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Lancejay83 02-16-2012 06:56 AM

I Need opinions on whether to buy 19' or 18' rims???
 
I am a new member to this club. I have always searched for things on here but never joined till recently. Anyway, I am looking to buy 18' or 19' rims for my 04 grand am. I would like to gather opinions from as many people as possible. Now keep in mind I am planning on lowering the car this summer using eibach lowering springs. So that being said what does everyone think will look best 18' or 19' rims. I am wanting a 35 series tire to go with them. What tires should I buy depending on what size I end up picking?? Everyone I talked to so far says 225/35/19 or 18. I would also appreciate pictures of anyone's grand am that has these two sizes of rims. Thanks in advance for each one of your time!!

2000 GT Coupe 02-16-2012 08:06 AM

unless your car is lowered more then average 19"s just look too big IMO.

To keep the speedo accurate use 225/40/18 tires Or if you want more aggressive look 245/35/18
Keeps the overall diameter the same as the stock tire.


I am actually running a staggered tire setup on mine, 225/40/18 up front and 255/35/18 in the back it helps fill up that gap the back has.

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WidbyJ 02-16-2012 08:20 AM

Yup, 18" is as big as you want to go on these cars. 17" is pretty nice also and will give a bit smoother ride...

Be aware that as soon as you see them you will begin desiring a big-brake upgrade, those tiny rotors look kinda silly to most people. So many ways to spend money - Enjoy!

solutions_auto 02-16-2012 09:18 AM

I personally like 19's on the grand am

Here is a picture of mine
http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/x...o/100_0452.jpg

young gun 02-16-2012 11:05 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by solutions_auto (Post 1171979)
I personally like 19's on the grand am

Here is a picture of mine
http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/x...o/100_0452.jpg

Your car sir is an exception

tipnitty 02-16-2012 01:13 PM

http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q...l/DSC03495.jpg

Still look best IMO

rocketfast123 02-16-2012 01:30 PM

Grand ams/Alero are to eagles 077 as Civics and Integra are to volk te37

tipnitty 02-16-2012 01:43 PM

I don't see te37's on honda's anymore. Even the case, They still look good.

99grandam 02-16-2012 01:44 PM

go 18 inch
 
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goooo 18inch its perfect

KillNThrill24 02-16-2012 02:08 PM

depends on how you drive really. if you have a lead foot like many of us do, your probably gonna wanna go with the 18's, less chance of denting the s**t out of them. if you prefer rollin slow then you can slide with the 19's... just my opinion tho

99grandam 02-16-2012 02:12 PM

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Originally Posted by KillNThrill24 (Post 1171993)
depends on how you drive really. if you have a lead foot like many of us do, your probably gonna wanna go with the 18's, less chance of denting the s**t out of them. if you prefer rollin slow then you can slide with the 19's... just my opinion tho

true sayy

SC/T02 02-16-2012 02:43 PM

18" does not limit your selection on tires. 19" on my G8 is an odd size and limits the tires I can buy and price becomes that much more since it is not as rare.

solutions_auto 02-16-2012 03:37 PM

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Originally Posted by 99grandam (Post 1171989)
goooo 18inch its perfect

I actually do like your 18s

Lancejay83 02-16-2012 03:39 PM

I like the way those 19' rims fill the wheel well. I am a careful driver that dodges all pot holes, doesn't take turns fast, I don't put the pedal to the floor either. My thought is 18' rims, but I am afraid they will look too small. Plus a friend of mine is really pressuring me to go with 19's. My only concern with 19's are will they tear my car up?? Also if I do go with 19's, will I have to modify anything such as brakes, wheel wells or wheel bearings?? Thank you everyone for your input, been very helpful so far. Keep the good advice coming please!! Thanks

Lancejay83 02-16-2012 03:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by solutions_auto (Post 1171979)
I personally like 19's on the grand am

Here is a picture of mine
http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/x...o/100_0452.jpg

What size tires do you have?

Lancejay83 02-16-2012 03:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 99grandam (Post 1171989)
goooo 18inch its perfect

What size tire are you rolling with?

solutions_auto 02-16-2012 04:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lancejay83 (Post 1172004)
what size tires do you have?

225/35 19

sleepyalero 02-16-2012 05:05 PM

18s with 225/40/18 Nitto tires.

http://i921.photobucket.com/albums/a...-20-56_171.jpg
http://i921.photobucket.com/albums/a...-23-26_773.jpg

still needs lowered.

AaronGTR 02-16-2012 05:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lancejay83 (Post 1171973)
I am a new member to this club. I have always searched for things on here but never joined till recently. Anyway, I am looking to buy 18' or 19' rims for my 04 grand am. I would like to gather opinions from as many people as possible. Now keep in mind I am planning on lowering the car this summer using eibach lowering springs. So that being said what does everyone think will look best 18' or 19' rims. I am wanting a 35 series tire to go with them. What tires should I buy depending on what size I end up picking?? Everyone I talked to so far says 225/35/19 or 18. I would also appreciate pictures of anyone's grand am that has these two sizes of rims. Thanks in advance for each one of your time!!



18's are pretty much a perfect size for this car. The general rule is you can go plus 2" diameter from stock and not mess things up to bad. That said, some 19's look pretty good on the car too, but I definitely wouldn't go bigger than that.

Which size you pick is really going to depend on your preference, and on it's intended use. And just FYI, you can't just say you want a 35 series sidewall. ;) The sidewall is going to depend on what diameter wheel you get, how wide a wheel, and how wide a tire is. The number for a sidewall doesn't refer to a fixed measurement. It's a percentage of the sidewall height versus the tire width... the technical term for it is actually the "ratio".

For example, if you got an 18x8" wheel you could go with a 225/35-18 tire, but it would actually be shorter than stock. It wouldn't fill out the wheel well as much and would throw your speedometer off by 2.7% (slower). A 225/40-18 would actually be 5mm taller and would only throw your speedo off by 0.8% (faster), so it would be a better choice. A 245/35 would be even closer but you have to make sure you have the right offset and rim width with a wider tire.

For a 19" wheel a 225/35-19 wouldn't be a bad choice. It would only be 9mm taller and throw the speedo off by +1.4%. An even better choice would be a 245/30-19. It is almost exactly the same diameter as stock. As you can see though, tire choice has a lot to do with wheel size. The rest as I said depends on it's intended use.

What kind of roads will you be driving on? Are there a lot of potholes, curbs, speed bumps in your area? Will you be driving it in winter with these wheels/tires? Do you want more performance or comfort or long tire life? All these things matter when picking a wheel/tire combo. A thinner side wall makes for a rougher ride and more likely to damage a wheel. A bigger diameter wheel is typically heavier and will affect ride quality and performance. But a lower profile tire with a wider contact patch can also help handling and traction. There is a trade off in everything.

myneedforspeed 02-16-2012 05:40 PM

Ahem
You won't be let down with 18's

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