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Can I Put 17" Wheels On My Fiesta Studio?


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#16 HA06ZZA

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 10:28 AM

Make sure that all parts are genuine

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 01:25 PM

do you think I should buy this spoiler for my car? http://www.ebay.co.u...=item4abdc5f9c0


It's not a genuine part - up to you.

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 01:28 PM

If you put genuine parts on your car, you shouldn't really end up with an insurance increase as far as my experience is concerned. Depends on insurance company's though, plus as a young driver that'll also have you tarred with the 'boy racer' brush. Enquire though, because if it's something you want to do, it's worth looking in to.

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 01:40 PM

You're better off just waiting a year and buying a sportier car instead of modifying a slower car. The insurance premiums just aren't worth it

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 05:29 PM

I've got a 2012 studio mate and I reckon a few little mods are all that's needed. I wouldn't go to lengths of putting bodykits on. My plans are to:

Body colour the handles and mirrors,
Tint the back windows (already done),
Asian grill,
Zetec s alloys

Fairly cheap mods that will transform the car.

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 07:07 PM

Don't know why there are people on here trying to urge you away from making your car look better and feel better to you, meant to be an encouraging forum

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 07:34 PM

What's the point of a sheep in wolf's clothing?

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 07:50 PM

Don't know why there are people on here trying to urge you away from making your car look better and feel better to you, meant to be an encouraging forum


Considering he already pays 2000 on insurance and the mods in question would easily add a minimum of 1000. 3k insurance is a hell of a lot. It's just under half the price of the car.

Yes he could go down your route of not insuring the mods but if he were to have a crash or be involved in one then the insurance company would void the insurance, thus leaving a massive bill. Paying the other parties claim and yours.


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Posted 29 October 2012 - 07:52 PM

What's the point of a sheep in wolf's clothing?


There's nothing wrong with tweaking your car with mods. It's not all about how fast your car goes. It's down to if you can afford it really :P

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 08:18 PM

Putting 17" rims on a 1.25 litre Fiesta isn't a good idea, it will adversly affect performance. It will also make the car look like it's on rollerskates unless the suspension is lowered.

Better off just saving your cash and buying a higher mileage Zetec S, unless the insurance is going to be an issue for you.

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 08:39 PM

Fair point

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 08:45 PM

Don't know why there are people on here trying to urge you away from making your car look better and feel better to you, meant to be an encouraging forum


Agreed.

Putting 17" rims on a 1.25 litre Fiesta isn't a good idea, it will adversly affect performance. It will also make the car look like it's on rollerskates unless the suspension is lowered.

Better off just saving your cash and buying a higher mileage Zetec S, unless the insurance is going to be an issue for you.


I don't see how it would have any effect on performance, they probably weigh the same if not less so won't put any strain on the car. Sure you have a tiny bit extra grip but then again all running gear is the same as on the 1.6's anyway so this has nil effect. If suspension wise, well the ZS is what -20mm? I hardly see suspension issues down to wheel changes anyway. The only thing you may need is a steering limiter as I believe something like is fitted to the ZS street pack.

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 09:12 PM

So now your showing off to whether you can afford it or not?

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 09:44 PM

The 17" wheels will be fine, a steering rack limiter is recommend by Ford (around £9) I bought it and then never bothered fitting it as they didn't rub.
The standard models are only 10mm (less than half an inch!) higher than the Zetec S so height will not be an issue either.

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 10:33 PM

17" rims will undoubtedly be heavier than their 15" counterparts. The increases in wheel weight and tyre width may affect acceleration and fuel economy on a 1.25 engine car. You would also have to make sure your rolling radius remains the same otherwise the speedo will be out.

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