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tire/wheel

Postby WilliamaD032 » Sun Nov 24, 2013 8:48 pm

HOW MUCH TIRE CAN I MOUNT ON 16X7 RIM?
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Re: tire/wheel

Postby Brian » Mon Nov 25, 2013 8:37 am

You can mount a 225/45 but it feels a bit sloppy. We usually do 205/45 or 215/40.
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Re: tire/wheel

Postby Altair » Mon Dec 02, 2013 2:49 pm

Brian,
could you please also comment on putting 225/50s, on a 16x8" wheel.
I like the classic look of bigger tires/smaller rims, but I would not want to loose too much responsiveness.
Would this make the car too "sloppy"?
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Re: tire/wheel

Postby Brian » Mon Dec 02, 2013 3:37 pm

I ran 225/50 on 16x8 on my first 2006. Ride is good, responsiveness is low.
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Re: tire/wheel

Postby Altair » Mon Dec 02, 2013 6:25 pm

OK Thanks !
If the lack of responsiveness is caused by a lack of support from the sidewalls, would a wider rim (9") help in this situation?
Or would it be better to go to a narrower tire (215) and stay with the 8" rim?

With either of these 2 solutions, I'm trying to get the sidewalls somewhat angled out like a trapezoid, instead of being vertical... which would stiffen the whole tire side-to-side... I suppose.
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Re: tire/wheel

Postby Brian » Tue Dec 03, 2013 6:22 am

Yes, 225mm is a 9 inch wide tire.... and a 9 inch wide wheel would help stabilize that tire.
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Re: tire/wheel

Postby Altair » Tue Dec 03, 2013 3:36 pm

Well, I spent hours searching for a 16x9 wheel with the correct offset, without any success at all.
It is impressive to see the choice available in small 15 &16 wheels for the NAs & NBs, while the NCs are left aside.

Back in the thread on the new Traklites, you commented that there was no demand for 16s for the NCs.
As demand can be "created" by making a new product available, we can wonder if making wide 16 inchers available wouldn't be a good marketing strategy. Of course, new wheels in this category would have to be very light, racing wheels, not just standard issue street wheels.

I wonder what the results of a poll would be on this issue...

Thanks for your time, Brian.
And O.P., sorry for hijacking your thread.
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Re: tire/wheel

Postby rpmchris » Wed Dec 04, 2013 12:52 pm

A couple of options for 16's...tried and true. Each of these will build you a specific offset/front space/back space and the sky's the limit. Yes, they're more expensive than cast wheels, but also stronger, possibly lighter, and you get them YOUR WAY.

CCW (Complete Custom Wheel) http://www.ccwheel.com
Bogart http://www.bogartracingwheels.net
Real http://www.realwheel.net
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Re: tire/wheel

Postby Altair » Wed Dec 04, 2013 1:42 pm

Thanks for that, Chris
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Re: tire/wheel

Postby WilliamL943 » Sun Jan 19, 2014 9:57 am

Altair, did you have any luck with the 16" wheel's? I too like the look of the taller sidewall and think it would be better for all the pot holes around here. Would love to find a 16x8x48.
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Re: tire/wheel

Postby Altair » Sun Jan 19, 2014 2:06 pm

William, I searched long & wide for a 16 x 9 but they are basically unavailable, except from the two places for which Chris has a link, but they would be custom made. $$$
It's incredible that no manufacturer offer this size.
I think I'm gonna settle for the Rota Slipstream in 16 x 8. For now. :(
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Re: tire/wheel

Postby rpmchris » Sun Jan 19, 2014 3:32 pm

The Slipstream is OK, but I guarantee you'll be much happier long-term with the 16x8" 38ET Enkei RPF1. Lighter, higher quality, only a little more $$. Trust me.
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Re: tire/wheel

Postby Brian » Sun Jan 19, 2014 3:42 pm

My suggestion is 17 inch for NC if performance is the goal....responsiveness is MUCH better even with just 17x8.
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Re: tire/wheel

Postby rpmchris » Sun Jan 19, 2014 4:13 pm

Agreed.
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Re: tire/wheel

Postby Altair » Sun Jan 19, 2014 6:27 pm

My reasoning for going with the 16"s was based on the fact that I live in the land of potholes and perpetual road repairs, in eastern Canada.
I didn't think there would be that MUCH difference in handling & responsiveness from the 17 inchers.

But now both of you are making me rethink the whole thing (again) :?

What I need is a set of lightweight Traklite Burn in 16 x 9 dammit :twisted:

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