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16" or 17" rims?

I would like to get anybodies thoughts on which size rims & tires to replace the factory metal rims. I'm assuming that the 16" rims & tires would be quieter, right? If not, I would prefer the 17" rims & tires for aesthetic reasons then.

I think I have also narrowed it down to 3 rims that I like but I'm having a hard time deciding on which ones to get. Tell me what your thoughts are on these 3 are please? The colour of my Forte is bright silver & wonder if the rims that have a black lip would look better or not.... I really would hate to get the rims on and not like them...

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Discussing wheels can bring on varied opinions so you should make the decision based on what you like, not what others think.

I do not know how involved the engine management system is on tire size (hopefully someone else can shed some light on this). 2 things to remember -- if the tire size is used by the engine management system then you need to keep the overall wheel diameter/circumference as close to the original size as possible AND the larger the wheel the smaller the tire sidewall to accomplish this. Shorter sidewalls make for a harsher ride, a lot more road feel, but probably better overall handling.
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I like the F-10 ones if you ask me. What model forte do you have?
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KIAOwnerX3 is right regarding harsh ride. To keep the same radius, you have to go to lower profile. So, now 15" is 195/65x15, if you go to 17, you will have to put 225/45x17 (like OEM 17") or 255/40x17 but this one will not fit

Anyway, engine does not care what tires you put on, as long as diameter is fine (all these 3 have pretty much the same which is 634.5, 634.4, and 635.8 mm accordingly).

Remember about offset.

And last thing. IMO - F10 looks the best. At least on the picture...


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KIAOwnerX3 is right regarding harsh ride. To keep the same radius, you have to go to lower profile. So, now 15" is 195/65x15, if you go to 17, you will have to put 225/45x17 (like OEM 17") or 255/40x17 but this one will not fit

Anyway, engine does not care what tires you put on, as long as diameter is fine (all these 3 have pretty much the same which is 634.5, 634.4, and 635.8 mm accordingly).

Remember about offset.

And last thing. IMO - F1 looks the best. At least on the picture...
Not that I want to contradict you, but OEM size is 215/45/17

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Not that I want to contradict you, but OEM size is 215/45/17
hmmm, I do not know what to say.
You are right, and you are not at the same time.
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In USA is 225, while in Canada is 215. I was referring to my location.
And, IMO - 215/45x17 is too small. Due to change from 225 to 215 you loose 28 mm of circumference...


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I have 17s on my Forte with 215/45/17 wheels. It drives great.

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ps: 225s will not fit right on an EX (I tried). They stick out on the sides cos they are too wide

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hmmm, I do not know what to say.
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In USA is 225, while in Canada is 215. I was referring to my location.
And, IMO - 215/45x17 is too small. Due to change from 225 to 215 you loose 28 mm of circumference...
Hmmm? The U.S. Forte brochure says the SX has 215/45R17 tires. Is that another mistake in the brochure like the reference to an 'iron block'?
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Hmmm? The U.S. Forte brochure says the SX has 215/45R17 tires. Is that another mistake in the brochure like the reference to an 'iron block'?
so I have no idea now.
If you follow the link you will see that SX is equipped with 225. It could be a typo on KIA website...


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Kia's press release and every other source I've read (except Yahoo Auto) states that the SX tire size for the Koup/Sedan is 215.

Errors do happen.
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