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I have been looking for a set of aftermarket rims for my E.... My main question is which size to go with. I am really on the fence as far as lowering the car with springs as its 7 years old... although it only has 43k miles. I realize the stock shocks may not make it long if I do lower it. I really dont want to do the coil-overs for money reasons.

So to my question... without lowering the car, what size would look better. I really dont want for the car to end up looking getto.. so I was thinking 18s. But I have seen pics of 20s that look great!! Really for only a few hundred $ more I could get 20s. Also what effect are you guys with wheels seeing on gas mileage and ride quality. I am no stranger to doing larger rims on cars, but am curious to the effects on the Element specifically.
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I would think your first decision would be to find a wheel that you actually like regardless of size. My 09 SC comes stock with 18s and I think they fill up the well nicely. I am not a fan of 20+ rims, but that is my opinion. There are plenty of people here who have them and can testify to ride and mpg. I think 18s look more "stock" and therefore cleaner than 20s.

The other thing to remember is the higher and lower you go, the more "off" your speedo is going to be so make sure you adjust yourself for that or the police will.:-D

Look forward to seeing what you plan to purchase.
 

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If you do a proper 'plus tire size conversion,' then it shouldn't affect your speedometer. You can go to Tire Rack and put in your current size tires and it will provide with a conversion table all the way up to 22" rims and tires. I totally agree with Eww-an E, if you're going to do it then go with 20's. Your stock off-set is 45mm, so my suggestion is not to drop below a 40mm off-set on your new wheels. I did two sets of Honda 16X6" wheels (45mm off-set), a set of the Element SC 18X7" wheels (45mm off-set), a set of Japanese SSR's 19X8" wheels (47mm off-set), and now I'm running 20X9.5" DPE's (41.2mm off-set)! I've ran them all and I love the 20's the absolute best!!!

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Thanks guys for your responses!!
Being the E is my daily driver I am also concerned about fuel mileage. Can any of you guys give me an idea what I am looking to lose with a set of 20's compared to the stock 16's. My wife's Camry lost 1-1.5 mpg when we went from 16s to 18s.... the weight only went up 4 lbs a corner and the rolling radius is almost identical.... BUT it lost mpg.

My E is getting just ok milege now so I would hate to lose more then 1 to 2 mpg.... I avg. between 18.5- 21 with my current driving. Most of the time it gets about 19.5
 

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If you get a lightweight set of wheels, you may be able to improve your gas mileage. For 20" you should look for a set that is around 22 lbs, with a 225 or 235 tire they will be around the same weight as the stock wheel and tire setup.
 

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I would go with 18's and stechs that way you can still run a decent tire and the ride wont be harsh. It does get old after a while also with a tiny tire you risk bending a rim when potholes raise their ugly head. I had 35's on 18's in a ep3 it looked nice but rode like poop.
 

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I gained about 1-1.5 MPG going from stock 16's to the forged 18's. When I was running a chrome set of 19's I lost 1-2 MPG compared to stock 16's. Also consider the wider you go in rim and tire width the more MPG you will loose.
 

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Thanks guys for the info.

I am now looking at a set of 18X7.5s that weigh 19lbs..... with a 235 tire.... am I to assume that my mileage shouldnt go down much if at all?

Also.. is there a specific offset that looks best? The wheels I am looking at are +40... I understand stock is +45. Can I run say a +35 without them sticking out to much?
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Thanks guys for the info.

I am now looking at a set of 18X7.5s that weigh 19lbs..... with a 235 tire.... am I to assume that my mileage shouldnt go down much if at all?

Also.. is there a specific offset that looks best? The wheels I am looking at are +40... I understand stock is +45. Can I run say a +35 without them sticking out to much?
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They'll stick out a bit, but nothing crazy.
 
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