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    Default Wider (superlite) wheels on an Mi16

    Hi everyone, I desire getting a set of 15x7 superlite wheels (from Performance Wheels, that Aus group) for my Mi16. On paper, the numbers almost work, so I'm worried about real-world results. The problem is the extra fat on the tyres.

    They apparently offer two offsets, +12 and +24. If the old wheels are +29 at 6" wide, these offsets give -8mm clearance inside (with the +12) or +30mm wider outside (with +24). I can only just fit a finger between the stock tyre and the strut tube, which leaves somewhere around 1-3mm of tyre clearance if I go with the +12 offset.

    With the +24, the front tyres sticking out an extra 30mm will be just (but visibly) beyond the wheel guard. This wouldn't bother me too much; I just don't want to get booked by the police, and I don't want to get anything customised just to fit these wheels.

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    What do you think, either? Neither? Much appreciation in advance for any replies.

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    Definitely +12, less would be better. You need to subtract half the extra width from the original offset. ie 29-12.5 = 16.5. Draw it and you'll see what I mean. 6" in red, 7" in purple. Otherwise the tyre will foul the strut.
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    Thanks Peter, sorry for my ignorance but why do you mention fouling the strut at the end there? If we're worried about that, wouldn't +12 be the worse option as it gives less clearance? ie, the +12 offset gives 8mm less on the inside (correct?)
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    No, +24 pushes more wheel/tyre towards the strut. ie assuming 175 width, +24 would have 111.5 towards the strut and 63.5 from the hub face outwards.

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    I can't believe I was doing that, I just inversed the values for some reason...

    So you don't think an extra 3cm of tyre out the side is too much?

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    I'm keeping this in the same thread - does anyone know the weight of a 15" Mi16 wheel?

    Many thanks

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    Default Weight of 15" Mi16 Wheel

    I have written down 9.8kg. Not sure where I got the info from but think it is reliable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by givita_burl View Post
    I have written down 9.8kg. Not sure where I got the info from but think it is reliable.
    Thats a heavy wheel.

    ftb, You are about to put a very british rim on a very french car of a different era.
    Does that work athletically???


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    My thoughts almost exactly.
    I really like Minilte/Superlite style wheels, but a 60's era car is where they are more suited.
    Escort, Cortina, Mini, Mk2 Jag etc

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