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Old 26 Jun 2015, 06:27 pm
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Default Legality of doing this in the UK?

A long shot I know but I was wondering, call me crazy but I would actually like to have larger wheel alloys in the back of the car than the front. So wondered could I do this legally, have say 17 inch ones on the back and 15 on the front, but the back wheels having run flats and the front normal tyres? So overall back and front work out the same?

Not even sure if I made any sense. Someone said here to me locally it is legal, but would rather a second opinion.
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Old 29 Jun 2015, 03:22 am
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Absolutely no legal issue with having bigger back wheels than front. I have had 18's on the front and 19's on the rear with no legal issues. The law only requires the wheels and tyres be under the wheel arches, not sticking out.
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Old 29 Jun 2015, 08:03 am
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Agreed absolutely fine to have different size rims but I would suggest that you check the overall rim and tyre size combined are the same as it could cause a ABS and traction control issue. I can't remember if there are the little ring thingys on the rear the that are on the front drive shafts great idea though lol
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Old 29 Jun 2015, 02:11 pm
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Default Re: Legality of doing this in the UK?

Thank you both. I am still thinking on the whole wheel thing and what to get. Major decision, it really can change the whole look of the car.

I go to some sites for wheel alloys and they often just tell me none are compatible with the car lol or the ones which are look really rubbish.
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Old 29 Jun 2015, 02:39 pm
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Default Re: Legality of doing this in the UK?

The other thing you need to think about is a spare of some kind...
If you use the stock spare, I'm pretty sure your car is gonna lean either right or left...your gonna have to get a bad tire fixed right away.

Never mind, I forgot about the run flats.
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Old 29 Jun 2015, 03:08 pm
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Thinking about it I did hit a bloody pot hole on the m4 a few years back (split the star tech 19 rim) and put the silly space saver on and had no problems with the traction control or abs
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Old 29 Jun 2015, 03:40 pm
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I don't understand why you would do this if you plan to run the same tire diameter?
I get it if the rears were bigger.
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