Your recommendations for 16" aftermarket wheels for my S2

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Re: Your recommendations for 16" aftermarket wheels for my S

Postby Rob P » Tue 20.08.2013, 16:02

Nice looking wheel, what spec are they? offset etc

Not usually a fan of non-standard wheels but those looks pretty impressive and definately suit the car IMO :D
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Re: Your recommendations for 16" aftermarket wheels for my S

Postby rip » Tue 20.08.2013, 22:30

I like them.

TOWATL wrote:Why is a higher offset preferable?
No idea.
If Lotus have done something unusual to chassis/suspension/steering/wheels there must have been a technical advantage for it.
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Re: Your recommendations for 16" aftermarket wheels for my S

Postby Peter D » Tue 20.08.2013, 22:53

rip wrote:I like them.

TOWATL wrote:Why is a higher offset preferable?
No idea.
If Lotus have done something unusual to chassis/suspension/steering/wheels there must have been a technical advantage for it.


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Re: Your recommendations for 16" aftermarket wheels for my S

Postby TOWATL » Wed 21.08.2013, 08:39

Rob P wrote:Nice looking wheel, what spec are they? offset etc

Not usually a fan of non-standard wheels but those looks pretty impressive and definately suit the car IMO :D


Thanks Rob. :-)

The wheels are 6.5J x 16 with an offset of 35. I mounted Dunlop SportMax tyres to them and am very pleased with the result. I do run them with 2.3bar pressure all around.
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Re: Your recommendations for 16" aftermarket wheels for my S

Postby rip » Wed 21.08.2013, 09:13

2.3 bar...for all of us in the UK & US who are stuck with imperial, that is 33.5 PSI.

A little higher than what the manual suggests but with a different offset, you may want different pressures too.
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Re: Your recommendations for 16" aftermarket wheels for my S

Postby TOWATL » Wed 21.08.2013, 09:41

rip wrote:2.3 bar...for all of us in the UK & US who are stuck with imperial, that is 33.5 PSI.

A little higher than what the manual suggests but with a different offset, you may want different pressures too.


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Re: Your recommendations for 16" aftermarket wheels for my S

Postby Rusty Wishbone » Wed 21.08.2013, 10:24

Very nice.
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Re: Your recommendations for 16" aftermarket wheels for my S

Postby TOWATL » Thu 22.08.2013, 16:25

Here are some shots taken earlier today, with the Lotus wheel center caps now fitted.

Actualy, these are just stickers, as I wasn't sure if I would like the gel pads that are available on eBay. The stickers actually lokk quite nice, but time will tell how well they will cope with the elements and all.

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Re: Your recommendations for 16" aftermarket wheels for my S

Postby GoM100Go » Fri 23.08.2013, 17:16

Looking at theses photos, is there a modification to your wheel arches? Why is your lotus so lumpy around the wheels? I understand your is the S2, but all photos of the other S2 have same wheel flarings as the S1... Just an observation. Also your new wheels look great, small because of your swollen arches, but looks nice.

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Re: Your recommendations for 16" aftermarket wheels for my S

Postby TOWATL » Fri 23.08.2013, 21:30

GoM100Go wrote:Looking at theses photos, is there a modification to your wheel arches? Why is your lotus so lumpy around the wheels? I understand your is the S2, but all photos of the other S2 have same wheel flarings as the S1... Just an observation. Also your new wheels look great, small because of your swollen arches, but looks nice.

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Thank you for your comment, James. I share your suspicion regarding the rear wheelarches. However, I had no reference at the time of purchase and actually like the look of the car that way. I have installed spacers at the back to compensate for the narrow wheels. When I bought it, the car had 235/40/17 mounted up front and 245/40/17 at the back. ;-)
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Re: Your recommendations for 16" aftermarket wheels for my S

Postby Rusty Wishbone » Fri 23.08.2013, 21:59

GoM100Go wrote:Looking at theses photos, is there a modification to your wheel arches? Why is your lotus so lumpy around the wheels? I understand your is the S2, but all photos of the other S2 have same wheel flarings as the S1... Just an observation. Also your new wheels look great, small because of your swollen arches, but looks nice.

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Good spot! As if the Elan isn't wide enough already :D
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Re: Your recommendations for 16" aftermarket wheels for my S

Postby DABgp » Sun 06.10.2013, 21:47

TOWATL wrote:I have finally decided on a set of wheels to buy.

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They will arrive sometime next week together with the Dunlop Sportmax tyres. I will post photos for you then. ;-)

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What's the offset? I assume not the original 60mm. How does the steering feel?
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Re: Your recommendations for 16" aftermarket wheels for my S

Postby Rob P » Sun 06.10.2013, 22:50

TOWATL wrote:
Rob P wrote:Nice looking wheel, what spec are they? offset etc

Not usually a fan of non-standard wheels but those looks pretty impressive and definately suit the car IMO :D


Thanks Rob. :-)

The wheels are 6.5J x 16 with an offset of 35. I mounted Dunlop SportMax tyres to them and am very pleased with the result. I do run them with 2.3bar pressure all around.


David, Offset was highlighted as 35 as in the above post.
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Re: Your recommendations for 16" aftermarket wheels for my S

Postby DABgp » Mon 07.10.2013, 07:36

Rob P wrote:
TOWATL wrote:
Rob P wrote:Nice looking wheel, what spec are they? offset etc

Not usually a fan of non-standard wheels but those looks pretty impressive and definately suit the car IMO :D


Thanks Rob. :-)

The wheels are 6.5J x 16 with an offset of 35. I mounted Dunlop SportMax tyres to them and am very pleased with the result. I do run them with 2.3bar pressure all around.


David, Offset was highlighted as 35 as in the above post.


Ah yes. :oops:
I would really like of know what effect such a shortfall has.
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Re: Your recommendations for 16" aftermarket wheels for my S

Postby TOWATL » Mon 07.10.2013, 08:22

Hi!

I am very happy with the way the car handles, but I have not had a chance to compare the handling of my own car to one fitted with the original wheels yet. Under heavy breaking in a combination of bends, when you for example would dip the car into a left-hander followed by a tight righ-hander, my car tends to turn in under breaking. I actually love this, as it kind of mimics a slight tendancy to oversteer, but without ever loosing the back end. The steering wheel never feels anything else but brilliantly tight and accurate. I love my Elan S2! :-)

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Re: Your recommendations for 16" aftermarket wheels for my S

Postby EdTilley » Thu 05.12.2013, 15:57

That is the best looking wheel that I have seen on these cars!
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Re: Your recommendations for 16" aftermarket wheels for my S

Postby TOWATL » Fri 06.12.2013, 20:16

Thank you very much, Kind Sir.

I am glad you like them. :-)
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Re: Your recommendations for 16" aftermarket wheels for my S

Postby Gazza » Thu 27.03.2014, 20:27

TOWATL wrote:Thank you for your comment, James. I share your suspicion regarding the rear wheelarches. However, I had no reference at the time of purchase and actually like the look of the car that way. I have installed spacers at the back to compensate for the narrow wheels. When I bought it, the car had 235/40/17 mounted up front and 245/40/17 at the back. ;-)



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Re: Your recommendations for 16" aftermarket wheels for my S

Postby Rambo » Fri 28.03.2014, 15:24

Looks very much like a bodyshop conversion to me :shock: I'm not sure I like the extra bulges but the wheels look good
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Re: Your recommendations for 16" aftermarket wheels for my S

Postby lotos » Fri 28.03.2014, 17:39

My physics understanding ended when I left college nearly 20 years ago, but wouldn't a wide rear track on a FWD car just inhibit handling? Since the rear axle is just being tugged along and there only to provide something to keep the back half of the car from dragging on the asphalt, I would imagine that you'd want nothing wide than the front track, and if anything, smaller to provide quicker turn-in. Am I wrong?

I have to say though, the body work looks like it was done very well. I doubt most people would notice it's aftermarket at all.
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