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Posted by Nicholas on September 13, 2000 at 19:21:36:

In Reply to: Wheel size and performance question posted by James Lee on September 13, 2000 at 17:50:34:

Bigger wheels can help handling by putting more rubber down, but they also have several drawbacks. Throttle response is not very sharp due to the mass of larger wheels and turning is more difficult. Thats why my old 280 Benz turned (not handled) better than my M3. I have the stock wheels on, albeit in mint condition, and in my opinion if you really want to get the most out of the M3 in terms of handling, weight, and cost you should run 16s. Just my .02

Can anyone explain once and forall the pros and cons of various wheel sizes? Am I right in my assumption that the only real reason to run 17" or 18" wheels is to fit big brakes behind them? And maybe a +2 or +3 wheel is obviously going to be wider and thus more rubber on the road? I'm not terribly concerned with how "cool" my wheels look, I'm more after performance. I'm thinking of perhaps a lightweight 16x8 wheel for the street, or heck, maybe even 15x8 Kosei K1s for the street ... they look decent and they're only 13 lbs. Are there any real performance benefits of going to the bigger wheels? Thanks for your insights while I try to make up my mind on what wheels to get.

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