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Spring is coming soon (talk about planning) and I need a new set of rims for my car. Do I really need to go to 18s in order to get better traction in the rear or can I just get 8.5 or 9 inch 17s?

If you are boosted please let me know what kind of wheel setup you have.
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excellent topic!

wonder what kind of rims are out there that are "wide" 17's and the next question what about tires that would accomodate these "wide" 17's?

personal opinion 18 gives best of both worlds( looks and semi perfomance )
 

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18's is what I am getting with my tax money

Their are alot of 17 inch wheels that are available in 9 inch widths

If you do 17's and your concerned about performance that much then get volk's, really light and strong wheels.

IMO 18's are the way to go.
 

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You might be able to get wide tires (255/265's) in a 17, but an 18 will give you a little bit taller gearing. You will also find that since the tires are taller, it will take longer for them to complete a revolution, thus making it a little harder to spin them.

I spin my 18's (265's) all the time. Wet, dry, whatever. Seems that they just aren't wide enough. If you go with a widebody kit, you can probably fit some 285's or maybe 305's. That would be a big difference.

Downside to the 18's is it does off your speedo by about 6%. This isn't a very big deal. At 35, you're really going 37... Not much to worry about. If you change the profile on your 17's, so from 45's to 35's, you will experience the same effect, just a smaller %.

18's look better too. They fill out the wheel wells and the car doesn't look so much like a monster truck.
 

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yep 18s all the way!! Fills up the wheel well nicely and provides a nice wide stance to give better traction. I have 18x8s in the front and 18x9s in the rear. 225s in the front and 255s in the rear. gotta love the traction!!
 

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goldark said:
Spring is coming soon (talk about planning) and I need a new set of rims for my car. Do I really need to go to 18s in order to get better traction in the rear or can I just get 8.5 or 9 inch 17s?

If you are boosted please let me know what kind of wheel setup you have.
Thanks.

You can go as wide as you want but the compound of the tire is what really helps. If your going to use 17 in go with a nitto drag radial 245's. AWSOME tire. If your going 18in make sure you get a wide enough rim to fit a 275 nitto extreme drag radial. Normal tires even really wide tires wont help traction as much as any drag radial tire.
 

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cariza said:
goldark said:
Spring is coming soon (talk about planning) and I need a new set of rims for my car. Do I really need to go to 18s in order to get better traction in the rear or can I just get 8.5 or 9 inch 17s?

If you are boosted please let me know what kind of wheel setup you have.
Thanks.

You can go as wide as you want but the compound of the tire is what really helps. If your going to use 17 in go with a nitto drag radial 245's. AWSOME tire. If your going 18in make sure you get a wide enough rim to fit a 275 nitto extreme drag radial. Normal tires even really wide tires wont help traction as much as any drag radial tire.
Good advice cariza, and happy New Year to everyone. I felt huge difference in my launches when I used my 265 DOT BF Drag radials on 9" width wheels vs 285 SO3s on 10" wheels. For drag races or any type of racing, correct tires are extremely important (can't emphasis enough).
 

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depends what you want to do with the car. 15's if you want to blast down the 1/4 mile. I have 18's and smoke them all day long. They are P zero's and still are not sticky enough.

Derek
 

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Over the weekend I discussed this with a few people and someone said that it is possible to widen my stock rims.

They take the stock rim and cut it in half and fill the middle and then they end up merging/forging it back together - is that possible?

Anyone?
 

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goldark said:
Over the weekend I discussed this with a few people and someone said that it is possible to widen my stock rims.

They take the stock rim and cut it in half and fill the middle and then they end up merging/forging it back together - is that possible?

Anyone?
I have heard of this as well, but...
It seems to me that doing this would affect the structural integrity of the rim, right?? Maybe try the wheels/tire forum, I swear I read something about this in there once...
 

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bk9 said:
goldark said:
Over the weekend I discussed this with a few people and someone said that it is possible to widen my stock rims.

They take the stock rim and cut it in half and fill the middle and then they end up merging/forging it back together - is that possible?

Anyone?
I have heard of this as well, but...
It seems to me that doing this would affect the structural integrity of the rim, right?? Maybe try the wheels/tire forum, I swear I read something about this in there once...
its true that this works. KryptoniK's brother bought a Supra TT and has his wheels widened. Hes now running a 315 drag radial in the back on stock rims, impressive :eek: . Supposedly its real big with the guys on supra forums who want the total sleeper look.
 

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goldark said:
Over the weekend I discussed this with a few people and someone said that it is possible to widen my stock rims.

They take the stock rim and cut it in half and fill the middle and then they end up merging/forging it back together - is that possible?

Anyone?
I had a friend who had his wheels widened by weldcraft in michigan. I think it was around $150 a wheel
 
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