17 inch wheels OK on a MK2?

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17 inch wheels OK on a MK2?

Post by Sultanoftippoo » 07/11/19 12:15

Apologies if this has been covered before but as a new member (and proud owner of a MK2 T-Bar), I’d really appreciate some guidance on how easy it is to fit 17 inch wheels (ie: direct fit without having to change anything) and if no mods are needed what is a good premium tyre choice (brand and sizes)? - I’ve seen a nice set of JR5’s so wondered if anyone has any experience with these.

I’ll be using the car as a daily driver with the occasional Track day in the summer.

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Re: 17 inch wheels OK on a MK2?

Post by peteV6R5 » 07/11/19 13:22

https://www.mr2oc.co.uk/know-your-2/mk2 ... bartid=261

check out know your 2, loads of good info for the mk2.

my preference is 17" wheels. had standard 15s and also set of 16s
had 3 different sets of 17" wheels
17 x 7" ET40 with 15mm hubcentric spacers on rears 215/40/17 and 235/40/17 (rears are 5mm oversize for 7" rims)
17x7.5" ET40 with 15mm spacer and tyres as above but tyres are perfect fit for 7.5" rims.
17x8 ET32 with 215/40/17 front and 17x9 ET35 with 245/40/17 rears
all above fit with standard or coilover suspension.
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Re: 17 inch wheels OK on a MK2?

Post by Sultanoftippoo » 07/11/19 20:31

Many thanks for this info Pete (first time I’ve looked at aftermarket wheels hence the dumb questions).

The JR5 wheels I was looking at were 17x8.5 (fronts) and 17x9.5 (rears) so not sure they would fit without Suspension mods so I like the options you provided by only needing spacers.

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Re: 17 inch wheels OK on a MK2?

Post by peteV6R5 » 07/11/19 22:13

Sultanoftippoo wrote:
07/11/19 20:31
Many thanks for this info Pete (first time I’ve looked at aftermarket wheels hence the dumb questions).

The JR5 wheels I was looking at were 17x8.5 (fronts) and 17x9.5 (rears) so not sure they would fit without Suspension mods so I like the options you provided by only needing spacers.
you need to know the offest as well. personally think 8.5 fronts will be too wide

https://91mr2.com/wheel-and-tire-calculator/

use this to show you how different the wheels looking at are to ones you have on
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Re: 17 inch wheels OK on a MK2?

Post by nick » 08/11/19 11:20

I bought wheels from someone in the club.(Bob Rowell). 16*6.5* 38 o/s front, 17*7.5*37 o/s rear. Hankook V12 Evo2 tyres, 205/45/16 front and 225/35/17 rear. Grip very well, ride surprisingly well, and look good. You could fit a 235 at the rear OK.

The club guide on wheels and tyres is excellent.
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Re: 17 inch wheels OK on a MK2?

Post by Sultanoftippoo » 08/11/19 19:38

Pete, Nick, great info many thanks. Dave

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