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Old 01-27-2004, 12:35 AM   #1
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Wider tire on svt+

I would like to spread out my svtf more so I can get better traction with my strutbar.

Do I have to upgrade to bigger wheels that are wider (18's If it was essential), or can I buy a wider tire that will still fit on my stock 17 svtf wheels?

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Old 01-27-2004, 01:29 AM   #2
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whats the stock svtf wheel size? 17x7.5? or 7?
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Old 01-27-2004, 02:19 PM   #4
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How about going to a 16 inch wheel and just get stickier tires? That way you'll save time at the track by having lighter wheels. :)
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Trogdor!!!

Our wheels are 17x7. I don't know if you can spoon wider tires on, sorry.

SVTDavan, another trick is to get racing lug nuts. I don't know if they will fit on our cars, but they will save 1lb per wheel, which is really significant. I found some on the net but they were Japanese and I haven't figured out if they will work on our cars.

I heard the OZ Superleggera wheels in 17x7 were only about 15.6 lbs, which is a lot better than the 21 lb stockers.

I also saw some Enkei wheels that were light, but they don't make them in 4x108. Is there any easy way to change our bolt pattern and offset?
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damn thats a large change in weight if you got those superleggera's with the raceing lugs you would save apporimantly 25.6 pounds which would be a signifgant amount of weight
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Lightweight rims are so damn expensive. I'd love a set, but at $225 + ship each minimum...I can't justify it myself. If I were you, I'd start out with a set of 235-40-17's. They're slightly shorter, which will help if you have a drop and shorten your grear ratios somewhat. Also, the speedo will only be off 1 mph at 75....and you will add .79 inch width per tire....more contact patch....for 1/3rd the cost of top notch lightweight wheels and new tires. Swap out that stock battery for a lightweight Genisis...about 200 with the battery tray/hold down. Get a nice cf hood for around 4-600 depending on mfg and lose 45-50 lbs and still be under the cost of the new rims/tires.......just me I guess....but hey, if you can afford it....then by all means.....
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235's are going to be tough to fit. depending on the wheel, you might need spacers and maybe some fender rolling (also depending on how low you are). Can't remember where, but I was reading about someone with 225's on his svt and he got some serious rubbing. If memory serves me correctly, he was using a stock suspension...but don't quote me.
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HotRodWagon, thanks for the ideas.

At least with motorcycles, they say losing 1 lb of mass from wheels (unsprung mass) is like losing 4 lbs off something sprung. Basically, 1 lb in lighter wheels = 4 lbs from, say a Ti exhaust can. Also, the bike becomes easier to steer with lighter wheels.

I think the same is true for cars, 25lbs lost from wheels is like losing 100lb from the body. Lighter wheels also means easier steering, less wear on brakes, and faster acceleration. I know these yoyos with 26" wheels and no brake mods end up burning through pads like crazy, all because the increased wheel weights.

I found a set of wheels on ebay that sell for $700, and claim to be 14.7 lbs, for 17x7, which is unreal! The OZ Chrono Evolution are similar in weight, but cost about $250 each.

I like the battery idea, I am thinking about doing that for my bike too. Is there an easy way to relocate the battery in the trunk?

If I could just win the lotto...or get a raise... another issue is this, what makes a better car, $2700 in lighter stuff, or the JRSC?

(Does anyone that runs aftermarket wheels also run spacers to get that 49mm offset?)

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