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Pro's/Cons 18" or 19"

This is a discussion on Pro's/Cons 18" or 19" within the Wheels and Tires forums, part of the General Help category; Can any tell me the pro's and cons of an 18" wheel vs. 19"? I thought about going with 19x9.5's ...

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    Pro's/Cons 18" or 19"

    Can any tell me the pro's and cons of an 18" wheel vs. 19"? I thought about going with 19x9.5's since I've got to replace 3 of my 18x9.5's. Just not sure if 19's would be a good idea for track and such...

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    I prefer 18's because there is a much larger selection of brands, better prices, and honestly my 18x10 have 35 series tires on them I would have to go lower. It handles great but I want to get a set of 16's later for the track.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Speed_kills_WS6 View Post
    Can any tell me the pro's and cons of an 18" wheel vs. 19"? I thought about going with 19x9.5's since I've got to replace 3 of my 18x9.5's. Just not sure if 19's would be a good idea for track and such...
    18s aren't good for the track either. I would shop tires before I decided on 18s or 19s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Y2KPewterSS View Post
    I would shop tires before I decided on 18s or 19s.
    Exactly what i was gonna say

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    I'm definitely going back with the BFG KDW's. They bite really well and for the time I did have them, I was impressed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Speed_kills_WS6 View Post
    I'm definitely going back with the BFG KDW's. They bite really well and for the time I did have them, I was impressed.
    I had them on my 95 TA the grip super well and added bonus is the tread pattern looks cool

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    I run 18s for the summer and the factory 17s with all-season tires in the winter. I will only go as far as 18s as here in NJ the potholes from the snow are NOT forgiving. I don't want any cracked/bent wheels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cammed goat View Post
    I run 18s for the summer and the factory 17s with all-season tires in the winter. I will only go as far as 18s as here in NJ the potholes from the snow are NOT forgiving. I don't want any cracked/bent wheels.
    You sure? I have 3 of them if you want them, lol.

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    I have the KDW NT's in a 245/40 f and 275/35 on 18's and they handle great and hook well for a 18. My Kumho ASX were all over the road especially the 1-2 shift and my car is a A4. Not just a loud chirp and it goes no more spinning.

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    I wouldnt go larger than 18's on any f-body, or any car for that matter (maybe a hummer). I dont think our cars look good with huge rims. Not to mention, tires for 19's are not gonna be cheap.
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    Actually my 18's on my TA cost as much as my 22's on my Trailblazer. Both have expensive tires the BFG NT's on the TA and Yokahama Parada Spec X on the TB

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    Quote Originally Posted by rajiv1998 View Post
    I wouldnt go larger than 18's on any f-body, or any car for that matter (maybe a hummer). I dont think our cars look good with huge rims. Not to mention, tires for 19's are not gonna be cheap.
    Really? What about this?

    Quote Originally Posted by nmartin View Post
    Just put some staggered 20x8.5 and 20x10 Boss Motorsport (cheap) rims for $600 brand new and wrapped them in NT555 245/35 285/30 which I got a killer deal on.($563 for the set). Just wanted something different for the summer and was inspired by Peters trans am. I know a lot you guys think 20"s are too big but I like it and thats all that matters. Here are a few pics and would love to hear some feed back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mieux97 View Post
    Really? What about this?
    WAY to much for my taste. The 4th pic makes me shit scared. I cant imagine running those in NJ/NY area with all the damn potholes. Is that stock height?

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    What did you have to do to get them to fit? You had enough front wheel clearance for turning without mods?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mieux97 View Post
    Really? What about this?
    What did you have to do to get them to fit? You had enough front wheel clearance for turning without mods?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ponti-MANIac View Post
    What did you have to do to get them to fit? You had enough front wheel clearance for turning without mods?
    That's not my car...but it makes me wish it was

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    Those rotors look stupid being the size they are with such large wheels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mieux97 View Post
    Really? What about this?
    They'd look way better in a 17x9/17x11 combo imo.


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    Quote Originally Posted by INMY01TA View Post
    They'd look way better in a 17x9/17x11 combo imo.

    No offense, but those things look retarded on that car. It ruins the whole look. Agree with the above, 17's all around with some nice meaty 315's in the back!

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    I'd get them in the 18's but they only come in 8.5 width

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