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    Thread: 16s or 17s on GLi

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      05-03-2012 12:54 PM #1
      Taking a look at getting new wheels for my GLi. Are 17s too much of a hassle to fit and a hard ride? I have rolled fenders, coilovers to adjust the height to get them to fit, and an assortment of wheel spacers. Also, can someone post some pics of 17s or link to a thread. Thank you so much.

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      05-03-2012 01:34 PM #2
      You could do 17x8 if you have the proper ride height, and INCREDIBLY clean car, and they are something like a BBS LM.

      Other than that i think they are way hard to pull off, and usually look out of place. 16's are perfect for mk2's. Good luck though.

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      05-03-2012 02:19 PM #3
      id go with 16's

      17's are like donk statues on a mk2
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      05-03-2012 02:40 PM #4


      Unf 17" though.

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      05-03-2012 04:03 PM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by db3ck View Post
      id go with 16's

      17's are like donk statues on a mk2
      x2 16s look much better

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      05-03-2012 05:24 PM #6
      Depends how much work you want to do...

      17's won't "fit" w/o a fair amount of work beyond just slapping some coil-overs in there.

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      05-03-2012 07:32 PM #7
      Thanks. I am going to go with 16s because i don't want to look like a donk statue even though I don't know what that is.

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      05-03-2012 08:03 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by jpthewookie View Post
      i don't want to look like a donk statue even though I don't know what that is.
      haha. I have no clue what that means either, but I don't think that it's good.


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      05-03-2012 08:42 PM #10
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    10. 05-03-2012 09:01 PM #11
      Ill be running 18's on the front and 19's on the back eventually.

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      05-03-2012 10:02 PM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by izzo View Post
      Good chart

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      05-03-2012 10:34 PM #13
      the right 17s are fine on a big bumper car.
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      05-03-2012 10:34 PM #14
      17s are like clown shoes on these cars, or a 3-stage wing on anything.

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      05-03-2012 11:56 PM #15
      thanks for all of the replies. Going with 16s. Will post pics when mounted. Hopefully nobody will call me donks statue or a swamp donkey or whatever that previous post was. I'll have to double check that term on urbandictionary.com

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      05-04-2012 01:10 AM #16
      He meant "Donk Status"

      This is a "donk"

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      05-04-2012 01:35 AM #17
      Bought this car a few weeks ago. 17s... do you think I am lowered? I think 17s look bad with too skinny tires but with a normal sidewall they're nice. Probably doesn't increase 0-60 times though
      BTW, I'm still learning. Can someone tell me if I have "big" or "small" bumpers? Also is the wolfsburg badge supposed to be body colored or was it originally yellow? Sorry if this is considered a thread jack but i don't see the need to start a new thread for every single thing i think of


    17. 05-04-2012 02:40 AM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by RobMarkToo View Post
      Bought this car a few weeks ago. 17s... do you think I am lowered? I think 17s look bad with too skinny tires but with a normal sidewall they're nice. Probably doesn't increase 0-60 times though
      BTW, I'm still learning. Can someone tell me if I have "big" or "small" bumpers? Also is the wolfsburg badge supposed to be body colored or was it originally yellow? Sorry if this is considered a thread jack but i don't see the need to start a new thread for every single thing i think of
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      05-04-2012 03:38 AM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by RobMarkToo View Post
      Bought this car a few weeks ago. 17s... do you think I am lowered? I think 17s look bad with too skinny tires but with a normal sidewall they're nice. Probably doesn't increase 0-60 times though
      BTW, I'm still learning. Can someone tell me if I have "big" or "small" bumpers? Also is the wolfsburg badge supposed to be body colored or was it originally yellow? Sorry if this is considered a thread jack but i don't see the need to start a new thread for every single thing i think of

      this car looks to be at the stock ride height.
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      05-04-2012 09:02 AM #20
      For Mk2/3 17" owners, there are 3 tire sizes we have to choose from: 185/35r17 (euro only, or WAY too much for Nankang's through Tunershop), 195/40, or 215/35. 205/40 is way too big for a Mk2/3.

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      05-04-2012 09:05 AM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by RobMarkToo View Post
      Bought this car a few weeks ago. 17s... do you think I am lowered? I think 17s look bad with too skinny tires but with a normal sidewall they're nice. Probably doesn't increase 0-60 times though
      BTW, I'm still learning. Can someone tell me if I have "big" or "small" bumpers? Also is the wolfsburg badge supposed to be body colored or was it originally yellow? Sorry if this is considered a thread jack but i don't see the need to start a new thread for every single thing i think of
      You have big bumpers, and no the badge is not suppose to match the car, must have been re sprayed at some point. IMO I think anything over a 16" is too big for mk2's
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      05-04-2012 03:28 PM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by jettaracer1989 View Post
      You have big bumpers, and no the badge is not suppose to match the car, must have been re sprayed at some point. IMO I think anything over a 16" is too big for mk2's
      Thanks for the info. The paint is a little weird. You can't see from that pic but it has about 25 little chips down to metal all over the front of the hood and front quarter panels and a little bit on the doors. Looks like it was driving behind a truck full of gravel once and got hammered. Some of them look like they were covered with a drop of darker red paint, then that flaked off of most of them. Still can't tell if you are more than 3 feet away though so cosmetically I don't really care, just worried about eventual rust.

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      05-04-2012 04:16 PM #23
      i think 16 will be sooo good to make easy drive than 17

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      05-04-2012 10:03 PM #24
      It corners like no car I've ever driven with the 17s is all I know, I love it.

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      05-05-2012 12:42 PM #25
      So I found a set of 16x7 18 offset for fronts and 16x8 12 offset for rears. I ordered 205/45r16 and 215/45/r16 respectively. They should fit flush but I was wondering if I should drop to 195 and 205 to prevent any rubbing. Please help with the ideas so I can call discount tire and change my order for the 3rd time.

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      05-05-2012 12:55 PM #26
      balloon tires. I'd get 195/40 or 205/40 for 16".

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