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Old 12-04-2013, 01:01 AM   #1
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Wheel setup for 2000 Honda Prelude SE

I'm a newbie so go easy on me. So I recently bought a prelude. It came with the stock 16" SE wheels , as well as a set of 18" MSR 045 wheels. I wasn't familiar with what would work and what wouldn't work on a prelude so I went ahead and paid a bit extra for the 18's.

A few days later when I put them on my car I came to find out that not only do they rub over bumps and turns,
It's a terrible ride with those.

Now I'm back on the 16's which I love but I'd like to keep them as a winter set. I looked around and I'm considering a set of 17's. I'm sure there is tons of forums on this topic but I couldn't find anything on someone who was dealing with a stock suspension.

Pretty much what I want to know is what are my options in terms of wheel and tire sizes without making my car look stupid. I am on stock suspension at the moment but somewhere down the road I might want to throw some coilovers or lowering springs on the car
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18s will rub on stock suspension. If you put on coilovers, they'll be fine. But imo, 18s are a bit too big. ATM Ive got 17s and imo, I sort of want to go smaller or wider... Also...I'm not sure about the wideness of the wheels, but for offset, anything less than +30 is going to look mexiflush rediculous
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i had 17's on my bb2 and it was definatly the way to go,

but for a full database of wheel setups check out

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That's the thing, I want to do it once and do it right. Last thing I want to do is dish out tons of money for wheels and eventually realizing it's not the setup I want. Hopefully someone buys the 18s from me soon so I can use that money towards another set of wheels.

The wheels were 18x8 with a +35 offset, on 235/40/18..pretty much a terrible ride.

I was even considering just getting some coilovers and leaving the car on the 16s for the time being. Anyone have any suggestions for wheels that would work well with a lowered 5th gen lude? I really like the look of the xxr 521 wheel
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^ I'm planning on getting either enkei J10s or RPF01s. I've seen some preludes rock BBS RS rims and RAYS CE 28s, but idk if you want to dish out that kind of money. Also, someone on here has xxr 521s but with a +25 offset...
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Yup, those wheels specs w/ 225/40's should be close enough to stock that they wouldn't rub. If you hate the ride on 235/40/18's, I doubt you'll like it any more on 225/45/17 or 215/45/17's. You can't expect the same ride comfort with a lower profile tire but your handling should improve - it's a tradeoff, same with swapping suspensions.
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^ I'm planning on getting either enkei J10s or RPF01s. I've seen some preludes rock BBS RS rims and RAYS CE 28s, but idk if you want to dish out that kind of money. Also, someone on here has xxr 521s but with a +25 offset...
I know someone with rpf01's on their prelude, it's a really nice wheel. I'm hoping to maybe just find someone on Craigslist or here that has a nice set of wheels that are up for trade or even sale. I'd just rather sell the set I have lying around before buying new ones just to be safe
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Yup, those wheels specs w/ 225/40's should be close enough to stock that they wouldn't rub. If you hate the ride on 235/40/18's, I doubt you'll like it any more on 225/45/17 or 215/45/17's. You can't expect the same ride comfort with a lower profile tire but your handling should improve - it's a tradeoff, same with swapping suspensions.
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Yeah that would make sense, I think I'd only be able to work with a 205/40 or 215/40 tire...or am I wrong?

I can sacrifice a bit of comfort for handling and overall performance so I'm fine with that, I just don't want to feel like I'm driving on the wheel itself haha
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My point is that the sidewall on a 235/40/18 is taller (thicker) than a 215-225/40-45/17, so if you hate the way it rides now, you'll hate it even more with those sizes.
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My point is that the sidewall on a 235/40/18 is taller (thicker) than a 215-225/40-45/17, so if you hate the way it rides now, you'll hate it even more with those sizes.
Oh okay, I see what you mean..comfort wise right? I think it would be bearable if I could turn without rubbing and having to be so cautious. Do you think that would be possible with a 205 or 215? I remember with the 18s it was like turning a truck and I didn't have enough clearance to turn my wheels all the way. Sorry If I sound stupid, I'm pretty new to all of this lol
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Personally, I'd stick with a 225/40/18 or if you go 17's, 225/40/17 or 215/45/17. I think your main issues are that the tires are too wide and your suspension's too soft.

If it were up to me, I'd get a suspension I like, drive on it with the stock wheels for a bit, then decide on wheels and tires. In the meantime, do some reading and maybe see if you can catch a ride with guys with similar cars at a meet or something. Don't rule out that you might have to roll your fenders and remold your liner a bit.
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^ Yeah I talked to a few people about it and they suggested getting the suspension first and then seeing what I have to work with. Do you know of any decent suspension off the top of your head, maybe something decently priced but still good? Is there a meet for newbies like me? Haha

Don't have much done to my car but nonetheless, I'd like to bring it out and see what suggestions people have.
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Yeah I was checking that out recently, that was really the most helpful thing I've come across so far. I just wanted to ask around and see what people have on their cars. Like I said, Last thing I want is for my car to look stupid after spending all that money. Thanks though!
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So I found a set of 17x7 xxr 521's but the owner is unsure of the offset. After checking some websites I'm pretty sure it is 38. They're on 205/45/r17 tires. I know the ideal offset for a prelude is between 40-50 but I really want to know if this wheel setup will fit without rubbing. If not, is there something that can be done to make them fit? I'm currently sitting at stock height, but I plan on lowering in the near future. I'm totally new to this stuff so if I sound stupid, go easy on me. Thanks in advance!
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So I found a set of 17x7 xxr 521's but the owner is unsure of the offset. After checking some websites I'm pretty sure it is 38. They're on 205/45/r17 tires. I know the ideal offset for a prelude is between 40-50 but I really want to know if this wheel setup will fit without rubbing. If not, is there something that can be done to make them fit? I'm currently sitting at stock height, but I plan on lowering in the near future. I'm totally new to this stuff so if I sound stupid, go easy on me. Thanks in advance!
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They should fit, since the xxr's aren't that aggresive. Don't think it'll rub, unless your suspension is really soft or something.
I'm still on the stock suspension which is why I'm still a bit hesitant. I think I might get some coilovers before I get wheels then. Any suggestions for a good coilover kit?
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look at your budget and go from there. i have function n form on my prelude. otehr common ones are BC racing and TEINs, personally id go with BC or F&F
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look at your budget and go from there. i have function n form on my prelude. otehr common ones are BC racing and TEINs, personally id go with BC or F&F
don't really have a set budget, i'll probably kind of just find something i like and then set money aside depending on that. Hopefully I can find something that's decent but not too expensive
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if you take my suggestion for coilovers and go with BC or F&F , they cost about 900$ US, so keep that in mind. going to be a bit more if you buy them locally.
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if you take my suggestion for coilovers and go with BC or F&F , they cost about 900$ US, so keep that in mind. going to be a bit more if you buy them locally.
Do you think it would be worth it to maybe just order them from the US and pick them up at the border?
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5th gen preludes have a little plastic tab on the rear bumper where it meets the rear quarter panel in the rear wheel wells, you might just want to trim it off when you lower the car as the wheels/tires will rub against it.
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you need to get the rest of your suspension upgraded first.
especially if your going to be keeping the wheels for a while.
that way you know how much room your actually playing with in the end.
get coilovers first and lower it to a comfortable point.
if your worrying about rubbing i recommend you find a set of coilovers to adjust height and dampening (stiffness) the reality is if you want to be low, alot of times its not comfortable. and if your on springs after a while you get bouncy.
also prerolling fenders wouldn't be a bad idea either. even if you dont need it, its good to know you have the room.

it seems right now like this would cost you more money, but in reality were saving you from buying another set of wheels/tires later on.
ive made the mistake. dosent feel good.
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