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Old 03-27-2013, 02:44 PM   #1
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Thinking About Getting 18s

I'm thinking about getting some 18" Enkei wheels for my zx5. I don't have any of the detailed specs like width or offset yet for the set that I would be purchasing (going to be calling about them later today). I was wondering if anyone had trouble with 18" wheels in the past? I'm not sure what size tires they currently have on them (I'm assuming 215/35/18, but like I said I'll find that out in a bit). I have stock suspension. I know that I should look for no wider than 7.5" width, but what would be the best offset for a zx5?

I've read through the general wheel/tire size thread on here, but wanted some opinions.



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Old 03-27-2013, 03:17 PM   #2
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et35-et40. I suggest lowering your car at least a little bit first, because having more fender gap than sidewall is going to look silly.
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I had 18's on my 01 with svt suspension with no problems, it in fact handled much better with good ride quality.
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this is just my personal opinion, but i think 18s are too big for a Mk1.

I like 17" for looks. and the sidewalls would cushion just a bit more. thirdly the tires are significantly cheaper. fourthly, 17 wheels would be lighter.
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The reason I was considering 18s is because I've always been a fan of larger rims on a car and I prefer the lack of sidewall, but I really like my 16s that I currently have and couldn't imagine swapping them out for only 1 more inch with 17s. My plan was to make my current wheels for winter and 18s for summer, but I have sort of decided against that for now. I think I'm gonna stick to my 16s for now.
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I had 18's on my 01 with svt suspension with no problems, it in fact handled much better with good ride quality.
Do you have any pictures of your '01 on here?
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this is just my personal opinion, but i think 18s are too big for a Mk1.
While I agree with you that 17" wheels are probably ideal for overall drivability, I can't help but disagree with you here. 18's definitely work on a mk1—case in point:


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^ agreed
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I'd lower it, before 18''s.
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I had 18's on my car, et45 with 215/40/18 with the svt suspension. even though its a mild drop it looks better and handles nicer
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