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What's the benefit to larger rims

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What's the benefit to larger rims

Post by 78elk » Sun Nov 25, 2018 8:53 pm

I have 15 inch rims on my 78 El Camino. I seen a set of 17 inch Foose rims. What is the gain or loss of the larger rims?

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Re: What's the benefit to larger rims

Post by LS6 Tommy » Fri Nov 30, 2018 12:58 pm

More sidewall stiffness on the tires and the ability to fit bigger brakes. Not really much more is gained than that. Bigger wheels equals more unsprung weight, too. Personally, I don't see the point of going much bigger than a 17", 18" tops. IMO, all wheel and rubber band rim protector tires just doesn't look good.

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Re: What's the benefit to larger rims

Post by 78elk » Fri Nov 30, 2018 4:13 pm

Thanks. My son told me that I should put bigger rims, to improve handling. I found a set of Foose rims with tires that were a couple months old. The set is $950. I'll check with my son, to see what his opinion is now.

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