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well I have decided if its possible and not that complicated Im going to take the money my parents were gonna use for rims and save up more and go with 18's.........How hard are they to fit on? do they need modification?.....I know a shop that said they will do whatever needs to be done but they also charge like 85$ an hour 8O :?
 

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18s are heavy and slow.. just a warning, but I know you're already dealing with an auto.

As long as you get the right offset to fit an escort and get low enough profile tires put on them (to keep the outside diameter of your tires as near to stock as possible) you could install them yourself in 30 minutes in your driveway with the jack and lug wrench that came with your scort. Screw a shop that's gonna charge you an hourly rate to install wheels.

Be sure you have some more money saved up on the side for when you start blowing $170 tires and busting rims on those NJ potholes... or you'll have one of those ghetto rides with 3 18s and a steelie.
 

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Hey SittinLo, I know this isn't what you asked, but if I were you I'd just go with some 17's. They would look plenty big, would be easier to install and you wouldn't have to spend QUITE as much on the tires. Go to Tirerack.com and you can look at what different size and style wheels will look like on the escort. I think they use an LX HB but it will still give you an idea what will fit and how a couple of styles will look. 17 is the highest they recommend on that site, if my memory serves me.........hey, what was I talking about.....
 

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i would defintly not go with the 18's. First off, the tires would have to be very low profile. I'm getting 16's on my 2000 and i need to buy 45's. You'll probably have to go 35. Not good when it comes to potholes or flat tires. Also, if the tires you buy aren't "lo-pro" enough, it'll throw off your speedometer, shift points, and god knows what else. I'd go w/ 16 or 17's.

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you can check out what different sizes will look like on american racing.com. You can even drop it a couple inches :) Anyway, yeah it'll look big, i just bought 16's and there probably gonna look big. remember your going from 14's (i think). your gonna see a 3 inch difference with 17's. That looks big. (just like i hear from the girls :) )

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what is all this shit about cutting out the fender and stuff? I put 18's on my car to see how they would look and fit, and believe me they look AWESOME. The fill the gap (if stock like mine) but you really don't have to worry about anything on the inside of the wheel. I had 18's with a 35 series tire, i bet a 40 coul fit w/o rubbing. The only thing is that in the back the rim rubbed right below the spring, i have no idea what it is called. BUT! They do make wheel spacers that will fit for sure and are very effective/safe. Don't rule out 18's until you see them on your car...go to discount or something and talk to some guy there and ask if you can look at some 18s on your car before you buy them, most likely they can hook up at least on to just see how it looks.
 

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i dunno, 18's are kinda obscene. a little too bid, for any car at that matter (excluding SUVs and such). whenever i get enough money for rims, im getting some friggin 15's. 16's would be pushing it for me, and definitely not 17's. thats what i feel about the whole thing.
but hey, it's your car, and if you want to make it look the way you want, i say "more power to ya"
 

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nastynate_loves_khendra said:
what is all this **** about cutting out the fender and stuff? I put 18's on my car to see how they would look and fit, and believe me they look AWESOME.
This shit is what happens when you try to put a 205 width tire between the fender and the rear strut of a 2nd gen... you need to roll or cut the fender lip. If you'd actually driven on those 18s (with spacers) you would know this first-hand, and not be giving him poor advice about how it won't rub anything. :roll:
 

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siragan's advice (take it or leave it):

Use the money towards getting a better car instead of rims. You can spray all the perfume you want on a piece of ____, but it's still a piece of ____.
 

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siragan's advice (take it or leave it):

Use the money towards getting a better car instead of rims. You can spray all the perfume you want on a piece of ____, but it's still a piece of ____.
.. this is exactly what i've been preaching to this poor kid for months now.. you'll never get through to him. he wants rims on this auto lx, so let him get rims on his auto lx.

and yes, stay away from 18's, unless you want to blow an extra $300 every few months for new rims/tires from breaking them on shite.
 

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I just, this morning, threw down $175.00 on two new tires for my 16's. If you'll remember, I haven't had them all that long. Sport tires wear fast.. and you'll only be able to buy sport tires for 18's with a low enough profile... and those tires are going to cost significantly more than mine did. 18's are not a one time investment... they're a big peice of bling you gotta protect and polish often (aka, a chore).

I was going to have to replace them soon anyway, but I went out this morning and discovered that one of them was flat.. I found the nail a few minutes later :x Now I've got 16's on the front (rotated up from the rear) and 13" steelies with snow tires on the rear. :cry: Tirerack should have my tires to me by Wednesday, and I should be back to 16's all around by next weekend. :? I had some plans to go driving on some windy-ass backroads against my friend's WRX tomorrow too :cry:

If you really want 18s, that bad, go for it. Like Tito, I reccomend you find a nice used GT or LX-E to swap your suspension onto. Since your not into upgrades for the performance aspect, then you're kinda throwin your money down the drain trying to make the escort look good. IMHO.
 

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siragan said:
siragan's advice (take it or leave it):

Use the money towards getting a better car instead of rims. You can spray all the perfume you want on a piece of ____, but it's still a piece of ____.
Im not you guys tho I dont want a car thats going to run 14's.....I already have one of the nicest cars in my town........my town sucks when it comes to cars.....I dont want all performance its my first car
 

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I just wanna let everyone know i scrapped this idea........Thanks for all the input......i saw a escort today with what i thought was huge rims like 18's i walked over and looked and they were 16's.....so that means im stickin with my good ole 17's man i feel like an ass for even thinking about 18's hell why not 20's then :lol:
 
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