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Hi new to this. Just brought a 1998 LS 400 but the 16" Wheels let the car down, alloys tarnished. Should I buy new 16" and keep tyre size the same as original or go up a size or two. Would ride and noise be affected to much by bigger size Wheels and Tyres. Could get refurb done but think original Wheels spoil the look of the car

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Why not get the wheels refurbished, and save the money and hassle of buying new wheels and tyres and put it in a savings account to help with servicing and maintenance? These cars are not cheap to keep in top condition.

Putting bigger tyres on the car would affect the ride quality somewhat, and will definitely increase noise from tyres. It's a tradeoff at the end of the day, what's your priority, ride comfort, looks or handling?

Ride comfort - stick with your current rims, or swap for other 16s

Looks - get some 20 inchers

Handling - get some 18inchers, lower the car, new struts, fit Daizen polyurethane sports bushes etc etc.

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Wheels and suspension are carefully matched to avoid resonant frequencies. Don't want the wheels bouncing around too much rather than staying on the road.

Once you get your new alloys or a refurb look after them according to the detailing links somewhere on this site. Most people don't bother and it sounds like the previous owner of yours didn't.

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