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I'd go along with that (more) (archive)

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Posted by [email protected] on October 20, 1999 at 09:40:18:

In Reply to: Working off of memory.... posted by Waiky on October 19, 1999 at 19:06:39:

: The sport suspension is stiffer of course. Also I think that the sway bars are thicker for less lean.

: Most likely the reason that you wouldn't want to put on 18" rims on a standard suspension is due to the soft ride, the travel in the suspension might bottom out. Also I read a while back that Road and track did a study on 16", 17", and 18"s and the best performance came from a 17 inch rim, but if you are considering non-sport, I guess that you are not as concern about handling. Hope that helped.

: Waiky

Basically for the most part that is correct. There is no reason you cannot go with 18's on the car, but I would typically suggest to replace the springs with lowering springs (Eibach, H&R) to add a bit more stiffness for that reason, plus it is simply going to make the car look better (not 'lifted').

17" by far is the most common & really the ideal blend. Once you go above that 18/19" you are still getting enhanced performance, but it becomes more cosmetic at that point. If you would be using the car competitively (autocross, for example), or driving very agressively, I typically am going to suggest 17s for the reasons above.

Hope this helps. As always feel free to call or email me!


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