Posted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 11:38 pm Post subject: Are 22 inch rims worth it?
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!!
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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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.
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.
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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Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 8:45 pm Post subject:
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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