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Are 22 inch rims worth it?

 
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 11:38 pm    Post subject:  Are 22 inch rims worth it? Reply with quote

I have my 2001 impala on 22 inch rims. My car has 92000 miles n runs great!. So I decided to put on some big rims but I hear that the weight of the rims can have a nasty affect on my transmission. Is this true ? Should I get rid of them ? Regardless of size I heard all aftermarket rims that are not stock will affect my suspension and transmission. Please ease my mind a little lol. Thanks!! Confused
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2012 12:08 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I think rims over 18 or 20 inch are overkill. 18 I find to be the happy medium. Over the factory 16's it handles way differently, I don't see it handling well with 22's, and I think that it will affect your transmission too.

Don't quote me on that though. I'm partial to 18's because that's what I run, and think anything else on our Impalas look out of place

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2012 12:09 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I dont know about transmission problems. That has to do with shifting gears, but maybe somehow it does. Im on 20s now, and only thing that i notice the difference in is MPG and ride comfort. With not as thick tires, the ride is hard. Im sure you can feel that with the 22s.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2012 12:15 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I forgot to mention its my daily driver too. I dont drive to much a day though. Lol n yea it rides rougher than stocks but it rides pretty smooth for 22s. Not sure if I should sell or keep them?
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2012 1:18 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

the added weight of the wheels is killer on the entire powertrain, suspension and braking systems.

Not all aftermarket wheels are bad for the car, some even help. The 18's I had on my SS were lighter than the factory 17's. You also need to have the proper size tire for the car (staying within a certain % of the OEM rolling stock)

Can you get light 22's? Absolutely. They usually cost a fortune and arent super flashy (most people on 22's want chrome)

I found 3 piece forged 22's wheels for the Chrysler, they were much lighter than the factory 18's, however, they were $1500 a piece.

So, if you want to keep the 22's on, I would look into upgrading the tranny, brakes, suspension and increase engine performance to support them.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2012 3:36 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Thanks pitch!!...that helped Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2012 8:34 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

The bigger rims should yeld you better gas milage,however it will hurt your bottom end punch,as bigger rims/tires reduce your gear ratio.

It could also mess with your speedo and shift points.

I would highly sudgest getting your PCM tuned if you plan on running these big rims for as long as you have the car.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2012 9:26 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Danny_9C1 wrote:
The bigger rims should yeld you better gas milage,


Only if they weigh less than factory, correct?

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2012 12:49 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

gg05impala wrote:
Danny_9C1 wrote:
The bigger rims should yeld you better gas milage,


Only if they weigh less than factory, correct?


Bigger wheels = lower gas mileage unless they are extremely light. Bigger wheels move the rotating mass further from the center so it takes more energy to get them moving and keep them moving.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2012 2:16 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I think Danny is talking about overall tire diameter and not wheel diameter.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2012 2:42 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

^^ would make sense. I was lke uhhhhhh what?

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2012 3:22 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

You shouldn't have a prob with big wheels as long as you cruise and take it easy! Cool

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2012 10:37 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Your hauling more weight so having the put more stress on car. Really depends on how you drive also. I just got rid of 22s, (for 3 years started 20s one year next 2 different 22's) loved the look felt these are perfect size for car, but i noticed a huge difference in accelerating, turning, bumps,(slight in mpg) etc overall driving experience, plus having to worry about potholes and constantly cleaning them was becoming a headache. Only real aftermath i noticed after that time was breaks ran out quicker on back, Im at 83k miles now. i got ss 18's and what a difference for the good but still noticable over stock 16s.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 8:45 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I have 22s on my Dodge Magnum and I love the look but they're definitely a compromise.

I've already had one rim straightened and welded because I have to run a 35 series tire to get the overall height close to factory and there isn't much rubber between the road and the rim. I have to run 38psi to protect the rim. They weigh an absolute ton. And they ride aweful, no matter the psi.

20s should probably be a max on a W-Body and you'll need to run a 245/35 or 255/35 tire, there's that 35 series again. They still look great if you get a good lip on the rim. 18s are a much more practical choice with a 245/45 tire.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 11:25 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

my wheel with 20s is a 245/35

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