Help with fitment on 2000 SE

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Help with fitment on 2000 SE

Post by grob23 » Sun Sep 07, 2008 1:59 am

I'm finally to the point where I'm ready to start looking for a set of wheels and tires for my car... I don't have funds yet, im just at the planning stages...

My question is: What wheels will fit on my STOCK SE? I've heard of people having to swap struts/coilovers to clear wheels, and I know some people have to cut inner fenders (not necessarily on a neon)... but I've got a STOCK car... and suspension changes will never happen... I don't need a car that handles perfect, It just needs to be a tad bit better looking than stock...

so how big can I go? I've been hopping around the internet and have come up with a nice set of 18's I like (prolly wont fit huh?), but at the same time, I kinda like the look of 16's on 2nd gen neons... and I've found a few sets of 16's that look good as well...

like I said, all I'm doing to my car is visual stuff (and audio...), so I wont be changing/upgrading the suspension any...

if there's anything else I should be watching out for (backspacing, width, etc.) feel free to chime in and let me know...

or call me an idiot for wanting to throw wheels on a stock neon
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Post by LilSparkPlug » Sun Sep 07, 2008 9:03 pm

Try TireRack.com, DiscountTireDirect.com, etc. They will all tell you exactly what will or will not fit. I'm not sure about the 18s on stock struts, but the 17s will fit.

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Post by 03_SXT » Sun Sep 07, 2008 11:09 pm

You can run 18" rims, but the width and offset must be correct in order to run this size. You will also have to run some very small rubber, 215/35R18 or 225/35R18.

The major thing you should be concerned about is offset. This is what will decide whether you are going to rub on the spring perch or not.

If I were you, I'd go with some nice 16" (50 series tire) or 17" (40 series tire) rims so you can run a good about of tire sidewall. You won't be as worried about bending a rim...

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Post by grob23 » Tue Sep 09, 2008 6:26 pm

I've decided that since I drive my car daily, don't want issues, need durability/ easily found tires, and don't want the "ricer" look, I've decided to get 16" wheels...

I figure an inch larger than stock, better looks, but yet very easy to mess with/ fit: can't go wrong

I'll wory about tires later... I DO need some gaps filled in though...

I know nothing other than diameter and lug pattern... what about backspacing or offset? I just want to make sure that what I order will fit...

thanks for the replies... I was beginning to wonder if I was the only one throwing wheels on a stock neon... (I know there's more people... :thefinger:)
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Post by Danteneon » Wed Sep 10, 2008 10:42 am

You may want to worry about tires now. 16" tires are getting harder to find in many sizes, and it will only get worse as time goes on. I just did a quick Tire Rack check on some 16" sizes. There is still a good selection of 205/50/16's out there, but not a lot in other sizes
If I could just figure out how to meld the Outback and the Neon into one car...

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Post by King Crab » Wed Sep 10, 2008 1:00 pm

I can say from personal experience that with stock struts you can safely run on 17x7.5 (offset 35) 205/40/ZR17. This setup on stock struts is fantastic. The handling over the stock set-up was like night and day. And now that I've upgraded the suspension to Tokico struts and H&R sport springs, all I can say is WOW.
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Post by racer12306 » Wed Sep 10, 2008 5:29 pm

Idiot




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Post by grob23 » Thu Sep 11, 2008 12:13 am

17's is what I'd like to go with... that's what all my friends run...

I'm not TOO worried about bending/thrashing a wheel... I live in town so that helps...

and I know I could find a set of 17's that I like... I had no luck finding wheels in 16's...

OK... I change my mind way too much, but I think I'm after a set of 17's now... is there anything else I should know? offset was mentioned... I think I'm set?
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Post by Danteneon » Thu Sep 11, 2008 11:08 am

With what has been thrown out there you should have all the info you need :thumbup:
If I could just figure out how to meld the Outback and the Neon into one car...

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Post by King Crab » Thu Sep 11, 2008 6:51 pm

Thanks a lot Frank...... I love you too. :D
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Post by grob23 » Thu Sep 11, 2008 8:45 pm

ok... I'm going with 15's... they're cheap and yeah... im getting 15's... what backspacing will I need? or does it matter...

and yeah, I'm getting gay ass 15's...

but if I got 16's, what backspacing would I need... or does it differ any? (from 35)
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Post by racer12306 » Thu Sep 11, 2008 10:03 pm

King Crab wrote:Thanks a lot Frank...... I love you too. :D
I was referring to this statement in the original post...
grob23 wrote:or call me an idiot for wanting to throw wheels on a stock neon
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Post by King Crab » Thu Sep 11, 2008 10:58 pm

racer12306 wrote:
King Crab wrote:Thanks a lot Frank...... I love you too. :D
I was referring to this statement in the original post...

Oooops..... I guess I've been in " the person above you thread" too much. My bad.
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Post by racer12306 » Fri Sep 12, 2008 6:57 am

oye, you should know that ^^^ signifies that the statement refers to the above poster. damn n00bs never learn :rofl:
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