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Old 03-24-2002   #1
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Which size of rims and tires would be good for 4dr Civics?

I'm trying to figure out if I should go for 16 or 17 inch rims on a 4dr civic... pls help me out...thanx
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well 16's are lighter and will give u better off the line speed. and 17's are heavy means it will take a little away from gettting off the line but i think they look better. its all up to your style and how much money u got
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ya 16s are awsome for racing but 17 are way better for show. and if you are going to lower your car only get 16s with like a 215/40 16 tire but if you aren't going to lower your car get 17's and put 215/40/17s on it that what i have and i haven't rubed my tires once and i have a 150 pound system in the trunk soon to be about 500 pounds casue i am putting a comp system in it and i am getting sponsored.
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16's all the way... [IMG]i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif[/IMG]
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16's for racing [IMG]i/expressions/face-icon-small-cool.gif[/IMG]
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15s for racing.[IMG]i/expressions/face-icon-small-cool.gif[/IMG]
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Well seeing as how you should ideally keep the overall diameter equal, if you go 17, you'll have to use something like 215/45/17 or 205/45/17. If you go 16, you can use 205/55/16 or 205/50/16.

I choose 205/55/16 for my own car for the following reasons:
- 55 is a good compromise for me, handling and comfort (and noise)
- 16 is lighter than 17
- 16 rims and tires are cheaper [IMG]i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif[/IMG]
- I won't need to lower the car and have obnoxious wheel gap

If you go 17, it'll look better if you lower I think. But the less tire you have the more prone you are to rim damage if roads are bad or if you hit something.
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I went with 215/45 - 17s on my EX sedan. It's not lowered - never rubs wheels, the wideness of the tires fill the wheel wells pretty well - get light 17 rims and handling will be vastly improved over stock. And 215/45-17's keep speedometer on track.
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get 215/45/17 that would look nice
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I have 17's look great I went with enki R6's very tight
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Lightweight 15s if you are more of a speed rather than show person. If you are a showy type than 17s or larger is the way to go. It is as simple as that.
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[IMG]i/expressions/beer_yum.gif[/IMG] hey man ill toast to the 16s! i have 2 pairs of black o-z's coming and its a good balance for show and comfort in the roads plus im planning to lower my civ after. question though...will the lowering really shorten the lifespan quickly of my stock suspension/shocks as they say? got einbach in my mind though...[IMG]i/expressions/face-icon-small-cool.gif[/IMG]
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Well. . .if you want the ultimate in show quality (and you've got the loot not only to buy them, but fix them if something happens), you can put on up to a 19" rim. Of course, then you have to worry about camber, hard to find tires, and every little crack in the asphalt. An 18 will still have your camber acting funny, but not quite as prone to road damage as a 19. Either of the two will call for new shocks unless you have a rock hard a$$ that doesn't mind hard rides. Dropping down to a 17" rim (as I am) with 45 tires will look decent and cut down on wheel gap, and shouldn't throw your camber off by much, if at all. A 40 tire on a 17 opens up wheel gap, so you may need to lower it an inch or so. A 16 will be light, and easier to ride on, but won't look anywhere near as nice. My Sedan EX will be riding on a heavy set of 17's (maybe even 18's), because I'm looking for alot more show than go, but it depends on your style. That's just my interpretation, but Idunno: YOU be the judge.
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Lowering springs will place more stress on your shocks. The reason being that the higher spring rates will equal strong rebounding force, maybe enough after repeated hard hits to bust your stock shocks. The OE shocks are sort of weak so they won't hold up over time. Many people here have already busted their shocks from lowering. The general rule is the more you lower the more chance you have of busting them because the spring rates need to be higher to prevent bottoming out. However, you'll also find people who haven't had a problem... it really depends on how you drive and each vehicle.
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The problem with 15s on our cars is that you can't get a low enough profile tire, unless you deviate from stock diameter by a lot. The best tire combo you can get while staying within reasonable stock diameter is 205/60/15. You won't find a wide choice of performance tires, since they usually start at 55 aspect ratio and lower. If you go 16 you can start using 50 or 55.
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I realize others have been helpful within this thread in answering your quesitons....."BUT" you can educate yourself much more by using the search function......tiltled "Tire Size".......[IMG]i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif[/IMG]..Peace!
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