|Quote, originally posted by FV-QR »|
|it really seems like finding your cars "sweet spot" is key to the tire size vs. handling vs. weight vs. mpg battle.|
for the miatas it was always 15 on na/nb and 16 on nc. same with the mini cooper - 16 is the sweet spot despite the optional 17's i have.
What's your experience with cars you have owned? I recently had to decide between 17s and 18s for my V6 Accord, and went with 18s. Hope I won't be sorry. This story is instructive:
|Quote, originally posted by Sharpix »|
|My long term review of this:|
Jetta Mk3 with 17": 1 broken rim / destroyed tire with a speedbump, the three other tires ended with bulges even when inflated at 36 psi. Had to replace bearings and shocks at 35k miles. Multiple alignment issues. A freaking annoyance. Looked good, but the price was to turn a reliable car into a problematic POS. Ended up hating the car mostly because of this.
Chipped GTI MK4 with 16": 6.5" rim stock VW rim with 225/50/16. *tires wider than rim*, can park rubbing the tires without hitting rim. Awesome. Tires inflated at 34psi. First set replaced. All Ok. Second set has been great. Tires are all right, no bulges, no problems. Shocks still in use, good work condition, not that 'new' tight, but acceptable. Potholes and uneven pavement with those tires are cake. Not even a single hit to the rim. Alignment always has been ok. Tires are wearing out perfectly even. Burnout cost has been cheaper
The 16"s have actually more traction in uneven surfaces, even when inflated to 34 and Torque steer is kept in check with the 16"s.
Low profile rims are just the ticket to problems. For me, never again.