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Discussion in 'Wheels & Tyres' started by Jamie Eborall, Dec 13, 2016.

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    Hi There. I'm just about to order my new 2017 ocean and am already exited about making some improvements to it. My question is does anyone think some 9.5 inch wide 18 " wheels with 45 ET will look too wide. Thanks.
     
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    No, they'll look fine. Don't forget the towbar , for the additional fuel tank and spare.
    Oh and don't forget to take them off when having it serviced as I very much doubt VW would consider any warranty claims for the suspension and drive train if the fact you have non standard wheels is logged on their system.

    Just research the problems well before you make a decision. Looks aren't everything. Function is.:thumb
     
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    Hmmm

    I am always up for this type of thing, but on my Cali the max I went for was to upgrade to 17inch VW wheels....based on the tyre damage and punctures I had on previous Audi Sport models...last thing I want on the Cali is trying to get the 'reluctant' wheels off at the road side....
     
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    Improvements....?
    Oh ,are your going to the trackdays at Silverstone ...then i agree....
     
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    My Edition 25 Caravelle has 8.5j x18 wheels as standard. They look great, but tyres are expensive and a same size spare won't fit in the spare space so it comes with a puncture repair kit. Sticking to 17's on new Cali order.
     
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    Offset should be ok, VW speciify 35 to 50 for this vehicle (assuming similar fitting to T5).

    From experience 18" will give too harsh a ride. 17" seems optimum compromise.

    It's all been said a hundred times so at the end of the day it's your choice for blingness.

    Just make sure you get van load rated units and tyres, obvs.
     
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    Thanks Guys,, some slightly more subtle than others, Ha Ha but all equally educational, I would always take safety and comfort over bling so good to hear everyone's views. 9.5 definitely not an option now.
     
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    I know you are referring to my comment ;) , just use common sense ....it is a campervan , no?
    It's all about your choice and your money .
     
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    HC works in the diplomatic core you know
     
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    Naturally it's the legendary foreign sense of humour!!! He usually just directs you to a thread where there has already been a discussion....

    I have 18's on the lowered suspension and whilst she can crash through big holes, she grips well and drives more like a car (given she's an everyday drive)
     
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    Why do i sometimes feel beeing lauhged at.....:D
     
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    Thanks Lost Boy. And only messing about HC. I appreciate all the advice and live 9 miles from Silverstone so could maybe pop up for a race day . Lost boy do you think the ride is too bumpy on 18s with it lowered given that they can be factory ordered onto a Cali. How much did you lower it. ??
     
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    I have 20" 9.5J rims fitted with ET 45 plus lowered suspension by 30mm. The ride is absolutely fine - no worse than the 17" wheels it came with. Plus in my humble opinion it looks great. I know quite a few guys running this combo with no problems.

    With 18" you obviously get more side wall and are less prone to curbing. What colour is your van and what rims are you considering?

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    The tyres are pretty close to the arch edge to answer your original question but don't rub anywhere. Here is a photo to show how 45ET looks against the bodywork.

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    For the record Days out I think it looks awesome. Thanks for the reply. Looking at an indium grey Cali with

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    18" Bardo

    Or

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    Wolfrace Eurosport Classic Gloss Gunmetal Polished



     
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    Hi. I would go for the TSW not the wolf race. In my opinion you need a modern looking wheel to suit the clean lines of the Cali. The spoked wolfrace wheel is weak looking and because the spokes don't meet the rim it looks like a 16" wheel.

    There are some nice wheels out there but you have to imagine them on the Cali If you can photoshop them on it does give a good idea before you spend your money!

    The TSW will look good.
     
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    If you choose load rated wheels the choice isn't that great.
     
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    And don't forget to tell your Insurance Company. It will be classed as a modification from the Manufacturers standards/recommendations.
     
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    Great advise. Thank you all. It's cool getting Years worth of knowledge and advise this easily. I prefer the TSW. And agree that the clean lines of the Cali will suit that modern style more. So the question is 8"with 45 et or 9.5 with 45et.
     
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    9.5j every time. If you are going to do it... do it!
     

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