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Old 13 Jun 2003, 02:02 pm
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Alright you guys and gals,

For those of you that have lowered your cruiser. Just was wondering if you get 17's or 18's on the cruiser and lower it with springs 2 inches in back and 1.5 inches in front if you have problems scraping over driveways or dips and such. I don't want this hassle and was just wondering for when I purchase a cruiser in the very near future. Thanks and I love this forum. Good people and good advice.

Also if I decide to get 17s or 18s, how much backspacing should I get for the rim to fit nicely under the wheelwell and not stick out? I basically want it flush with the body from the rear view or slightly under the wheelwell. Thanks again,

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Old 13 Jun 2003, 02:28 pm
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Go with 18s period. It just looks right. A 19 would be even better, but it's so rare and realtively more $$$.

Eibachs work well with driveways.

It's not as common, but a 35mm backspacing on a 18x7.5 rim causes no rubbing and "widetracks" the car perfectly. [?]

For tires, 235/40/18 is nice. It leaves just a tad of rubber extending beyond the rim. One other note about tires, go for a quite tread design like Falken or Yokahama model. I've ridden in cars with fashionable footware and the drone just gets to ya...
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Old 13 Jun 2003, 03:55 pm
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Raven,

When you go to a bigger wheel and tire, almost everyone sticks to the Plus 1 or Plus 2 factor. By doing this the circumference of the wheel stays the same as the original 16 inch wheel and tire. This way there's no problem with the odometer and speedometer. So, when asking if lowering the PT scrapes bottom, it really doesn't matter which wheel/tire combination someone has, just which springs they went to and how much of a drop it gives the PT. I have the Eibach Pro Kit and scrape the black rubber chin spoiler all the time but haven't hit the actual body colored fascia yet.
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Old 14 Jun 2003, 04:09 pm
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Thanks guys,

I think I might try to get the 18's when I get the cruiser and just put them on my loan. I was debating between the 17s or 18s but it looks like you guys helped me figure that out. Any pictures of PT's with 18's around the net???

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Old 27 Jun 2003, 11:13 pm
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I have 18" wheels on one of our Cruisers, looks great and as long as you pay attention to where you are going you will not scrape. Silver and Prowler Orange one ....... [8D]
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Old 28 Jun 2003, 12:00 am
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Careful, depending on the wheel, your pulling more weight.
Try a light weight 18.
I went with 17x8's, but with tires they are heavy.
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Old 28 Jun 2003, 10:11 am
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if ur only going to be lowering ur pt i would really go with 18's before i put adjustable suspenion on my pt i had 18s and i was lowered 2.5 inches all around but after i got my 20s my tires were rubbing when i pulled in driveways and stuff like that so, thats when i knew i had to get something that lifted my pt i wasnt going to put 18s back on, but even 19s would look sweet just dont go any lower then 18's, THE BIGGER THE BETTER
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Old 01 Jul 2003, 09:39 am
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quote:Originally posted by PT CHIX

just dont go any lower then 18's, THE BIGGER THE BETTER
Gotta disagree, PT Chix, I think my lowered PT with the stock 15" wheels looks mighty nice...



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Old 03 Jul 2003, 08:18 pm
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I have progressive 2 inch drop springs with my factory 17's on my DC2. Good clearance.
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Old 05 Jul 2003, 10:23 am
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IMHO if you use bags you solve the problem. Kits usually come with 2" drop, but will provide a 2" spacer if U want. Then you can just about tailor it to what U want........

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