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Get 18", I wanna see how they look on the 7th gen since i passed on those to get the mean 6s. Ur gonna get gunmetal?
 

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hell, 19's even look small. just get 20's. make sure they're really heavy too. :angel:
 

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I just purchased 17's after much research. The latest Motor Tend has a great write up on plus sizing and the decision was easy after that. I purchased the Factory HFP 5 spoke wheels in Gunmetal. I am painting the logo's gunmetal as well. I have no chrome on my car and the v^ and Accord has been shaved.

I will wait unil I wear out the factory set of tires before I mount them. I have seen some 19's and 20's on this site and I think they do not look good with teh very , very small side wall of the tire and too much of the hub exposed.
 

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hondatuner7 said:
18" atleast... I got 18" Racing Hart C2 (3pc) and even I regret not getting 19"

SAY NO TO 17's!!!
im with aero coupe. some 18's look good, but i am definitely going to stick with 17. They are perfect IMO! Cant say I like 20's at all...
 

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03 Aero Coupe said:
I just purchased 17's after much research. The latest Motor Tend has a great write up on plus sizing and the decision was easy after that. I purchased the Factory HFP 5 spoke wheels in Gunmetal. I am painting the logo's gunmetal as well. I have no chrome on my car and the v^ and Accord has been shaved.

I will wait unil I wear out the factory set of tires before I mount them. I have seen some 19's and 20's on this site and I think they do not look good with teh very , very small side wall of the tire and too much of the hub exposed.
What was in the article that sold you on 17"? I'm fighting the same decision, but waiting for the stock tires to wear out.
 

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03Accord said:
What was in the article that sold you on 17"? I'm fighting the same decision, but waiting for the stock tires to wear out.
May 2004 , Motro trend, page 134 to 136. This is required reading. Very techinal but it makes it point to saying no to at least 18's , 19's and 20's for our cars.
 

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I just read the article Aero was talking about..interesting. Not much that we didn't know already...larger rims = poor ride quality, higher inertia, etc.

I'd like to see test data done on the other issues, suspension wear and tear, braking distance, etc.

I think going +2 to 18's wouldn't be bad, but any higher and you probably run into issues like they say. Me personally, I think 17's are going to be it. Just because the roads are horrible around here, even in the summer.
 

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the above article is a counter point to the argument given in MT. Its a long read, but the practical application of all the rambling can be seen at the bottom where the data is shown. The data consistently shows better performance with plus sized tires on an AUTOCROSS track. Multiple drivers on the track multiple times showed a definite trend for increased performance with larger sized rims. In the end, any increased inertia is offset by better stability, handling and control due to shorter sidewalls. The conclusion here is that plus sized tires are better for autoX, but no conclusion is made about 0-60 times or acceleration which very well could still be affected.

The next article goes into physics analysis of inertia. The key point to this analysis is that the increased inertia due to size of rim compared to the amount of torque necessary to accelerate a car is like worrying about whether or not you wear socks when running the 100m dash. The REAL issue is the WEIGHT of the rim. If you chose a 19" rim that is light weight, then there is negligible difference according to the author. Now, metal socks... that makes a difference.

It seems that the data then is inconclusive with respect to the MT article. This leads me to believe the difference in rim size is too small to be measured.

What I can attest to is the noise and ride quality of 17" compared to 18". I had a 350z with 17" rims, and my friend had the 18". Same brand tire, same exact car but his car was loud and rough. HOWEVER, his car has better autoX performance.

Dont forget, 19" tires start getting EXPENSIVE!!
 

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i got 18" RS-5 silver on sales..if u want ..pm me
 

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... well, with 18" tires the sidewall is smaller and is stiffer, and this changes a couple of things:

the first thing is that the road noise was louder with my friends 18's. He eventually spent alot o $$$ dynomating everything, and still could not get the cab as quiet. More road noise is simply transferred from the road to the car because of the shorter sidewall.

Also lower sidewalls mean less
shock absorption and more bumps can be felt in the car. The ride gets a little rouger as more road imperfections are transferred into the cabin. Lower
sidewalls also means its easier to get flat tires when hitting bad potholes, and makes it easier to damage the rims curbside.
 

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I just purchased 17's after much research. The latest Motor Tend has a great write up on plus sizing and the decision was easy after that. I purchased the Factory HFP 5 spoke wheels in Gunmetal. I am painting the logo's gunmetal as well. I have no chrome on my car and the v^ and Accord has been shaved.

I will wait unil I wear out the factory set of tires before I mount them. I have seen some 19's and 20's on this site and I think they do not look good with teh very , very small side wall of the tire and too much of the hub exposed.
I agree witcha. I'm sticking w/17s but can't decide which one to get...I like BBS wheels. Lowering with CompTech springs when they are available in May.
 

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the above article is a counter point to the argument given in MT. Its a long read, but the practical application of all the rambling can be seen at the bottom where the data is shown. The data consistently shows better performance with plus sized tires on an AUTOCROSS track.
The two articles come from different points of view. MT is looking more at the safety/suspension issues of long term running on bigger rims and the other article looks at the performance of them. I don't think anyone would argue the point that lower profile tires would increase performance, at least in autox.

The next article goes into physics analysis of inertia. The key point to this analysis is that the increased inertia due to size of rim compared to the amount of torque necessary to accelerate a car is like worrying about whether or not you wear socks when running the 100m dash. The REAL issue is the WEIGHT of the rim. If you chose a 19" rim that is light weight, then there is negligible difference according to the author. Now, metal socks... that makes a difference.
This was argued extensively in another thread...If you have gobs of torque (which we don't :( ), then the bigger rims aren't going to be that noticible.

The testers in this article did notice a difference in acceleration off the corner with the larger rims. The time was made up with the ability to get through the corner faster.

What does it all mean :confused: ...

if you are going to drag your ride - go with smaller rim/tires

if you are looking for handling performace (autox) - go with plus sizes

Joe avg. driver - go with whatever floats your boat (or doesn't drain your wallet :) - seems +1 or 2 would offer good compromise
 
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