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View Poll Results: 18 inches on an SX4- ride quality, performance?
Will stay good 6 23.08%
will improve 3 11.54%
will degrade 16 61.54%
wont work at all for you.. 3 11.54%
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Old 8th October 2007, 19:03   #16
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On 18" Wheels... Ride quality suffers. Performance (road handling, cornering) improves.

Overall it suffers!!
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Old 8th October 2007, 19:10   #17
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Actually there is only one way to find out... Next time you are in Chennai, go for a ride on Gautam's SX4. I didn't notice any ride quality issues when I did.
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Old 8th October 2007, 20:13   #18
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Get the 18" wheels and then forget the ride quality just enjoy the Bling bling ride. They simply dont go together as Ishan said.
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Old 8th October 2007, 20:26   #19
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How does one vote on this poll? These are contradictory issues.
Ride quality will degrade. Performance (in terms of handling) will improve.
And all of this is subject to the profile of the tyres fitted.
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Old 8th October 2007, 21:31   #20
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Ride quality will degrade. Performance (in terms of handling) will improve.
And all of this is subject to the profile of the tyres fitted.
Also, if the width is too much then the drag will slow the car down, after all the power plant produces all of 102 bhp.

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Old 8th October 2007, 22:24   #21
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anup its a mutliple poll option bro so that shouldnt be any issue...plus as far as I know performance..(and i wont pretend to know alot) I believe ride quality if dropped will eventually mean over all performance drop? or would a real performance junkie be ok with slowing down a bit and suffering on the roads at every pothole?just a question?

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Old 8th October 2007, 22:31   #22
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blueman, 205/50/18 would be a good size for ride comfort/rim size and performance.
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Old 8th October 2007, 22:35   #23
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stay with stock size, you can get better rubber. dont really get this upsizing craze everyone seems to have. it just makes a car slower and from an Indian standpoint less FE!!!
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Old 8th October 2007, 22:37   #24
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nitrous ..I'm not doubting the 18 inch thingie ...I just wanna know if others consider it a viable option for our conditions (keeping in mind the way we drive?)
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Old 8th October 2007, 22:49   #25
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I think the ride should be fine...I am using 40 profile tyres on my swift with 17" rims...The ride is fine..acceptable..It depends what you want...If you are crazy about how your car looks (Like i am) then put them on.
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Old 9th October 2007, 08:11   #26
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I believe ride quality if dropped will eventually mean over all performance drop? or would a real performance junkie be ok with slowing down a bit and suffering on the roads at every pothole?just a question?
The way I see it here is that 'performance' means better handling (read speed and cornering ability). Indeed many performance enthusiasts would sacrifice a fair degree of 'ride comfort' to be able to gain extra kmph, particularly while cornering.
Per se, upsizing to 18 inch rims would yield benefits in performance if low profile tyres are used. The ride quality would then degrade. Wider tyres would give better grip but at the expense of ride quality.
Ride quality and performance are usually conflicting parameters. You have to let go of one to gain a bit of the other.

My personal take on the matter would be to perhaps upsize to 17 inch rims and reduce profile so that better performance can be achieved.

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Old 9th October 2007, 10:42   #27
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Stick to 17 inchers, should be best compromise.
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Old 9th October 2007, 19:19   #28
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See there are people who crib about ride quality with 15" rubber and 50 profile tires
Yup ,iv seen many members suggesting others to avoid low profile tires ,even 50 profile tires which IMHO offer a decent ride.
So asking for suggestions about 18` rims and tires here will give you just one answer...avoid it.!

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Old 9th October 2007, 20:02   #29
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anup for the cornering bit and handling i agree, however the point being that at the speeds we travel regularly does having so much grip make a difference? so would it be ok with having more grip and stability while cornering ?or a smoother ride over potholes would make more sense?
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anup for the cornering bit and handling i agree, however the point being that at the speeds we travel regularly does having so much grip make a difference? so would it be ok with having more grip and stability while cornering ?or a smoother ride over potholes would make more sense?
it depends. going by your earlier car id think that youd want better handling than comfort.
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