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Old 09-28-2010, 06:33 PM   #1
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Curious; has anyone installed giant wheels and have they improved MPG?
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Old 09-28-2010, 07:26 PM   #2
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I know people that have done it. they are unbelieveably heavy and they ride like you have NO shocks. on top of all that, they are pretty expensive (not including the lift that most require on the car)

I kind of see it as a waste of money but I guess everyone has to have a hobby
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I live in Indy, and the big wheels are all the rage. My current favorite, though, was one that my wife and I saw in Chicago last weekend. It was a 1974-ish Mustang II with a rust-free body, MASSIVE (I'm guessing 26"-28") bright green wheels, and a lift kit to keep the fenders from touching the tires. The engine was struggling to get it up to speed. I did not want to be in front of it, becuase traffic was going from 0-50-0 quite often, and I doubt that they did any updgrades to the brakes to stop those heavy wheels and all of their rotational inertia.
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The style is called "donk". I can't understand what makes someone want to do it...it doesn't look nice, it costs a lot of money, and it makes severe sacrifices to functionality without gaining anything at all.


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Old 09-29-2010, 09:04 AM   #5
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maybe it is the fact that it costs so much money.

just a simple show of wealth maybe. I personally would put my money elsewhere and do other things with it.

we joked about it at work that all the tuner guys used to laugh at the rednecks with the jacked up pickup trucks and now they are doing that to their cars.
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It's re-donk-ulous if you ask me, but like it was said before, everyone needs a hobby.
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Old 09-29-2010, 01:39 PM   #7
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It's nothing more than conspicuous consumption.

Turn your car into a show of how much spare money you have to throw around, that you can waste tens of thousands of dollars on truly useless things.
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It bugs me to, how a Americans are attracted to the most wasteful items!
Loud and Heavy vehicles and wheels and items like these etc.
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...and I doubt that they did any updgrades to the brakes to stop those heavy wheels and all of their rotational inertia.
Just an FYI, if you do the calculations about brake force and slowing the car, you'll find that wheel diameter cancels itself out.

I'm not sure why we don't see these loony cars in Mass, I suppose it might be because we have a fairly strict annual inspection (but I'm also not sure that those are a safety issue, either).

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MA law doesn't allow more than 4 inches of lift.

I've seen a couple in the RI/MA/CT area, probably while I was in a city.
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