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"
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.
A youth becomes a man when the marks he leaves on the world have nothing to do with tyres.
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.
Buying wheels are cheap, it's the rubber that'll get you everytime.
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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