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#1 hampshireman

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Posted 09 February 2014 - 09:16 PM

Hi everyone, I'm a newbie just joined so bear with me please if I sound like a twit/monga etc or I've posted in the wrong section(!)  :blink:

 

Ok, my question is this: I've just bought a brand new Zetec 1.25 (the facelifted version with the humungus front grill, does that make it a Mk8?) and while it is an excellent car so far (light years from my old 1999 Zetec), I feel the wheels could do with an improvement - they look a little piddly if you get my drift?. The car came standard fitted with 15" 5 spoke alloys (Ford code 1 817 616) with 195 55 tyres. I've looked on the Ford UK website and have seen a set I really like; a 17" 8 spoke job (Ford code 1 817 293). Using the tyre size change calculator on etyres website, it turns out that fitting 205 40 size tyres to the 17" alloys will keep the overall diameter of the wheel at exactly 596mm so no probs as regards to gearing or speedo accuracy. I have also found that the offset on both types of alloys is exactly the same: ET47.5mm so in theory, no probs there either (I think?). My question is this - does anyone know if I can simply buy the new set of 17" alloys and fit them in place of the standard 15" ones (seeing as the 17" alloy is fitted as standard to higher spec Fiestas) or will I/could I run into probs as regards to fouling the wheelarches or suspension strut etc? I know the overall width of the wheel with the new alloys and tyres will increase by 10mm but would I still be ok? Any thoughts anyone?



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Posted 09 February 2014 - 10:00 PM

It should be perfectly fine as long as all the fitments are correct. I went from 15s to 17s on my corsa no problems!



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Posted 09 February 2014 - 10:05 PM

Hi HShaw - what do you mean "all the fitments"? I thought it was just a case of taking the 'old' 15" off and putting the new 17" on its place - is there anything else?  :unsure:

 

You also said you went from 15s to 17s on your Corsa - was that standard Vauxhall alloys or aftermarket ones?



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Posted 09 February 2014 - 10:09 PM

It will be fine :) You may need new nuts for the alloy wheels + 4 locking wheel nuts.



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Posted 09 February 2014 - 10:11 PM

iNath, any particular reason for the new nuts?



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Posted 09 February 2014 - 10:19 PM

Hi HShaw - what do you mean "all the fitments"? I thought it was just a case of taking the 'old' 15" off and putting the new 17" on its place - is there anything else?  :unsure:

 

You also said you went from 15s to 17s on your Corsa - was that standard Vauxhall alloys or aftermarket ones?

 

I just meant the things you already mentioned. It'll be a straight swap :)



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Posted 09 February 2014 - 10:25 PM

you'll be fine. I also have 17 inch, no probs at all.



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Posted 09 February 2014 - 10:25 PM

HShaw - ok, things sound like I should be ok then. Just waiting on iNath to tell me why I'd need new wheel nuts for the new alloys  :rolleyes:



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Posted 09 February 2014 - 10:41 PM

HShaw - ok, things sound like I should be ok then. Just waiting on iNath to tell me why I'd need new wheel nuts for the new alloys  :rolleyes:

 

I don't think you do going from alloys to alloys. I know you do if you go from steelies to alloys as the nuts are slightly different. I didn't need new nuts in my case at least!



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Posted 09 February 2014 - 10:48 PM

HShaw, yeah that's what I thought - maybe the 17s metal around the bolt holes is a bit thicker than the 15s perhaps?

 

Anyway, whats your take on ride quality if I decide to go for 17s with 205 40 tyres? I've just read some other posts on here and a couple of people say its horrendous! They feel they have to get out and check their wheels everytime they go over a bump or pothole cos they think their alloys have been buckled :wacko:



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Posted 09 February 2014 - 11:04 PM

Sorry to say mate but that's pretty much what I feel too haha. My fiesta has 17s with 205 40 and it is a fairly hard ride but it's not that bad. You'll notice the difference but soon get used to it  :P



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Posted 09 February 2014 - 11:10 PM

Hmm, maybe I should kick this idea into touch then, no point in having a firm/hard ride on a car that sounds like a hairdryer and couldn't pull the skin off a rice puddin  :mellow:



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Posted 09 February 2014 - 11:23 PM

Haha! It's all about looks, end of the day we're all driving to the same speed limit. Might as well stand out a bit whilst doing it! ;)



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Posted 09 February 2014 - 11:27 PM

Yeah, I get where you're coming from but doing a hundred miles a day to and from work might get a bit tiresome crashing and banging over every catseye/white line/gap in the tarmac, never mind the ruddy potholes :(



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Posted 09 February 2014 - 11:44 PM

Ah yeah fair point haha. Compromise and get a set of 16s? Nice middle ground!



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