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hi I want to lower the car and place smaller wheels on it, does anybody have any recommendations as to what to fit to lower it?
 

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so you want wheels with an overall smaller diameter, rather than change the profile of the tyres.
at least this means that your speedo will over-read even more, so you don't have to have it re-calibrated.

I would check the discussions about the spare wheel size which will give you everything you need to know about the lug spacing, offset etc. Then I would call up a wheel specialist and discuss, and see if they can do a trial fitting of the wheels to check clearances, then you can buy the wheels and get tyres fitted (I think you'd need heavy duty or extra load tyres because of the weight of the vehicle) before swapping over.

If you do this, I will be happy to buy one of your old wheels so I can have a full sized spare. I'm sure you'll have no problems selling the other three!
 

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I have changed the dampers but kept the same ride height.
 

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smaller wheels will allow for cheaper tyres, might be important particularly if living in an area where you'd be switching between summer and winter tyres?
 

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smaller wheels will allow for cheaper tyres, might be important particularly if living in an area where you'd be switching between summer and winter tyres?
This seems a stretch, my guess, they think it looks good
 

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I am a bit puzzled by this concept ?.
Some people have said that they think the ZS EV would look better balanced by having a LARGER road wheel and then fitting suitable tyres to retain the ratio of the car.
Here we are talking about installing SMALLER wheels ?.
Surely this will make the wheels look even more lost inside the wheel arches.
Making the car look a little top heavy even from a side view ?.
I am intrigued to learn more here.
 

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Unless the OP wants smaller wheel, but keep the same size tyres - unlikely, to soften the ride???
I would assume they want it to have smaller wheels/tyres, (like some VW Polo's) so we can all recognise them for the person they are
 

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205/60R16
 
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Absolutely bang on Mike, but I am still struggling a bit with the whole concept of this move really though ?.
I think the present OEM 17" wheel & tyre combo is a decent compromise between ride and economy.
But purely speaking on a personal basis here, I actually think the car would handle and look better on a larger 18" wheel & tyre combo package.
The ride from the factory is soft anyway, so the INCREASE in wheel size would be hardly be noticeable.
But down scaling from the original factory 17" combo, down to the proposed 16"setup, may improve the range very slightly, but the looks of the car will suffer for it a lot I think ?.
The proportions of the car, viewed from side will look strange.
A small sized ( elevated ) SUV, sitting on a set of 16" wheels & tyres will just make the car look some what top heavy ?.
 

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Altering wheels/tyres would constitute a 'modification' for insurance purposes and may attract a premium increase.
 

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19's would probably improve the side profile of the car. The biggest failing of the look of the car is its under shod wheels.
 
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19's would probably improve the side profile of the car. The biggest failing of the look of the car is its under shod wheels.
My feelings on subject is exactly the same as yours here @Sandy .
Wow ........ 19" rims, love that idea - "Pimp my ride" :ROFLMAO:.
The standard stock 17"s look a little bit "lost" in the arches.
16" are going to look like the clown in the circus riding one of them mini bikes :poop:.
 

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Kodiak comes with 19s and they look just right.
 

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How about an American style lift kit and bigger Donk style wheels?
 

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@Sandy

this was my last ever ice, which I modified a lot:
Lifted by 50mm
Bigger tyres, 25mm
Total height gain 75mm,
Wheels spaces added 40mm to track
Engine remapped
Hand made stainless straight through exhaust
Tree bars
Light protection
And a few internal mods as well :D

Sadly I sold it as I could not justly keeping it and my first Leaf 24.

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Side by side with a standard Freelander 1 To show the height difference.
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Altering wheels/tyres would constitute a 'modification' for insurance purposes and may attract a premium increase.
Not if he sticks to a factory option - often there is a winter tyre option or a poverty spec not imported into the UK but still homologated. What sizes are stickered on the B pillar?
 

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Not if he sticks to a factory option - often there is a winter tyre option or a poverty spec not imported into the UK but still homologated. What sizes are stickered on the B pillar?
The European cars come with 16" wheels as standard in the lower spec.
 
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