What happened to rim styles that had a deep dish to them? Is it just a style/fad that is no longer popular, or have other engineering factors caused them to go away?
They were fine on live axle cars, but on many others, there are problems with bearing load and on fwd, torque steer. It may only be partially that and as fwd became more prominent the trends reflect that aesthetic.
Yes, there are some Porsches that had deep dish rims, so the bearing thing is certainly not an absolute.
Originally Posted by Boyz in da Park
I still like the deep dish style wheels. Here are my CCWs: 3.5 inch lip on the rear. I opted for stepped lip because I will be getting BBK soon and I needed the clearance:
Front drive (or all wheel drive, which requires a front-drive component to it) pretty much requires the steering axis to intersect the ground very close to the tire center-line, and that requires the lower ball joint to be further out than old-skool rear-drive front suspension layouts, and the brake has to be outboard of the ball joint, and this doesn't leave a whole lot of room left for deeply dished wheel styles.