Are 18 inch wheels better than 17-inch?
Subjectively, both the 17-inch and 18-inch wheels and tires were in the sweet spot of grip, braking performance, ride comfort, and steering feel. Moving from 17-inchers to 18s barely degrades ride quality, and the additional grip is welcome.
What is the benefit of 18 inch wheels?
Because 18-inch tires have a larger sidewall, they are typically more flexible than ones with a smaller sidewall. Your tires act as shock absorbers and can provide a greater cushion when going over bumps and potholes.
Are 18 inch wheels worth it?
Larger Wheels Are Heavier Lighter wheels offer better performance and improved acceleration compared to heavier ones, so 18 inch wheels offer improved performance. The difference isn’t likely to be huge unless you are on a racetrack, when shaving fractions of a second off your lap time matters.
Are 17 inch wheels comfortable?
The smaller 17-inch tires represent the most comfortable ride thanks to the larger sidewall. The 18-inch tires create a bit more road noise, and this is further exacerbated when the car jumps up to the 19-inch wheels and tires.
Do larger wheels give better ride?
As a general rule, bigger wheels result in a rougher ride. Switching to a smaller wheel and a thicker tire can give you a smoother ride without any major modifications to your car. However, if you go too crazy and change your wheel size too much, it can cause some problems.
Do bigger wheels affect ride quality?
In general, bigger wheels on any type of vehicle make the ride quality stiffer. However, they also improve stability and handling greatly. There are ways to have both smooth ride quality and good stability and handling.
What’s the advantage of 18 inch wheels?
More importantly, they have higher moments of inertia, since the weight is farther out from center, so the car is slower to accelerate and brake. Plus, with today’s stiff-sidewall DOT-R tires, there really isn’t a handling advantage in terms of lateral grip. All in all, therefore, the only “excuse” for 18″ wheels is having big brakes.
What’s the difference between 17 inch and 18 inch rims?
17″ VS 18″ rims…advantages/disadvantages??? 18 inch wheels leave less room for rubber, i.e., less cushioning. They may be slightly better handling than 17s though increased weight probably negates it. Bottom line, bigger wheels = harsher ride and greater risk of damage over rough pavement.
Is there an excuse to have 18 inch wheels?
All in all, therefore, the only “excuse” for 18″ wheels is having big brakes. In fact, for autoXing a 2G (where you don’t need brakes bigger than stock), most people are on 16″s. Both those responses are accurate reflections of my experiences with 18″ wheels.
Are bigger wheels more expensive?
Bigger wheels cost more money. The bigger you go, the more expensive the wheels and tires. If you buy larger wheels as part of an option package on a new vehicle, or get them as standard equipment on a higher trim level, the initial cost may not be that high.