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2009 Honda Fit - Wrenchin'

Wheels, Tires, And Suspension

Staff Report
Jun 1, 2009
Photographers: Aaron Bonk, Henry DeKuyper
Htup_0906_01_z+2009_honda_fit+rear_view Photo 1/25   |   We added 10mm Project Kics wheel spacers out back to bring the Falken tires just past the fender line. The GE8's rear wheels naturally tuck in more than the fronts, so a spacer or reduced offset out back is the only way to even things up. Spacers make more sense here and will allow us to rotate the Fit's tires since offset is equal all around. The Project Kicks wheel spacers feature integrated studs, which means you can add 10mm or more without having to worry about running out of threads.

Project Fit
Two months ago, we asked you what you thought about Project Fit. Aside from the two guys who want to see a V-6 squashed underneath the GE8's hood, the responses were fairly predictable: lower it, put some wheels on it, and make it faster. As much fun as a big, fat J35A would be, it just isn't practical at this point. No, we're going to push the 1.5-liter engine's limits. Sure, the whole thing could end with a neat little window positioned in the side of the block, but nobody will be able to say we didn't try.

But before we start fiddling with the engine, we've got to address the exterior. The '09 Fit is wider and longer than the previous model and its wheelbase and track is extended. It also doesn't handle any better and its gawky stance doesn't do much for aesthetics. The solution is simple, solves both the aesthetic and the handling issues, and involves nothing more than a set of adjustable coilovers paired with properly sized rims and tires. We turned to Function Form for a set of its 32-way Type II adjustable coilovers. Function Form is hot right now, so if you haven't heard of them, you best step out of your cave. The company manufactures high-quality, double-adjustable coilovers for most popular Honda applications and, apparently, for unpopular Honda applications like the GE8 Fit. But that'll all change soon. Although the Fit's in-crowd status will no doubt escalate, as expected, hard parts like coilovers are at a premium at the moment.

You can't lower a chassis like the Fit without proper wheel and tire fitment. Well, you can, but it won't do much for good looks. Project Fit's wheel choice had to meet several criteria: they had to look good, they had to be light, they had to fit properly in terms of width and offset, and they had to be unique. Although the Fit Sport is outfitted from the factory with 16-inch alloys, we opted for 15x6.5 Rays Gram Lights 57 Optimise that feature a +38 offset paired with Falken Azenis tires sized at 205/50-15. While some may consider such wheel and tire downsizing on par with sacrilege, consider the reduced offset and increased drop that's possible in such cases. Because of the wheel and tire's decreased overall diameter, offset can be reduced to as little as +30 without any rubbing. You can't say the same for a 16x7-inch wheel. Bolting it all on is the easy part.

You Said
"Your Fit would look so badass with a set of Equips tucked into the wheel wells...with a healthy offset." --Elgin Zeiber

"I support fitting your GD3 with some Mugen accessories such as ventilated window visors and a spoiler."--Joseph Hallberg

"It could use suspension tweaks to flatten out in the corners."--Ted Moores

"A swap is probably the best way to motivate this hatch. It would be nice to see a well thought out turbo build."--Tim Ryan

"If you guys could keep the 1.5-liter engine, that would be great."--Shawn B.

"I think a K-series swap would be tight, but a V-6 swap would be serious." --Kyle Mitchell

Sources

Mackin Industries
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
562-946-6820
http://www.mackinindustries.com
Falken Tires
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
800-723-2553
www.falkentire.com
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