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    I have a facelifted 1.8 Life 5 door 2006 model in Silver Lightning with 16" Steel Wheels running 205/55/16/H

    I recently enquired about upgrading the tyres and someone mentioned getting an alloy wheel & tyre package which is starting to appeal to me.

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    Do I stick with 16" wheels and the same tyre size?

    or do I go for slightly larger wheels and if so what tyres?

    I'm a keen driver and like to 'feel' the steering and get good feedback from my tyres. I appreciate that the 1.8 isn't the greatest performance wise but when your on the move - your on the move and a corner is a corner whether your in a 1 litre or a 3 litre.

    Your advises

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    i have 18" wheels with 225/40/18 falken tyres and you can feel the bumps a little although i do have uprated suspension aswell have a look at my profile page so if i was you i would have some bigger wheels they will not only look better but you will get more of a feel for the road

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    Quote Originally Posted by vectragsi3.2 View Post
    i have 18" wheels with 225/40/18 falken tyres and you can feel the bumps a little although i do have uprated suspension aswell have a look at my profile page so if i was you i would have some bigger wheels they will not only look better but you will get more of a feel for the road

    Agreed as I have the same size and uprated suspension/springs
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    Bigger wheels/tyres will look so much better than what you've got on your Veccy at the moment. I've got 17" alloys which look good (IMO!) but 18s will look a little better.

    As for tyres, everyone on the site will have a different opinion. The most common advice is to get the best you can afford. After all, those 4 rubber bands are the only thing keeping you on the road. Use the search function on the site to see what everyone thinks

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigknill View Post
    Bigger wheels/tyres will look so much better than what you've got on your Veccy at the moment. I've got 17" alloys which look good (IMO!) but 18s will look a little better.

    As for tyres, everyone on the site will have a different opinion. The most common advice is to get the best you can afford. After all, those 4 rubber bands are the only thing keeping you on the road. Use the search function on the site to see what everyone thinks
    ...doesn't always mean buy the most expensive!!

    For a good guide for what works check around to see what was used as std from Vauxhall (quite often Continental). This will be partly becuse it works and partly coz they go a good deal from the supplier!

    You will also find that a good 18 could ride nicer than a cheap 17. Differences in speed rating, construction and whether they are directional 'V' design (Eagle F1 style) , broken or un-broken water drain chanels will all play a part in the 'feel'.

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    Another tyre thread!

    In my opinion... If you haven't lowered the suspension, don't go for big alloys - it just looks plain wierd. Go for 17" or 18" for the best combination of ride quality and handling.

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