how i role WTLW....

No one asked what you're using the car for. you wouldn't use 18's for autox...slows you down too much... wouldn't use them for rallyX because once again they slow you down too much. 18's... look good. I'm very into the 17X8's myself. Good story. sorry for being late.

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