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Thread: Daily Driver: 16" or 17"
03-17-2012, 10:45 AM #1
Daily Driver: 16" or 17"
Since the stock sized tire selection is abysmal, and overpriced, upgrading to larger wheels is now becoming a requirement.
I've been doing some research over the last couple weeks, and the price difference between 16" and 17" wheels and tires isn't very large (~$100).
16" have a slightly taller sidewall, but only one size that matches the stock diameter (225/50/16), the 245/45/16 is basically dead. It is slightly cheaper though.
17" have way better size selection, (245/40/17, 255/40/17, 275/40/17, etc...) but cost slightly more.
I'm trying to decide which makes more sense. Ignoring looks, specifics of what fits:
- Does the (slightly) taller sidewall provide better protection for potholes and such? I live on the edge of expanding suburbia hell, roads are always being dug up. I work in an industrial area, train tracks, trucks, big holes a couple times a year that aren't always dodge-able.
- Does the step to 17" reduce the ride quality enough to be a negative? I don't mind a bit of a harsh ride, but is there a noticeable difference?
- Is one good size enough to bet on 16" being available in the next few years?
03-17-2012, 10:59 AM #2
Do 17s, I'm getting there slowly... probably next summer, for now I'm enjoying my 15s.
03-17-2012, 11:07 AM #3
If you don't mind just 225/50-16 tyres and nothing wider go with 16x8 wheels. If you plan on keeping the car for a long time then go 17" wheels as there is and will be more tyre size selection for a longer period of time.
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03-17-2012, 03:41 PM #4
For daily driving I would lean toward the 16's, I think the 225-50/16's will be around for a long time. The 50's are much better at soaking up bumps, ruts, and pot holes. I have hit some going pretty good and may have slightly bent a wheel but never bent a lip.Charles "Cee-Jay" Hughes
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03-17-2012, 05:29 PM #5
Did they stop making 245/45/16s? If that's the case, I better stock up on an extra pair.
03-17-2012, 06:54 PM #6
Tirerack lists only r-compounds in 245/45/16. I think I saw Nexen still makes them, but that's only one manufacturer.
03-17-2012, 08:28 PM #7
Ya, I'm running on Nexens currently. Hopefully, they won't stop offering them any time soon.
03-17-2012, 09:21 PM #8
Yes, the taller sidewall helps with potholes/railroad tracks, etc. Yes, ride quality does suffer, especially if you stay with a smaller diameter tire-225/40-17, for example. Yes, more cars use/used the 225/50-16s... Your climate, and the fact you daily drive your car, makes the lack of "performance" rubber a non-issue, anyway. What wheels are you considering?86 SDR-"Shuttlecraft" 16" Drag dr-27 wheels, Coilover/AGX/Celica Arms front, Camber Mod/Cut Springs rear, Poly Bushings all around, Whiteline sway bars, 12" Homemade bbk front and rear, Weir Diff bushing, Pacesetter with custom RABID CHIMP mandrel bent 2.5 with Flowmaster resonator, short shifter, 5m-GZE using upgraded sc-14 Toyota supercharger, with Custom RABID CHIMP piping..
03-17-2012, 11:41 PM #9
16" all the way... Unless you need more grip than 225's can give you, it's the way to go.
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03-18-2012, 05:19 AM #10
I'm leaning heavily toward XXR. 531, 522, or 513 specifically. The price is right, and I can get them for a very similar price locally (no border, no shipping charges) vs the best prices I've found online.
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