I'd have to disagree on that comment. Dropping your car would only lower your center of gravity. You could cut your springs and that would lower your car but that doesn't make your car handling ability better. Think of all those civics and integras you've seen low to the ground but bounce everywhere like a bunny. I'd suggest the stickier and lower profile tires for better car handling. Just look how tires are so important in professional car racing. It can make or break the race.04 elantra cvvt said:Yes, you are correct, a good drop will help more than the lower profile tires. Although, the 17's did help a lot.
I agree that 17's aren't the best size to go with if you're only concerned with performance. But here are test results from Tirerack.com using a honda civic and a koni coilover suspension. The suspension was kept at the same settings for all tire sizes, but notice the time improvements as the tires were plus sized: http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tests/plus1_grm.jsp02xdGLS said:well if u r simply going for looks then i guess slapping on some nice 17's wouldn't be so bad but like Casey sed, big wheels r bad for our cars. I remember reading a post here.. or maybe in the old forums, about losing HP when switched to bigger wheels than stock... the loss is very small, if i remember correctly, only about 1 or 2 but if performance is your primary concern and trying to squeeze every HP out as possible then i think it should matter.
.just my .02