8D .... I put these new wheels on the "MINI" few days ago......
Now.... Still thinking which one will look the best for my MINI (....9+ more month to go :'( )
............. What do u think?
I hope the pictures will show up this time.... :?
I've never understood the "big fat alloys" mentallity. Over here you would be called Kevin (no offence intended to anyone called Kevin!!!), you'd live in a council estate, you'd have a spoiler resembling an ironing-board and when you drove anywhere, your exhaust would sound like a Formula 1 car at full throttle!
Am I the only one who thinks the 17" wheels look a bit OTT on the MINI? I'm all for low profile tyres, but I like to see more a bit of the tyre, and I like to know I don't need to re-mortgage the house to fix a puncture!!!
You ARE boring, but boring is a good thing! I too (boring) think the 17" wheels look silly on the MINI. It's amazing how much different the 1" makes (not just in wheels my wife says). The only thing I disagree on is your analogy to the formula 1 sound. All of then Civics over here with the coffee can exhausts sound horrible, not formula 1 ish at all.
Yeah my analogy was to F1 volume rather than exhaust note. The sound of an F1 car is glorious! I always laugh at XR2i's with big bore exhausts that sound like souped-up lawnmowers. I laugh even more when my Rover 214 destroys them at the traffic lights!
When looking at a car from the side, the first thing that jumps out at you shouldn't be the wheels, but rather the lines of the car ... unless of course the car is ugly ... which the MINI is not. These "busy" wheels detract from the retro character of the car. The pictures in this thread make me think of all the Honda "rockets" I see running around, with their gaudy oversized wheels, ridiculous body kits and coffee can exhaust tips.
I'm with Gazzaman28 and KShapiro in thinking that 17" wheels look out of place on the MINI. As much as I like the style of the 17" 8-spoke wheels they just look too large on the MINI. If I lived in the UK I'd be contacting Superlite to see if they had 15" or 16" classics in the proper offset for the MINI. I'm going for the 16" 5-spoke wheels and, if I tire of them, some Panasports.
You know, within months, there are going to be hundreds of MINI's running around my area, and I for one do not like having a car that looks just like every other car on the road.. Now the MINI is going to be a distinctive car, and it will get attention no matter what, but I don't want my car to be just like every other MINI that I see driving by. I'm going to make this car mine, and the first thing that is going to be changed are the wheels. Now if someone would make 16" superlight'esque wheels for the car, I'd be all over that.. But they don't, so I'm going to go with a super strong ultra lightweight wheel like a 16" BBS..
Of course, this is just my opinion, and in my little world, only my opinion counts! 8D ..
I agree that the 17" wheels look to be a bit oversized for such a small car. 16's are what I'd consider to be a perfect fit for the MINI. Plus they leave a good amount of sidewall for a more forgiving ride. I might think differently once I see a MINI with 17's in real life. I reseve the right to change my mind at any time I see fit
When looking at a car from the side, the first thing that jumps out at you shouldn't be the wheels, but rather the lines of the car .....
This is the first time I post pictures here… Sorry for making you guys feel :r :? !!!!
Yes… maybe 17" wheels are little too big for MINI. I post these picture is for you to look at the different style wheels on the MINI!! For people love wheels (like me)!! I'm not talking about the size!! I feel sorry for those people who planning to put the 17" wheels on their MINI!! http://mini2.com/poll/test.php?action=results&poll_id=3 Please… please …please do not make fun of Honda!! I have a 210+hp Honda civic (with 15” panasport wheels + HKS “coffee can” exhaust) for track race only!! And I have a S2000 (with 18”wheels) for street!! They both are 8D !!! But, I didn't change the wheels on my girlfriends Volvo S80 because it's a family car…
The other thing to consider is the dynamics around the wheel - apparently because of the compact design, in extremely bad road conditions (so the potholes on all UK roads and any East Coast US road) the tyre will sometimes ground on the wheel well. With the larger wheel, would this be more or less benign?
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