18" alloys by nick nick



nick nick
Anyone put me in the picture as regarding pros & cons of upgrading my 17" alloys to 18" ie handling ..grip & insurance ..John
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Posted 24 Jun 2012, 08:24 #1 

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Zeb
18" tyres are more expensive.Not entirely convinced you'd see much of an improvement in grip / handling? I might be wrong! If you are using OEM wheels that were available as an option then there should be no insurance implications at all.

Posted 24 Jun 2012, 08:43 #2 


nick nick
Hi Zeb i remember changing the tyres on my very first car ( a fiesta )from 155 to 165 and the handling
went from good to amazing the car stuck to the road like a go cart and was wondering by going up to
an 18" rim and a wider tyre (currently 225) it would noticeably improve the handling....Dont get me
wrong i have no intention of throwing my connie around those days are well & truly behind me but i dont
want to go to the expense of new larger wheels just to fill up the archs
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Posted 24 Jun 2012, 08:55 #3 

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MrDoodles
To be fair it also depends on whether the cars suspension is also set up for them!

On a Track driving at 100%, a Professional driver would be able to tell the difference in grip levels, but on public roads at sensible speeds, I doubt any normal driver would be able to tell the difference other than the slightly firmer ride!

Tyres are more expensive, but most people fit them as they look better!
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Posted 24 Jun 2012, 08:59 #4 

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Dave
Not sure if it helps, but a while back I went from 195/65R15 to 215/50R17 Starspokes

They look much, much better but I can honestly say, they have made no noticeable difference whatsoever to handling or ride!

Also, no difference to insurance, although I did make sure I declared them to my insurers (Adrian Flux) :mrgreen:

Posted 24 Jun 2012, 09:04 #5 


nick nick
I have 17" serpents on at the moment which could do with a refurb I fancy a set of straights or
something from a MK2
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Posted 24 Jun 2012, 09:09 #6 

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Mofo
nick nick wrote:I have 17" serpents on at the moment which could do with a refurb I fancy a set of straights or
something from a MK2


Bigger wheels won't help you with kerbs tho John :lol:

Posted 24 Jun 2012, 10:10 #7 


dissy1810
Stick with the serpents John 18s would spoil your car the 18 are the same width 225/45/18 so all you will achieve is a harder ride and more expensive tyres 17s are the best of both for ride and handling

Posted 24 Jun 2012, 10:18 #8 


nick nick
Cheers young man.....How you doin anyway.....Notice i called you young man Steve..LOL
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Posted 24 Jun 2012, 10:40 #9 

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nick nick
Mofo wrote:
nick nick wrote:I have 17" serpents on at the moment which could do with a refurb I fancy a set of straights or
something from a MK2


Bigger wheels won't help you with kerbs tho John :lol:


Hiya Chris.....If the council thought about where they put their Kerbs there wouldnt be
a problem.....Beside the edge of the road....I ask you...LOL
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Posted 24 Jun 2012, 10:43 #10 

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MrDoodles
nick nick wrote:I have 17" serpents on at the moment which could do with a refurb I fancy a set of straights or
something from a MK2


To be fair 2nd hand Serpents seem to very popular, so you may be able to buy a set of 18's for less than you sell them for!
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Posted 24 Jun 2012, 10:50 #11 


nick nick
Oh i have no intention of selling the serpents Mick i will keep them & get them refurbed and just put the on for meets
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Posted 24 Jun 2012, 10:54 #12 


dissy1810
nick nick wrote:Cheers young man.....How you doin anyway.....Notice i called you young man Steve..LOL


I'm doing well old man;) will we still see you at the metro meet ? If so I look forward to seeing you

Posted 24 Jun 2012, 11:00 #13 


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