LCI 116i Sport - 16 inch alloys suitable?

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LCI 116i Sport - 16 inch alloys suitable?

Post by GeekDom » Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:35 pm

Need some help in deciding how to prepare for future snow days/permanent solution.

Current car (09) has standard 256 17 inch alloys. I live in a hillside area in Leeds, on a cul-de-sac with an incline :D

We seem to be the first area in Leeds to get the snow, and the last to see it melt. Haven't dared move the car off the drive during the past two days because the minor roads around here don't get gritted.

I can't do the recommended summer/winter wheel swap as I don't have a shed or garage, and nowhere to store the rims inside.I have been looking at the Michelin Cross Climate and Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons as a solution. However, the choices for 205/50/r17 are limited and very expensive.

Marco_polo confirmed that 225/45/r17 all round is possible, but I'm a little worried about the overall handling. I have seen similar ES models advertised with 16 inch alloys which might be a better solution to have all year round with all season tyres.

Is there a mechanical reason why sport models come with 17 inch alloys as standard?

Can members please advise which BMW OEM alloys are suitable for my car with 205/55/r16 tyres (a lot more options)

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Re: LCI 116i Sport - 16 inch alloys suitable?

Post by marco_polo » Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:40 pm

As long as you don't have the big blue Brembo brakes, 16's should fit fine.
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Re: LCI 116i Sport - 16 inch alloys suitable?

Post by GeekDom » Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:47 pm

marco_polo wrote:
Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:40 pm
As long as you don't have the big blue Brembo brakes, 16's should fit fine.
Thanks again Marco_polo.

'Brembo brakes' - I wish !!!

Will any 16 inch alloys currently on e87 cars fit or do they have to be a particular size for the LCI models?

Is something like these suitable http://www.bmautosport.co.uk/showroom/p ... res-p-5469
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Re: LCI 116i Sport - 16 inch alloys suitable?

Post by marco_polo » Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:48 pm

Any 1 Series 16" wheels should be fine, along with 16" wheels from the E36 and E46 3 Series. For example, BMW Style 45:

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Re: LCI 116i Sport - 16 inch alloys suitable?

Post by AJ_ » Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:00 am

The Michelin CrossClimate+ tyres are available in 205/50 R17 W (93). They are £150 each fitted on BlackCircles. Using the code “CC40” gets the set of four fitted down to £560. Surely that will be cheaper than buying new alloys and then tyres?

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Re: LCI 116i Sport - 16 inch alloys suitable?

Post by GeekDom » Fri Jan 19, 2018 8:44 pm

AJ_ wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:00 am
The Michelin CrossClimate+ tyres are available in 205/50 R17 W (93). They are £150 each fitted on BlackCircles. Using the code “CC40” gets the set of four fitted down to £560. Surely that will be cheaper than buying new alloys and then tyres?

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Those same tyres are available in 205/55/r16 for £75 each - £25 for 4 = £275

Plus I could sell my 17's for more than I buy a set of 16's. The total cost could be £100 or less in the end.

The other reason for switching to 16's for better traction in the snow and wet weather. Plus, I quite like the look of some of the older 16's.
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