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Old 25 Feb 2006, 02:33 pm
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Default 20 or 22 wheels

Does anyone know if you can put 20 or 22 inch wheels on a 05 pt cruiser turbo
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Old 26 Feb 2006, 02:34 am
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You can run 20's, but the tire is like a 25 or 30 series, so I hope you don't live where there are too many pot holes! I believe the size that fits is a 20 X 8.5 with an offset of 30-35 using a tire like 225/30/20 or 235/30/20. The ones I saw the guy had to use a 5mm wheel spacer to clear the brake caliper and strut housing. You would not have any strut housing issues though if you used a coil-over system that has the real small spring perches like the BTG coil overs.
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Old 27 Feb 2006, 02:39 am
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Wheels that large tend to be heavy. Really heavy. All that unsprung weight does plenty of nasty stuff to a car - it won't accelerate as fast, stop as fast, or corner as well, not to mention the ride quality will degrade sharply and not just because of the ultra low profile tires you'd be forced to run. It's the weight, again, that will do you in.

Unless you're building just a show car, I'd stick with 18s or smaller. I run 17" wheels that only weigh 14 lbs a piece(!) compared to plenty of 30 lb wheels (or worse) in the size you're looking at. Then add the weight of a heavier tire on top of it and.....well, you get the point.

Oh, I once saw a Magnum R/T run at the track with big ol' blingy 22s. He should have run mid 14s stock in the 1/4 mile, but he couldn't do any better than mid 15s. Another totally stock Magnum was running the expected mid 14 time that night. Weight is thy enemy.
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Old 05 Mar 2006, 11:54 am
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i would think with wheels that heavy it would also do alot of wear & tear on the front end parts also
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Old 06 Mar 2006, 01:22 am
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I was talking to a guy at the dragstrip last summer with a Dodge Ram Hemi pickup with some fairly extensive engine mods. He said his huge tire/wheel package was probably holding him back. I asked him what they weighed and he said.........

....are you ready for this...........

......"about 85lbs each".

I almost fell over! 85lbs!??!?!???!?!?!?? Probably holding you back? Probably????? A boat anchor imbedded in the pavement would be less of a liability!
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