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I need some wheels, suspension upgrades for my 02 ES

Hi guys just as the thread suggests.

02 ES with 56,000 miles OEM Goodyear Eagles. Looking to buy tires from a local shop.

First let me say I'm not really a car guy meaning doing extensive wrenching/mods etc. I"m more of a motorcycling guy (age 53) so that seems to get the majority of my time and MONEY!

This is my 2nd Intreped, lost the original in a garage fire. I need tires but know the 16's have an outdated look.




Questions:
1) If I go with 17's is that going to make the ride more harsh.

2) The car wallows and handles like a boat. The shocks aren't blown I guess it's just the nature of a 4 door car that is long in length. Is there any strut/shock upgrades I can do to get rid of this? I would like to do this @ the same time I get new tires.

3) I googled "Graphite Charger wheels". Holy Moly all kinds of el cheapo wheel/tire combos came up. I am clueless but something tells me my OEM 16's are better than some of those which are probably Chinese?

4) Is there a place I could go to get Graphite Charger wheels?

5) Anyone want some REALLY clean 16's if I do change?


I like the way this Intrepid looks:
edit, it won't let me post the url w/o at least 10 posts! lol

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I'd go with at least 25".
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come one Ron lol.

Any time you upsize the wheels it's going to make the ride a little more harsh. Those Dodge Charger rims you have eyes for are 18", and tires are pretty expensive. Ebay is a good bet... I don't think the graphite was an OEM option. (Can someone confirm that?) I think those were powdercoated.


Those momentums are pretty popular wheels, I'm sure you can find a buyer if the price is right.
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I'd go with at least 25".

Thanks for the most excellant advise.

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come one Ron lol.

Any time you upsize the wheels it's going to make the ride a little more harsh. Those Dodge Charger rims you have eyes for are 18", and tires are pretty expensive. Ebay is a good bet... I don't think the graphite was an OEM option. (Can someone confirm that?) I think those were powdercoated.


Those momentums are pretty popular wheels, I'm sure you can find a buyer if the price is right.
Thanks for the info.
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Ron's harmless.


One other thing, I'm not sure what performance struts are out there anymore, but avoid quick struts like the plague!! Lots of members having issues with them right now.
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and stay away from KYB struts,, they ride super hard,,, or i have a soft butt..
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and stay away from KYB struts,, they ride super hard,,, or i have a soft butt..
pretty well handling though yes? If he's been riding bikes for a couple of decades he's probably got cheeks of steel.
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I've found a definite difference in the ride quality between my 16" steelies and 17" Motorsports. The 16s ride a little more "comfy" due to the slightly meatier sidewall. Anytime you go larger wheel size, your sidewall has to shrink to keep from rubbing and the speedometer correct. IIRC the size you would want for the Charger wheel is 245/45/18. As for suspension, do what everybody else says. Quickstruts are absolutely horrid and members here have had nothing but problems with them. Also stay away from certain aftermarket strut mounts. If you want a sportier suspension and want it to be "right", go with 300m Special hardware. But IDK what you can still get at the dealer anymore. I know the sway bar is kaput as of 4-5 months ago.


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and stay away from KYB struts,, they ride super hard,,, or i have a soft butt..
Im going to go with the butt.
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I found my Charger wheels on craigslist. Best if you can find em locally so you can check em before you buy.
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I found my Charger wheels on craigslist. Best if you can find em locally so you can check em before you buy.
Look nice.

So just a straight bolt on those wheels?

HAve you done anything to the suspension?

Just want to make sure before I go that route (just bigger wheels), that it only looks good but rides like cr*p.

thanks

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Ok now we are getting somewhere with some good info.

Ya I know the drill, haze the newbieÖ..


Yes Iím a motoheadódonít hold it against me, but still would like to upgrade the Intrepid from the ill handling boat she is. But if Iím reading this rightódonít bother or be vary careful.
Seeing how I donít really know wtf Iím doing regarding 4 wheels I might just hold out on suspension mods (until I can figure it out) and get some desperately needed 16Ē TIRES.

Check this bike I bought at a Pawn Shop in May. But itís not what you think the Pawn Shop cat bought it outright and I bought it from him.
Anyway been having a blast on it and recently bought some Pirelliís, battery and upgraded new shock.



My real passion is Motocross.




And I also luv to ride my KTM off-road/Dualsport. Check out this 500 mile desert rideÖ

http://www.district37ama.org/forums/...ad.php?t=33988



I wonít even get into my Seadooís but as you can tell, lotís of toys that require a lot of TLC=$$. So I donít have a lot left for my ol Intrepid and thatís why Iím here to ask the expertsónot some salesman.


Thanks for the info guys

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Look nice.

So just a straight bolt on those wheels?

HAve you done anything to the suspension?

Just want to make sure before I go that route (just bigger wheels), that it only looks good but rides like cr*p.

thanks

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the bolt pattern is technically** wrong. hut as you can see, lots of people are running them with no issue. Stock tires from a charger or Magnum will rub though, so you need lower profile tires.


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