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I'm thinking of getting new wheels and tires for my 320.
I see the option to get 16" or 17".
What's the difference beside 1"
Any pros and cons?
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hmmmmm methinks i move this to the wheels, tires, suspension and brakes section :D
 

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You pay more for bigger rims and wheels and some people believe bigger rims and wheels look better (one con and one pro) Some say the bigger wheels are less durable but I think the difference between 16 and 17 isn't much. You have to be careful about the quality of the sidewalls more than the difference in size when it comes to tires this close in size. In terms of smoothness of the ride again some say the bigger wheels provide smoother rides but I believe it is the quality of the tire that makes the difference when comparing the small difference between 16 and 17 inch.
Bottom line I think its personal preference. If you like the look of the bigger ones buy them. If you don't care either way buy 16 inch and upgrade the actual tire putting the money you would have paid for the 17 inch rims.
 

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I looked at the test results but I'm still not sure what to make of it.
Sounds like I could move up from the 16" stock wheels to the 17" after market but my stock wheels have tow different size tires on them 205 in front and 255 in the back. But when I look on tire rack, I only see the 205 for the 17 rims. If I do the package deal. :surprise:
I'll have to give them a call.
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How about we just trade cars at the winery meet? :D
 

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Going up in rim size you will need to go with wider tire with a lower side wall. This to keep the speedometer to give you the correct speed. Lower side wall and wider tire you give you better performance in turns. smaller rim with a narrow tire and high sidewall will give you a smoother ride. Like the article said the 17 & 18 inch rims seems to work best for over all driving.

Tire sizes
16 inch rims 205x55 front 225x50 rear
17 inch rim 225x45 front 245x40 rear
 

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I went with a 16" rim and the same size tire as the ome.
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