lol. They're extra unsprung weight too, which means your brakes work harder, your acceleration will be slower, and if you run 235/40/18's, you'll ruin your gas mileage.You become the king of swerving to miss potholes or other people.
How much is the gas milage affected???stealthx32 said:
Gurft said:Pros: You become the king of swerving to miss potholes or other people. They look great with the right suspension set up. Handle better in my opinion.
Does anybody have pics of 225/55/16 on Road Americas.SpecialKDog1 said:Macabre is the king of this topic!
18's on our 4MO variant...drop in mileage was the most noticable effect. They've been resurfacing most of the streets here so we've been lucky. The sidewall ratio going from 16's to 18's wasn't harsh for me (at least compared to me going from the stock 15's on my VR6 Jetta to 17's). You could always put 225/50/16's on the stock Road Americas also...
It's really difficult to say the difference in handling characteristics you experienced was due to change in wheel diameter size, (unless that was the only factor you changed, unless the width of the wheel remained same from stock, and you used the same tire model). Theoretically, increasing the diamater of the tire, with all other factors held constant (inluding unsprung weight), may increase road feedback, but it really should have little to do with enahancing handling in any way.Scuba2001 said:Agreed 8)
I love the way my 18's handle. The miliage is really not too much affected IMO. The road is pretty rough now with the coilovers, but with the propper tire pressure its fine. Just be careful of potholes and other normal road debris.
These are the only ones I could find of our Bridgestone RE950 setup on the stock Road Americas...pretty pleased with the ride quality on the RE950's.glx4mo said:Does anybody have pics of 225/55/16 on Road Americas.
That was my first idea to put something wider on my stock rims.
When I did the suspension on the car, I saved up to have both the springs and the dampers replaced. Save up until you can get both done in one shot. There may be a chance that you'll end up having to replace the dampers after the sport springs have worn them out and you get sick of the bouncy ride. If that's the case, then you end up paying for labor twice instead of all in one shot...jdahlstrom said:Would I be asking for trouble installing nuespeed sport springs that would drop me 1.75 inches and keeping my stock shocks? I want to put on some 18's but I dont want to sink a ton of money into my car right now. I'm a newbie, so any info would be a great help. [/i]
Probably something like Surfwagon's car:HungLo said:On my last car, I had 17's on.. I didn't really mind the wheel gap, because my car still drove really nicely... If I go 18's, how bad does the gap look? Or how high-jacking am I going to be?
Welcome! My 2 cents...suspension!siriusmotive said:Hello,
I'm new as of today however, I feel like I've walked into VW heaven. The forums, pics, and information are phenomenal.
QUESTION, I have money now to spend on suspension or wheels, which should I go for first? Also, I plan to put 18s on my 1999 Passat 1.8T. Any info would be great!