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Old 03-17-2005, 09:49 AM   #1
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a few quick questions about rims and tires

Can some one please explain a few things to me quickly

1 What is the benifit, aside from looks, of rims vs steel wheels (the sort with hub caps)

2 what is the benifit, aside from looks, of larger wheels ie 16 vs 17

3 how can you tell a good quality tire from a bad one, and what are good quality tire brands at a good price?


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Old 03-17-2005, 09:54 AM   #2
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1 and 2 can be answered as better control or stability or something. not sure exactly but i am pretty positive rims and larger ones will give you something better lol
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1. Proper alloy rims will be lighter, and more durable then steel wheels. This means you can run a bigger alloy wheel that weighs the same as a steel one.

2. as frush said, a smaller rim will help with weight and rotational mass. So idealy, you would want an alloy rim that is just big enough to clear your brakes, if you wanted the best performance aspect.

3. A good tire company or brand will have a reputation built on customer review and testing. If you do a search of a tire your interested in, youll be able to find pro's and con's that will fit your ultimate need.

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There are a couple of reasons to go with larger rims. First, they let you or the manufacturer fit larger brakes. That's why 15's don't fit on the SVT. Second, larger wheels let you fit a lower profile tire which improves the sidewall stiffness. Greater sidewall stiffness equates to better stability and handling. However, with modern tire technology this is less of an advantage as the sidewalls are pretty darn stiff now , even with a taller 16" tire.
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