The minefield of alloy wheels

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The minefield of alloy wheels

Post by Mallion » Tue Feb 12, 2008 2:42 pm

Hi all,i wish to buy a set of alloys for my 19 gti,1993.at Halfords they are worried about the rear suspension &the arch rubbing.surely same tyre size 185/60/14 would be ok.??.has anyone had problems ?9with alloys i mean)!! any info much appreciated Cheers BarryMallion :( :cry: :(

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Re: The minefield of alloy wheels

Post by DavidRutherford » Tue Feb 12, 2008 3:19 pm

Mallion wrote:at Halfords they are a bunch of idiots who know nothing about what they are selling, have no mechanical understanding, and sell overpriced rubbish
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What matters with aftermarket wheels is the ET (offset), PCD (pitch circle diameter) width (the "J" size) and the overall diameter.

Somewhere I have saved a web-page with all the ET and PCD requirements of most cars made. If I can find it, I'll put up the requirements of the BX, but I'm fairly sure someone else will know it anyway.

The ET and PCD are essential numbers to get right, otherwise they won't even fit on the car. If the diameter and J are the same as a standard BX wheel then it will definitely fit in the arches too. You can get away with a wider or bigger wheel, but some cars need a little bit removed from the wheelarch lip.
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Post by cavmad » Tue Feb 12, 2008 4:45 pm

I've had 6J non-standard alloys wearing 195/60/14 rubber on various BXs I've owned with no problem, though I wouldn't go any wider than that tbh.
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Post by tim leech » Tue Feb 12, 2008 5:34 pm

Apparently you can squeeze a 205 tyre in but again like Billy says 6J alloys are about as wide as you can go without modyfing the rear arches. 195/50R15 wheels and tyres would be ok if you get the right offset.
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still on alloys!!

Post by Mallion » Tue Feb 12, 2008 5:37 pm

hi ,has any one got a set size 5and a half J ,if you are willing to sell i could always get them refurbished, cheers Barry Mallion 8)

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Post by MULLEY » Tue Feb 12, 2008 6:27 pm

I'm sure Simon had 17" alloys on his car at one time :shock:

Alloys do turn up from time to time on the bay of scrote....

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Post by cavmad » Tue Feb 12, 2008 7:12 pm

Barry, I have a set of 6Jx14 alloys (aftermarket) with good 195/60/14 tyres if you're interested?
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Post by Mallion » Tue Feb 12, 2008 8:02 pm

Can you please send a picture and price wanted :lol: cheers Barry Mallion

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Post by cavmad » Tue Feb 12, 2008 8:16 pm

Will do Barry, bear with me please might take a day or so.
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alloy wheel guide

Post by grecian » Tue Feb 12, 2008 10:09 pm

I use this site

http://www.alloyguide.co.uk/

tyre size can be critical if the wheel arch clearance is tight
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Post by Vanny » Tue Feb 12, 2008 11:09 pm

i've 'squeezed' a set of 205/40 R17's under the car with bags of room and no arch modifications on the valver, i reckon with a bit of careful modification then it would be more than possible to sling 215's under, and no i don't mean chop the whole arch off!

Be wary of the ET and dont worry too much about the rest!

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Post by Philip Chidlow » Wed Feb 13, 2008 12:24 am

So what offset / ET is a 16v going to have?
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Re: still on alloys!!

Post by docchevron » Wed Feb 13, 2008 3:48 am

Mallion wrote:hi ,has any one got a set size 5and a half J ,if you are willing to sell i could always get them refurbished, cheers Barry Mallion 8)
Yes, but by god they need a refurb and a half. and possibly then some.

Billy's wheels looked great on his BX, and dont need a refurb!
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Post by cavmad » Wed Feb 13, 2008 9:13 am

Philip chidlow wrote:So what offset / ET is a 16v going to have?
5 or 5.5J I think and offset of 15-22.
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Post by Kitch » Wed Feb 13, 2008 10:52 pm

16v's have 6J rims, the GTi's have 5.5

Depends what you want in the way of alloys, but you can fit bigger alloys on them than people will give you credit for. I put 195/50/15 alloys and tyres on the valver with no issues at all.....except it made it ride worse. Kinda defeats the point of the suspension really!