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Old 02-20-2007, 02:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I knew right from the start, that I would end up getting some aftermarket wheels for my Accent GS 3dr. I think the solid alloy rims on the SE look pretty nice, but at a glance, they almost don't look very different from the 14" steel wheels and hub caps on the GS.

Anyway, I have a good hookup on brand new wheels and tires, any brand, any size, for 40% to 50% off (from an actual shop too..... not stolen... but depending on how you look at it, almost ;-)

So then, the SE comes with 205-45-16's. Of course this is what Hyundai recommends, for an "upgraded Accent". I personally think that 205-40-17's would look better..... but I have a few concerns; 1) Would my ride get a lot rougher ? 2) would I be much more likely to bend a rim from hitting big bumps or potholes ? And 3) how much additional wear and tear would 17"s put on my suspension ?

Either way, I'm expecting some sweet aftermarket tires and rims, for maybe $600, so I'm not complaining :-)

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PS, in deciding between the 16"s or the 17"s, I'm placing 60% importance on function, durability, and ride, and 40% on the "coolness" factor ;-)
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Old 02-20-2007, 03:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If you haven't been to "tirerack.com" yet, you should go there. You can have the site actually display a new Accent GS in your approximate color, shown with wheels you select from their inventory. This will give you a good idea of what your car looks like with different wheel sizes and designs. The site also recommends tire sizes for those wheel sizes. On the 2007 Accent GS they are recommending 205 50's for 16"wheels, and 205 45's for 17" wheels. Both of these wheel sizes look pretty nice on the GS, depending on the particular design. I tend to prefer the looks of 16's on this car, but I think you might find that 16's are not quite as popular as 17's, so the selection of 16's anywhere may not be generally as good.

I plan to get some aftermarket wheels for my new Accent GS pretty soon, also, but I'll be sticking with 14's, since 14-inch tires are so much cheaper to replace, and I don't want to subject my car's suspension to any increased punishment by using the flatter tires. I had stock 195 50-16's on my Mazda protege, and when they wore out I went around to the local tire shops I could not find a single store that had in-stock tires in that size. I ended up with 205 50-16's, but there was severely limited selection even in that size, and what was available was very over-priced. Although I think the 14's look kinda dinky I 'll opt for ride and affordability over looking cool...the difference between youth and old-age... :P

Good luck making up your mind, and post us a picture of your car with your new wheels when you get them.
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Old 02-20-2007, 05:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hey Moonz, I had been to the Tirerack.com, but did not know about the thing where it showed my exact car (even the color :-) with different rims on it. Thank you for that heads up.

I hear you about the price of larger, 16" or 17" tires.... a full 2X's, if not 3 or 4X's (depending on the ones you get). But then they look SO much better, larger.... Not to mention, these larger rims and flatter tires will greatly reduce body roll around corners.

In any case, I can get the tires that I'm looking at (BFGoodrich g-Force Sport 205/45ZR16) for only $77 + S&H. Maybe even a little cheaper from the local connection I mentioned earlier...... although I doubt he can beat "internet prices" by 40% to 50% like my buddy was talking about. We will see.

And I found some ICW 16" rims online, that I really like too, for only $89 each (kind of funny that I like the look of these $89 rims better than most of the $200 ones !)

So anyway, I think I have decided on the 16"..... kind of modest I guess.... But I'm an old guy too :-) 42.....

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PS, Not that I would even consider it, but the 18", 35 series looked VERY cool on my Accent ;-)



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Old 02-21-2007, 01:40 AM   #4 (permalink)
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ahh...to be 42 again...

I know this sounds pretty weird, but I actually have B.F Goodrich g-Force Sports on my Mazda Protege...in a 205 50-16 size. I didn't seek them out. They were about all I could find in that size, locally. I haven't been too impressed with them, unfortunately. They have a nice look, but they are really wearing out quick, and my wife and I don't drive our cars very hard at all. I don't think we'll get even 30,000 miles out of em. They are total crap in the rain and snow...no traction whatsoever. They might be good for fast cornering, but they seem to have very little bite from a dead stop. I burn rubber with em accidentally all the time. I would not recommend em to anyone, unless you can get em for practically nothing. I will never again buy locally and be so limited in the brand and type of tires that will fit my cars. I'll be buying off on the internet the next time I need tires.

The best wearing tires I've owned are Brigestones, Yokohamas, and Michelins. I've had Goodyear's last pretty long, but the last set of those I bought had such thin sidewalls than one developed a bulge almost immediately.

I was a tad disappointed to see that Kumho tires came on my Accent , but I was pleasently suprised to read that the Kumho Solus HP4 Plus is rated as a 50,000 mile-tire, so it looks like Hyundai is actually trying to give customers a decent tire on their cheapest line of car. In the past I've associated the name Kumho with cheesy, but my nephew says that some of their tire models are really good. Time will tell.
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The Solus HP4 Plus is a pretty good tire, when mine go, that's likely what I'll replace them with. And they're $67 a piece at Tire Rack for the 195/55R15's such as the sedans with the alloys have.

I get them rotated every 6,000 mi, and so far there is very little wear on them at 21,000 miles. I was surprised considering it's an OEM tire and the experience I've had with those in the past... The last two new cars I've owned couldn't make it to 30,000 miles on their OEM Firestones or Continentals. So I'm more than pleased to have this much life left in the Kumhos. Excellent traction in the rain and in what little snow we've had here. Not too noisy either!

We bought some Kumho Solus KH16's for the Mrs'. car, they're pretty alright too... A bit more of a sporty tire than the HP4 Plus, I think. Had good ratings online and from people I've known who had them. I've spent more money on worse tires before, that's for sure.

I've also heard good things about the Ecsta if you need a higher performance tire.

I'll be buying another set of Kumhos, methinks! Decent enough tires and they're easy on the wallet.
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Old 02-23-2007, 12:35 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Okay now, check this all out;

I found these rims that I really like: http://www.wheelsnext.com/default.cfm?acti...GLOSS%20FINISH)
Not overly flashy. Just clean and classic. This place has a REALLY good deal on the wheels and tires as a set. I'm looking at 16's, so only $659 ! Plus free mounting and balancing, plus free shipping !!!! Those are some very valuable "frees" right there, huh ?

......only thing.... You might notice that the tires with this set are 205-40-16's. I called to find out if a guy could get this same set with 45 series, so that the overall tire height would be the same as the stock height (to keep the speedometer, and odomter correctly calibrated.... and more importantly, so as not to effect the performance of the car).
The customer service guy said "Yes.... "but" to keep the Kumho tires in the 45 series, it would cost "$80" more ! Holy #$@% ! . So then, he went on to say that if I went with Nexen 3000 tires, I could get the 45 series at the same price as the 40 series Kumhos, plus, he said the Nexus tires get better milage.
I did a search on the Nexus 3000 tires and they sounded like pretty decent ties for the money.

Only one more thing that bugs me about most 4 lug rims...... I hate it when they are "double drilled" to fit two different lug bolt patterns.

I wonder if there is a clean, easy way to plug the unused holes ???

Hmmmm. I dunno' if its just me, but I can look at 1000 wheels (on the internet), and maybe 5 of them will even get me to slow down for second glance......

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Old 02-23-2007, 06:30 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Great-looking wheels, Fish. Without a doubt some of the nicest reasonably-priced rims I've seen offered. But I'm not sure about putting 205 40-16's on em for your Accent. The old TireRack is recommending 205 50-16's for the 2007 Accent with 16" aftermarket rims, and I have developed a bit of faith in those TireRack guys..I actually ordered some tires from them a while back for my other car, and they called me and informed me that the tires I had selected might not fit the car I had listed. Based on their concerns I decided to cancel the order, but I was impressed that they did not just ship what I ordered, like I'm sure so many other companies would have done. They lost a sale by being honest...a rare event by today's business standards.

I'm not personally familiar with the Nexen tires, but the price for the wheel/tire combo is quite excellent.

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Those rims would look so nice with your car's color. I am looking for gunmetal/black gloss finish for my wheels. I want to have this dark blue and black theme to it. I am even thinking of painting the hyundai symbol and words on the car black.

First mod I want to do is a nice tint . =) When is unknown =P
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Old 02-24-2007, 05:59 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Here is a place my nephew recommended for tires. He said the price was right and the service was good. He bought a set from them, and then had em mounted to his rims at a local garage. I believe he said shipping was free.

Discount Tire Direct

This is another site that uses the shockwave browser plugin to show a representation of your particular make and model of car displayed with your wheel selection.

Yoh oOKATOo...Check out these 16's...genuine Enkei' s in grey for $127 a piece...special order only.

16" Enkei OR52 wheels in grey
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Old 02-25-2007, 10:41 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I just had to go and find something "more expensive" which I like even more !

http://www.wheelsnext.com/default.cfm?acti...ACHINED%20FACE)

I'm a little concerned about going with 17's..... but there are just so many more wheel choices, plus, surprisingly, I found that I can buy 205-40-17 tires, quite a bit cheaper than 205-45-16's too. This combo comes with Nexus N3000's (which I believe are only like 240 rated (30k miles) but when it comes time to replace them, I'll use some 40k to 50k tires.

It's cool that nowadays, one can buy tires of this size and profile, with the same rubber compound, as daily driving tires.... In other words, 40k to 50k tires !

I'm a little nervous about hitting a pothole, or a big bump, and bending a rim.... but, now I've decided to keep my stock tires and rims anyway, as a back up. Also, if my suspension should ever fail, I could always put the stock wheels back on before any warranty work ;-) I can't imagine that the difference between my 205-40-17's and the stock SE 205-45-16's would be that great anyway, "but I can imagine the warranty people using this as an excuse".

BTW, my buddies Ford Focus rides just fine on 205-40-17's.

Peace,
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PS, Another good thing about keeping the stock tires and rims is, that maybe in 5 or 8 years when this car is pretty much worn down, and faded, I can put the old stockers back on, when I'm not really worried about the looks anymore, anyway..... and not be locked into more expensive tires because of 17" wheels.....

But on the other hand, what better time than "right now" to put some sweet wheels under it, tint the glass, etc, etc ??? :-)

Did I mention how much I love this little car ? :-)
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