benefits of 18" alloys

emery1990

Registered User
is there benefits of having 18" alloys, (handling?)

Im going to have my wheels sprayed and touched up later this year, but there 17", itll costs £350, should i put this towards 18's instead maybe?
 

IIIadidasboy

Registered User
I've heard lots of people say that they handle better on 18"s - but I can't say personally. I've resisted for 6 years - but check out my sig!!!

18"s in a week or two - then I'll be able to comment!!!!

It might be due to being able to go with a lower pofile tyre that may make 18"s (apparently) better?
 

merlin2002

Registered User
I've heard lots of people say that they handle better on 18"s - but I can't say personally. I've resisted for 6 years - but check out my sig!!!

18"s in a week or two - then I'll be able to comment!!!!

It might be due to being able to go with a lower pofile tyre that may make 18"s (apparently) better?


Its the profile of the tyre more than anything I belive

Rob
 

A3Tom

Smell my finger.
You'll slow you car down!. Mines much quicker off the lights with the 16's on it (feel properly quick!).

On 18's though the handling is better through bends but comfort is thrown out of the window!. Short stiffer sidewalls stop tyre squirm and the wider tyres give a bigger foorprint so grip in theory should be better.

However buy ***** tyres and your car will handle badly so quality boots is a must.

T
 

WildBruce

Third Gear
I got 17's but I bout tyres with a re-enforced side wall. Not driven on 18's but I figured that if the side wall flexing is the problem with having a not so low profile tyre, then getting a re-enforced one may help. Tyres are Eagle F1 Asymmetric - 225/45 17 XL [94 Y iirc] the XL is the re-enforced code, and the load index does go up by a couple of points.
 

Dani_B19

Audi-sports own special child.
So really in that case 17" would be better as they are lighter and as wildbruce has done getting reinforced side walls would give the benefit of 18" but with less weight.
 

WildBruce

Third Gear
Well I cant say for sure it is the same, theoretically speaking there are loads of forces to take in to consideration, I just did not want to drop a wad of cash on new wheels, and needed new tyres anyway. I don't exactly push the limits, but the handling is good, although I am on std. suspension, so not sure if it would be the same if I upgraded teh suspension?
 

A3Tom

Smell my finger.
18's look better :)

Which lets face it is why everyone buys them ;)
 
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