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Matt, Mechanical Engineer
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Experience:  BEng hons Mech engineering, in auto industry 22 years
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I would like to replace my 2001 R50 mini cooper's 15 alloy

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I would like to replace my 2001 R50 mini cooper's 15 alloy wheels with 17 alloy wheels.
What difference would this make to the performance and ride comfort of the car?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Car
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Expert:  Matt replied 2 years ago.
helloI'm assuming that you currently have the standard 175/65 R15 tyres on the carso you can get a 17" rim to fit and give nearly exactly the same gearing by using a 225/40 R17 tyre or a 195/R45you can't go much wider than the existing rim due to the suspension strut clashing this site is very useful for quickly comparing the effects so a wider tyre will greatly increase cornering and braking grip, admittedly at the expense of road noise and a penalty in fuel consumption ride comfort will reduce however as the tyre sidewall height comes down and you effectively make the the suspension stifferyou can counteract this slightly by dropping the tyre pressures and also selecting a tyre with a low load rating