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going from 16inch to 17 inch wheels

This is a discussion on going from 16inch to 17 inch wheels within the Wheels and Tires forums, part of the General Help category; I have the car lowered in the front with eibach springs and bilstein shocks. If i get 17 inch wheels ...

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    going from 16inch to 17 inch wheels

    I have the car lowered in the front with eibach springs and bilstein shocks. If i get 17 inch wheels in the future would I need to get the front back to stock height to have room? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JayTA98 View Post
    I have the car lowered in the front with eibach springs and bilstein shocks. If i get 17 inch wheels in the future would I need to get the front back to stock height to have room? Thanks.
    You will be fine I am lowered with 20" wheels and am fine. It is close but I still have room.
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    How close? I like to have some room.

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    I can fit about 2-3 fingers in between the tire and the unrolled fenders.

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    ok thanks. I might then try it. I want to get some black rims in the future some time next year or when I buy new tires.

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    Pro-kit springs? A LOT of people run 17's so you will be fine even with sportlines

    I run Eibach pro-kit, Bilstein shocks, 17x8.5 with a 275/40 tire. I don't rub at all.

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    Thanks for the pic. That's about what i have now or maybe a little more. I'm not sure if they are pro's or sports. They are black in color and were bought used with some shocks.

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    It's the pro-kit then, the sportline kit is red

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    does it mean i got the okay ones or the better ones?

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    Eibach Pro-Kit with 18x9.5's. The wheel diameter really isn't what limits the room anyway.


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    Quote Originally Posted by JayTA98 View Post
    does it mean i got the okay ones or the better ones?
    I have never ran the sportlines and while my prokit is a bit uncomfortable its okay. Definitely a stiff ride but not as low as the sportlines. A lot of people won't classify Eibach as good or even better

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hot Black Trans-Am View Post
    Eibach Pro-Kit with 18x9.5's. The wheel diameter really isn't what limits the room anyway.

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    I like the drop on your T/A how many inches would you say it dropped you?

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    I wish I had a before pic, but about 2 inches. I took me to being just barely off the bump stops. I had 275/35's on this pic. Now I'm running 285/35's.
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    I had Pro Kits on my previous car. They were pretty good and I had zero complaints.

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    To the people who have commented above with your spring/shock set-up, have any of your springs sagged over time? If not, how long have you been running your set-up?

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    Mine didn't noticeably sag at all and have about 40k on them. I think I've been running them about 8 years now.
    I put KYB AGX shocks on at the same time.
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    My old TA had sportlines when i bought it
    Rode like crap
    Could have been a mixture of the rest of the suspension on the car but anything that low is bound to ride rough imo

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    Quote Originally Posted by tatertot91 View Post
    My old TA had sportlines when i bought it
    Rode like crap
    Could have been a mixture of the rest of the suspension on the car but anything that low is bound to ride rough imo
    What size tires? They look really low profile. I don't think the pro-kit rides bad at all, but the wife has something different to say about it. I think her Eclipse is a way worse ride and it is stock.

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    Pro kit is probably better but i was talking about sportlines.
    Those are 285/35/18s. A bit low but like i said, between the suspension work and the ride height of those springs, a rough ride was expected. I later changed to stranos

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    Had eibachs with tokikco 4w adjustable coil -overs on my 280Z back in the day the ride was harsh but damn if it didnt hold a corner like a mofo....wouldnt want that same ride on my SS though...i think id go strano and koni or bilstein ? Anyone know anyone woth an F-body that has coil overs all the way around?

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