Join Date: Apr 2012
I haven't even taken possession of my new Sonata yet. I get it in two days. But I've already started the painful task of finding a set of wheels for this car.
I am a firm believer in the adage, "to each, his own." Well, my "own" is that a car's wheels should embody design elements of the car they're placed on. What I mean is, there are design elements found on the car, that should be captured, or hinted at, in the design of the wheel. But that's just me.
With that in mind, these are some of the wheels that peaked my interest...
1. Ace Manta. I'm finding some conflicting information as to whether or not these are available in 19" AND have the 5x114.3 lug pattern. If they turn out to be available in that configuration, they are a strong contender. They look similar to the 18" inch OEM wheels, if I'm not mistaken.
2. The Helo HE874. I'd get them in silver, with the machined lip. They're a chunky wheel. And I'm not sure that they'd suit the Sonata. They may make the car look "heavy". Not in the literal sense. These are available at Tire Rack, so you can view them on the car.
I had a third wheel written down, but I lost my paper. For starters, what do you think of these two?
Mahout, thanks for your advice. I had an '02 Elantra GL 5 spd, up until last Saturday. I replaced that car with the new Sonata (which I picked up today!!!)
Anywho, I had 17"x7" wheels with 215/45/17 General Exclaim UHP tires. I'm accustomed to a rough ride - though my Eibach spring lowered Elantra and the 17" wheels wasn't too bad. I felt that what I gained in cornering stability was a fair trade for a rougher ride.
Having said all that, my goal would be to find a wheel with an off-set that'll create as wide a "track" as physically possible, without creating unwanted fender rubbing and the like. The only thing I hadn't considered was the clearance for the brake calipers.
I need to see those Helo wheels in person. After walking around the car countless times today, I think I'll like those wheels on it. Even if they are a little heavy.
I average 10000Km per year. I live less than 4Km from my work, so I am not too concern over an adverse affect on my mileage. But it is something I need to consider.