Patrick wrote:At the risk of stating the obvious, fitting larger alloys is not going to make the wheel arch look Ã¢â‚¬Å“fullerÃ¢â‚¬Â because the circumference of a 20Ã¢â‚¬Â alloy with tyre is the same as a 15Ã¢â‚¬Â alloy with tyre. As the alloy gets larger the width of rubber reduces to ensure the rolling distance of the wheel remains constant (and the speedo accurate!).
I am not sure lowering the car will improve the aesthetics. Every car I see on the road has a constant gap between the outer edge of the tyre and the edge of the wheel arch. Dropping the ride height will make the tyre gap between the top of the tyre and the top of the wheel arch a lot less than the gap at the two bottoms of the wheel arch and this lack of symmetry is likely to look just plain strange!
Look at the pics from the post on the club site - with the lowering the gap is the same all around the tyre rather than having a large gap around the top as it does as standard.http://www.the75andztclub.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?t=55972&page=7
I agree regarding changing the wheel size makes no difference whatsoever due to the rolling circumference having to be the same.
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