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Well summer's here and I'm in modding mode. :)

After my dear hit a couple weeks ago, I've been trying to bring my E back to life with some style. I've detailed the inside and outside, added the OEM door visors, and just put some 50% tint on the front windows. Now, I'm in the mood to shop for some rims.

I found some rims that I like:



They are Avenue A603 rims and I'm stuck on what size I should get. On one hand, I want something that'll really fill out my wheel wells and I've seen a lot of EOC members with 20s that look good. On the other hand, I live in a rural part of Iowa and commute in every day so I was leaning towards 18s for a smoother ride both on the rough roads by our house and for the highways when I drive to work. I just don't know what size to go with.

I'm not lowered and I don't plan on it, so I'm wondering if the 18 x 7.5 rims with some meaty tires fill up my wheel wells or would I have to go with 20 x 8 rims?

Any advice?
 

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I too am looking at wheels. I am leaning more towards the 18 just for the fact of a...cheaper tires and b....staying as low as i am currently. If you are not lowered and do not plan to be 20's may work but do know running a small series tire risks ride quality and wheel if you hit potholes and such.
 

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They are Avenue A603 rims and I'm stuck on what size I should get. On one hand, I want something that'll really fill out my wheel wells and I've seen a lot of EOC members with 20s that look good. On the other hand, I live in a rural part of Iowa and commute in every day so I was leaning towards 18s for a smoother ride both on the rough roads by our house and for the highways when I drive to work. I just don't know what size to go with.
Based on your comments above, I'd suggest you go with the 18 inch wheels. Then pick a tire in a 60 or 70 series aspect ratio. This would provide you a taller sidewall for more comfort and fill the wheel wells a bit more....

Just my 2 cents.....
 

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Our highways aren't too bad and sometimes my city driving is a bit rough depending on where I go. But in our town, the roads are unbearable and very rough so 18s might be the better option. I just don't want my Element to have big gaps in the wheel wells.

The rims I'm looking at are 18 x 7.5 and I've seen some people go to 235/55/R18s with no rubbing....can I go to a 60 or 70 sidewall without rubbing like GUMP08SC said?
 

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Would a 235/60/R18 work? Or would it rub somewhere?
It should work just want to test fit to make sure have the tire shop mount some and check it full lock and inside the wheel well. Look at the calculator I posted it will tell you how much bigger each series is from stock.
 

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Alright thanks, I'll look into that. Hoping to order the rims soon....

I photoshopped them on my car, what do you all think?

 

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I 2nd the General Exclaim UHP 235/55R18s. Fills the wheel wells better with no clearance issues (on a non-lowered, non-SC at least), ton better ride the the 225/55 Eagles that they replaced.

As said before, the speedo no reads spot on (used to read over actual). Handling is much improved.

Note, though, the UHPs are summer tires. If you need all seasons check out Continental ExtremeContact DWS (Ultra High Performance All-Season) or Yokohama Parada Spec-X (Street/Sport Truck All-Season). These are the best overall performance/$ in an all-season.
 

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I would just be needing summer tires, when the winter comes I'm switching back to stock rims (or steelies) and having some great snow tires on them.
 
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