- What is the point of larger rims, beside asthetic?
- Rob Microys (b...@freenet.carleton.ca)
part of it. Usually going to a 1+ rim/tire combo provides much better performance over the
original setup. Primarily due to the tire. The 1+ tire is usually a low profile (50
series) tire. The tire compound will be much stickier, and the side walls stiffer. This
will provide MUCH BETTER cornering power. Although the dimensions change in the 5-10%
area, the biggest difference is going to a new tire compound.
An "advantage" I have seen is that torque steer is reduced w/ the larger
wheels, at least on earlier classsic se-r . And, larger area of contact = greater coeff.
of friction = better grip in turns and launches.
Robert Y. Liu (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Well, I don't know if bigger wheels are necessarily "better". The biggest
advantage of larger wheels (dia. wise I'm assuming) is being able to use a lower profile
tire while not affecting your drive ratios too much. The lower profile tire will allow for
better handling, but at a sacrifice of ride comfort.
Lawrence Weeks (d...@dm2.deskmedia.com)
Also, going to a larger wheel which is also wider, along with a lower profile tire
which is wider, makes for greater stability and better handling in transitions, I do
- There are wheels that are two- and three- piece wheels. What are the virtures of
these things. I got the impression (from a little elf) that they adjustable in some way.
Width? Or maybe offset?
- Searl Tate (s...@expersoft.com)
are generally lighter. Stylistically, some people like the "bolted together"
look. In my experiences, I have seen them to be considerably weaker than their cast
brethren. I saw a set that were thrashed after the second day of use! The driver said he
just a little bump around 30MPH or so. All four were severely distorted.
Daniel Paik (c...@earthlink.net)
I think that this is possible, because with a two piece wheel, the rim part is separate
from the center part (the spokes). A three piece wheel has the center piece, and two rim
halves. That's why most of the two and three piece wheels have those little rivets, to
attach the center to the rim. I think also that they are easier to break, although they
are lighter than one-piece wheels.
Christopher "Kit" Wetzler (i...@peseta.ucdavis.edu)
A two piece wheel is gonna be lighter than a one piece. (Not sure exactly why, but
that's the way it is. :) A Three piece is supposedly lighter still. Advantages = smaller
unsprung weight for your suspension to handle and lower rotational inertia of your wheels.
This should mean a better ride and better acceleration, but not by much. Mostly, I think,
they just look cool and say that you spend your life savings on a set of wheels. :)
- Experience with large wheels on the Classics.
- Kyle R. Gilliland (a...@ix.netcom.com)
I and Tom Paule I believe are
the only two with 16x7.5" wheels on our cars. I wouldn't reccomend going with
7.5" on the width. 7" is the max I would use. The prob. with 7.5" in a
16" wheel is that you will have to roll the fenders or cut the them "trim the
fenders". With a 7" wheel that has the "CORRECT" offset you shouldn't
have to do anything. Also, a 205/45/16 is about as big as I think you would want to go.
And this is all speaking of the "Classic" SE-R, 91-94'.
- Where's the best place to get wheels/tires? I'm looking at Tire Rack (had good
feedback on these guys), or Discount Tire Direct.
- Fred Miceli (F...@aol.com)
Rack is very recommended! I put BFG Comp T/A HR4's (stock size) on my stock rims...Can't
help you out in the rim department (never felt like shelling the $$), but, bang for the
buck, I think the Comp T/A's are at the top!
- I wanna put 205s on 15 inch rims. I have a 92'...will they fit!? Does anyone have TSW
rims or any 15 inch rims with a 205 tire on there car? DO they rub?????
- Matt (P...@aol.com)
have the 15" rims from a 200SX SE-R on my NX (still stock suspension) with
205/50/15" Bridgestone Potenza RE71's. Absolutely no rubbing and I have had my car on
a race track and autocrossed with this set up with no problem. I've drive with three
people in the car and no problems. If you stay with the stock offset you will have no
problems whatsoever. I would almost recommend 195/50/15" just because they are a hell
of alot cheaper than the 205's. I just lucked out in that I had connections and got the
205's for $114 a piece mounted and balanced. I think Tire Rack wants $140 just for the
- The lug nut covers on my stock wheels are beginning to fade and flake, revealing the
yellow plastic underneath. Any solutions other than buying new covers?
- See the comment on the Maintenance page
of the FAQ.
- Anyone know a source for steel rims for the SE-R?
- David Shoenberger (d...@kodak.com)
When I bought my SE-R in '92, I
hunted for steel rims for snows. The Dealer wanted $95 each for steel! I called local and
mail order places. Tire Rack sold me
VW 14x6 wheels for $30 each. $30 each also included the machining to remove 1mm from the
center hub to fit the SER. At the time it was by far the best deal that I could find for
new steel rims (or used for that mater).
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