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    ....whats better?
    obviously 19's look better as fill arches more.

    but 18's are cheaper...and prob smoother.

    any other opinions please people?!

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    I have had 3 sets of 19`s now, and am considering a set of 18`s at the moment, 19`s are too harsh and it wears on you after a while, I reckon 18`s are a good compramise ..

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    cheers mate - im gonna do a fair bit of travelling in the car too!

    however im not too fussed about harshness of the ride, just wondered how much worse the 19's are? i guess with the 35 profile tyre its pretty hard!

    however 19'd do fill the arches more - mines lowered 40mm too. hmmmmmmmmm

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    I've been driving 30K a year on 19" alloys for the last three years and don't find the ride to be too firm or too harsh. They do look the part too.

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    can u get away with a 40mm drop too?

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    Never had a problem with my 19s. Ride was perfectly acceptable for me and the family never complained.
    The only factor to consider in my opinion is the cost of tyres. The premium brands last much longer and are worth the extra

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    I ran 19's on my facelift Vectra for 30,000 miles and although they are a little firm, it did'nt worry me.

    I now have them on my 3.0 Signum and they are fine. Perfectly acceptable, my Signum cam with factory 18" wheels, and the 19's are only a very little bit harder.

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    I have the 19"s - the main thing is that you do have to watch out for pot holes, and take it a bit easy over the "flattened rectangular bear" type of speed lump.

    In terms of all around handling and ride, I suspect that 18"s would actually be the best compromise. 19"s score on looks, and maybe ultimate grip on a smooth surface, but it's probably not a big difference.

    dv.

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    cheers guys - i'll keep my eyes peeled for both still then.

    Paul - was yours lowered at all with the 19's?

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    No, normal suspension. Ride was fine.

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