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Old 04-15-2003, 01:12 PM   #1
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Hey guys,

Is there a drastic difference between handling of good tires on my 15" rims versus if I were to buy 16's or 17's and put thinner tires on them?

Also is there any other size that would be better on the stock rims than the size reccomended?

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Old 04-15-2003, 01:15 PM   #2
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Less sidewall height = less tire sway = dramatically better handling.

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Old 04-15-2003, 01:43 PM   #3
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Significant difference. I have 17 rims on my car. Handling is awesome. And as soon as the car gets lowered a bit and I get my hands on a strut bar, it'll be better. Speaking of which, anyone have one for sale?

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Old 04-15-2003, 01:58 PM   #4
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Old 04-15-2003, 02:48 PM   #5
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Cheap solution is to go to 205/55s or 205/50s on your stock wheel. If you are going to buy new rims, I would reccomend 16s.

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Same project car as my father. In our garage is a 65 white mustang coupe with a 200 Straight Six with a 3spd auto on the floor.

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Old 04-15-2003, 03:29 PM   #6
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Whats the difference between the stock tires, and 205/55s or 205/50s.? ANd which of the 50's or 55's is better

Thats awesome that he has the same car, what is he planning to do with it?

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Old 04-15-2003, 03:39 PM   #7
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Rubber bands on big blings does not = good handling.

There are many factors besides sidwall height to take into account (section width, type of surface being driven on, etc)

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Old 04-15-2003, 03:42 PM   #8
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So what your saying is that I could handle just as well with a bigger sidewall if they were same quality. Or is it a general rule that big blings with tiny tires is better?

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Old 04-15-2003, 07:35 PM   #9
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As a general rule, a larger rim/smaller sidewall combination will weigh more than a smaller rim/larger sidewall. So you want to stay in a reasonable range. I would never go bigger than 16s on a Saturn if I could help it.

55s are taller than 50s, and closer to stock diameter (less speedo error).

As for the 65 mustang... It is in pretty much mint condition. It might get sold for a v-8 camaro, or have a v-8 conversion with a modified suspension so it handles well also. Problem is you can't just drop a v-8 in without beefing up the whole front end.

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Old 04-15-2003, 09:01 PM   #10
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Yeah, I'm not into the 17" and rubber band deal. We're not driving Cadillac SUVs people.

My father-in-law is doing a complete resto on a 68' Mustang GT hardtop.

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Bah just put it on DUBS!!!!!!!!

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but whatever you do please do noy stick those GOD forsaken WIDE wheels on there

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Look at the sidewall on F1 cars...not too skinny...but since the section width is high there is very little bead roll.

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I stayed with 15 inch wheels, but they are 15x7 and have a different offset than stock. I just cant remember what the offset #is, but It added 3 inches more to my track and gives my 98SL2 a more beefy look. This set-up help my handling considerably, and fills in the wheel-well nicely.

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A lower profile will help handling by eliminating flex but hurts acceleration for the same reason. if your side walls are to stiff they will not flex to allow for good hook up thus leaving you w/ a smokey burn out. Keep in mind though it's not only the size of the tire that hurts/helps handling it's also the weight of the wheel. If you have a 205 - 50 - 16 lets say you have the best of both worlds by eliminating some of the flex in the side wall due to height w/ will help w/ handling but still have enough room to adjust you're psi down for the hook ups at the track. Right now I'm running Kuhmo 185 - 65- 15 (I know but it what came on the car when I bought it. ) and I found that running 30 psi really helped out w/ my grab. But different drivers have differnt tastes so you have to tinker w. it

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I stayed with 15 inch wheels, but they are 15x7 and have a different offset than stock. I just cant remember what the offset #is, but It added 3 inches more to my track and gives my 98SL2 a more beefy look. This set-up help my handling considerably, and fills in the wheel-well nicely.
Uhh, 3 inches to your track would require an offset along the lines of 12.5mm (50mm stock). Most aftermarket wheels are a 40mm offset, widening your track by almost an inch.

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