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 Post subject: St185 on 18" wheels
PostPosted: Mon Feb 26, 2018 2:27 pm 
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Hi.
I am sure this has been covered before but I've searched and searched and cannot find anything.

Are 18" wheels too big for the st185? Does it ruin the handling and if so why?

Does anyone have any photos of an st185 with 18" wheels?

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 Post subject: Re: St185 on 18" wheels
PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2018 12:46 am 
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Hi basher,

What have you got on your 185 at the moment? I have 18's on mine at the moment and have had no real issues using 18's but the 16's seem to give it more chuckability. Maybe I need to space them out and play with the suspension.

I'll put a pic on later with the 18's on. (got them when I had a mk3 granada and found they were double drilled)

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 Post subject: Re: St185 on 18" wheels
PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:30 am 
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Hey.
It has 16's on at the moment, I forget the make.
They are fine performance wise but I want to fit some big brakes on there, so the bigger the wheel the better.

If you have a pic that'd be great.

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 Post subject: Re: St185 on 18" wheels
PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 1:09 pm 
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I've tried 15s, 17s and 18s on my ST185.
18s were terrible but part of that could be because they were big & heavy (cheap brand), I swapped to OZ superleggera and it was a clear difference and significantly better. The 18s seemed to slow steering response and cause some wierd bump steer & boinging about over bumps, humps and yumps. They also caused clearance issues and rubbed.

I later fitted 17s and 18s to my ST205 (both superleggera so quite light) and didn't notice much difference but it felt a little more nimble on 17s and more "planted" or stable on 18s.

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 Post subject: Re: St185 on 18" wheels
PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 2:23 pm 
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On the 350z forum there is the phrase 19s for show 18s for go - I guess the same applies here if you want handling then get the smaller wheel, if you want to look good go larger (most tastes are not to have huge lumps of rubber on show right!)

As above unsprung weight makes a big difference, buy a set of Cruise wheels off ebay for £60 a wheel and you get what you pay for.

Also bear in mind tyre selection, harder side walls on lower profile tyres will impact handling and ride comfort etc.

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 Post subject: Re: St185 on 18" wheels
PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2018 10:46 am 
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Thanks for the response guys.
I think I'll end up with the 17s as you can still get big enough brakes in them.
Yeah, the lighter the better.
I was thinking either revolution milleniums, compomotive mo's or fifteen52 tarmacs.
I also like the japan racing jr3 but I've not found weights on any of them yet.

Thanks again for the input.


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 Post subject: Re: St185 on 18" wheels
PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2018 5:00 pm 
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Have a chat with Tarmac Sportz, ask for Chris, tell him Col from the 350z forum pointed you there and you will be ok ;-)

He has been selling JR wheels for a few years now and has all styles, colours and sizes and knows pretty much all you need to know about them.

https://www.tarmacsportz.co.uk/

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 Post subject: Re: St185 on 18" wheels
PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 2:55 pm 
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Nice one, thanks.

As it turns out the JR3 is the lightest of all those wheels at 8.8kg for 17x8

thanks for the advice all.


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