In Reply to: Need wheel and Tire info posted by Justin on January 25, 2000 at 17:45:04:
The least expensive 17" I've seen are the Borbet models at Tire Rack (about $170 ea.). If you're really on a budget, 18s are silly. Even 17 inch tires are much more expensive than 16s.
It depends on the raods where you live, but 16s use 50 to 55-series tires, 17s are 45 series. With out New England frost heaves and potholes, I'm afraid of even 50s. Wheel damage is very expensive, too.
Whatever you do, make sure the offset is correct! The bigger bearing loads of wider tires will put more exponentially more strain on the bearings if the offset is wrong.
No, you do not have to change springs with larger wheels/tires.