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    I'm planning on changing my 52 plate 1.8i LS steel wheels/covers (215/55 R16) to standard alloys (16 inch) or steel Structure wheels, depending on cost/availability. I assume this will be purely a style mod rather than a performance mod, since the 1.8i Club (alloys) with the same tyre size has the same reported 0-60 time and gross weight. However, I would be interested in wheel + tyre weights for comparison. Anyone know the weight of standard 16 inch steel wheels, alloy wheels or Structure wheels with tyres? I weighed the 'space saver' spare' ('weight' saver?) with tyre at 27lbs.

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    Pass on the weights, but as it's classified as 'un-sprung' weight i can see the small saving's in mass you would gain as negligable on the performance side..

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    At the risk of sounding really boring on my first post:

    Unsprung weight is crucial to the handling of any car so you should see some benefits from changing as long as there is a difference. On something as precise as an MX5 with lightweigh alloys, even your choice of tyres can dramatically increase the weight and cause a very noticeable negative effect on handling. Lets face it, the Vectra isn't the most nimble family car so anything you can do to reduce the weight should help.

    http://www.carpages.co.uk/vauxhall/v...a-27-08-05.asp suggests that half of the reason for Vauxhall spending money on developing the things was to reduce the weight on cheap steel wheels fitted to lower models. This means that the claimed improvement's made to the dynamics of the facelift models aren't lost when steel wheels are fitted to the cheaper cars. The other half is obviously the cost.

    GSI32 is quite right about the accelleration though, especially on a 1.8.

    Please post the outcome as I might be tempted to do the same when I fit some quieter tyres to my 1.8 which is also on steel wheels

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    I know my Team Dynamics wheels are supposed to be 'lightweight',the weights are given on the company's website.

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    Alloy wheels are slightly lighter than steel wheels, but not by much as below
    Manufacturers tend to offer smaller steel wheels and larger alloy wheels, as a result the wheel weight remains about the same

    The Vectra B :
    14" steel
    15" steel
    16" alloy
    17" alloy

    The Vectra C :
    16" steel
    16" alloy
    17" alloy
    19" alloy

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    You can't always assume two different 17" alloys from Vauxhall will be the same.

    Vauxhall VXR 19" wheels are 1.4KG lighter than Vauxhall Snowflake alloys.

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