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Recently, I put new Sport Edition A10 wheels on my Elantra along with Kuhmo Sense KR26 tires. I had the original steel wheels that come with the GLS on my car. I have heard about the potential for the XD chasis in regards to handling, but I never thought to pursue it. However, the new wheels and tires really changed the way the car handles. The wheels only weigh in at about 13 pounds each, and the steel rims that I had weigh around 21 pounds. The car now feels significantly more agile. Now, I have an engine-swapped Miata as a weekend car so I know what good handling feels like, and I was very impressed!

Because I got a taste of what the car is capable of, I decided to do a lot of upgrades. So far, I have purchased:

1. Sensen struts

2. H & R Springs

3. An 18mm Tibby swaybar (and parts needed to install it)

4. Brakemotive Drilled and slotted rotors (for front brakes only)

I'm hoping to have all of this stuff installed in a couple of weeks. I'll let you all know how it goes and post pics once it's done!
 

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Very cool. Can't wait to see pictures.

I noticed a difference too when I swapped my steelies for wheels. I also went with a slightly wider tire. That along with a 19.2 mm sway bar made a huge difference in the way it handles. I haven't done springs though or struts. Those are still stock. I have been wanting to replace my front rotors though. That might be next.
 

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I would dare say that the car seems to get up to speed faster since going to the lighter wheels. I had a lot of trouble finding the 19.2 mm sway bar, but I read about it and it sounds like 18mm should be more than sufficient for my normal driving conditions. I'm looking forward to seeing what this does. If these wheels and tires improve the car's handling this much, I expect the other items I'll have installed to have a significantly bigger effect. If you do your rotors, I have heard very good things about brakemotive's rotors (which is why I bought them).

By the way, did you get my reply in the wheels thread about which wheels I have on my car (although it is now listed in my sig)?
 
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