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17" Vs 18" Rims & Noise

Hulk311

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I have a couple of quick questions:

1) Are both sets of the 18" rims on the Verano "Quiet Tuned"? I thought I read somewhere that they were specially made to help with airflow and what not but can't find any info on this.

2) Is it true that 17" rims will be quieter than 18" rims due to having 1" more of rubber and air?

3) If so, anyone know of any good looking 17" rims for the verano? I am kind of disapointed with how much road noise there is, although I do know that the stock tires suck, tire rack rates them as 7.6 for road noise I believe and the tires I plan on upgrading to are rated at 9.1 for road noise.

I am just debating if I should switch out for 17" rims and if so which ones.
 

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Regarding your questions:
1) I don't know.
2) IMHO, for a specific brand/model of tire, changing the rim size from 17" to 18" (and resulting change in tire profile) will have more of an impact on the ride and handling than noise. The noise is going to be a function of the tread pattern and other factors related to tire construction. So selecting a tire built for less tread and road noise will have more of an impact on road noise than rim size. Like I said, that's my opinion and is based on my experience with different tires I have put on my GTO.
3) Road noise in the Verano? What vehicle did you transition from? The Verano is pretty quiet. Are you sure you are not driving a Regal? :)
 

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1) Yes, based on a number of articles I have read and even press releases from GM.

2) Yes, it is possible, though not an every-case. It really depends on a lot of factors. I imagine a local tire shop could give you the best information. Variables not only include rims, size, but also width, tread pattern, softness, inflation, alignment, etc.

3) The road noise in the Verano to me has been superior. If you came from an SUV or Crossover or some non-sedan, that might be a factor. As far as cars though, it is the quietest car I have ever owned and the quietest I have test-driven across BMW, Acura, Lexus, Infiniti, etc. -- though I would state that in most cases I was driving the more-equipped sporty models which does make a difference.
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hulk

My Verano w/18" wheels is THE quietest car I have ever owned, so why change to 17's when 18's look so much better?

This car CANNOT be any quieter
 

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The 18" tire, when compared to the 17", may generate different noise due to the fact that it has slightly more rubber on the pavement. But, it's the tread design of the tire that really determines how much noise a tire makes. I would dare say that the exact same tire in 17" would create almost identical noise as an 18".
If I was really dissatisfied with the tire noise, I'd talk to the specialists at a shop like the Tire Rack to select a quieter tire to buy to replace my factory tires. I wouldn't replace the wheels.
I find the Verano a very quite car, with very low tire noise, both with the factory 18"s and with the 16" snows. It is not as quiet as the BMW 540 that I had before the Verano, but close. That's saying a lot, as I could have bought 3 of my Verano's for what I paid for the BMW. Buick did a great job!
 

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I have a couple of quick questions:

1) Are both sets of the 18" rims on the Verano "Quiet Tuned"? I thought I read somewhere that they were specially made to help with airflow and what not but can't find any info on this.

2) Is it true that 17" rims will be quieter than 18" rims due to having 1" more of rubber and air?

3) If so, anyone know of any good looking 17" rims for the verano? I am kind of disapointed with how much road noise there is, although I do know that the stock tires suck, tire rack rates them as 7.6 for road noise I believe and the tires I plan on upgrading to are rated at 9.1 for road noise.

I am just debating if I should switch out for 17" rims and if so which ones.
1. No, nothing that I read said the rims were quiet tuned.

2. Highly unlikely, way too many variables.

If you believe because a tire is rated as a 9.1 for road noise means it's a tire for you, you are mistaken. You do not know what the reviewers' reference noise was to begin with. Use it as a starting point and see if you can get those tires mounted on your car at tire shop that will exchange them in case you do not like how they perform or sound.

Anyway, what road noise. You should take out another Verano for a test drive and see if you get the same noise. You never know, you may have a bad hub assembly that needs replacing. That will sound like a lot of road noise too.

:cheers:
 

Hulk311

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Does the verano come with 17" rims or only 18"? Where can I buy the stock 17" rims if indeed they are available?

For those of you that put 16" rims on for winter, do you notice any noise difference between the 16" and 18" rims?

Also, you guys have any photos of 16" rims mounted on the verano?
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Hulk311

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Hey Snoopy thanks for posting the photo of your car. I've been trying to get info about smaller wheels but there isn't much info out there on our cars. Did you notice a difference in ride quality between the 16 and 18" rims? I know the 16s have winter tires (which ones did to go with? Blizaak?). Would you recommend that I go with 16 inch rims over 18 in h rims if I care about the ride quality and don't care too much about looks or handling.
 

Snoopy

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The ride quality with the 16" tires is much better and this is comparing 16" snows to 18" all seasons. Very noticeable, as the 18" tires are quite harsh when hitting sharp bumps. (The secondary roads are poor here in Nova Scotia, so lots of bumps and potholes.) I'm using Federal Himalaya snow tires, which I find are excellent.
I would have to say that 16" would be the way to go for a softer ride.
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Just 18" for US models, regardless of trim level. Though it looks like Chevy Volt 17" will fit and offer smaller tires.
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mraliks

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Sorry to resurrect an old thread, does anyone know if 16" steel rims will fit on a 13 Verano non-base model? Looking to get some snow wheels but Cruze steel wheels that I tried have the wrong bolt pattern and seems like wouldn't work due to the brake caliper assembly being in the way. Any pictures would be appreciated.
 
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