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A compromise between the two... (archive)

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Posted by MikeW on October 22, 1999 at 09:45:56:

In Reply to: Re: how about 17 inch.? posted by v on October 22, 1999 at 09:23:21:

Higher sidewall = more compliance/shock absorbsion, but more flex in turns.

Keep in mind, at one time 16" wheels were the last word in performance. Now you're getting cars with 17 and 18" standard (albeit very high performance cars). 16" is look at as a touring size (chuckle).

You need to set your ride/handling priorities, and let those dictate what wheels and tire to get (or not get and just stay with stock if that works best, which it might).

: : Bigger wheels + lower profile tires = Harsher ride + better/sharper handling (if done correctly). The smoothest ride you get out of an E46 is with the standard (non-sport) 16"ers.

: : : Can anyone recommend tires in 235/40R18 that ride smooth?

: : : I'm getting rims for my 2000 328Ci, probably Hartge Classics and I need to get new tires obviously. I commute more than anything else and I don't want tires that ride HARSH!

: : : I've had (on another car) Dunlop SP-Sport 8000s and 9000s, and then later the Dunlop W-10s. The W-10s turned out to ride much nicer than the 8000 or 9000s (and a lot cheaper too!).

: : : Someone has recommeded Pirelli P7000 Super Sports to me. The TireRack reviewed them as driving smoothly (as they did for the W-10s), any opinions? Should I go with the W-10s or the P7000s? Any other smooth, non-harsh tire I should consider?

: : : Thanks!

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