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Thinking of changing to 16" wheels

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Hi guys

I`m thinking of changing my wheel size to 16" wheels from 17" 235 /45/17 tires, so I can run a higher profile tire to hopefully give a smoother ride and less tire noise , has anybody done this to there jag and will it give a smoother,quieter drive ?

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So i am going to keep my 16's? I want 17's. Please explain the dynamics here as i am happy to swap mine for a nice set of 17's

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I've had 16's and 18's on both my se and sport. I found the 16's to spongy on the se but ok on the sport. The 18's are hard on both cars. Am in the market for a set of 17's

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Well I`m hoping to pick a set of 16" wheels & tires up at the weekend , in which case I will be selling my 17" with 225/45/17 wheels and tires ...

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Where in Essex are you Ray? My folks are Ipswich way and i am down there quite a bit. Also, what style are your 17's? Condition etc?

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Hello mate ..

I`m Braintree Essex, style not sure , I`ll try and upload a pic ....

There you go ....

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I`ve bought a set of 16" wheels , should be here by Monday so I`ll let you know soon after ...

 

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Hello mate , yeah good , they seem to make the ride a little less hard so I reclon I`ll be sticking to these now ....

Look for a new home for my 17" wheels now .....

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I've got 16's on the x type I've just purchased. They very quiet but I'm looking for a set of 18's so if anyone fancies a swap let me know.

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Welcome to the Club, Ben.

I had 17"  when I had an X type which were very comfortable, and probably look just about the right size for the X type.

My son has 18" on his x type estate, and they look a touch on the large size, but not too big on the Estate.

Personally, for a more comfortable ride I would stick with the 17".

Regards, 

Peter.

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Yeah but Peter I'm 27 and trying to hang onto my youth!  :wheelchair:

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10 hours ago, bens851 said:

Yeah but Peter I'm 27 and trying to hang onto my youth!  :wheelchair:

Hi Ben, 

My son has 18" wheels on his x type estate - a bit of a workhorse.   They do look a bit too big, and tyres are far more expensive. He is 45!

I had 17" on my x type and it handled very well.  They suited the car, and  some professional drivers have changed 18" wheels to 16" for better handling!

I would stick with what you have got.

Regards,

Peter.

 

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Hi Ben,

Very personal and subjective view of course but I'd stick with what you already have. I don't think bigger wheels do the X-Type any favours at all.

I'm also trying to hang on to what's left of my youth :wacko:

Operationally, of course, the wheels might need to be bigger if you were installing larger brakes. Lower profile types will, of course, make the ride less comfortable but possibly you might not notice. I certainly did though when I drove an X-Type with 18" wheels back to back with an X-Type with 16" wheels.

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