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VK Rims - 15 upgrade to 16 inch handling improvement?

philbio

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VK Rims - 15 to 16 inch upgrade handling improvement?

I wanted to know if it is worth upgrading from a 15x7 rim to a 16x7 rim on a VK sedan. Is there a noticeable improvement in handling, especially cornering or does the cost of rims and tires outweigh the difference? Thanks for any opinions
 

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yes there is a noticeable difference, car feels a lot more settled on hard cornering. I think I found the sidewall on anything less than 16's tend to roll under the rim on hard cornering causing the car to understeer & bounce. The 16's (50 profile) sidewalls seem to be a lot more rigid, giving more precise steering & handling. Of course a lot depends on the quality of the chosen tyre as well.

There is probably some improvement again with 17's, but beyond that I think the handling actually starts to decline as you need some sidewall & tyre absorbtion on the streets. Really low profile tyres on really big wheels tend to bounce over bumps rather than absorb some of the impact.
 

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Thanks for your info, at the moment I run 205/65 R15 (on 15x6) and am considering either going for a 225/55 R15 (on 15x7) or 225/50 R16 (on 16x7). I have done all the suspension so really this is the last component to get right and get the best bang for buck.
 
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