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Old 03-07-2006, 03:11 PM   #1
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Big wheels on cars nowadays

Why are all the cars nowadays being sold with huge wheels? They are usually heavy, ugly (IMHO), and a waste of material and performance. usually they don't put down that much more rubber and doesn't justify for the compromise of going to a heavier wheel.

Why would someone prefer an 18 as opposed to a 17 or 16 inch wheel (except for "it looks better"--thats entirely subjective)

I'm talking about sport compacts, sportscars, sedans etc nowadays.


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Old 03-07-2006, 03:13 PM   #2
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you mean aside from the fact that big rims look nicer than small rims and lots of rubber....I don't know, lol
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Old 03-07-2006, 03:19 PM   #3
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i want a set of 18's. i have 17x7's and i lowered my sedan 5" in front and 4" rear. bought www.madracingconcepts.com coilover kit and dropped on springs in front and on the spacers in rear. and i want a set of 18x7.5's. just b/c they will tuck better under the fenders.
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the only reason why you need bigger rims is because your BBK is too big for your current wheels

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The Caliber SRT-4 is going to come stock with 19's...

Just looks, pure and simple. Some people simply aren't as concerned with performance.
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you can get 18's on new GTI's. but ersonally i think that the 17's that come on them look better than the 18's
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The Caliber SRT-4 is going to come stock with 19's...

Just looks, pure and simple. Some people simply aren't as concerned with performance.
the most satisfying answer so far.. looks like someone shares same feelings.
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u chrome ur factory split spoke 15's and left the center caps normal and ur bytching about compact cars coming with 18 inch wheels..loll its all looks, to some people less is more (tire, wheel gap that is). Where I live with street conditions I'd never go bigger than 17 on a DAILY driver.
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I don't know, many cars look better with smaller wheels imo but then again I did mention that is subjective. Lets look at an example of a car that went to huge wheels as new production years came by:

Mazda miata Mk 1.5 (94-) through Mk. 2 ('05) and Mazdaspeed Miata

94-97 7 spoke alloy
14" x 6", 10.8lbs
97 M-edition alloy
15" x 6", 14.5 lbs -> in this case is it worth the extra 4.5 lbs for virtually no more rubber put down to the ground? Well, I suppose being able to use stiffer sidewalls and more tire options may be a plus.. but at the sacrifice of about 125% of the original wheel weight.

2002 SE
16" X 6.5" 18lbs (this is the year they went to the "cooler" "hi-performance lookin' " y-spoke rims)
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NEWSFLASH!!!!: More wheel & tire combo weight= less power to the ground. "Tall" sidewall ratio tires roll in hard cornering causing the bead to break, sidewall to rupture, and possibly car death.

I have a compromise for you DWKFYM:
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