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Old 28 Apr 2003, 12:53 pm
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I want to fill the wheelwell with larger wheels and tires but don't want to really lower PT much. Thinking of 17" wheels but will there still be much space showing about tire? Would lowering 1" affect ride?
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Old 28 Apr 2003, 08:28 pm
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I might be wrong but I don't think anyone's tried to get rid of the space in the wheel well buy just buying bigger wheels. If I take it right, your wanting to buy bigger wheels and not downsize the aspect ratio of the sidewall so the space goes away. This will really mess up your speedometer and odometer. You won't know how fast your really going or how many actual miles your putting on your PT.

Most of us went for lowering springs. Eibach's take the rear down about 2 inches and the front a little less. Yes there is a very slight difference in ride quality but hardly noticeable and the PT seems to handle better both on straight roads and corners.
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Old 29 Apr 2003, 03:21 pm
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When someone changes the size of the wheels on a car the tires must me replaced also.
If you have 16" wheels, the tires are the standard "profile" (width of the sidewall), the circumference of the tire is critical.
If you change the size of the wheel to a 17", you need to get tires with a "lower profile" to maintain the correct circumference.
This means that the area between the tire and the wheelwell will remain the same as it is now.
Go to the following website and put in your year and model and when the cruiser comes up click on the tires under ASA JS5, it has three sizes and you will see what I tried to explain.
My Website is
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Old 29 Apr 2003, 07:02 pm
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there's a guy in my 'hood that has these HUGE 15" tires on the rear. They are like PUtruck tires. I don't think he has ABS. It actually looks pretty good[:I]
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1st Forward Motion E1 powered PTGT w/Psi-Fi Power pack fuel tuner back in '07
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Old 31 May 2003, 12:19 am
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I replaced my stock 16's with a 17" wheel with a 225/45zr17. The over circ diff was only 3/8 of an inch. Looked the same in the well, just wider and there was more wheel

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