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Old 07-14-2006, 04:32 PM   #1
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I was thinking about eventually getting new rims for my bonne. I think some black 18s would look hot on the white.

1. What if anything else would i need to do to pull this off or will it be a simple matter of buying/mounting new rims & tires?

2. Will this give the car additional ground clearance? I seem scrape the road more often then I would like.

3. Will the car handle much differently after the swap?

4. Will it throw off the spedometer/odometer?
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1) I can't say for sure but you should be just fine as far as clearing the breaks and things.

2) No, you will have to buy new tires as well (to fit the 18'*) and as long as you keep the other dimentions the same you will have no change in ground clearence.

3) I've been told it could, if they are heavey then it will accelerate slower and break slower... someone who has that size can help you more

4) not if you don't change the other tire dimentions.
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type in your stock tires. then your new to see what the spedometer reading will be.
http://www.miata.net/garage/tirecalc.html

(fyi) my 18'* are 245/45/18
you may want 245/55/18


18'* will fit just fine.

I dont see why you are scraping the road now?
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i can see why he is scraping the road. my friend has a 98 SE and he scrapes everywere..
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Scrapes WHAT, and WHERE? We don't scrape the road. Someone has issues with their car.

The 18'* will be a stiffer, harsher ride, and will not corner as well, besides being harde to get rolling and harder to stop. Balance that against the look you're after.
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The 18'* will be a stiffer, harsher ride, and will not corner as well, .

Yes, Bill is correct. But i'm assuming he is after looks and not performance with 18'*
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I'm just making sure he knows what he needs to know to make his decision. Many people don't realize that the larger wheels cause other issues.
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most people are not racing their cars, i have never noticed a difference in starting and stopping, yes the ride will be stiffer and things like that, and yea ive never scraped the ground in my 98 SE hit 6 people in it.
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Scraping the ROAD? Hrm, I've only scraped the front bumper b4, but that was pulling out of certain businesses.
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