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rims or lower #229805 Jul 22, 9:47pm Jul 22, 9:47pm
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rims or lower
hi, I'm a newbie here, just brought a 01 Silver GT. Right now I only have the stock 15' rims.

I want to either have new rims or lower the car.
Which one should I get?
Which one is cheaper?

Re: rims or lower [Re: finalcelica] #229806 Jul 22, 10:02pm Jul 22, 10:02pm
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dude...go with the rims first. they totally make your car look better. after that go with the lowering springs, but for sure do the rims first. its well worth it!


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Re: rims or lower [Re: Autocelica23] #229807 Jul 22, 10:57pm Jul 22, 10:57pm
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welcome wave

rims first def...
lowering is cheaper

Re: rims or lower [Re: righteous_one] #229808 Jul 22, 11:33pm Jul 22, 11:33pm
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wave RIMs

Re: rims or lower [Re: Virgilson] #229809 Jul 23, 1:54am Jul 23, 1:54am
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hmmm...i say lower it first...get used to ur 15s, ware out the stock tires..lowering it makes ur stock body look more aggressive, it's cheaper and helps cornering..IMO, custom rims on stock height looks ghetto, and u'll be worried about gettin jacked or scratching it...this is only my opinion...if you are a wheel lover..then go for the rims..cuz i know some people who take better care of their rims better than their whole car..hehe good luck!


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Re: rims or lower [Re: RyCeCuBe] #229810 Jul 23, 5:42am Jul 23, 5:42am
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The thing is...I really want to get rid of the nasty gap between the tire and the car. The gap really stands out on my Silver Celica. puke

If I get the 17' rims with tire about 215/40/17, will that make the gap smaller?? or will that be about the same height as my 15' 195/65/15??

Re: rims or lower [Re: finalcelica] #229811 Jul 23, 7:16am Jul 23, 7:16am
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lower it first... thumbsup

Re: rims or lower [Re: ragingpaseo] #229812 Jul 23, 7:29am Jul 23, 7:29am
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It will be the same height since the outside diameter of both sets of tires are virtually the same. This is a GOOD thing since it doesn't affect your spedometer much. I went for rims first.

Re: rims or lower [Re: robare99] #229813 Jul 23, 9:11am Jul 23, 9:11am
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go with dropping it first, thats what i did, but in the scheme of things, it doesnt really matter.


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Re: rims or lower [Re: csheriff] #229814 Jul 23, 9:18am Jul 23, 9:18am
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It depends on how big of rims you're looking at.

If you're looking at 17", get the rims first.

If you are looking at 18", drop it first. The gap just looks stupid with bigger wheels. The gap really isn't any bigger, but it's just much more obvious.


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Re: rims or lower [Re: RevMonster] #229815 Jul 23, 9:34am Jul 23, 9:34am
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Thanks for all your advice thumbsup, but I think I'm going to go with the drop. I just can't stand the gap right now.

Btw, anyone knows approxiamately how much it cost to lower the car?? Can I just get those lowing springs from ebay? confused

Re: rims or lower [Re: righteous_one] #229816 Jul 23, 9:41am Jul 23, 9:41am
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Originally Posted by righteous_one
welcome wave

rims first def...
lowering is cheaper


sounds good to me

Re: rims or lower [Re: cycocelica] #229817 Jul 23, 10:25am Jul 23, 10:25am
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dropping it will cost you about 500$ i suppose. you need springs, struts, and labor.

Re: rims or lower [Re: stefanoc] #229818 Jul 23, 5:19pm Jul 23, 5:19pm
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how much will it drop?


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Re: rims or lower [Re: CARBON_SYPHER] #229819 Jul 23, 5:28pm Jul 23, 5:28pm
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I have a Silver/Blue 03' Celica GTS. I bought the H&K 1.5" lowering springs and the Koni struts. I don't have any problems in driving or turning. I also got the 18" Motegi Racing Rims. It's been awhile, but I believed I lowered my car, then got the 18's about a month later. *Also recommend the Yokohoma Parada Spec-2 (Low Profile) Tires. Looks good on mine.

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Re: rims or lower [Re: Silver_Spector] #229820 Jul 23, 6:26pm Jul 23, 6:26pm
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i say lower it.. look at Virgilson's car. It looks pretty sick with the gt rims, gives it an aggressive look.


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Re: rims or lower [Re: SquadOne] #229821 Jul 23, 6:56pm Jul 23, 6:56pm
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i think a drop first

but you will need to get both no matter what so it wont really matter

Re: rims or lower [Re: R3DLIN3GT] #229822 Jul 24, 2:59pm Jul 24, 2:59pm
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drop it first for sure... I hate stock suspension with rims. Always looks too tall. thumbsup

Re: rims or lower [Re: finalcelica] #229823 Jul 24, 3:15pm Jul 24, 3:15pm
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RIMS!...Dude...Def!...everything else will come into place!... thumbsup

Re: rims or lower [Re: Virtuous_One] #229824 Jul 31, 1:21pm Jul 31, 1:21pm
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i'm probably going to lower my car this summer too, that gap is ridiculous but i don't know how much i should lower it. i want to get some 17's too. i keep thinking a 1.5 drop wouldn't be enough but 2 inches might be too low. what do you guys think?


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