Sport Clio 172 MK2 17 inch alloys, must lower?
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    Default Sport Clio 172 MK2 17 inch alloys, must lower?

    Is lowering a must with 17 inch alloys (no opinions on looks thanks), I mean will everything go ok without lowering with 17 inch rims?

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    Is it possible to just lower the tire size to make up the change in rim diameter?

    If so any suggestions on rims for a black sport clio?

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    Quote Originally Posted by smokey
    Is lowering a must with 17 inch alloys (no opinions on looks thanks), I mean will everything go ok without lowering with 17 inch rims?

    Is it possible to just lower the tire size to make up the change in rim diameter?

    If so any suggestions on rims for a black sport clio?
    Quiet a number of people have done it with out lowering, Dave Power, Grant, Nate? But, i know you said this... but look is important. Some wheels simply won't look right. But you don't need to lower the car for 17" wheels, just down profile the tyres accordingly.
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    To avoid any problems it is easiest if you just maintain the same diameter of the wheel+tyre package, so with 17" rims you will need very low profile rubber.

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    excellent, thats what I was hoping.

    I like the look of these alloys http://www.cliosport.net/gallery/clio172/s-david1.jpg

    But the car has been lowered 30mm. Are there any similar alloys you know of that wouldnt need lowering? How do I know if the alloys will need lowering?

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    Ive got 17's on my car and the rolling radius should be very close to the stock ones! So the gap you see with the stock 15 should be similar to to 17's

    You can lower the car as long as the Offset of the wheel is the same. But you can always lip the guards just to make sure.

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    What rims do you have foxman?

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    Ive got 17x7 Racingharts on my RCS. There a japanese wheel. Look great against the silver paint work!

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    A quick calc...

    15" Rim = 381mm total diameter
    50mm profile on stockie = +100mm
    Total diameter = 481mm

    17" Rim = 431.8mm total diameter
    40mm profile on tyre = +80mm
    Total diameter = 511.8

    So the 17's with 40's are 30.8mm larger in diameter, making your car sit 15mm higher than stock.

    Also makes em 6.2% larger, which makes your speedo out 6%! i.e. 94km/h on the speedo is really 100km/h. However i've seen 2 different RCS' on 2 different GPS systems give 93km/h readouts when the speedo says 100km/h! (came out in europe with 16's & didnt recalibrate?)

    I wouldnt recomend going below 40mm profile. Your best bet would be to get 16's if you want to keep close to stock setup (if you can get good wheels in 16's!!!)

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    Stick to 15"s!!

    I've tried from 17" to 16" now back to 15"

    17" is too big for clios, don't lower the car if you getting 17". Lowering your car you will scrape the front plastic guard under wheel arch on every corner and bumps for sure.


    Just find a set of 15" or 16" lightweight rims ( about 4~5 kg each) and some good rubber, you'll find you accelerate alot quicker. Less rotational mass is always good!! This is from my experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nate
    A quick calc...

    15" Rim = 381mm total diameter
    50mm profile on stockie = +100mm
    Total diameter = 481mm

    17" Rim = 431.8mm total diameter
    40mm profile on tyre = +80mm
    Total diameter = 511.8
    50 and 40mm profile? Where are you getting those figures from?

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    profile like 40 and 45 and 50 etc isn't measured in mm. it is a % of the tyre width.

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    ahhh...thanks Nate. I need that!

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    Check out the forum at cliosport.net for other peoples experiences with rims that big on the 172. I'd definitly be sticking with 15"... or 16" at the most !

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    r.e. profiles...
    lol... really?

    i'm a self confessed n00b...

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    G'day Smokey,

    I have a set of white 17x7 Advanti Stalkers. Accompanied by a set of Kumho Ecsta KU19 '215/40R17'. Most folk stick with 205/40R17, but I found they did not protect the edge of the rim enough, hence my reason for widening 10mm.

    I actually find that with my 17's on, the car appears 'lower' - because of the optical illusion created by the larger wheels, making the guards more 'complete' - i.e. no large gaps between tyre wall and the lip of wheel arches.

    There's no way i'd lower my RCS, as previously mentioned you would get plenty of scrub against plastic guards, etc.

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    Your link doesn't work, but I think these are the pics you're after:

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    Thanks Linc!

    I have now edited my URL link to your site onto the pic that I originally wanted.

    BTW - You didn't answer my question regarding nude shoots Lincoln!!!
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    Hahaha...Yeeeaaaah. Likely

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    Smokey
    if you go for new wheels I may be interested in buying your std 15's provide I can figure out a way to get them to vic at low cost
    PM me if your interested

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