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Old 11-14-2004, 11:46   #1 (permalink)
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16" or 17" Rims - AU

Wondering what size wheels to go for?

Does 17" change the ride and handling much on the AU? Getting the police pack so it has the stiffer suspension.

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Re: 16" or 17" Rims - AU

17", no brainer.

I had 16" on my XR6 (it would ride harder than yours without a doubt) and now have 17". It hasnt changed the ride quality at all reall and look better. I just wish the tyres on my 17" were as good as the ones on my 16"
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Re: 16" or 17" Rims - AU

well put it this way, BA is basically the same car as the AU, and the BA's have 16inch standard steel wheels. id recomend a minimum of 17", but even 17" start to look kinda small on these big cars
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Re: 16" or 17" Rims - AU

17" will improve your handling, with less body roll and the like. Ride quality isn't too bad, actually. I'm currently running around on 17" on my XR6 HP, which your suspension setup would be pretty close to, if not the same as.
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Re: 16" or 17" Rims - AU

17-18 are the go I reckon, I have the ticky suspension and 17"s and am very happy with them so far
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Re: 16" or 17" Rims - AU

Try comparing the price of a 16in tyre to a 17in tyre, both of the same type. Pretty sure the 17 will be more,(the less you get the more you pay). Also compare the life span of a tyre, think about the amount of money YOU want to spend on tyres every year. Generally the bigger you go the quicker they wear out. If it were up to me 18's and 19's would be standard on everything, but $2000 every 15000-20000kms is bit rich for me. Just something else to consider.
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i'd go with 17's they ride and handle much better. and tyre wear isnt all that bad.
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Re: 16" or 17" Rims - AU

So what is a good tyre for 17" and what is the standard klm ppl are getting out of a set taking care of them?
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i'd go with 17's they ride and handle much better. and tyre wear isnt all that bad.
what do you mean by "all that bad"?
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Re: 16" or 17" Rims - AU

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what do you mean by "all that bad"?
Not that good?!? just guessing:)
I've got 17's on the ute, they've done 20000, looks about half or 1/3 tread left. maybe 10000 0r 20000 left in them. Dunlop sp sport 3000, off the top of my head. I read somewhere that highway cops with VY SS(18in wheels) get like 9000 out of a set, obviously get a bit of thrashing.
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