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Just got the new rims put on my Prius and couldn't be happier. THe stock 15 x6 is replaced with a lightweight 16x7 racing rim. Ride is the same but handling is much better and I think the chrome accentuates the paint job more than the silver wheels. I thought the car had everything but now it's even better. Rims were $110 ea and tires were $69 ea. Anyone need some stock rims with new tires?
 

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Greenmachine: great looking rims, I am looking for some like them what brand are they?. Where did you buy them?
How do the 16X7 fit for clearance in the weel wells when turning?
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Yes they fit in the wheel well exactly like the stock rims, no difference in overall diameter.
I think there must be some difference since in Europe we have 16 inch rims but with 195/55 tyres, not 205/55. Also be careful during winter, wider tyres can be better on dry roads but worse on wet or snowy ones concerning road handling.
 

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All I know is these babies hug the corners with very little sway, and the car feels generally more stable. No difference in gas mileage so far!
 

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Frenchie,
How are wider tires not as safe in snowy/rainy conditions?
I don't have any accurate theory for it. I just noticed rally cars use relatively (http://www.torchiacom.com/images/MWK2.jpg) or even very narrow tyres (http://www.ac-nice.fr/etabs/camus/credit/laurent/accent3.html) on snowy / icy roads.
Sometimes they really look like four doughnuts : http://www.ewrc.cz/images/2000/wrc/sw/main.html
I would conclude pressure (on the ground) matters, and has to be as high as possible. Maybe the same kind of physics as the one which tells this guy (http://nutrisite.free.fr/images/dessum-saut.jpg), on the opposite, to prefer wide and long skis to get as much kinetic energy as possible...
 

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Greenmachine, your new rims are beautiful! In fact, they look just like the OEM rims on my '02! Maybe Toyota got it right the first time---again!

P.S. Check that---Classic rims have 8 spokes to your 6. More for the money.
 
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