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    Bending & 18" Wheels

    Is this just a myth or do 18" wheels bend rather easy. I've always had 17" wheels and I've never bent one. However, I want to move up to some 18" wheel, some FN01R-C specifically, and I want to know how much easier they are to bend?

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    Thats interesting. I have never heard of that problem. Hell, I have those wheels you're looking at in 18", sometimes take a 1/2 mile long shortcut through dirt roads and bumps if I'm running late to work and don't have any issues *knocks on wood*. Where did you hear this?

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    good wheels shouldn't bend

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    It's all been hearsay from people I've talked to in car circles around here and various internet forums. Which is why I asked. I wanted to hear from people that actually know. I think I have my answer. Now I just need to find someone to buy my 17s and I'll be in business.

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    I have bent many 18" cast wheels in the Milwaukee area on 40 series tires. I have not yet purchased a set of forged wheels which should be both more resistant to bending and are possible to repair should they need it. Mil-town crap roads and Enkei NT-03's = bent city.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Polygon View Post
    It's all been hearsay from people I've talked to in car circles around here and various internet forums. Which is why I asked. I wanted to hear from people that actually know. I think I have my answer. Now I just need to find someone to buy my 17s and I'll be in business.
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    I have never heard of wheels bending, any wheel will bend if you hit a curb hard enough, but just driving nothing should bend. I used to have 20's on my Aurora and never bent one.

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    You will run into issues if you are running the wrong tires. 18" with tires matching up to stock rolling diameter work just fine. Well, unless you are a kid that thinks AWD=4x4

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    It's not the diameter of the rim/wheel, it's the size of the tire. Running 18s on a car that came with 15s means you're going to run some really thin tires; less impact absorbing means more impact transferred to the rim, which means easier bending. It's a carryover from the honda/acura/stock 15s people who put 18s, 19s, freakin 20s on their cars then drive through potholes.

    On a 3S, an 18 is fine. I've got a few thousand miles on a set of 19x8.5s on one of my 3S, and no troubles at all.
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