I agree with the whole rotating mass factor. No doubt the ride is no where as smooth and comfortable as stockies. I dont know about the reduced traction, I actually feel like I have more. Also this is not my first set of 19's. The previous set I had was a 19 X 8 Konig Verdicts wrapped in 235/35/19 on a 00' Mitsu Eclipse. No problems what so ever!!! I never had to replace/repair a wheel or tires from damage. I ride a 100+ miles a day on my 19's now. I have had them since June and so far so good. And their are some 18's that are heavy azz phuck too!!! 19's are tougher than people think. But keep in mind that the right pothole will cause you to repair a 17', 18' 19' etc. It doesnt matter. I believe that the same road hazards that can destroy a 19' can destroy an 18' as well.......But all in all you have to get what you want. Please dont let our opinions alter what you really want.TeCKis300 said:It's not as simple as a static 11.2 lbs.
You're forgetting the fact that it's rotating mass as well as having a higher moment of inertia. Additionally, it's increased unsprung weight which reduces handling. With the higher moment of inertia, it's gyroscopic effects will reduce willingness to turn at high speeds. Less rubber also mean significantly worse ride as well as reduced traction since the rubber does not conform to the road. Not to mention the fact that wheels and tires are more expensive and the fact that you WILL be repairing those wheels sometime down the road and possibly replacing tires because of pinch bubbles.
But of course, you get a whole extra inch which is way more important than all those things.
Get what you like. Keep in mind:j0nan said:its been known that bigger wheels will slow down ur car...but is it a considerable downgrade in speed from 19's to 18's? i was planning on getting 19's but a friend keeps telling me my car will get a lot slower and harsher ride.