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So I have been looking at some different wheel configurations to swap out the stock 16"s on my sedan igt. I probably won't be making any purchases anytime soon but its never too early to start looking! I've decided that these Konig Illusion rims would look pretty sweet against the snowflake white paint. I haven't seen any bad reviews for them either.

I was deciding between these two formats:

offset center bore weight lbs.
17X7 5X114.3 40 Black/Ball Cut Machine 73.1 1-Piece 18
18X8 5X114.3 45 Black/Ball Cut Machine 73.1 1-Piece 21.5

and am leaning more towards the 17x7 rims as they are cheaper, the tires are cheaper, and the roads around my area aren't really the smoothest. Also, ive read that the ride quality on 17 inches is slightly better than the 18 inch wheels. The weight of the 17x7 wheels is also similar to the stock 16" wheels (I have the 2.0L motor and don't want to lose power if I get heavier rims).

With that in mind, I was also looking at tire sizes for the 17x7 wheels and have come up with these setups (no brands in mind). I am going for ride quality while still keeping good steering capabilities. Which tire size should I get?:
215/50R17
205/50R17
225/45R17

I don't plan on lowering because of flooding that tends to be common in my area so im looking for a tire that nicely fills the wheel well without looking too bulgy or awkward. Im aware that gap will still exist but oh well :p

Feel free to suggest different wheels/tire setups or post pictures of your own setups! Thanks in advance! :smile2:
 

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I think what you are looking for is 17x7.5 with 225/50s. This is a good compromise between the 16s and 18s and you can still use tires that are a bit wider than on the OEM 18s. You can find nice ones in the 16 lb range. 50s will still have a decent sidewall or adequate protection against most normal pot holes etc and 225s will be wide enough to give some protection to the edge of the rims.
Konigs are generally pretty good. Advanti Racing has similar rims, TrakLite has some good ones too. However, you might want to look for rims that are flow formed, not cast. Cast rims are generally heavier for strength, and if they are made lighter they are not as strong. Flow formed rims are a good blend of light and strong without the expense of fully forged rims.

These are 17x7.5 +45 TrakLite Gears, 15.5 lbs, with 205/50 Continentals



 

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Thanks for all the info! I'll definitely consider it. I had looked at 225/50R17 tires but was afraid that they would be too thick of a tire and would be too close to something important on the inside of the wheel well. I had forgotten about cast formed and flow formed wheels being a thing but thanks for reminding me lol I also don't drive too much as my car doesn't even have 5,000 miles on it yet and everything i need is pretty close by... just wish these rims came in 17x7.5! Very cool looking car by the way! That wheel and tire fitment is what I'm aiming for.
 
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