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Old 08-08-2008, 02:53 AM
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Default Think we can fit 9.5's?

So I know of atleast 4 MINI's that have run 9's without too much rubbing.

We've got D6, MidniteCoop, and MINIboy who ran 9's with an et25 and 215's.

Chris (thewanderer) went with 16x9 et15 and they still fit very nicely. Again, 215's were used.

I've discussed it with a few people in PMs, but I figured I would open it to the public so we can bounce ideas off each other. Do you think 16x9.5 is do-able? What tire would you run....215/40, 225/40, or 225/35?

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16x9 et15 215/40 toyo t1r. Still room on the inside, not a whole lot of room to go wider on the outside. Maybe a little.

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17x9 et25 215/40 falken 912s. Not much room on the inside (maybe 5mm?), any additional width would need to be on the outside. Lots of room on the outside though.

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16x9 et25 In terms of clearance same as above. Not much room on the inside....you could probably go slightly wider on the outside since they're 16's rather than 17s.

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Old 08-08-2008, 02:56 AM
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On paper, if you can fit 16x9 et15's and you can fit 16x9 et25's, you should be able to fit 16x9.5 et20. You would only be 1mm wider on the inside and 1mm wider on the outside. Based on the above cars, I'd say that there is 1mm on the inside and 1mm on the outside for sure

I think 16x9.5 et20-25 would be ideal. I'm just not sure about tires. You would probably need a good deal of stretch...215's might be too extreme, and 225's might rub.

Offset calc if you wanna toss around some numbers: http://www.1010tires.com/WheelOffsetCalculator.asp
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Old 08-08-2008, 03:02 AM
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215/40/17 Falken 452's on a 17x9.5

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215/45/17 Falken 512's on 17x9.5

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if we can fit 17x9, can we fit 18x8?
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Old 08-08-2008, 03:12 AM
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Have you got your eyes on some wheels Rally?

Your logic seems to make sense...in terms of the clearance....would toying with the camber help?

I reckon the 215 on the 9.5in is almost too much lip exposed. Though it looks like the Toyo's rim protectors stick out a bit further than the Falkens....and may look a little better...

My personal fave is the 215/40 (or 45?) 16x9 et25..
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Old 08-08-2008, 03:24 AM
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if we can fit 17x9, can we fit 18x8?
Possibly. Depends on the offset and tires. 18's already have issues with rubbing since they're so big, but I'm sure it's possible.

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Your logic seems to make sense...in terms of the clearance....would toying with the camber help?
I'm just contemplating possibilities. Camber would definitely help if it was poking too much.

I think my offset would be too low if I made my RS's 16x9.5. They'd end up being 16x9.5 et15......so I'll probably just stick with 16x9 et21.
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with 16" on a MINI, your tire profile is gonna be the hardest part to achieve with extreme stretch without it looking too balloony.

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you're gonna be poking out an additional .25" more, and are you sure he has an additional .25" more room on the inside?
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you're gonna be poking out an additional .25" more, and are you sure he has an additional .25" more room on the inside?
Yah....that's if it is 16x9.5 et15, which won't work unfortunately. He must have .25" on the inside because the 16x9 et25 works and that's almost .4" more on the inside.

I think 16x9.5 et25 or 20 would work fine though.
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Do you think those 215/40's above are a good profile to avoid the balloony look of 16's?
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if we can fit 17x9, can we fit 18x8?


Brain is running 18X8... with 225s no issues
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Brain is running 18X8... with 225s no issues
18x8 is totally possible with the right offset, I'm thinking about going with something wider right now as the Volks are 18x7.5" but just don't have any idea of what wheels to go wtih, I'm leaning towards some BBS LM since my friend's shop can remachine them to a 4x100
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Do you think those 215/40's above are a good profile to avoid the balloony look of 16's?
those would look and work great, but then you gain wheel gap, even though you're on air-ride, the car has to be up so far for drivability. I remember when I was on 16" wheels with 205/45's and my under carriage was scraping on bumps in the road, the worst part was, I still had wheel gap. So parked with your bags deflated, sitting on the ground, it would look awesome, but I think when you put it back up to drive it might look funny, dunno though... it's just like what we talked about yesterday, trial & error.


I actually think 215/45 might be better for 9" or 9.5"
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It sounds like it would work, but maybe it's too little extra width for all of the extra trouble. I say if you're going for it, try 10".

As for the shorter tire height... That will make it easier to lay it out, but you run into the goofy look of so many old school "low riders" with wire wheels. They look retarded unless they are parked and laid out.
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Old 08-08-2008, 02:18 PM
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Yah, the driving height issue could be fixed with shorter struts which I plan on installing at some point down the road. They're 2 inches shorter than the current one, so the driving height wouldn't leave that much wheel gap.
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