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Old 07-06-2004, 10:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok, I am planning to buy 17" wheels for my ride and keep 16" for winter tires.
I looked at different 17" wheels at tire rack, some of them have weights.
Is it any truth in a statement, that lighter wheels more prone to cracking?
What is reasonable compromise? any thoughts?
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depends on the make of the rim
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BBS is high quailty rims, which are LTW also
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How bout Ltw forged rims?...mine are forged 17" weigh in at 15lbs...thats not too heavy is it?
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Any weight that is lighter than the wheel size is good. Like 15lbs on a 17 in rim. Any weight that is heavier than the size of the rim is bad. Like 19lbs on a 18 in rim.

The only way that you would crack a rim is if you are driving the car to hard on a bad road. Most rims wont crack unless you do something to make them.
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Forged are both lighter and stronger....And more expensive. All things equal, forged is the way to go...no questions.
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