[DML] Re: all this tire stuff brings me to ask a question.
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[DML] Re: all this tire stuff brings me to ask a question.



Hi Welmoed.

I applaud your efforts, and feel it's overdue for the car.  My car has
16" wheels in front, and 17" wheels in back, though mine are maybe a
bit wider than what you might be considering.  Like you say, there was
no trouble at all finding tire manufacturers who made 16" and 17"
tires that were compatible with the stock Delorean diameters.  Because
my tires are a bit wider than stock, I did have a clearance issue in
back, which I corrected by raising the back a bit more than is
customary.  

The ride quality with 16" and 17" wheels and correspondingly shorter
sidewalls is what I consider harsh, or intimate, depending on whether
you don't like, or do like to feel the bumps.  Personally, I don't
like it, but I drive like a weeny little pansy.  On long rides,
feeling every little bump is tiring.  If I ran over a quarter, I would
probably feel it, no kidding. The traction budget and "feel" are
outstanding though.  As you have stated, the shorter sidewalls give
the driver better feedback about how the car is handling.  

My tires are 225-40-R16 in front, 275-40-R17 in back.

About the appearance.  The stock sidewall height seems a little
old-fashioned to younger people with more modern standards, so bigger
rims and skinny tire sidewalls help broaden the appeal of the car to
the next generation of caretakers.

Taste is subjective, but 16" and 17" inch wheels just plain look
better to me than stock.  I'm looking forward to seeing your wheels at
DCS08.


Rick.


--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "welmoedj" <joe.dalton@...> wrote:
>
> Well, David,
> 
> That's exactly what I am working on in project "DeLorean Custom 
> Wheels". Enlarging the size of the rim indeed means decreasing the 
> height of the tyre, so the circumference stays the same and speedo 
> and odo work as before.
> 
> If there are among you editors of club magazines, let them mail me 
> off forum. I can send more info and pictures for publication if 
> needed.
> 
> Hopefully I get a chance at DCS to explain all this.
> 
> Welmoed.
> 


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