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18" Rims and Lowering

I am wondering if I could lower about 1 inch and have 18 inch rims. I'm not racing the car, it's purely for looks. would I have scraping on speed bumps for example? Thanks!
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Re: 18" Rims and Lowering

I have 18's and lowered 2 1/2" and never have trouble getting in and out of places. I do rub on the fender inner liner when I turn sharp and rub on the back when I hit a hard dip in the road thats with the back wheel wells being rolled. Just like any lowered vehicle you just have to learn where you can and can't drive not to scrape the car front end are the exhaust.

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Re: 18" Rims and Lowering

This may be irrelevant but I live in the Toronto area and we have plenty of snow. I don't know if lowering more than 1 inch would even be a good option, but I love the look and would love to lower more than that if I could get away with it.
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Re: 18" Rims and Lowering

18's with a lowered height and low pro tires isn't going to be very road friendly at all, especially for Toronto.

I wouldn't go bigger than 17's, and if lowered w/Coilovers I'd readjust until you find that balance between look+handling and drive-ability.
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Your car in its stock configuration, assuming you have the correct tire diameter, has only a 4 1/2 " ground clearance which is 2" lower then the ground clearance on the 1st gen Prelude and 1.2 " lower then on the 4th.




Driving a car any lower then about 4" on the street just defies common sense.Their may be some who might say they can drive their way around problems (don't believe it) but if you have to modify your driving technique to compensate for the fact that your car is not properly configured for its driving environment, you have to ask yourself is your car an ornament or a mode of transportation ?

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Re: 18" Rims and Lowering

im on 18s and i got 35 profile tires. just drive more carefully and you shouldnt have any problems.
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Re: 18" Rims and Lowering

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Your car in its stock configuration, assuming you have the correct tire diameter, has only a 4 1/2 " ground clearance which is 2" lower then the ground clearance on the 1st gen Prelude and 1.2 " lower then on the 4th.




Driving a car any lower then about 4" on the street just defies common sense.Their may be some who might say they can drive their way around problems (don't believe it) but if you have to modify your driving technique to compensate for the fact that your car is not properly configured for its driving environment, you have to ask yourself is your car an ornament or a mode of transportation ?

note :good stuff to have handy in the garage of a excessively lowered car

This guy... You should have absolutely no problems at all with scraping if you only lower it an inch. Even if you have 18's. Invest in coilovers, that way you can adjust your ride height to whatever height you'd like.
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Your car in its stock configuration, assuming you have the correct tire diameter, has only a 4 1/2 " ground clearance which is 2" lower then the ground clearance on the 1st gen Prelude and 1.2 " lower then on the 4th.




Driving a car any lower then about 4" on the street just defies common sense.Their may be some who might say they can drive their way around problems (don't believe it) but if you have to modify your driving technique to compensate for the fact that your car is not properly configured for its driving environment, you have to ask yourself is your car an ornament or a mode of transportation ?

note :good stuff to have handy in the garage of a excessively lowered car


hey bro, i dont wanna sound like a **** but is this the only thing you know, or by chance do you know any more?? Cause ive seen you post this like 3 times in the past month. And still, hardly anyone believes it. TBH, I dont, i think you can avoid the problems... ...by driving around them. So basically, come up with something new.
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Re: 18" Rims and Lowering

lol... I'm going to go with the coil overs in all likelihood and get the rims first and see how low I can take it :)
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hey bro, i dont wanna sound like a **** but is this the only thing you know, or by chance do you know any more?? Cause ive seen you post this like 3 times in the past month. And still, hardly anyone believes it. TBH, I dont, i think you can avoid the problems... ...by driving around them. So basically, come up with something new.
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Re: 18" Rims and Lowering

No one has mentioned offset yet? Offset it everything. It can and will cause scraping if it isn't in range.
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Re: 18" Rims and Lowering

I am lowered a little over an inch with 18's and a lip kit. I have the option to not drive in the winter though. I tried it for about a week and it honestly wasn't THAT bad but i dont recommend it. I plainly dont want to risk the inevitable such as black ice and just crazy deep snow. As for speed bumps it really depends. I have had no problem with going slow over the majority of them but this one in a parking garage near my work gets my rear exhaust every time. It sucks now cause now i need to park on the street. Anyways springs are not the worst if its only an inch but i would also suggest coil overs. Plus on certain days you could slam your car lower than you could ever get with just springs.
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