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Old 19 Nov 2004, 05:15 pm
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I was out in the garage having a smoke and was admiring my PT as I always do. I was noticing how the back end of the car is a bit higher than the front. With the retro look and all, I was wondering if larger diameter wheels on the rear would look good. Many "Hot Rods" back in the day did this. Since mine is an 04 GT it has 17's all the way around. I was thinking 17's in the front and 18's or 19's on the rear.
What do you folks think?
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Old 19 Nov 2004, 05:28 pm
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If you are thinking of doing a large diameter wheel but keeping the same diameter / rolling circumfrence on the tire by doing a +1 application I think it would look okay. Putting a large diameter tire / jacking up the rear would look rediculous on a front drive car IMHO.
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Old 19 Nov 2004, 05:33 pm
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As far as I can tell, all the GTs have ABS/Traction control. If you want real bigs 'n littles (different diameters) it will mess with these systems. A PT without ABS can run different diameters, but with the standard disclaimer that it will affect handling and braking. Maybe only a tiny bit, but it's amazing how some people make a big change without forethought of the consquences. There are a couple of guys here who have 18s and 19s and even a couple who have 20s on the back. Just do a search....
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Old 19 Nov 2004, 06:08 pm
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Putting a large diameter tire / jacking up the rear would look rediculous on a front drive car IMHO.
You mean like putting a dual exhaust on an in-line 4 banger?
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Old 19 Nov 2004, 06:19 pm
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You mean like putting a dual exhaust on an in-line 4 banger?
Well, I for one take that as an insult. Picking on a mod is a no-no. I may not like a mod you did but I wouldn't say so. I give this only 1 cent, not worth 2.
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Old 19 Nov 2004, 08:19 pm
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Hmmmmm I didn't even consider the mechanical consequences of putting larger diameter wheels and tires. It makes sense tho'. Just was kinda thinking out loud. I still think it would look cool, even tho it doesn't really serve any purpose. Plus to shell out thousands for new wheels and tires when the OEM 17's look so good. I just don't think I could do it.
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Old 19 Nov 2004, 08:38 pm
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Agree with you PtSleeper. I think bigger wheels would look really cool but they would have to fill in the wheel cavity(couldn't figure out how to spell wheel whale?) As far as mods go, how many are being done that don't really improve anything except the owners own personal joy. Also agree with you on the OEM chrome wheels, they look great.
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Old 19 Nov 2004, 10:25 pm
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You mean like putting a dual exhaust on an in-line 4 banger?
Well, I for one take that as an insult. Picking on a mod is a no-no. I may not like a mod you did but I wouldn't say so. I give this only 1 cent, not worth 2.
Wasn't meant as an insult, was meant as an irony. I have dual exhaust and have ordered 215/60-15 front & 235/60-15 rears for my replacements. I probably should have worded it differently.
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Go with the 18s Front and 19s or 20's rear. You won't be dissapointed and will not mess with your ABS. It hasn't with mine.
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Keep in mind that if you mount a tire/wheel on the back that's an inch taller, you will jack the rear another 1/2 inch.
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