So it turns out that I need to replace my tires on my 99, and I have thought for a long time that maybe when I next replace tires I would upgrade from the 15'' wheels to the 16'' wheels. This way I can do the 11.6 brakes upgrade, and I'm also thinking of getting 225/55-16 tires which are supposed to be a pretty good handling upgrade over Gen 4 stock (and gen 3 obviously).
So I have a few questions for y'all:
First, I will have to buy new wheels for this upgrade. I don't live anywhere near a junkyard, and plus what are the odds that stock wheels would be in good condition. I'm looking at these rims pictured below from Discount Auto, along with new Michelin Premier tires.
So I want to know what people think of these rims. I have never considered aftermarket wheels before, but I guess for this upgrade it just makes sense. They are the right specs for our cars, but 7 inches instead of 6 inches which would be better for the wider tires anyway. How do you think these rims would look on my 99 silver Sable wagon? I can't picture it, but I picked them because they have thicker spokes and a little more traditional which I prefer. And what about quality of manufacturing and reliability as opposed to OEM
? I have zero experience with aftermarket wheels.
I'm also still waiting to be fully convinced that the upgrade is worth it. If I stick with my stock size I can probably get tires for around $450, and these bigger tires plus wheels will be around $900 (after rebate) so it's double the price. I know the wider tires are supposed to be better handling, but couldn't I technically get wider tires in my stock 15''? (although then I couldnt do the brake upgrasde). It's a lot of money to put into an older car, although it only has 60k miles, a brand new front and rear end and lots of other new parts and I'm hoping to keep it for years.
Sorry for the long runon discussion, but just to boil it down, please share your opinions about the new wheels looks and quality, as well as whether you think the upgrade is worth it?
Link to rims: 4 New 16x7 40 Offset 5x108 MB Wheels 14 Machined Wheels Rims 75913 | eBay
Link to tires: 4 New 225 55 16 Michelin Premier A s 55R R16 Tires 29513 | eBay