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Jun 8, 9:17am - #194744 
pro's and con's of putting 18' rims on a GT

pro's and con's of putting 18' rims on a gt

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Jun 8, 10:35am - #194745 
pros: makes the car look better. improved handleling if you get a nice set of tires.

cons: acceleration is a little slower, bumpier ride, gotta watch out for pot holes, hard to tell when you have a flat 'cuz the sidewall is really thin.

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Jun 8, 10:39am - #194746 
pros: they look damn good...

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cons: youll lose a tad if you going for Performance.

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Jun 8, 11:33am - #194747 
pro: look good
con: big break kit...

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Jun 8, 11:44am - #194748 
Pro: Looks good.
Cons: More expensive tires/wheel.

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Jun 8, 11:52am - #194749 
they look 100x better...

but yes tires are a lot more

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Jun 8, 3:29pm - #194750 
Originally Posted by CelicaRacer05
pro: look good
con: big break kit...


The big brake kit is a pro! grin thumbsup


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Jun 8, 3:36pm - #194751 
Originally Posted by mukalicious
pros: they look damn good...

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cons: youll lose a tad if you going for Performance.


How low is that drop?

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Jun 8, 3:49pm - #194752 
yeah...wat but he probably meant about the big break kit is the price hahaha


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Jun 8, 5:06pm - #194753 
Go with 17"s!

Proven that handling will be better, if you're at all worried about it. *not sure whether many Celica owners go to any HPDE's*

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Jun 8, 6:16pm - #194754 
17s are the MAX size you want if you feel like racing. You will feel a difference going from 15" to 18", a bad difference. The GT doesn't have enough torque to spin that much wheel effectively. rolleyes

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Jun 8, 8:57pm - #194755 
you can get lightweight 18's and 19's as well. I say definately go with the biggest wheel you can afford looks so good.

I am running 20x9 Axis Se7en Mods with 225/30/20 BFG tires for this season but I also added a built motor and more boost smile

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Jun 8, 8:59pm - #194756 
you have 20's on a cougar that thing has gotta be slammed

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Jun 8, 9:01pm - #194757 
I see no pros for putting a 18" wheel on a GT unless you have a supercharger or Turbo. 17's will look just as good and 15's or 16's with a drop the same or better. Unless you are trying to impress someone (In that case 19" or 20") forget it. Save your money and get a good 17" or below light weight wheel and tire combo. I would hate to give the Civic turtle comparison again.

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Jun 8, 9:01pm - #194758 
here's a pic of the body work in progress in april. The car is now ready for paint and should be sprayed this weekend.

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In the pic it had my 19" se7en mods and no spacer. I got 2" hub centric billet adapter/spacers made for my new setup.

I also refinished my roof and hatch in real carbon fiber so the car appears 2 tone paint froma distance. Car will be the same sunburst orange and run 12-15 psi on a garett T28 ball bearing liquid/air intercooled setup on 9:1 compression

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Jun 8, 11:01pm - #194759 
if you get 17's you can lower your car closer to the ground. Plus, they're great for racing! thumbsup

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Jun 9, 7:34am - #194760 
you must get 18's.

you will regret later on if you go for 17's.

GT is not going to be fast anyway if it is not Turboed.

Plus Celicas were not meant to be drag racing cars.

18's give it a NICENICENICE LOOK!

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Jun 9, 10:15am - #194761 
Originally Posted by booyaolian
you must get 18's.

you will regret later on if you go for 17's.

GT is not going to be fast anyway if it is not Turboed.

Plus Celicas were not meant to be drag racing cars.

18's give it a NICENICENICE LOOK!


Ehh... sure, the 18's may look nice, but you'll lose Performance.

If you plan on autocrossing or road racing at all, go with 17"s. If you don't? Well, go with the 18"s. I'm just telling you, proven that 17"s outperform 18"s. (race cars that ride on 20" rims don't count, their suspension is tuned for the little sidewall smile)

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Jun 9, 10:28am - #194762 
Personal Preference man. I'm gonna get 17's and add a Hotchkis TVS (probably stage 2 but maybe stage 3). The combo of dropping it and adding 17's fills out the wheel well nicely. But just like everyone else said, its all a matter of personal preference and what purpose you have for the car.

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Jun 9, 10:30am - #194763 
Originally Posted by booyaolian
you must get 18's.

you will regret later on if you go for 17's.

GT is not going to be fast anyway if it is not Turboed.

Plus Celicas were not meant to be drag racing cars.

18's give it a NICENICENICE LOOK!



i don't reret my 17's


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Jun 9, 11:51am - #194764 
Originally Posted by xXMaGNuSXx

How low is that drop?


tanabe superdowns, 2 in front and 2.5 rear. grin

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Jun 9, 12:05pm - #194765 
rofl

I've got 18's on my GT & I can easily spin the tires. The Celica is not gonna win any drag races, that's why you work on the suspension.

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Jun 9, 1:01pm - #194766 
does that preferred 17's on gt also apply to the gts?

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Jun 9, 2:42pm - #194767 
does any one have pics of how 17's look on a gts or gt for that matter

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Jun 10, 10:28am - #194768 
18"s look good but you lose torque

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Jun 10, 3:01pm - #194769 
Ehh.. the GT and the GTS has the same chassis, so 17" rims will look the same, depending on ride height, etc.

and 17" looks hot. Not ugly at all smile.

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Apr 17, 5:49pm - #194770 
Dam KrazyKustomz, post pics of the cougar when you paint it. Ive never seen a widebody cougar, infact, I havent seen ANY modded cougars, cept for at Hot Imports Nite lastnight.

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Apr 17, 6:14pm - #194771 
I just ordered 18's. Wonder how they'll turn out.

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Apr 17, 7:33pm - #194772 
i just put 18s on my gts, they look sooo good but they will slow you down a bit

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Apr 17, 7:47pm - #194773 
18's would look better...

i have 17's & i somewhat regret them but i like speeding so in a way im better off w/ 17s thumbsup


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Apr 17, 8:04pm - #194774 
back from the dead rolleyes

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Apr 17, 11:45pm - #194775 
old thread, anyways...

i didn't go directly to 18" from stock. i first had the stock 16" then changed over to 17" and then finally 18" rims. so, i didn't really feel the big performance drop 'cause i inched my way up to the 18" rims.

driving with the eighteens i gotta gas it more (gts). drove another member's car the other week (he's got 16") and there is a noticible difference in performance making me wish i had stuck with the stock size.

but hey, eighteens are pimp, right?


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Apr 18, 8:58pm - #194776 
i'd go with 18's. they look ten times better. can anybody show me the difference in 17's and 18's. there is 1" difference. ya'll make it sound like you add 20 hp and 20 ft. lb. of torque with 17's. i think that's funny. maybe ya'll aught to tell tuner transformation your secret.

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Apr 18, 9:05pm - #194777 
pro: looks better
higher top end (MAYBE)
con: BIG BIG BIG and i sad BIG stress on everything connecting to the wheel (tranny, brake, engine...ect)
slower acclerating


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Apr 19, 9:18pm - #194778 
I just got 18's. Will I need to get a new set of bigger brakes? BUt damn they r so heavy and good as looking. I didnt know how heavy they were. They are 45 pounds each. Does any body know how heavy a 15 inch celica stock tire and rim weight?

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Apr 19, 11:08pm - #194779 
no you dont have to get bigger brakes.

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Apr 20, 12:09am - #194780 
Originally Posted by JorgeB
I just got 18's. Will I need to get a new set of bigger brakes? BUt damn they r so heavy and good as looking. I didnt know how heavy they were. They are 45 pounds each. Does any body know how heavy a 15 inch celica stock tire and rim weight?


45 pounds each... is that w/ the tires too? damn thas hella heavy

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Apr 20, 10:22am - #194781 
yep + the tires

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Apr 20, 11:38am - #194782 
17s thumbsup


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Me:Officer those are stock headlights...that's how they come.
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