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348 wheels 18 or 19s ?

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  1. Fast mustang

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    Would like your guys thoughts on wheel size for a Ferrari 348 18 s or 19 s and let's see some pics on what you have thanks
     
  2. awilson

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    I am interested in this also. Andy
     
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    18's , its a small car , 19's look too big

    18's on my 348 in this pic
    1994 ferrari 348 spider , third owner purchased may 2013 w/ 27804 miles[​IMG]
     
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    Looks great! For me, i want to fill the well especially the gap in the rear but dont want it too low to the ground. The 19's will achieve this and leaves room to lower the stance to fill the gap
     
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  7. driveitdaily

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    That does look fantastic . That is the only aftermarket ?wheel i like on the 348 , imho . Whatever they are ,i like em !


    1994 ferrari 348 spider , third owner purchased may 2013 w/ 27804 miles
     
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    #10 driveitdaily, Dec 21, 2014
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    You need to be careful of offsets and wheel widths , a lot of rubbing can go on , do a search , you will find a lot of discussion on this topic . Filling the opening will look great , but will suck if they rub over every bump and dip . Good luck


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    19s leave VERY LITTLE sidewall to absorb potholes, etc. Split sidewalls, bent wheels result. You don't carry a spare. How far you going?
     
  12. 4rePhill

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    Just to add:

    The 348 is quite stiffly sprung so if your roads are a bit rough you could find that the car becomes a bit too crashy on 19's and no longer a pleasure to drive.
     
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  13. Fast mustang

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    Are any of your cars have that's have 19s lowered to as well or stock height
     
  14. 4rePhill

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    The car sits on adjustable coil-overs so what's "stock" height?
     
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    I think 18" is just right for the 348
     
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  16. DonJuan348

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    I had 19s on mine and they were perfect
     
  17. driveitdaily

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    #18 driveitdaily, Dec 21, 2014
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    In post # 4 , image 5887 . Imho , take a close look ,the size and offset of those rear wheels make it look like a clown car

    The 348 is a wide short car , and i think the wide rear looks good , but go too wide with the rear wheels and the car looks wider than it is long , not good .
    1994 ferrari 348 spider , third owner purchased may 2013 w/ 27804 miles
     
  18. DonJuan348

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    Huh???

    make it look more aggressive definitely handles much better with wider rubber and lower stance
     
  19. D N M

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    #20 D N M, Dec 21, 2014
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    I have the same 19 wheels as harleyx49...... I think they look great on this car, however, I also have the original 17s in case I'd ever want to convert the car back to OEM
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  20. Fast mustang

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    There's alot more wheel choices in 19 I'm finding out as well
     
  21. Meister

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    pretty sure those are 360 modular wheels, my favorite too
     
  22. Robb

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    Ron,

    I like the 19's but think the 18's improve on the oem 17's and sit perfectly without "overdoing it."

    Robb
     
  23. 4rePhill

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    In the World of BMW E46 M3's there's a saying:

    "19's for show - 18's to go!"

    Basically, test drivers found that 18" wheels gave a fantastic ride and suited the chassis really well, but on 19" wheels, which they said looked better, the car became too crashy and felt more nervous resulting in the car being slower and less enjoyable to drive on twisty roads.

    The other problem with 19's on a 348 (as some have already noted), is that the 348 was designed for 17" wheels and so 19's look like the wheels are too big for the car, giving a bit of a "Hot Wheels" look. This also applies to the 355. Basically the 19's are out of scale to the car.

    The 360 cars onwards were designed for 18"+ wheels and so 19" wheels still look to be in scale to car and suit them better.

    At the end of the day it's a personal choice that no one else can make for you, but I'd be wary of making car too stiff (due to the lack of side wall), and making the car less of a pleasure to drive.

    For Me personally, going is far more important than showing!
     
  24. DonJuan348

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    If 19s is " hot wheel" then there's no better look that exists
     

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