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Old 03-17-2018, 10:37 AM   #1
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18’s to 17’s

Anyone ever switch a set of 18” twist to 17” wheels? I have an 01 S with 18” twists, my friend is selling some 17” Fikse fm10 Wheel's & new tires. I need new tires, since my alignment was off. These are fairly new tires and nice rims, but what would the size change do to the handling of the car?

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I switched 18" turbos to 17" turbos but did not ride on the 18s. I decided 17s are better in terms of handling, weight, performance, and more options in tire sizes
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If the height of the tire doesn't increase you may notice better performance since the Fikse's will be lighter.
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My car came with 18 inch wheels and I picked up a set of 17 inch factory wheels. On the street I would say there’s no difference in handling, but the extra half inch of sidewall rubber makes the ride a touch smoother.
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Effectively zero difference in handling if running similar tire compounds. 17s offer a touch smoother ride and tires cost less $$$. 18's allow you to run wider tires. I have run both sizes over the last 13 years and each has it's purpose.
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Thanks for the input guys. I think I will try the 17s. I do a lot of commute driving, so smoother is a great benefit, and if there is a tire selection plus saving $$ is included, I’m in.
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Thanks for the input guys. I think I will try the 17s. I do a lot of commute driving, so smoother is a great benefit, and if there is a tire selection plus saving $$ is included, I’m in.
It’s lighter in many cases too.

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