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    Out of the blue Ive been offered some nice 5 spoke 18" alloys and as mine will need new tyres soon Im seriously considering them...

    I had always kind of planned on 19's although I dont know why as I think they make me cry come tyre renewal time!

    What looks / drives best in peoples opinion? (I know this is very subjective by the way!) Anyone got any pics that could sway me??!!

    Thanks for any help you can give me

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    I have gone from 17"...



    ...to 18"...



    ...and now to 19"...



    I found the change from 17" to 18" brought hardly any ride difference IMO, it was still smooth and refined with very little difference to noise. The jump from 18" to 19" is very noticeable though, its much firmer, tramlines more and the tyre noise is much more - but they look soooooo much better IMO is far outweighs any down sides. As for tyre price, I have priced replacements and they are virtually the same as the 18" so thats not even a factor.

    It all depends on whether you can hack the ride, and which you prefer the look of on your car.

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    Your car looks looooverly... I do like snowflakes but they are proper money arent they? Have you lowered your car? I do like the 18s you had on too for that matter!

    I suppose if Im totally honest comfort is an issue... (to a point)

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    20's next

    I made the mistake of buying 17's for my old astra, wanted 18's a month later. Got 18's when i got another as 1st was written off...

    Its like lowering, you'll only wish you went bigger/lower

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    Quote Originally Posted by andyfeeny View Post
    Your car looks looooverly... I do like snowflakes but they are proper money arent they? Have you lowered your car? I do like the 18s you had on too for that matter!

    I suppose if Im totally honest comfort is an issue... (to a point)
    If comfort is an issue then you'd be best with 18's.

    Mine is lowered 45mm with PI springs - comfort isn't much of issue with me, but it is very good considering what it rides on.

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    Hello m8 i got 18s with 225/45 on mine the rides great and still looks good aswell , once me warrantys up im gonna get it lowered which will make it look well smart .I agree with you that 19s look the dogs so if comfort aint an issue as it was for me id go with the 19s m8 Ralph

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    hi mate i went from 17s to 19s if your car isnt lowerd is shouldnt be to bad for tramlining as said it all depends what your after looks or comfort or a mix of both here is mine if its under a warranty dont lower it it will make the warranty void




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    Got 18s on mine up from 16s and made no difference just looks better

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    Quote Originally Posted by andyfeeny View Post
    Your car looks looooverly... I do like snowflakes but they are proper money arent they? Have you lowered your car? I do like the 18s you had on too for that matter!

    I suppose if Im totally honest comfort is an issue... (to a point)
    I'm looking at fitting a set of 19's eventually but with the price of second hand snowflakes or VXR wheels i have been looking at some brand new 19 inch replica Lamboroghini Gallardo wheels and tyres that have been made for the Vectras for £699, to be different.

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    i have always gone big, but getting to the point that comfort and ride quality means more, just lowered my girl on ebicach springs ( about 30mm ish ) and have a set of dotz predator in the garage ( 18" was planning 19" ) the difference is great in terms of comfort and tyre cost.

    I am 32 and had loads of evos, turbo this and that. Even a Jag supercharged xj8. So now i want power comfort and a wee bit of bling.

    it is all about you its your car and its you who drives it every day.

    Good luck with your choice.

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