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Thinking of changing my current 7 spoke GHIA X 17" wheels for some 18's

But i don't want to change the suspension.

Has anyone got a pic of a mk3 with 18's on using the standard suspension.

Is it going to like like a 4x4?

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Adam
 

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heres a pic of my LX on 18" ST220 wheels.

no mods to the suspension apart from around 100k miles of use.

improves the handling no end ( or it did on mine compared to the standard steelies that were on before )

there is a slight difference in rolling radius from going from the standard 205/55/16 to 225/40/18's ( were talking slight here - .1 of an inch radius difference ) it will only effect the speedo by .5mph @ 60mph & as a rule the speedo needle shows 2mph too much anyway so you have no problems with that :L

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on 205/50's the 18's will be .5 of an inch bigger radius & will effect the speedo by +2.5mph @ 60mph but i dont think you will need to worry as you are most probably showing nearly 4mph more on the dial than your actually doing if checked with a satnav as i'm pretty sure the standard size on the mk3 is 205/55 for 16's so your speedo will be out by 1.9mph too much as well as the 2mph they usually build into the dials to begin with.

basically go for it as the mk3 looks great with 18's on :)
 

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Sisson said:
Thinking of changing my current 7 spoke GHIA X 17" wheels for some 18's

But i don't want to change the suspension.

Has anyone got a pic of a mk3 with 18's on using the standard suspension.

Is it going to like like a 4x4?

I did the same swop,17" Ghia X to 18" Zetec-S
5 spokes,you won't have any problems at all
as the 18" rolling radius is well within the
2.5% guideline for the MK3,the only difference
you will notice is a very small increase in
fuel consumption ie,the car will use more fuel,
due the factor of the wider rubber. :L

Cheers

Adam
 

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Lydian said:
Hey there

Your Zetec look snice man............looks like you've got some different headlights on there, i like them!! How much and where from!!

Cheers :L
They are called black eye's and you do the mod to
your own headlights,not too hard to do,there is
a workshop submission about doing it.
 

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