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Old 02 May 2012, 01:46 pm
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Ok, so I stop by the local tire store today to check on new tires and wheels for my Cruiszr. I told the associate that I was looking to change from a 16" to an 18" tire and wheel. After going through all the usual questions he showed me some 18"x8" Cruiser brand wheels that looked decient, but his concern that the 18x8 with 205/40 may rub the wheel welds.

I know that a lot of you run 18 wheels and tires and I wanted to know if I should be concerned about this happening. Currently my car is not lowered but the plan is to put an Eihach kit on my car.

Is it ok to run the 18" or should I drop back to a 17" wheel and tire?

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Old 02 May 2012, 02:40 pm
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18x8 shouldn't rub at all unless the offset is way too high, but you'd be rubbing struts or calipers, not the wheel wells. Don't get an offset higher than 40. I have 18x8 with an offset of 40 and rubbed the struts under hard-cornering but that was on the Candy Drops. I can't recall rubbing on Eibach's.

And a 205/40 on an 18" rim?? That's too low of a profile tire. You need a 225/40 18 or 235/40 18 to stay near stock diameter.

And to answer your last question, you can run from 15"-20" wheels on Eibach's.
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Old 05 May 2012, 01:03 am
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Wheel well- the well, cavity, or inside fender area that allows space for the wheel to recess into during suspension movement.

Wheel welds- welds that usually hold a 2 piece steel rim together.

Inner fender lip- That nasty metal monster with teeth that likes to chew up poorly offset wheels.

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Old 14 May 2012, 07:37 am
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I heard about a lot XD Wheels by KMC - XD803 Thump wheels. Can you please tell me that are they suitable for cruise or not?
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Old 14 May 2012, 09:06 am
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808 is correct, but add to this, there is no way of rubbing your fender well unless you've dropped your PT. Now mine is dropped, but it's on 17x7's, with 225/45x17's on it, Pirelli P6's (best tires I've ever had).

You can see that I have much clearance even though it's down 2" (and the wheel color is actually black, this summer I'm getting them powder coated this purple). I do rub the splash guard at the very top inside my left rear fender well when I hit a hard bump, or when I'm racing down a curvy road like the Tail of the Dragon. That's because I cut my bump stops a bit too short, and I weigh a
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