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Old 02-09-2011, 12:31 AM   #406  
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but generally when you upgrade just the front tower brace, it improves your steering noticeably??
To be honest, I can't answer that. The last vehicle I added strut tower braces had them added to both the front and rear strut towers. It definately made a noticeable difference, but I don't know how it would have been affected if I had just done the front only. I suppose anything that helps to reduce unwanted flexing in the suspension(camber and so on) wouldn't be bad, but I can't answer with certainty.

BTW, I know that you are trying to add some performance stuff, but lets go upgrade those rims you have! It is nice to make your vehicle handle and perform better, but those steel rims with plastic covers need to go asap! Going with a set of nice light aluminum rims will help increase acceleration, increase braking, and could also help with handling.
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Old 02-09-2011, 02:23 AM   #407  
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I always thought that more meat on the tires is much better for acceleration/braking and/or fuel economy as opposed to the same size or larger sized rims with less meat on the tires...

thought with better rims is just cosmetically pleasing to the eyes!!

are aftermarket rims better for your fuel economy than with the oem wheels??
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Old 02-09-2011, 11:17 AM   #408  
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I always thought that more meat on the tires is much better for acceleration/braking and/or fuel economy as opposed to the same size or larger sized rims with less meat on the tires...

thought with better rims is just cosmetically pleasing to the eyes!!

are aftermarket rims better for your fuel economy than with the oem wheels??
If they are lighter, then yes by a very small amount. The reason why the weight of your rims can play a role in performance, is because 1 extra pound of reciprocating weight is equal to 7lbs of curb weight. So long as you keep your rim size similar to your steel rims right now, it may save you some weight. However it is negligible and you should be doing it to make your ride look better. Steel rims are for people who only look at a car as a form of transportation and not a way of life.

My take on this is to not bother for the time being and wait until your current tires get worn out. Once that happens, you can go to http://www.tirerack.com and buy yourself a nice set of rims and tires. If you have tire pressure monitor sensors on your current car, then that might pose a problem though depending on what kind of setup Nissan uses.
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Old 02-09-2011, 06:38 PM   #409  
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A low profile tire (40-30 series) generally has a stiffer sidewall which is best for going around turns and handling.
A tire with alot of sidewall (60 series) is best for acceleration, it lets the tire flex which is best for straight line traction.
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well upgrading to better rims is something for me to think about, but I don't want to shell out a lot of money on mods because all that can go away in an instant when you get into an accident and I've recently been in an accident, so I knew instantly that I couldn't salvage those mods!!

I already have the Takeda sri, so the other engine mod is the exhaust and then I'll probably stop with a front strut tower brace.

Other mods like the audio system and HIDs and LED fog lights will probably be it...
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Old 02-15-2011, 07:53 PM   #411  
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well upgrading to better rims is something for me to think about, but I don't want to shell out a lot of money on mods because all that can go away in an instant when you get into an accident and I've recently been in an accident, so I knew instantly that I couldn't salvage those mods!!

I already have the Takeda sri, so the other engine mod is the exhaust and then I'll probably stop with a front strut tower brace.

Other mods like the audio system and HIDs and LED fog lights will probably be it...
Seriously, you have to do rims. Nothing is wierder than running around with a set of wheel covers on steel rims. It just isn't hip.
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I was thinking about getting rims but decided not to. The stock rims are OK. I might add some subs this summer.

Regarding changing drive habits, I try to stay in my car's "ECO" mode to maximize gas mileage.
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I was thinking about getting rims but decided not to. The stock rims are OK. I might add some subs this summer.

Regarding changing drive habits, I try to stay in my car's "ECO" mode to maximize gas mileage.
The difference is that he is running on steel rims with wheelcovers, while your car came with decent factory aluminum alloy rims.

You really don't have much to worry about as those Accords are very efficient as with most midsize cars. Even my dad manages to average around 30mpg with his lead foot in his 2010 Fusion S.
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what's everyone's take on the tire pressure monitoring systems in the factory rims?? are they worthwhile or just a headache?? does everyone prefer to switch them out with aftermarket rims/tires??

I haven't had any problems, but I've heard that they're a PIA when they malfunction
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what's everyone's take on the tire pressure monitoring systems in the factory rims?? are they worthwhile or just a headache?? does everyone prefer to switch them out with aftermarket rims/tires??

I haven't had any problems, but I've heard that they're a PIA when they malfunction
It all depends. The TPMS system in my Trailblazer SS were a total PITA as they were prone to leaks and failures. To be fair though, one of the two failures was caused when a bead sealer liquified in 98+ degree weather and destroyed it.

If your current car has a TPMS setup, then maybe you should keep the stock rims. One of the techs at the dealer I talk to every now and then was telling me that they have lots of people having problems when switching to aftermarket rims. I never asked what was causing it, but that is something to think about although I believe it largely depends on what type of TPMS setup your car uses.
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I'm probably going to hold off on getting aftermarket rims since it's too costly...might go with a custom exhaust towards the end of the year.

My main priority is replacing the factory audio crap head unit & speakers....
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I'll be riding the bike MUCH more this summer....
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Change my driving habits? Yes. Now, I drive faster because I'm so pissed. lmao
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Change my driving habits? Yes. Now, I drive faster because I'm so pissed. lmao
Honestly, that about sums it up hahahah.
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Old 04-08-2011, 11:05 PM   #420  
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Change my driving habits? Yes. Now, I drive faster because I'm so pissed. lmao
Actually, i've noticed that people are driving most recklessly and aggressively than ever before lately. I was just down on the UC campus and got caught up in the Friday traffic jam from hell. To go 2 miles, it took me over 30 minutes because it just wasn't moving due to all the students going out due to the nice weather. Those college pricks made things even worse when everyone started running red lights and blocking intersections.

People have also been driving faster and more aggressively on the interstates than ever before. As I was coming home, a granny was in the slow lane driving 50 in a 55 and this college prick with 4 of this buddies in a Toyota SUV started tailgating and then honking and them flashing their high beams.
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