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Old 07-24-2010, 10:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question 2006 Impala LTZ 20" rims...Lowering? Rims size? any advice suggestions?

Alright. I have a 2006 Impala LTZ with 20" rims tire size 245/35ZR20 95W XL.
I was either thinking of getting 22's OR...another set of 20's but a less wide wheel dimension. The current tire's outer wall gets peeled off like string cheese from my rear fender when I turn sharp or go over a large bump.. Well my question is with 20" wheels like "235's" can I lower the car, and if so how much can I lower? What kind of springs/struts/shocks do I use? and where can I get them? I would really appreciate it. I would go ahead and go to a shop myself and find out but I'm in the military and currently living in isolation. lol. Thanks. I included pictures below of the car. Thanks in advance.



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Old 07-24-2010, 08:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Anything larger than an 18" wheel on this car is simply too large for it. There is not enough clearance provided in the fender wells for larger wheels to clear without interference with stock full suspension travel. A larger wheel will also negatively affect the fuel economy, as it is heavier and requires more HP to start rolling.

I would not even think about going with anything larger than 20", if you can make those work. I think you will need to significantly modify the suspension to make 22" inch wheels work.

Believe it or not, I would prefer 16" wheels on my LTZ ('09 model) because I would get better fuel economy with them.

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And it messes up the tranny. (20s and up)

You need to take a hack saw up in the fenderwell and/or put a lift on the car....

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Anything larger than an 18" wheel on this car is simply too large for it. There is not enough clearance provided in the fender wells for larger wheels to clear without interference with stock full suspension travel. A larger wheel will also negatively affect the fuel economy, as it is heavier and requires more HP to start rolling.

I would not even think about going with anything larger than 20", if you can make those work. I think you will need to significantly modify the suspension to make 22" inch wheels work.

Believe it or not, I would prefer 16" wheels on my LTZ ('09 model) because I would get better fuel economy with them.
Yeah I agree with you on the fuel economy part. I didn't notice a change at all really though. Now that I think of it, when I changed out my rims and was carrying my stocks into the garage it actually felt like the 20's were lighter. I'm most likely not gonna go with 22's but I have seen about 11 8th generation impalas with 22's and definitely no body work, no lift and no fender roll. Thanks for the advice man..

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And it messes up the tranny. (20s and up)

You need to take a hack saw up in the fenderwell and/or put a lift on the car....
DAMN..a hacksaw lol. That's a first.

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i was also wondering if evryone uses 245 35 20z for ther tirez on 8th generation impalaz..... i had 245 40'z and the had a minor rub......

i decided to remove them....
and my homie has the 245 35'z...

what are your guys suggestions??????

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i was also wondering if evryone uses 245 35 20z for ther tirez on 8th generation impalaz..... i had 245 40'z and the had a minor rub......

i decided to remove them....
and my homie has the 245 35'z...

what are your guys suggestions??????
Well I've ad the 245 35's on my impala for two years. I drove from MS. to Cali. no problem. I did have problems with rubbing and my rear tires gettin' ate up but that's due to my rear suspension (shocks etc.) being worn out and not being stiff as before. I'm most likely going to a somewhat skinnier tire or doing more of a fender roll in the rear.

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donmateo- post is right, in time will kill your tranny !! rkvette

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donmateo- post is right, in time will kill your tranny !! rkvette
Im pretty sure no matter what you do, your tranny is going to end up F*cked in the long run... Keep in mind that these cars were built while GM was on the brink of bankrupcy, and Im sure they squeezed their suppliers as tight as can be. Which is why the only saving grace for these cars is the LS4 under the hood.

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LOL, shit tranny.......IMO, the 20s just speed up the process......

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Roll out the fender a little. VERY common amongst Bimmers and other eurocars running big wheels. There is a fancy little simple machine for doing so. Attaches to where the wheel go and kindof "rolls out" the fender. its not much but often its just the little that does it. Dont know the english word for it but cost about 300 bucks over in the "old world", or you just go to a tuning shop and they do it for you. :) That´s what the europeans do anyway...

Obs, depending on how your car is constructed it might not work and forget about keeping the inner plastic as before. It will fall down/off

My cousin did it on his BMW Z3 with good result. No more shaved cheese! :)

Search for "fender roller" or something. :p

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Found it.
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Ofcourse you might have it in US too or its even invented here but Ive never seen any

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And NOW I see you already mentioned the fender roll. Thats what I get for not reading the post thoroughly... Bla bla bla!!!

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Jasonss did you tint your taillights or use nightshade? And how did soundproofing ur trunck turn out?

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