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Im possibly in the market for new rims but im not sure if i want to dish out $1800 for them i was thinking 20's would make my car have a wow factor what do you guys like?
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I'm not a huge fan of 20's but that's primarily because of the excess weight and poorer ride quality.
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I'm going with 20's on mine because I'm in it for the looks and they look great!
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not sure if I got the pics to post but. Mine are 20x8.5 and 20x10. fronts are 255/35/ and rears are 295/30. Got them mounted, balanced and shipped for $1435.00 Plus they were all boxed seperate. Was a great deal. Also, I have the m5300k ford springs.
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I'm not a huge fan of 20's but that's primarily because of the excess weight and poorer ride quality.
++++1111 you migh want to ask a service tech what they think of changing that rubber band for a tire. And what the possabilities of damaging the wheels when changing tires.
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True. But I do my own tire changing and balancing. That way if it gets messed up its my fault. Also, as far as ride quality. It rides great with the ford racing coils and the wheels. Rides way better than my marauder with stock wheels and tires with eibach coils. To each their own though. There are lots of cool wheels out their. I have never had a car with 20's and think they fit the s197 very well. You should decide on your own probably because you will get mixed opinions. What ever you choose I am sure will look great though. Be sure to show some pics too.
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I like my 18" Chrome FR500's

255/45ZR18 (Fronts)
285/40ZR18 (Rears)
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I always thought the 20s were too big unless you upgrade the brakes to 14s...18s look great and the tires are still fairly reasonable.
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not sure if I got the pics to post but. Mine are 20x8.5 and 20x10. fronts are 255/35/ and rears are 295/30. Got them mounted, balanced and shipped for $1435.00 Plus they were all boxed seperate. Was a great deal. Also, I have the m5300k ford springs.
I love those. Looks great. I have 20 inch Foose Nitrous on mine. I don't have any ride quality issues. I feared that it would be an issue but was surprised on the smooth ride. I do believe that there are performance sacrifices with 20's (cornering, acceleration, etc.) My Foose are not my favorite wheel however. They came with the car. Given the choice I would bolt on Shelby 20" Razors.
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20's are to big they are good for car shows and stuff but not for general purpose. They slow your car down dramatically and you will never get good traction with them.

I hate my 20's waste of money. My opinion is there there is no reason to even try to own a fast car when your wheels are that big. Last time i drove my car it had 545rwhp and it pulls HARD with 17's or 18's with my 20's its a freaking turd
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20's are to big they are good for car shows and stuff but not for general purpose. They slow your car down dramatically and you will never get good traction with them.

I hate my 20's waste of money. My opinion is there there is no reason to even try to own a fast car when your wheels are that big. Last time i drove my car it had 545rwhp and it pulls HARD with 17's or 18's with my 20's its a freaking turd
How much do you feel that your 20's slowed you down? If you had to estimate in the quarter, what are we talking about here? Just curious.
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My 06 Gt came with the 18" fanblades and I liked them . One day I swaped my freinds 17" stock wheels just to see if I would pick up and speed . I did The car would hit second gear mutch harder and was " more fun to drive . I would say some light weight 18" wheels would be the best bang with out giving up any performance. Good luck..Post up pics of what you decide on..
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How much do you feel that your 20's slowed you down? If you had to estimate in the quarter, what are we talking about here? Just curious.
well I know with 17's I could probably pull a 10.8 at least with a good set of street slicks. I am going to go to an 18 that are the same weight if not lighter then most 17's so as long as I can hook up with them I should be able to pull the same times. With a 15x10 whoo i dont even want to know what I would pull with that.

With my 20's lol I would cross my fingers for a 13 if I can even get traction.

For instance my buddy has a 400rwhp vette with Nitto 555R's he hooks pretty good. His car is all most dead even with mine. Some times he gets me some times he doesn't and there is 150rwhp difference and that is with his buddy in the passenger seat as well. So there is a very minimal weight difference. Same thing with my friends 03 cobra who had the same tires he has about 80rwhp less then me and smokes my car when I have 20's its not even fun. Now if I put my stock wheels on even with the stock tires its no chance for them.
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What do you guys think bout the heritage saleen wheels?
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I have seen both sides of the issue: I went with 20" wheels on my 05 Mustang GT (Black) and was not happy with the negative performance aspects of such a large wheel. The ride was compromised with the thin side wall and I had a horrible time with vibration when driving over 50mph, the steering wheel was all over the place. Had them road balanced twice and it only help the vibration a little. They looked great, but not worth it in my opinion. I traded the 05 for my 07 GT (red) and went with 18" wheels and love the look and performance/comfort. 18" is the biggest I would go since performance is my first priority. I plan on putting a performance set of coils that should lower the car about 1" which will tuck the wheels up nice and should help with cornering.
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