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I have read posts from a number of people who have been thinking about changing from 17" wheels to 16" wheels to try to get a better ride - but not from anyone who has actually done it with normal tyres.
If you have done this, did it result in a noticeably better ride? I have 17" wheels and find the ride too "crashy" and hard on many side roads round here.
 

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I did downgrade from 17" to 16" purely for the ride and fuel. I do approx 20k annually, and it made a slight difference to both.
Ride was slightly smoother. However, the downside was whenever I needed to mount a kerb to park, I would end up scraping the front bottom guards. This was maybe due to the downsize, or maybe the shocks.
Fuel economy was better. I seemed to be getting 440-480 miles on the tank with my driving. (07 2.2 deisel).

I now have a (57 2.2 deisel) with 17". I just about get 400-440 miles on a full tank. I did'nt bother downgrading with this one. 17 still look better.
 
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Coilovers are your best bet bud to sort out the crashy ride.

I'm loving my new Meisters, nice smooth ride and no horrendous Bang! going over rough roads.
 

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16" alloys do not make the ride any better. Maybe slighty but the ride is still very harsh. As above coilovers would be the best option but they are pricey.
 

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I have read posts from a number of people who have been thinking about changing from 17" wheels to 16" wheels to try to get a better ride - but not from anyone who has actually done it with normal tyres.
If you have done this, did it result in a noticeably better ride? I have 17" wheels and find the ride too "crashy" and hard on many side roads round here.

You would be better researching tyres more, and going for tyres with a softer sidewall that are move forgiving. Also make sure your pressures are spot on and adjust accordingly.
 

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In winter I switch from 17 to 16 shod with winter tyres on my Type S- ride is better but not significantly so. Still crashy. Considering coilovers as they seem to best solution to the civics suspension shortcomings
 
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Thanks for all these replies. They are very helpful - as the difference is at best very slight it would not be worth the expenditure (unless I get some secondhand bargains).

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