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PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2011 10:22 pm    Post subject:  18x8's handle better? Reply with quote

Been looking over rims & tires to make the 9C1 corner better. I know GXP's run 18x7 in rear and 18x8 in front but I'm not paying upwards of $250 a rim for that effect. Aftermarket 18's do not come in 2 different widths. So I guess the question is how much better do 18x8's make the old girl handle? Like night and day? Comparable to STB's? I'd like to make it corner better than it already does, and have been floating around some ideas, and right now this is the last step before I go with KYB adjustables & new 9C1 springs. Till then, will these help?
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2011 11:26 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Have you thought about lowering the car? That will make a huge difference.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2011 9:19 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

It's just getting more surface area of rubber from the tire on the road.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2011 11:00 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Lowering really isn't an option in my area, I have a gravel driveway, travel gravel roads often, and the paved roads are full of potholes. I'd like to retain the height it has with the 9C1's, plus it'll handle the stereo system I plan on putting in with ease.

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It's just getting more surface area of rubber from the tire on the road.


That's the idea, I'm just wondering if it makes a big enough difference to buy bigger rims. I like the cop rims, and don't really care about looks, just mainly handling. I'm a fan of function over fashion.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2011 11:06 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

chibiblacksheep wrote:
It's just getting more surface area of rubber from the tire on the road.


What he said!

Also, it'll put a bunch more weight on the car. my 18s weigh soo much more than my SS17s

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2011 12:05 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

the closer the wheel is to the ground (larger diameter or smaller profile) the better it will corner, provided you are comparing the same tire.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2011 12:31 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Going to 18x8.5 wheels was a night and day difference in handling for me, even before I was lowered. I also have a high offset so it has a wider stance.

Extra tire on the road means more grip in the corners, so it will make a difference. The shorter sidewall helped a lot too.







Then I bought the STi and realized how s**t an Impala with suspension mods handles Laughing

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2011 1:24 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Then I bought the STi and realized how s**t an Impala with suspension mods handles Laughing


I bought the 300 and miss how well the Impala handled...lol Laughing

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2011 1:29 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I rode in a turbo'd honda civic yesterday. It felt like an overpowered go-kart, but man did that thing corner! Felt like it would crush like a beercan in a crash though... lol
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2011 1:29 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Pitch Black SS wrote:
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Then I bought the STi and realized how s**t an Impala with suspension mods handles Laughing


I bought the 300 and miss how well the Impala handled...lol Laughing

Are you serious? I can't tell if your kidding or not lol

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2011 3:17 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Pitch Black SS wrote:
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Then I bought the STi and realized how s**t an Impala with suspension mods handles Laughing


I bought the 300 and miss how well the Impala handled...lol Laughing

Are you serious? I can't tell if your kidding or not lol


Im serious, have to remember, the 300 is a 4200 pound tank. In a straight line, she's an animal, but cornering? she's a big old whale.

Nothing that cant be fixed though, I know guys that road race these cars. They make just about anything you can think of for them. You could drop $10K into the suspension alone.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2011 3:20 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Pitch do lower profile tires have stronger sidewalls then?

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2011 4:23 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Pitch do lower profile tires have stronger sidewalls then?


normally yes, but it all depends on the tire you buy. A performance tire usually will have stiffer sidewalls than a passenger tire of the same size.

You also have to look into the tread compound. The BFG KDW2's that I had on the SS were incredible ones they warmed up. But if they are cold, they are slick as all hell. But a softer compound means less tire life. The KDW2's were good for about 20K, but as a summer only tire, that 20K can be a couple years.

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