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hey there,

just got an '05 touring two days ago and pax are almost bold. I have been doing a LOT of reading about this and really like the idea of getting tires and wheels from tire rack for less than it would cost to get new pax (like pacanes did).

There where two questions that I have seen that I could not really find good answers to:
1. How is the handling with 18" compared to 17"? is the ride harder (especially on bumps)? is the handling/turning better?
2. If I decide to go with 245/55R18 instead of [FONT=&quot]235/55R18 what would be the effect on MPG?

hope you guys can help with that.

Thanks!

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Our 06 touring came w/ pax and the rims were 18.8 in diameter. I would imagine yours are the same. You might see a slight difference in handling going down in size. Anything is going to be an improvement over the pax. The inside of the pax wheels have a raised nylon/composite type ring which is essentially what you would ride on in the event of a flat. Combine that w/ the tire construction itself and you have a heavy, harsh riding, and loud rim tire combo. We depaxed to 245/45/19 and the ride is substantially better. Better handling, much quieter, and it no longer rides like a train. Plus the aftermarket rims and tire were a fraction of the weight. Just do your homework and know what you're looking for before you talk to any shops. The local shops around here were less than helpfull and either tried to sell us something we didn't want or said they can't remove the pax system.
I would start here for sizing and wheel info they have great calculators to figure size and offset, http://http://www.1010tires.com/tiresizecalculator.asp
 
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