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Davie B.

20's On Gs 300 Sport

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I have a 2000 X GS300 sport and i'm currently running 8.5"x20" chrome rims with 245/35x20 on the front and 255/35x20 on the rear.

just interested to see if there is anyone else on the site that is running a similar set up to see if they have experienced the same probs as me.

also does antone run bigger rims as i was looking into 21's or 22's :)

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and the problems you have would be....................................................?

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Stuff like ball joints and track rod ends wearing out rapidly, also im going through a lot of front pads, don't no if thats related to the big rims though? :)

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the extra weight of 20s is having wearing your front suspension.

One guy on here is running 20s on his GS, can't remember his name.

Also, you're best option is to look at www.clublexus.com, where 20s on GS are common, and some guys even put 21 or 22s on.

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cheers man, i was thinking about puttin bigger rims on it too... :)

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cheers man, i was thinking about puttin bigger rims on it too... :)

go for it. just be careful about the choice of rims, as at that size, they have to be the right style for the GS body shape.

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Hi,

Im not sure with the mk2 but with 18s on my car (mk1) on full lock the tyres rub on the plastic wheel arch inserts.

I take it you have had to remove the plastic inserts?

Are the tyres wearing evenly?

Chips.

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The front tyres sometimes catch on the arch liner next to the bumper, mostly when reversing, the rear only rubs when you have people in the back and hit a dip on the motorway at speed but only very slightly. I havent removed any of the guards or touched the arches in any way.

as for the tyres wearing evenly, no all 4 wear on the inside edge, had the tracking/alignment checked and its all spot on.

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Hi,

Like on your car my front tyres rub more so when reversing,ive no tyre rub on ther rears though.

I dont think it helps much with my car being so low :D

Chips.

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my susp is standard!! its going 2 be interesting wheni lower it, especially now that i've seen a very nice set of trafficstar wheels from america that are 10"x20" on the rear!!! :)

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Buy underbracing, etc for the car...that should help unnecessary stress on the suspension parts...also try to buy some wheels that don't weigh a TON! :). It's not the size of the wheel most of the times that would cause wear/tear on suspension but it's the weight of the wheels. People on Clublexus don't have repitive problems because they buy wheels that are light, although expensive. Lighter weight wheels are not only for performance or bragging rights :).

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Buy underbracing, etc for the car...that should help unnecessary stress on the suspension parts...also try to buy some wheels that don't weigh a TON! :). It's not the size of the wheel most of the times that would cause wear/tear on suspension but it's the weight of the wheels. People on Clublexus don't have repitive problems because they buy wheels that are light, although expensive. Lighter weight wheels are not only for performance or bragging rights :).

interestingly enough, my trd rims weighed lighter than my lexus rims (made by OZ racing), despite being same size and width.

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Buy underbracing, etc for the car...that should help unnecessary stress on the suspension parts...also try to buy some wheels that don't weigh a TON! :). It's not the size of the wheel most of the times that would cause wear/tear on suspension but it's the weight of the wheels. People on Clublexus don't have repitive problems because they buy wheels that are light, although expensive. Lighter weight wheels are not only for performance or bragging rights :).

Hi,

Bragging whos Bragging :D :shifty:

Chips.

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Buy underbracing, etc for the car...that should help unnecessary stress on the suspension parts...also try to buy some wheels that don't weigh a TON! :). It's not the size of the wheel most of the times that would cause wear/tear on suspension but it's the weight of the wheels. People on Clublexus don't have repitive problems because they buy wheels that are light, although expensive. Lighter weight wheels are not only for performance or bragging rights :).

Hi,

Bragging whos Bragging :D :shifty:

Chips.

LOL. Well I'm assuming he's going for 20's cos he might want to say "yo g, my lex rides on dubs" :lol: (just kidding)

If there's one thing I've noticed is that the 19's I've got, weigh about 2kg more than the stock 17's. Car isn't noticably slow either. I know if I went with some cheap 19's or even some cheap 18's, I'd have slowed the car down alot, not to mention braking would be even more affected (one thing that is directly affected with my choice of going with 19's).

If you want to buy wheels look for the following:

Make sure it's a Forged wheel and not a cast wheel. Forged wheels are often more expensive but are more durable. At most you'll bend the rim but NOT crack it, so can be repaired...where cast wheels are cheaper to make yet will crack. For example, if you went over say a pothole in the road where you had Forged rims and you bent the wheel, in the same situation the cast would more than likely crack :).

Forged are also lighter...but all this comes at a price...literally.

If you want 20's I'd suggest you research and keep an eye out to pick up a bargain. IIRC L-Tunedparts.com is holding a special on a set of EXXE 18's, which are originally made by Work and are lighter than your stock 17's and are forged and cost next to nothing for what they are ;). Shipping will cost you about 700usd, so you're looking at paying about £1000-1100 for a set of wheels that are worth about £1600-£2000 :). Work wheels are not cheap by any means...not only will you get a bargain but they look kickass on the GS :).

Oh and one more thing, since you'll have 20's on rubber band thick tires, you'll have more of a chance of cracking/bending the rim, therefore I'd say that's another reason to go with either 19's with a FAT tire setup (what I've got) which provides more than enough protection for the rim, and also doesn't affect ride quality much...or you can go with forged 20's with rubber band tires and be careful or go with cheap cast 20's and be VERY careful. A bent rim can be controlled and brought to a stop but a cracked rim is just dangerous.

My tupence worth.

Buy underbracing, etc for the car...that should help unnecessary stress on the suspension parts...also try to buy some wheels that don't weigh a TON! :). It's not the size of the wheel most of the times that would cause wear/tear on suspension but it's the weight of the wheels. People on Clublexus don't have repitive problems because they buy wheels that are light, although expensive. Lighter weight wheels are not only for performance or bragging rights :).

interestingly enough, my trd rims weighed lighter than my lexus rims (made by OZ racing), despite being same size and width.

I also think the car would've been a little "quicker" at acceleration? Not to mention braking was improved too? ;)

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regarding the discussion of very large wheels and extra weight, is200sam from this site put 19s on his car, and he was complaining that his car is slower after the wheel upgrade.

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When i first put the 20's on mine i noticed that it was a bit slower than with the standard 18's, my 20's are just cheap ones and they weigh a ton!!! hense why im changin them :)

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Your braking performance will also be affected hence upgrading the front brakes with Supra Calipers/pads/discs and getting uprated discs for the rear to maintain as much balance as possible.

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Since my last post i've had a bit of a nightmare with fitting 20" Khan rsc's (merc fittment), so im sick of big rims now.

Does anyone out there have a set of standard 18" sport wheels & tyres for sale???

Davie.

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..... FOR SALE: Lexus GS300 sport (non sat-nav) 2000 X-reg, 108k, metalic blue, FLSH, just been serviced and MOT'd, new brakes all round. electric/ heated everything!!

9300 ono

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Think you may want to post that in the F/S section :). Sorry to see the car go.

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Think you may want to post that in the F/S section :). Sorry to see the car go.

i tried to but it wouldn't let me because im not a gold member.... :)

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