Originally posted by mercutio
My 275/40s won't fit on 7 inch wide wheels...ideally I'd like 255/50s all around.
ed never said lighter wheels wont help, or that they would hinder performance. i think i would be close in saying that the pint ed may be getting at(if he is getting at a point) is similar to swimmers shaving their legs. for a novice, it si gooing to make no difference, now to a trained professional where milliseconds matter, it will.
i'm sure on a bike that weighs 10lbs, 1-2 lbs makes a big difference. but how much difference does 5-7lbs really make compared to a 3800lbs+ vehicle? i'm sure the difference would only be noticed by those who have improved everything else on their vehicle beforehand.
is someone going to post that their 1/4 time dropped due to lighter wheels? here, probably. would they have gotten an even better time goign with 15 or 16 inch wheels and slicks, you betcha.
is someone goign to post how they feel a handling improvement after going from stockers to some 'lighter' wheels and tires, again, probably. would they have felt an even better improvement by going with 17x9 or 18x9 and a replica wheel, i would say so.
until proven otherwise, i'm willign to bet that no wheel company manufactures a 9 inch wheel that is overly underweight. the replicas are ungodly heavy. they are not made to be light, they are made to hold a wider tire and to look good, which they do well.
in the next few weeks, i'm going to try and make 275/40-18's work all the way around on my sc. fitting them on my heavy *** replicas, i'm willign to bet they will handle a lot better than a super light wheel with a skinnier tire.
if someone really wants to spend the money, there are a lot of billet wheel companies out there that will build whatever the hell you want. but again, the money saved on replicas could be put into something else to help you gain more than handling and performance on a better budget.