16" or 17" - Which do you prefer? by moretvicar


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moretvicar
Any one here got experience of different wheel sizes on saloons?
I really like the look of Serpents but they are 17". I am currently running on 16" and wondered what the difference might be?
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Nick

Posted 09 Jul 2012, 12:04 #1 

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Pedro
My car came with 16" as standard. I'm currently running 17" serpents in the summer and 15" comets with winter tyres in the winter, so I've tried all 3 sizes. Basically, the larger the wheel diameter, the firmer the ride, but the steering is more positive, but I've not really noticed a huge difference between 16" and 17" to tell the truth. I also think that 75s look better with the slightly larger wheel, but that's just my personal preference.
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Posted 09 Jul 2012, 12:36 #2 

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Tourerfogey
Prefer 15" myself as then you don't have to pay stupid prices for decent tyres . . . ;)

Posted 09 Jul 2012, 13:51 #3 

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JakeWilson
I had 17 inch starspokes on mine for about 20k, certainly the best compromise between handling and comfort.

Posted 09 Jul 2012, 14:06 #4 

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Jürgen
Tourerfogey wrote:Prefer 15" myself as then you don't have to pay stupid prices for decent tyres . . . ;)

The price difference is astonishing indeed. I admit that this has been one reason putting me off. I was looking for 16" as compromise between look and comfort, but the tires are twice as expensive.




JakeWilson wrote:I had 17 inch starspokes on mine for about 20k,

£20k? :shock: Jake?!? :-? That is a stupid price to pay for wheels ... :whump:


:gmc:
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Posted 09 Jul 2012, 14:46 #5 

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Mintman
15"= the smoothest ride :bed:

Posted 10 Jul 2012, 14:56 #6 

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JakeWilson
Jürgen wrote:
Tourerfogey wrote:Prefer 15" myself as then you don't have to pay stupid prices for decent tyres . . . ;)

The price difference is astonishing indeed. I admit that this has been one reason putting me off. I was looking for 16" as compromise between look and comfort, but the tires are twice as expensive.




JakeWilson wrote:I had 17 inch starspokes on mine for about 20k,

£20k? :shock: Jake?!? :-? That is a stupid price to pay for wheels ... :whump:


:gmc:



If I had that much money to spend on wheels I'd be on Vortexs! :-D

Posted 10 Jul 2012, 16:16 #7 


nick nick
I have only ever had 17" serpents and they are fine....However i would like a set of 18" strights
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Posted 11 Jul 2012, 18:36 #8 


Suffolk Man
just put the ztt back on 17"s after a few problems with the hairpins.quite pleased they fitted as i have only just fitted the 190 brake conversion.the look is awesome the discs look as big as the wheels

Posted 12 Jul 2012, 15:56 #9 

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raistlin
VeeKay is quite smooth enough on 16" wheels, and being a 75, gives the sort of ride I'd expect. If I had a ZT though, perhaps the stiffer ride of the 17" wheels would be more appropriate :)

Main thing to watch out for Nick, is getting the right aspect ratio tyres so your rolling radius stays the same.
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Posted 12 Jul 2012, 15:58 #10 

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Dave
JakeWilson wrote:I had 17 inch starspokes on mine for about 20k, certainly the best compromise between handling and comfort.


Are these the set I had off you?

I had 15" something or others on before, and honestly, can't feel any difference in ride or handling!

The Starspokes do look much better though!

Posted 13 Jul 2012, 18:43 #11 

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JakeWilson
To be honest Dave I don't know, having had that many sets of the things!

Surprised to hear you didn't think there was a difference though.

Posted 13 Jul 2012, 18:47 #12 

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Dave
:) I am just not very good with this sort of thing. After I had the Xpower remap thingey, it felt much the same! :(

(although, I'm sure if it was downgraded, I'd notice that!)

Posted 13 Jul 2012, 18:56 #13 


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