[200q20v] Re: Suspension Upgrades-coil overs

John Petersen petersen007 at earthlink.net
Tue Aug 15 08:48:54 EDT 2000


> 3.  Wheels.  Your biggest bang/buck in terms of enhancing your handling,
> but IMHO, should be second to brakes.  As you noted, make sure what you
> will fit over your brake upgrade/plans. Most 17" will fit over just about
> any kit out there, while a few 16" will fit over a few of the kits.  I
> don't know of anyone with 18" wheels on these cars, but having tracked my
> car with 15" 16" and 17" wheels/tires, bigger is mostly better, especially
> since I have the springs/shocks noted above :)

There isn't reason to go to larger wheels than you need, there are penalties
in unsprung weight, ride quality, reliability (of the wheels, cracking and
bending and the such). what "do you need?" whatever fits the largest brakes
you plan for the car. If you actually plan on 380mm brakes, then you need at
least 18" wheels, otherwise avoid them like the plague, they will hurt
handling and quite noticably your wallet every time you change tires.

This is why I laugh every time I see a honda civic with 18" wheels on the
street... stock rotors (and drums in the rear).

just another 2 cents

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