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markm4
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markm4 Mar 31, 4:46pm - #10720 
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Big wheels are slower

I write this becaue I am trying to figure out what kind of acceleration gains can be achieved by using (205/50 16's or 215/45 16's) as oppsed to the 215/50 17's I currently use.

I have read that bigger wheels hurt acceleration, (especially in 1st gear). Does anyone have any personal experience or statistics on this?

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CID498
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CID498 Mar 31, 6:13pm - #10721 

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Of course it changes your gear ratio, If you increase the outside diameter of your wheels let's say taller than stock you will lose your low end but on the same token you will gain that much more on the high end. when buying tires for aftermarket wheels (17's 18's etc.) try to get tires as close to stock outside diameter as possible.(virtually impossible for GT's)

Dude get those 50's off your 17's go with 40's or 45's 50's may fill your wheel well's nicely but to tall in my opinion.

[ 03-31-2003, 10:16 AM: Message edited by: CID498 ]

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glitch Mar 31, 6:57pm - #10722 
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Quote:
Originally posted by CID498:
Of course it changes your gear ratio, If you increase the outside diameter of your wheels let's say taller than stock you will lose your low end but on the same token you will gain that much more on the high end. when buying tires for aftermarket wheels (17's 18's etc.) try to get tires as close to stock outside diameter as possible.(virtually impossible for GT's)

Dude get those 50's off your 17's go with 40's or 45's 50's may fill your wheel well's nicely but to tall in my opinion.
CID is right... as long as you keep the overall diameter close to stock. as long as you follow that, the size of the actual wheel doesn't matter, but your unsprung weight. for example volks te-37 17's are probably lighter than most 16s and 17s.

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