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I have a 94 Honda Civic HB and I want to buy some new rims. 17" seem to be popular, and fairly cheap. The only problem is that sometimes when I see one that isn't lowered with the wheels, b/c the wheels will make the car sit about an inch higher, the car looks like a 4wd or something.

I'm also looking at some 15"s with low profiles but I'm wondering if they will look to small.

Does anyone have any help or advice on where to get wheels/tires and what to get?

posted by  Nickboxer7

16x7's are the sweet spot for the 92-95 hatches. 17's are really too big and add more weight than anything. I'd suggest some 16x7" wheels (of your choice) then adding some good 215/40 ZR16 tires. Here's a 94 HB with 16x7 Rota wheels....perfect imo.


posted by  thunderbird1100

That guys civic is lowered though, so I don't really know what they would look like if the car isn't lowered. Also, I was looking more for the wheel/tire packages and they usually offer more like a 50 series profile tire, at least I think.

Do you know of any websites to get cheap wheels/tires like that guys?

posted by  Nickboxer7

www.wheelmax.com usually has good deals.

You HAVE to lower your car if you're putting on bigger wheels and tires. Otherwise it just kind of looks goofy. The best way to do it is by buying a set of good springs and shocks.

Want to really get low - get these... (2.75" F 2.5" R)
Or not as low but a bit lower go with these... (1.8" F 1.6" R)

with these shocks...
F - http://www.2kracing.com/product_info.php/cPath/4_57_1094/products_id/3415 R - http://www.2kracing.com/product_info.php/cPath/4_57_1094/products_id/3416
Total for suspension ~ $475

Trust me, you WANT to have a good suspension setup (this is actually pretty basic cheap, but good setup). Dont bother with $50 Ebay coilovers, all they do is cause a floaty ride and actually can worsen handling. A proper Coilover setup is going to cost $700+.

posted by  thunderbird1100

I found some 15" white wheels and I can choose tires for around $600. I decided to stay with the 15's so I don't have to worry about the rough roads we have around here. I was looking at some 195/50/15 tires and I need an all season.

Has anyone here used the Falken Ziex ZE-512, Hankook Ventus HRII H405, or the Toyo Proxes 4. Those are the major 3 I am looking at and I need some high treadwear ratings.

By the way, the wheels look like this, but just a different brand.


posted by  Nickboxer7

You dont always have to lower a car if you add bigger wheels.. and I dont see how smaller wheels will help with rough roads/

I have a Subaru Legacy that had 15's and when I put the 17s on it looked awesome! :laughing:

posted by  Osiris

You dont ALWAYS have to, but in 95% of cases, they should.

posted by  thunderbird1100

When I say rough roads I'm talking about pot holes and stuff. The highway I travel everyday is full of them. Going to a 17" wheel will force me to go to a 40 series tire, which in turn gives less protection for the wheel. Yes, I know the sidewall is harder, but I don't want to risk it. Plus, the treadware on the lower profile tires is worse, and I drive like 10-15k miles a year, so I don't want to be replacing my tires every 1.5-2 years.

Can anyone tell me anything about the tires listed in my last post?

posted by  Nickboxer7

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