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Old 10-02-2009, 04:31 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Alfie - '03 Alfa Romeo 156 Veloce
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Originally Posted by andylaurence View Post
I also checked the prices of steel wheels and wheel trims for the ForTwo. 3.5"x15" wheels are ~31+VAT and 4"x15" are ~35+VAT. I can get some clip-in wheel trims for 25 and a few minutes with a hacksaw, a sheet of ABS, a craft knife and some epoxy should get me some aero wheels.
I was looking at the offset differences in switching wheels.

Using the fq101 wheel info FQ101 : Taking Modification to the Next Level

and then an offset calculator Wheel Offset Calculator

It looks like if you changes to 4 inch rims on the front, the rims would be recessed by 16mm against your spinlines. Rears would be in by 25mm. I think the smart wheel trims look good (and aerodynamic) but are expensive at 25 each.

The wiper arms were difficult to take off, I had to get a wiper arm puller from e-bay. Don't think it will ever be worth 10!

Must get some pics of my grill block for you.

Also I was thinking about the diffuser you mentioned. I think it would make the aero worse. The vacuum it creates would only add more drag. The Chevy Volt aero video convinced me of this. On the other hand, i'm not sure if i'm prepared to add straight edges to the back of the car to help the airflow detach from the back of the car cleanly.

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