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17" or 18" Tarmac II's


Kaptan

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Ok I finally decided on Rims for my Legacy GT. Now, I can't decide which size rim to go with. There is not much of a price difference between the 17" and 18" Tarmac II's. My car is my daily driver and I will most likely only be going to the track 3X/year. I know the 18" look better and the 17" will be slightly better performance-wise. Help sway me on my final decision. Either way, I think I will be mounting Pirelli M&S tires.
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Subydude.com convinced me to go with the 18's. I'll just switch the wheels when I go to the track even though I don't think it will be that much of a difference. I'm going with the Falken 512's now instead of the Pirelli's. Wheel/Tire package is too good to pass up. I checked the weights of the Pirelli vs. the Falken and the Falkens are about 1.5 lbs. less. 23.1 lb Pirelli and 21.6 lb Falken. Looks like I will still be close to stock wheel weight when all is said and done!
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nice choice. i have the 18" Rota TIIs with the Falken tires. the only feedback that I would offer you is to recognize in advance that your ride is going to get harsher. assuming you went with 225/40/18s like i did, the lower profile sidewall (and higher tire pressure) really does make the car ride firmer. you will feel every pothole and cringe each time hoping that your tire/rim is not damaged. i've already had to replace one tire for a sidewall "bubble" that developed after a nasty pothole encounter. the good news is that the Rota rims seem tough. there wasn't a mark on it where the bubble popped up.

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I'm running the Tarmac IIs in 18" w/ Pirelli PZero Nero M&S, and the compliance is pretty good. You feel more feedback, but it's not extreme. Different tires will vary on the sidewall stiffness, however.
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Subydude.com convinced me to go with the 18's. I'll just switch the wheels when I go to the track even though I don't think it will be that much of a difference. I'm going with the Falken 512's now instead of the Pirelli's. Wheel/Tire package is too good to pass up. I checked the weights of the Pirelli vs. the Falken and the Falkens are about 1.5 lbs. less. 23.1 lb Pirelli and 21.6 lb Falken. Looks like I will still be close to stock wheel weight when all is said and done!

 

I don't know where you got your weights for the tires, but I have 215/40/18's

Pirelli P Zero Nero M&S's and they weigh 21 pounds each.

With 18x7.5 inch rims, these tires are only .1 inch taller than the stock RE-92's which weigh 23 pounds and the stock wheels weigh 19.5 pounds.

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I don't know where you got your weights for the tires, but I have 215/40/18's

Pirelli P Zero Nero M&S's and they weigh 21 pounds each.

With 18x7.5 inch rims, these tires are only .1 inch taller than the stock RE-92's which weigh 23 pounds and the stock wheels weigh 19.5 pounds.

 

I got my weights from the Pirelli customer service, 1-800-747-3554. I also got the weight on the Falken 512's from their customer service, 1-800-723-2553. You can call to verify. I gave them the model and tire size and they told me the weight. The tire size that I got the weight for was 225/40/18 so I'm sure there is a difference in weight from the 2 sizes.

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