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Old 03-14-2010, 10:55 AM   #1
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Default Road Racing Wheels For 96 Civic EK

So I am looking at tires for street (DD)/road racing and there aren't many selections for a 15" or 16" wheel. Plenty however for the 17". I've been reading that 17" don't go well with civics, well the EG version. I don't know if that applies to EK as well, or can I go bigger. I wanted to put 17x8 for a 235/40/17 but I don't know how that will fit with a good offset. How about 17x7/7x5 will that work better as far as handling. I have a fender roller ready to make adjustments if needed. So what wheel size do you recommend for my EK I would like to go 8" wide. Will a bigger diameter affect my handling as well? I am willing to go 15x8 or 16x8 but like I said barely any good tires. My car is will be lowered but I dont know how much yet. Maybe 1.5"-2". Also tire recommendations are welcome as well THANKS!

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all the good tires are available in 15.

If money was not an option, i'd be running 6UL 949Racing wheels in 15x9 up front and 15x8 in the back with 225/45 and 205/50 Hoosier or Toyo R888/RA1/Nitto NT01.
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But those aren't street tires.
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There are tons of great street tires in 15" diameters. Search for "tires" in this forum and you'll find a bunch of suggestions, as this has been covered A LOT, especially lately.
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How much racetrack experience do you have? It sounds like you have little to none. If that's correct, you're better off just using your current wheels and tires when you start out. Newbies often make the mistake of thinking that they have to modify their car to drive fast in track events; then they start driving and see more experienced drivers in slower cars passing them, and realize that the mods aren't needed, that your own skills are the limiting factor in the speed and lap times of your car. Furthermore, when you are first starting out, you will learn more with less sticky tires that give you lots of audible warning before losing grip.

Once you build up some experience (maybe 6-10 events), at that point you might want to consider getting some sticky street tires or R compound track tires and possibly some new wheels to mount them on. When you reach that point, make sure to decide on those in the proper order; FIRST decide on what tire model and size you are going to use, and THEN decide on a wheel, based on what widths work for that tire. However, once you start track events, you might decide that there are some other parts of your car (like the brakes and/or suspension) that you would like to modify before changing the tires.

As long as your car is in good shape (nothing loose or falling off), about the only thing you really need to do for your first few track events is to flush your brake fluid (and you may want to use some high-temperature brake fluid), and to buy a set of decent high-performance brake pads and bring them with you to the track in case you use up whatever's on the car.
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