Thanks guys, If they take a pic. away they can get rid of the fake engine pic. I am waiting to recieve my clear corners, soon soon. The Motegi´s I got as a package with tires for like 1,200 cdn. but there not Motegi´s there knock off, but you couldn´t tell the difference, they are the same in every way, just cheaper.
No there 16.5" Motegi´s, I was going to get 17" but with my coilovers I wanted to lower it more, so I got 16.5" thats 1/2 lower and you can´t really tell the difference between the two sizes.
I love the wheels too, but when I do my engine swap I will have to buy new ones I am going to get 7 spoke I like them better. I have to get difference wheels because I front will stay 4 lugs and the back 5 lug wheels.
Justin GT :-Y
[ This message was edited by: JustinGT on 01-05-2003 19:35 ]
Wait, is that the actual engine? It says MAZDA on it then you photchopped SVT onto it...then there´s a supercharger off to the right? :-? Now I´m confused! lol Nice tails and I love the rims. Very clean wagon. makes me jealous man.
Thanks man, I´ve hulled a lot with that hitch, I towed my nova home with that hitch on the scort when I first bought the nova. The hitch was off of a ford areostar, but when my dad traded it in I took the hitch and bolted it to my wagon. I know that you where joking about liking the hitch, but you brought it up and that made me talkabout it :-]
so will wheels really improve cornering? I´m not so much into power, but into handling... I was taking a pretty sharp corner at "limit" speeds of the car, and I understeered a bit and I could feel the sidewalls of the tires collapsing under the weight. I was hoping that some 17´s with thinner tires would remedy this. Has this been the case for you? I know that the LX wagons are notorious for understeer, and I would be the one to know because I have the exact same wagon you do
I don´t really know about the wheels and tires along with cornering, the wagon is in storage right now, I just took it out to wash it and put the wheels and tails on. I haven´t drove it fast around corners. Next time I am at my parents house I will try the cornering. I will get back to you, maybe someone else will answer the question for you. SORRY
Having just put 16" Rota Slipstreams w/ 205/45 Sumitomo HTRZ IIs on my wagon, I´d have to say that corning has dramatically improved.. as has braking and acceleration. Other than brakes, this is the only thing I´ve changed about mine so far (the springs, shocks and strut mounts are still waiting) I realize also that half of the body motions that I thought were due to badly worn shocks were actually massive sidewall flex from the 175/70 stock sized tires. Same thing w/ the steering rack bushings.. I realize now that they aren´t that bad, there was just horrible response from the tires (the urethane bushings arrived yesterday from ZXTuner, after a breif backorder, so it´s only going to get better). Considering the wheels only weight 13.5lbs each (probably a few pounds less than the 13" steelies) I haven´t noticed any less acceleration due to the larger diameter rim. The braking has gotten way way way better. (now, remember, this is all on stock alignment specs) I´ve never driven on the GT´s 15s, so I wouldn´t know how responsive they are, but I can tell you that I´m very very impressed w/ the 16" wheels on my LX.
PS: The 205/45s can handle potholes. Tirerack reccomended 205/40s for a 16x7" wheel, and I refuse to go with so little sidewall, and so little air (air volume is directly proportionate to the amount of load a tire can handle) on a wagon (or any car for that matter). The 205/45s were larger in diameter than the 175/70s and I calculated the speedometer error to be about 5%.. not bad. The trick to sizing wheels and tires for handling is to get a package that will match the diameter of the stock wheels as closely as possible.
As an extreme example: If you want to put 19s on your escort you´re not going to be able to get anywhere near the stock diameter, and you can forget about driving over potholes, pebbles, an ant, etc. If you throw some tires w/ large sidewalls on those 19s to handle real world roads then you´re going to lose some major suspension travel thanks to banging your tires against your fenders. Also, you´ve lost some power and torque at the contact patches thanks to a larger diameter (longer ´arm´ from hub to contact patch).
IMO, 17s are pushing it.. 18s are too much... 19s are rediculous. Besides, every 1/2" you move the rim out from the hub, the slower your car will go given the same torque.. they´re flywheels.. you don´t want them to be too big... unless of course you´re only interested in showing off your bling. :-]
[ This message was edited by: Beaverboy on 02-05-2003 09:10 ]
Even though this post was originally about the euro tails on the wagon (nice job by the way), I think I can help out Sirigan just a bit. If you plan on autocrossing tires are very important. Not only size and brand, but also pressure. I went to my first autocross even a week ago with just my stock 185 65 14´s on my Kia. Granted the stock tires ARE Kuhmos, but there are all seasons, not meant for autocrossing. Anyway, back to the pressure thing. When you plan on cornering to the max, you need to add more pressure to your tires. For example, my stock tires are supposed to be at 29 psi (remember there 14s not fifteens), but I actually ran them on the track at 36 psi. The differences were amazing. In order to find out the right psi, you can chalk your tires. Put a mark on the tread itself and run it down the sidewall all the way to the hubcab, er, I mean rim. Then run your car. You can tell how much your sidewall is collapsing by the amount of chald that is wore off. It may take you a few trys to get the air pressure just right. I was lucky and hit the magic number the first time. One more thing, you cannot run high pressures in your tire all the time, they will not wear right and will probably explode in time. Save it for the track. Hope that helps!