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New to the game,
Just puchased a bear bones 2009 Xb and want to start with lowering it and getting, wheels and tires. Bought Eibach springs, 1.2" front and 2.2" rear.
I am looking for advice on best wheel and tire size. Any advice is appreciated.

I like the stance on the silver one.
 

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People on this forum have everything from dressed-up stock 16" steelies to 20". I'm running Tanabe NF210 springs with 16" alloy wheels 7" wide with 40mm offset with 225/50-16 tires. I kept the 16" size to retain ride quality and because 16" tires are less expensive than larger sizes. You may want to take a look at the tool at Custom rims, wheel tire packages for your ride - RIMSnTIRES.com to compare wheel and tire widths. On the left hand side, click on Shop Rims by car, enter your car, then on the left hand side click on Size Comparer. To avoid speedometer/odometer errors try to keep the same rolling diameter as stock.

From your second picture I assume you are looking at bigger wheels than 16". The bigger the wheel, the more weight (larger diameter needs more metal), and also cost (bigger wheels and tires tend to be more expensive). Also a bigger wheel will have a shorter tire sidewall to go with it, so cornering is improved slightly but ride degrades because the tire is less compliant.

The best compromise between ride and looks is probably 18" wheels that are 7" or 8" wide, but of course that depends on your personal preference. A number of folks on this forum are running 18" wheels with no clearance issues.

That said, your second picture appears to have 19" wheels, judging from the short sidewalls.

Have fun shopping!
 

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Like BrickPig said there are a lot of choices for what you can go with in terms of tire and wheel packages. I will disagree on the pictured wheels though. They look to be 18s to me, too much rubber for 19s. Actually looking at them they look to be Falken wheels with spacers behind them. I had a set for a bit. They are 18 x 7.5 +42

For an example of size and offset here is a shot of my old Privat wheels.

18x8 +40 with 215/40r18 tires



I actually have these for sale if your interested, $400 with tires plus whatever shipping is. The tires on them are 225-40R18 and have ok tread left on them. PM me if you are interested.

A different example is my current setup.

20x8.5+35 front 20x9+31 rear with 215/30R20 tires



Excuse the 4x4 look, I don't have my air ride hooked up right now.
 
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