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Old 10-28-2012, 02:44 PM   #1
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I've always wondered what the best looking way to go for wheels and tires for our Saturns is. I had my friends set of 16" Sport Tuning wheels on for a few days and they improved handling by a huge amount and the look was fantastic in my opinion. Much more of a flush and wide look compared to the skinny stock steelies. So feel free to post up pictures of what you have to share ideas! Thanks!
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This is with two people sitting on the trunk, how i would like it look lowered:

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Old 10-28-2012, 02:49 PM   #2
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Those look good, how much did your friend pay for them?

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Old 10-28-2012, 08:10 PM   #3
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Here I go again...I have heard (on this forum) that with S's 16" was the way to go, a compromise between looks and enhancing performance. That's what I went with. Wheels are Enkei EDR9's 16" dia. 7" wide, with a 38mm offset. tires are 205/50/16 which are meaty enough (I think) to cushion the ride and protect the wheel. I am dropped a bit: 1.5" with H&R's and seemingly the only "upgrade" strut out there KYB GR2. to Speedrc99: Looks good, but if you drop and go below 2" you might get drivetrain shimmy. I suggest H&R or Eibach; there's likely other springs that don't drop below 2"...but I can't remember them right now.
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Old 10-28-2012, 10:15 PM   #4
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Those look good, how much did your friend pay for them?
I believed he paid around $850 for them shipped to his door mounted and balanced from TireRack. I would never pay that much personally but hey, if you got the money why not. He may offer to sell them to me permanently for $400 which i think is a steal for almost new tires. And 16's in my mind are most definitely the way to go with our cars, especially if you run a lower profile tire, then the overall diameter doesn't change a whole lot. They really fill up those big wheel wells, and especially if they are wider (mine are 7") they look awesome from the back. I believe the Sport tuning wheels I have on now (ones in the pic) are a +40 offset. The front is completely flush with the fender but the back is still pulled in a little, but looks wayyyy better. Oh and my friend has Eibach Pro-Kit springs on his cobalt and they only dropped it a little bit maybe an inch or so but they handle so much better than stock and are actually very comfortable with stock struts. Cobalts just happen to have the same hub bore and bolt pattern as the S-Series. Oh and all those pics were Pre-rear disc swap

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Old 10-28-2012, 11:53 PM   #5
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I like the OEM look (or at least plausibly OEM look) for any upgrades, so I went with the 16" wheels/tires from an '06 Ion 3. I bought them off the 'net back in '06 from a private owner who had just gotten a new Ion and for some reason 16s weren't big enough for him (fill in your own jokes here). His loss was my gain, however, as I was able to get all four wheels with the Firehawk 03s still on them, only a few months and a few thousand miles from new, for $375 plus shipping. They really transformed the personality of the car and instantly updated the look 10 years. It rides very smoothly and corners like a go cart, and the wheels even have the Saturn logo on them. A win-win in my book.


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Old 10-29-2012, 12:15 AM   #6
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Good old steelies with 205/60/15's on them.

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Old 10-29-2012, 10:50 PM   #7
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I also am a fan of the OEM saturn wheels. I've been trying to track down a set of stock 16'' cobalt or ion 5 spoke aluminum wheels. I think that would really update the look of the car and bring a sportier feel to it. Anybody have those?

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Old 10-30-2012, 01:39 AM   #8
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I like the OEM look (or at least plausibly OEM look) for any upgrades, so I went with the 16" wheels/tires from an '06 Ion 3. I bought them off the 'net back in '06 from a private owner who had just gotten a new Ion and for some reason 16s weren't big enough for him (fill in your own jokes here). His loss was my gain, however, as I was able to get all four wheels with the Firehawk 03s still on them, only a few months and a few thousand miles from new, for $375 plus shipping. They really transformed the personality of the car and instantly updated the look 10 years. It rides very smoothly and corners like a go cart, and the wheels even have the Saturn logo on them. A win-win in my book.

I have a set of those (though with the round silver center cap) waiting for tires so they can go on my '98 SW2. Somehow they always looked vastly better on the S-Series than on the Ion to my eyes.

While I'm at it, here's my '99 SC2 on its autox wheels.


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Old 10-30-2012, 11:22 AM   #9
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I love the white wheels on gold saturns..I think the only color I'd ever want to own of these cars is Gold...it always looks clean and cleans up super nice. And has this translucent look to it when it rains/gets wet. I had a guy compliment my car on the car once who owned a custom classic car shop and he said he wanted to paint one of his cars with that saturn gold color because he liked it so much.

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Old 10-31-2012, 09:29 AM   #10
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I like Saturn on 16s, it just seems like the right size. Here is an old shot of mine at a local event.

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Old 10-31-2012, 09:13 PM   #11
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Good old steelies with 205/60/15's on them.

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Finally, I found someone who shares my point of view.

Everything in my (extended) stable of vehicles is riding on steelies. When I got my SL2 it had aftermarket wheel covers on it and currently sports a set of Wal Mart cheapies of which I have several spares for when I inevitably whang one against some chunk of road debris.

People get so fascinated with fancy expensive alloys, and I have seen countless numbers of them around town scraped, abused, bent, cracked, and broken. But I have never seen anyone F-up a steel rim without totaling the rest of the car along with it. The salesdude who sold me my Subaru was really trying to talk me into buying a 2000+ dollar option package that was basically factory alloys, when he had a shredded factory alloy someone had curbed sitting on his filing cabinet behind his desk.

Yeah.

I drive for a living, so I don't have time for that. If I do manage to mangle one of my steelies, I can get another one at the junkyard for about 15 bucks.

My Saturn is riding on the factory 15" steelies with General Altimax R/T's on them. The thing corners like something out of a video game. When it snows, I have a spare set of steelies with General Altimax Arctics on them... And a truck, and a Subaru. (Haven't gotten any spare rims for the Subaru yet. Still gotta disconnect that damn TPMS light, too.)

I spent all my rims money on a stereo, instead.

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Old 10-31-2012, 09:24 PM   #12
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The main reason i like the alloy wheels is because of the rim dimensions, wider lower profile tires handle much better than tall skinny all season tires. My stock 15" steelies i must say that i am very proud of ( I too am a steelie lover) but those tires fold over on any hard turn..

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Old 10-31-2012, 09:29 PM   #13
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My Altimaxes are a size shorter and a side wider than factory on the "aspect ratio" meter. That probably reduces my ground clearance 0.02% and changes my spedometer to match, but I have yet to have any handling or sidewall issues. I don't try to go drifting in my Saturn, though, or try to race people around the place. I do need it to be a reliable and nimble vehicle, though.

I think before you go folding up sidewalls and such you need a heavier car with more power, and be more willing to park it in a tree. Maybe if you're into autocross that sort of stuff really matters -- Driving on public roads, not so much.

As for liking them better, though, that's your thing. Go for it!

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Old 10-31-2012, 10:02 PM   #14
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Don's forget that if you tear up an alloy rim, finding a matching replacement is a major pain, not to mention expense.

Steelies are easy to find, and I also get a set of spare out of the JY,
this lets me buy tires when they are on sale, and have full sized spares in the garage...

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Old 10-31-2012, 10:40 PM   #15
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In no way am I saying I go street racing trying to ruin my little Saturn that I love so much, just on a nice summer day its nice to go around a long corner on a country road or take some turns at a decent speed and not feel like the tires are folding in half. With the 16's and Hankook Ventus tires, my car handled those turns MUCH smoother and comfortably. I just enjoy the driving feel of the sportier, stiffer tires. In the winter though, steelies with some skinny tall snow tires can't be beat, and I agree the price and availability of steel wheels is much greater than that of alloy wheels. Regardless, keep the pics coming!

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Old 10-31-2012, 11:24 PM   #16
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I have a set of Avanti 16's that I got off of Gyrlspeed from here. They need some work as far as repainting, but they look pretty good on the car. The tires that are currently mounted are 205-40-16 Hankook HRII, which are small for the SC2, so I will be swapping them out in the near future, but they make the car even lower and handle amazingly. For the winter I am currently running 15in steelies, as it seems we have some fans of them here. Steelies also make your car look less valuable and less likely to be targeted by morons for theft.

And yes, I do have a CB radio antenna on my car even though I hid the one for the radio.

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Old 10-31-2012, 11:34 PM   #17
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Yeah you can't beat small diameter steelies for winter wheels thats for sure.

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My race rims are heavy. I bought them from a friend for $40. I have taken 2 over a curb, and they made it through without issue (killing 2 brand new tires).

I don't recommend light weight rims for street use, and think that people get a bit too obsessed with them for racing. A sturdy rim will be forgiving.

Steel wheels work, but they flex more than an alloy. High loads and high heat can make welds fail. Run them on the street, but if things ever get aggressive I'd suggest swapping them out.

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15" wheels are the fastest. so, that's what i use...

i have used 17" wheels in the past. they were slow. really slow.



i now have 2 sets of these wheels in 15" size.

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somewhere i have pics of a set of 13" panasport wheels with 225 hoosiers on them, but i can't find them at the moment. i suspect those would be even faster than the 15s, but i had a slight fitment issue and couldn't run them...


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Yeah 15's seem best for speed and 16's are the ultimate for looks.

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