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Hot on the heels of my battery warning light drama which seems to have been resolved at a reasonable cost, I have some pennies left therefore I've decided while the x type is delicious I would like to add a little bit of individuality to precedings. I'm fancying changing the wheels and rubber...

Therefore my question is what size could I realistically apply? I was thinking 17 or maybe 18's. Although I've seen a few 19 inch monsters but would be concerned they may look a little bit "bling" I'm looking for stylish refinement. Not ostentatious bile inducing looks of horror!

If I opt for 18's would these cause rubbing issues on the arches reduce or effect the turning circle etc??

And another problem is very few sellers show the particular wheel fitted to the vehicles in question therefore visualising the wheel on the car is a problem as it's all a bit late to discover they look abhorrent after parting company with close to a thousand pounds? Therefore are there any alloy wheel suppliers that have a option to apply the wheels to the car beforehand some fancy website maybe?

I would also like to see the other owners club members after market wheels so if you have any pictures please may I see them!,

Any advise warnings or general information is greatly appreciated!!

Regards in advance


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Hi Andy,


When I had an x type I had 17" Wheels which I found gave me a very good ride.  I think 18" wheels would look a bit too big on the X type and I have heard that the smaller wheels give a better ride.


I have 18" wheels on my S  Type and they look about right for the car.


tyres are a different matter.  They are more utilitarian than aesthetic.  You have a performance car and you should not skimp on tyres.  I have Pirellis which were on the car when I bought it, and I have no complaint.  I had similar on my x type 2.5 AWD and I thought they were very good, too.





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Thanks peter.

I will probably go up to 17's. Now I need to decide which will look best on the car!! As far as tires go I'll get something fancy! No part worms or Chinese imitations!!!

Regards Andy

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Hi Andy,


As a Premium Member, there is a company which gives a 20% discount to Jaguar Owner' s club members, called Rimfurbish, which you will find by clicking on Membership and going from there.


They also supply alloy wheels and do a part exchange service.  They are based in West Bromwich, which is 12 miles away from me, but they will deliver, but that could be more expensive than driving down here and letting them do the job on their premises, if you decide on a set of new alloys.


It is worth having a look at the site.





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