2014 came with 20" should I down grade?


Asked by Mar 09, 2016 at 03:18 PM about the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta SE w/ Connectivity and Sunroof

Question type: Car Customization

I recently bought a 2014 Jetta se. It came with stratus 20" rims.  I am looking
for a smoother and safer ride. Is there any benifts to keeping these other than
the look..should I go stock, or perhaps 17" or 18"?  Do these wheels lower
the clearance?  Under educated.

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True low profile tires do not give you the best ride but if done right they do greatly improve the handling, you need to find out if there was any suspension work done to the vehicle to accommodate that size of rim, could have been springs or spacers, etc. What do you mean by clearance? If it is ground clearance usually it stays the same unless like I stated the suspension was modified. According to the book this car is suppose to run 15 inch wheels, now going by that I would have too say that there has been some suspension modifications done to get a full 5 inch taller wheel under there. You might want to go to a shop and have them look it over to see what was modded, but you might just be better off leaving it the way it is.

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Thanks tennisshoes. I actually have an appointment tomorrow for a recall issue. I will ask them about the mods. If any modification was done would it void my warranty? I am actually still under bumper to bumper. Side note: I researched that stock rim size on 2014 is 16" rims. I could be wrong though. For clearance of the bottom I'm just used to a Subaru Forester before it was totaled. Before that Chevy S-10 ZR2. So I need to be careful going over bumps. I heard it scrap twice already. Thanks again.

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The Jetta is already low to begin with, if anything it could have possibly raised it some, as far as the warranty that is hard to say, you would have to read the contract to find out. One site said 15's another said 16's so I guess it all depended on the trim option. Both the Subaru and the S10 had more ground clearance than your Jetta does now. Strictly a stay on the highway car.

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