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      Can 16" wheels look cool?

      Is it possible to have 16" wheels and still be cool?

      Thinking about going to a 16" wheel from 17" for ride comfort, but I am feeling pretty attached to my 17" Saggitas. They're damn sexy!!!

      But seriously, the selection for 16's is definitely much much smaller and much less interesting...

      someone prove me wrong!

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      Sorry, no.
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      I was gonna say... it's hard to rock 16's on this car without it looking like a grandma car. My friend just swapped his old 16's with my old Sagitta's and it makes a world of difference.

      Just go for 17.

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      Go with 14" wheels, massive tire side walls, and you'll have something interesting

      Ultimately it all depends what you do with it and around it, but it is definitely much harder to pull it off with 16" on these cars, due to the fender and fender gap proportion. Most likely it will just look like an everyday car or a bad attempt at being unique.
      Most of the time, one can't avoid compromises with car dynamics.

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      Those are oversized tires, correct?
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      Quote Originally Posted by TG View Post
      Those are oversized tires, correct?
      Yeah, pretty sure I remember them being a bit large. But they still fit!
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      Quote Originally Posted by Veefifty T5AWD View Post
      It can be done!

      When mine wear out i'm going to this size next! 205/65R16...softer ride and more meat on the tire.
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      Nope, this proves theory. Everything about this car looks good EXCEPT the wheels/tires.

      Quote Originally Posted by Veefifty T5AWD View Post
      It can be done!

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      Disagree. The wheel/tires are the coolest part - makes a statement that says "this ain't no highway queen". But of course I'm a recovering Subaru owner so that's my thing.
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      Quote Originally Posted by mercdude View Post
      Disagree. The wheel/tires are the coolest part - makes a statement that says "this ain't no highway queen". But of course I'm a recovering Subaru owner so that's my thing.
      That must be why I didn't find it too strange. My DD is a Baja!

      That wheel/tire combo definitely stands out as different, not bad (depending on the eye of the beholder). You're right, it just says "this ain't no highway queen". It's just a glimpse into your priorities for tire performance, and what you use your car for.

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      Right. Obviously that car is used for some offroading/heavy weather travel. Maybe it's just because everyone's doing it now, but I'm starting to like beafier tires. Just seems silly (and downright impractical) to have 20" rims with 45 series tires. That's one pothole away from a new $750 wheel.
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      Just my personal opinion but I've never understood wheels that are of larger diameter than necessary, brake rotor and caliper being the determining functional factor. Unnecessary weight, cost and in case of low profile tires, fragility, all for the vainest of reasons, which IMO doesn't even look cool. Possible very slight grip advantage that's offset by sharper traction limit which is murder when cornering at high speed on uneven (street asphalt is just that) surface. Magnesium alloy 19":s with brakes that wouldn't possibly fit in 18" wheels would be fine in my book, of course, but considering the CD-disc sized rotors and puny calipers S40/V50 has, we're far from that reality. I've thought about getting rid of the 2-piece 9x18" wheels I got when I bought the V50, they look a bit silly - unless my daughter (whose car it is) absolutely wants to have them for the summer.

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      Agree with above. But it's the new style to have the big wheels/tires. Which is silly because it significantly increases the reciprocating mass and hurts economy and performance+is fragile in real life driving conditions.
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      Veefifty T5AWD - I like it! I was thinking about black wheels. Stealthy...

      but compared to 17's... I dunno....


      Darn vanity....
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      Cool is subjective and really depends on you. I say throw some Daytons with white walls. A chain link steering wheel and la cucuracha horn and call it macaroni.


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      Quote Originally Posted by jondevieonS40 View Post
      Cool is subjective and really depends on you. I say throw some Daytons with white walls. A chain link steering wheel and la cucuracha horn and call it macaroni.


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      I don't know, I personally think that you can stick bigger and bigger rims in there, but at the end of the day when you've reached maximum size rim with the lowest profile tire you can fit, that will require it to be lifted like one of these jokers:


      although considering the flooding in Louisiana this guy was the dryest king for a while.

      In my opinion the aesthetics, filling the available space with heftier tires is more visually appealing than filling it with a supersized rim and having a large amount of fenderwell left that can't be filled with an acceptable tire due to the rim size. It may look nice from the outside. But that's it. The more vanity it gets the less functional it becomes. Just my 0.02
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      Quote Originally Posted by nathanlevang View Post


      Nailed it, just needs an Aztec dude holding a dead lady airbrushed on the hood.


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      Quote Originally Posted by avenger09123 View Post
      The more vanity it gets the less functional it becomes.
      ^ Word.
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      Quote Originally Posted by houstonderk View Post
      are those 16s though?
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      Screw 16's. I'm getting some 30" reds..


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      Quote Originally Posted by jondevieonS40 View Post
      Nailed it, just needs an Aztec dude holding a dead lady airbrushed on the hood.


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      I was thinking wood side paneling and a soft top!

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      Well just checked and sure enough there actually 17's...

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      Quote Originally Posted by V50R View Post

      Yes no?

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      NO, those aftermarket tires look hideous! Huge wheel gap, are those tires even the right size?
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      IMO go bigger sidewall tires and it'd be good to go.
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      Quote Originally Posted by whitev70r View Post
      NO, those aftermarket tires look hideous! Huge wheel gap, are those tires even the right size?
      Tire rack winter wheel package, these were the lightest wheels they had, 16x7" and tires are 205 55 16 i wanna say Blizzaks. Deff rides much better than my 17s and of course stops and goes like hell with the AWD and snow tires.
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      A week later and I sure think so. Love the way they ride too..


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      Quote Originally Posted by JomamaAK View Post
      A week later and I sure think so. Love the way they ride too..

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      I think mine do, but I'm biased so..meh...rear is only that high because my drive way is an incline and the handbrake makes the body rise about an inch when pulled.
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      I'm actually thinking of picking up a set of 16's from one of my buddies when I do decide to start autocrossing and maybe (maybe) taking it to the track for fun. It'd be nice to get some really sticky tires and they're cheap enough for 16" wheels

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      Gotta be honest, if I could swap someone my 17s for their good 16s, I'd do it and put really nice and tall rubber on them.


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