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Author Topic: Goin up to 18s? How to go about it?  (Read 8247 times)
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« Reply #15 on: March 13, 2004, 12:12:29 PM »

The Aztek has such a smooth ride, that adding the 20's didn't do hardly anything to the ride. You can tell a difference if you look hard, but for the most part it's just the same. They dont affect the speedo either because the tire diamater is the same. They do affect handling drastically. They make it handle so much better. Just a much better grip on the road. I missed that aspect so much when I was forced to drive on my factory wheels/tires for a few weeks. It sucked. It's like you dont even have to steer with the hi-performance tires on there.  
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« Reply #16 on: March 13, 2004, 10:22:18 PM »

there is going to be no effect on gearing.  as long as the center of mass to whiegh ratio stays the same, your ok.  but if you want a faster get up and go get a wheel and tire set with the center of mass closer to the axel.  
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« Reply #17 on: March 14, 2004, 06:15:24 PM »

I switched out my stock combo to go to 18's. They have a much better road grip as rylowe already pointed out. I had to put on another stock set for the winter so I could get better traction in the winter and I cant wait to put on the shiny 18 shoes for the spring already. I miss them terribly. Sad  I had to team up the 18 X 7 1/2 rims with a set of tires from Falken (ZE512)  I would of loved to go for a set of 20's but unfortunately I didnt have many presidents around me at the time to knock off and Uncle sam came and hacksawed down my money tree and drug it away. :angry:  :blol:  
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« Reply #18 on: March 15, 2004, 04:09:02 PM »

elisha, I had no idea someone could make "short on money" sound so painful! You definately did a bada$$ job even with the 18's. maybe I'll consider them "honorary dubs".  :blol:   :cooldude:  
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« Reply #19 on: March 15, 2004, 04:26:11 PM »

That's the main reason I stuck with 15's.

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« Reply #20 on: March 15, 2004, 07:34:11 PM »

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maybe I'll consider them "honorary dubs".
oh. Tank will be soo happy to hear that. It will put a sparkle on her grille just to know that shes got honorary status. Cheesy  
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« Reply #21 on: March 15, 2004, 11:03:09 PM »

does the tire air pressure sensor still work on the none oem rims?
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« Reply #22 on: March 16, 2004, 09:26:03 AM »

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does the tire air pressure sensor still work on the none oem rims?
There is no pressure sensor.  The system takes the readings from the ABS sensors to tell if one tire is moving faster (smaller diameter, flat tire) than the rest.  So the system will work.  Remember you need to reset the inflation monitor when you change tires.  It even recomends resetting when you rotate the tires. :wacko:  
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« Reply #23 on: March 16, 2004, 09:27:57 AM »

really, thats pretty kool.
 
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« Reply #24 on: March 19, 2004, 09:48:31 PM »

I have 18" Wheels and tires on my Rendezvous.





Sorry for the crappy pics, my digicam is very old.

The wheels are American Eagle 077's. The tires are 235/50R18 BF Goodrich G-Force T/A KDWS. They are Z-rated tires WITH a 400 Treadwear rating, AA Traction Rating, and A Temperature Rating. All Season Rated. Fantastic tires. They are wearing like iron.

Got the tires from Tirerack.com and the wheels from www.americaneaglewheel.c om

Paid just under $900 for wheels and tires shipped to my door.

Handling is significantly improved, hardly any sacrifice in ride, and they are quieter than the stock Firestone Affinity HT's.

Any thing bigger than 18s and you risk bending a rim.
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peterbright
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« Reply #25 on: March 19, 2004, 10:02:47 PM »

Sounds like a great price!  Did you find any other sources that were as inexpensive?
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« Reply #26 on: March 19, 2004, 10:18:02 PM »

Hey Peter!

Yeah sure as heck can't beat the price! Alot of times tires alone in these sizes are almost $1000. That is the cheapest anywhere i've found. The wheel are Hi-Polished bare metal, not chrome although they shine almost as good as chrome. The wider tires look SO much better on our vehicles.
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peterbright
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« Reply #27 on: March 20, 2004, 04:56:08 AM »

How would you compare the maintenance requirements of the polished metal to the factory aluminum?
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0aztek3
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« Reply #28 on: March 20, 2004, 07:05:59 PM »

I put a coat of wax on them before I got them mounted. I just wash them like normal, no special procedures or anything. I have the kleenwheels dust shields up front. I wash my cars once a week, after 7 months they still look new!
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« Reply #29 on: March 20, 2004, 10:21:51 PM »

Thanks for the info!
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