I finally got my car back. What a joy it was to drive to work today.
The 17" wheels definitely have a different ride than my old wheels. I could feel the bumps in the road a little more, but the handling seems a lot tighter. It's a good trade-off, but now I'd be hesitant to get shorter springs. I don't want it to be bumpier than it is now.
On the other hand, the wheels look sharp. The silver finish on the wheels is an exact match to the finish on the car. It's gorgeous. Chris said they look, "pretty sick," in the parlance of our times.