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Wheel/Tire Dimensions & Attitude of what they're on.

PostPosted: Sat Oct 09, 2010 11:40 am
by professor science
I came across a thread in TCL of cars with fat/meaty tires and it made me consider something.

Cars with meaty tires look purpose built.
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(this last one is there just for fun) :)

Okay, maybe not purpose built, but built to do the things cars were meant to do. They have an autocross/race feel to them, which is kind of endearing. Plus if you have a stock car, and you never intend to upgrade the brakes, going as small and wide as possible and putting some meat on may be more of a performance improvement than going big with a tiny tire.

Even if the wheel were the same and the car were the same, the combination would make an incredible difference in the feel of the car. Think of dave's S4 with 17" LMs and some meat, vs. the same car with 19" LMs and lo-pro tires. The 17s seem more performance oriented.

I don't really know where I am going with this, but It was just a thought that I needed to get out.

Re: Wheel/Tire Dimensions & Attitude of what they're on.

PostPosted: Sun Oct 10, 2010 2:13 pm
by Dreamstate
Meaty tires can look so mean. However, one has to take much more care in the size of tire and fitment of the wheel or else it looks terrible very quickly. I would think it would be more difficult to pull off than small stretched tires.

To me, that 350z just looks wrong. Playing with the ride height could possibly fix it though.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 10, 2010 2:38 pm
by Maraschino Larry
Well put Randy

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 21, 2010 4:52 pm
by mushroom_curry
I like the meaty tire look.

Looks healthy... Instead of looking at a car and loving how it just "sits"... It makes you want to jump behind the wheel and actually give it a good drive!

Not as huge tires but... still bigger than what I've seen on most MK4 setups:

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 21, 2010 5:14 pm
by mushroom_curry
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 3:18 pm
by Maraschino Larry
Has the 'stance blog' era totally corrupted my brain??

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On paper this is how I would do a 2002. Low but not scraping, as flush as is functional offsets, low profile but proerly fitting tires, classic wheel. But looking at this pic it's not all coming together. Is there something ruining the look of the car or am I broken? :(

Please respond.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 4:34 pm
by mushroom_curry
Everything looks good about that except the centers on the wheel.

The details are plenty and they are all smashed together in an otherwise balanced looking car. What if the wheel lips (yuck to inverted lips on an early bmw by the way) weren't polished perhaps? I think that would let the design of the wheel "breathe" some more ...much the same as adding a splash of water to scotch opens up the flavours.

I totally think you wouldn't feel the way you do if it was this wheel in those exact specs:
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That RS could be saved if it had an offset that was 6.35mm higher and had un-polished non-inverted lips (= 0.5 inch "pushed in" and 0.5 added at lip, net same fitment) There's nothing wrong about that fitment though.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 7:09 pm
by professor science
i agree with raj, wheels aren't period correct.

they're too perfect.

it's like in an Indiana Jones movie when they need to find a chalice made by an artisan, the moron picks the bright polished impeccable one and Indy picks the most humble looking piece in the lot. and the moron dies and indy lives (last crusade)

Re: Wheel/Tire Dimensions & Attitude of what they're on.

PostPosted: Sat Feb 19, 2011 12:36 am
by Maraschino Larry
Methinks you guys are correct on both accounts.

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