New wheels - PaleMelanesian's 2009 Fit

Discussion in 'My Ride' started by PaleMelanesian, Jan 14, 2013.

  1. Die2self

    Die2self Saving more by using less!

    looking good Andrew.
  2. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    Very nice Andrew :D
  3. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Very nice , Andrew. I was thinking of switching my Civic to 15's , but I don't plan on keeping this car long. Next car ......... soon. But I will be more interested in buying some snow tires and dedicated steelies to wrap them around.
  4. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    So far...

    I don't know how much is the new tires and how much is the light wheels. The overall result is as expected. Quieter, softer handling, noticeably better reaction on rough surfaces and speed bumps. I'm closer to gliding over them instead of bumping over.

    Grip is predictably down with brand new tires. A little squirm in the tread, noisier cornering. This should settle down soon.

    They're only fractionally taller than the old ones. There is more sidewall, but less wheel so the result about 25 rpm less at highway speed. Scangauge reported 12.2 miles this morning compared to 12.3 previously.
  5. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    They are wider, and the wheel offset puts them out farther as well. About 3/4". The oem wheels were pretty far inset so they're now flush to the body. This, along with the very open spoke design, means I'm sacrificing aerodynamics for other performance improvements. Since most of my driving is local that works for my needs.
  6. NeilBlanchard

    NeilBlanchard Well-Known Member

    The aero drag is increased, though, right?
  7. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Yes. But my daily routes top out at 55 mph limit, which I never touch ;). Most of my rolling is 20-40 mph.

    Drag from increased frontal area by having the wheels pushed out... it's there, but again, not the biggest issue for my driving. It's not so much that they're "out" but they're "less in". Honda uses an unusual offset on their wheels, meaning just about any aftermarket you can find will stick out more than stock. This is one of the least bad I could find, that's also lightweight, and not $1000 each.
    Before - After

    Drag from the open spokes is worse, by some margin. But the OEM wheels aren't exactly stellar. Compare the spoke designs:
    Last edited: Apr 9, 2015
  8. MnFocus

    MnFocus hanging member :)

    Looks to be an Excellent Fit(see what I did there?) Andrew!
    the Konigs are awesome.

    I actually think having them "less in" gives a more balanced appearance. I'm sure you're ability to drive clean will more than offset much of any drag issue encountered. We're talking real world hypermiling not wind tunnel testing or high speed driving.
    The one downside I can see, however, is added grime on the sides of that beautiful Fit!
  9. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Thanks! Although, if you look at the pictures you can see it's already grimy. :eek::( I'm not the best spotless-car-owner. I keep it tidy, but not shiny.
  10. MnFocus

    MnFocus hanging member :)

    LOL if that is "grimy" I'm in trouble :p I can count how many times I've washed mine in 5 years on 1 hand :eek: You are keeping the Fit looking sharp.
  11. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    A new 51R battery, to replace the oem 151R. It's actually a couple weeks old but I just redid the cable connection.

    The Fit has an L-shaped terminal block on the positive terminal, that goes down the left side. I put in a bigger battery that's right against the air filter box so the terminal doesn't fit. I used a pair of top-to-side terminal adapters to make it fit.

    But, the adapters are Lead and the threaded parts are working loose already, only 2 weeks in. Each adapter has 2 parts - the clamp part with a tail, and a screw-in "post" with hex head. Unfortunately the socket the post screws into is lead and therefore is weak and works loose. Looking for new solutions.

    It looks like this (not mine but looks similar). This is not good.

    Solution: a cable
  12. Die2self

    Die2self Saving more by using less!

    the cable looks like a good solution.:thumbs_up:

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