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Originally Posted by jamarimutt
Note that 16 inch wheels are standard in Japan and Europe (as are rear disk brakes).
Originally Posted by Jonnycat26
Originally Posted by mdacmeis
There is no adverse affect to stopping distance with the rear drum brakes. This is purely a cost and market acceptence issue. In Europe, rear disc brakes are the price of market entry. They may also offer better fade resistance at high speeds, something else somewhat unique to Europe. The real advantage is cost. The disc brakes are consiserably more expensive than drums. In the US, many vehicles have rear drum brakes, and most don't even know or care.
|For proper fitment you will necessarily have to install a tire with a sidewall height which is not as tall as the factory tire. The lower profile tire will give you a harsher ride and will also cause you to replace the tire at 20K miles or less.|
|If you drive to maximize gas mileage, rear drum brakes are fine. The only time you might need disc brakes is if you do a lot of extreme mountain or high performance driving.|
|In Europe, rear disc brakes are the price of market entry. They may also offer better fade resistance at high speeds, something else somewhat unique to Europe. The real advantage is cost. The disc brakes are consiserably more expensive than drums. In the US, many vehicles have rear drum brakes, and most don't even know or care.|
Originally Posted by lasrx
I'm hoping not all low profile tires require replacement at 20k. When going for low profile tires look at the Michellin HyrdroEdge and MXV4 Plus both come in 17" and in low profiles yet are rated extreemly highly in treadwear. Depending on if you like rock hard tires for maximum mpg these tires could actually be smoother and more comfortable than the OEMs. $1000-1500 does sound right if you also add in extra light weight aluminum alloy rims (better MPG / handling).
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