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15" wheel recommendations



banhama

ClioSport Club Member
My 182 track car has the original 16" wheels over Ceika 6-pot calipers.
Good 15" track tyres, in particular Nankang AR-1 are a lot cheaper than 16". So much so I reckon I could quickly recoup the cost of the wheels, particularly if I can get them second hand.

I think the overall diameter of 195/50 15 Vs 205/45 16 is about 15mm smaller. That's not a problem.

My only concern is clearing the calipers. I'm not sure anyone on the Forum has the Ceika 6 pots, but as the photos show I think there is enough clearance in the diameter if I go for a very simple design. However the spoke clearance is very tight.
The OEM wheels are 7x16 ET45 ?? So if I stick with 7" width but maybe go for ET<40 I think it should work. Again with a simple spoke design.

So the only other thing is to take the opportunity to go light, but without spending a fortune!
I'm thinking Team Dynamics Prorace 1.2, but would welcome any recommendations or pointers to decent used wheels for sale.

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Many thanks,
Andy
 

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Luke_Exc

ClioSport Club Member
  V6 255, 172 cup, ph1
What you'll save on tyres you'll pay extra for 15" 1.2s, last set of 16" 1.2s I bought were £200 with tyres.
 

banhama

ClioSport Club Member
What were the tyres?
We are looking at paying around £90 for a 15" AR-1 against £140ish for a 16"
We go through at least a pair of fronts every trackday at Lydden. Sometimes all 4 tyres, although I have taken to putting harder tyres on the rear as it actually helps the handling!
So as Nankang AR-1 are about £50 cheaper per tyre in 15", given maybe 8 track or race days a season there's a potential to save around £800 a year.
(Still spending about £1400 a year on tyres though!)
 

RichValver

ClioSport Club Member
  Clio 16v/172 daily
What were the tyres?
We are looking at paying around £90 for a 15" AR-1 against £140ish for a 16"
We go through at least a pair of fronts every trackday at Lydden. Sometimes all 4 tyres, although I have taken to putting harder tyres on the rear as it actually helps the handling!
So as Nankang AR-1 are about £50 cheaper per tyre in 15", given maybe 8 track or race days a season there's a potential to save around £800 a year.
(Still spending about £1400 a year on tyres though!)
Iv had TD 1.2's off demon tweeks for £350 before now, so would save you money on tyres pretty quickly.

No idea if they fit tho sorry🤭
 

Luke_Exc

ClioSport Club Member
  V6 255, 172 cup, ph1
Honestly can't remember! You're pushing yours a lot harder than I am if you're getting through tyres at that rate.
 

Coops Mk1

ClioSport Club Member
  Lots of Scrap...
Where you based, can borrow some et36 15" if you're near Belper area, Derbyshire to check
 

banhama

ClioSport Club Member
Honestly can't remember! You're pushing yours a lot harder than I am if you're getting through tyres at that rate.
I think it's just that Lydden Hill is notoriously hard on tyres, and it's all corners.
With nice soft tyres in warm weather you get tonnes of grip, but whatever you do with camber etc. the tyres just give up their rubber.
Sensible brain would say just use harder tyres and save money, but racing brain says FU, use whatever you can to go as fast as you can!
 

banhama

ClioSport Club Member
Where you based, can borrow some et36 15" if you're near Belper area, Derbyshire to check
I really appreciate the offer, many thanks, but I'm down in the south east corner right by the channel tunnel.
Don't think us covid-riddled Kentish folk should be travelling too far!
But if I haven't sorted the wheels by the time we are released back into the community it would be a great reason to have a decent drive out.
Thanks, Andy
 

Greeny.

ClioSport Club Member
  182 + 330d
You used to be able to get 1.2’s direct from Rimstock for £330 delivered made to whatever spec you wanted, last time I checked they weren’t taking orders until Jan 2021 and I’ve since decided to keep my old 15’s as my wet wheels so not bothering to buy another set.

Edit: I bought my set from there in 2018, so perhaps the price has gone up slightly but still a bargain.
 

banhama

ClioSport Club Member
You used to be able to get 1.2’s direct from Rimstock for £330 delivered made to whatever spec you wanted, last time I checked they weren’t taking orders until Jan 2021 and I’ve since decided to keep my old 15’s as my wet wheels so not bothering to buy another set.
So that's about now, I'll look into it. thanks.
Good point about wets/spares. I will keep my 16" wheels for wet tyres, no point selling them they are not cosmetically pleasing!
 


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