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Old 06-25-2012, 04:43 PM   #1
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Wheels some play bigger than others

What I mean is some wheels look a lot larger in diameter than they are, and some larger ones look a lot smaller then they are! Like 5 spoke SVT wheels look smaller in dia then EAPs, And I find that wheels that have spokes that go all the way to the outer part of the rim, like these I am getting (Konig Zero In) look way larger than any that have a spoke that ends at the rin and has a polished outer wheel lip. I got Enkie CDR9s for my 1995 Taurus SHO and they were only 17s everyone thought they were 19s because the spokes went to the e=outer edge of the rim. Here's an example of looks, the wheels on this Civic (are also what I am getting Konig Zero Ins) look like 19s and are a 16.


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Yep, it's a optical illusion and one designers use as a tool. Long straight spokes, minimal hub mass, and a thin rims do make a wheel look bigger in diameter. Tire profile/aspect ratio significantly impacts the apparent wheels size as well.
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Yep, it's a optical illusion and one designers use as a tool. Long straight spokes, minimal hub mass, and a thin rims do make a wheel look bigger in diameter. Tire profile/aspect ratio significantly impacts the apparent wheels size as well.
Yep, which is what I was thinking (on the tyres) after i posted this. I have always used wheels that look larger and been able to use a smaller diameter wheel for the weight savings. I checked into the weight difference in wheels when I was looking at the Konig Zero ins and the 17 is only a couple pounds heavier than the 16 but the 18 is four pounds heavier, and the tyres get way heavier as you go bigger. I stuck with 16s for the combo of looks and weight savings since they were a tyre wheel combo of 12lbs lighter EACH than my stock wheel tyre hubcap combo I have now. And the plus side they will look great on the ZX3!
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