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Old 01-02-2009   #1
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What is the difference between 17" and 18" on the bravo sport T-jet 150?

ok, the difference in min turning cycle is what I know so far,
However what is the difference in height, weight, controlability, speed (performance, with torque steer and acceleration), corners, grip, durability (with the bumps), and comfort (Which I think should be crappier on the 18"ers)

Inshort which is more handy (pros and cons) to own 17"s or 18"s
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Re: What is the difference between 17" and 18" on the bravo sport T-jet 150?

okay, thanks alot for this awesome website
However, there's still an issue I still need someone's personal experience answer, and I forgot about asking about the bravo's ground clearance if there's a difference between 18" and 17" wheels.
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Re: What is the difference between 17" and 18" on the bravo sport T-jet 150?

The wheel size overall is pretty much the same. Basically you lose 1/2" of sidewall and it's replaced with 1/2" rim. Will improve cornering on a flat road but you'll feel the bumps more.

I stuck with the 17"s as I know the roads around here are shocking, and 40 profile tyres won't provide sufficient protection for the rims.

Check out this little beauty hiding over a crest on a 60mph country road...
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Re: What is the difference between 17" and 18" on the bravo sport T-jet 150?

lets calculate the worst case scenario what if you hit that crest with 17" or the 18" wheels, what will be the difference in damage?
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Re: What is the difference between 17" and 18" on the bravo sport T-jet 150?

Luckily I didn't damage the 17s ( I think... they were replaced under warranty for corrosion a few days later) although the bang was very hard.
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Re: What is the difference between 17" and 18" on the bravo sport T-jet 150?

OK, moving from 16s to 17s to 18s to 19s etc. as hellcat points out, each progression in wheel diameter means a 5 deduction in tyre profile. 17s 45, 18s 40, 19s 35. This is to maintain speedometer accuracy. It is viable to fit 18s with 45 tyres or 19s with 40s and there is the clearance around the wheels on the car to do this. The best method then to ascertain your speedo accuracy is to use a GPS system (tomtom etc. will suffice) to give a true reading against what your speedo outputs.
With regards to wheel protection, obviously the larger the profile the more absorbtion is taken by the tyre. Running 35s on mine and I am on the 2nd set due to hitting potholes and killing wheels off. This p&$ me off no end and I have learnt to be that much more cautious on unknown b roads. However, the offset of this is pinpoint handling. If I choose to go round a roundabout at 70mph the tyres will do this with no noticeable movement whereas with 45s they are all over the place. Stangely the 150mjet dynamic that I drive (and I'm sure all others in the range, but can only speak of what I know) is not that affected ridewise by the smaller profile tyres. When on the stilo a rough surface would have your fillings falling out, not so on the bravo.
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Re: What is the difference between 17" and 18" on the bravo sport T-jet 150?

i have found that even poor roads may have damaged one of my alloys by leaving marks on it

i have 17"s and as nice as the 18"s look, im sitcking with what i got
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Re: What is the difference between 17" and 18" on the bravo sport T-jet 150?

so the end answer of choice for bravo users the factory 17" or the 18" wheels for the "overall" road experience (as I will be ordering mine very soon)?
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Re: What is the difference between 17" and 18" on the bravo sport T-jet 150?

I have had no issues at all with my 18'', even under very poor road conditions, the alloys have not taken ANY damage. It should be noted that the alloys are not FIAT alloys!
And believe me, the roads in Bosnia(where i'm originally from, and visit occasionally) are very very BAD!

In Denmark the roads are quite good, so no issues here. If you fit the 18''s be prepared for a hard ride though!
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Re: What is the difference between 17" and 18" on the bravo sport T-jet 150?

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so the end answer of choice for bravo users the factory 17" or the 18" wheels for the "overall" road experience (as I will be ordering mine very soon)?
NO - 19s
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Re: What is the difference between 17" and 18" on the bravo sport T-jet 150?

I've not had any probs with the 18s on mine...don't find the ride uncomfy, but you do feel bumps a bit more...comapred to the 18s that were on the Renaultsport we had, the Fiat ones are much comfier ride...but I'm loosing 75bhp so not sure of acceleration...seems to go though so no complaints from me...
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Re: What is the difference between 17" and 18" on the bravo sport T-jet 150?

Okay then so far I will find a true answer by only two means either I get to test drive it (which isn't available for the 18s cuz its a special order), Or I ask someone who tried both...
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Re: What is the difference between 17" and 18" on the bravo sport T-jet 150?

other thing to take into consideration is acceleration will be slower on 18s than 17s as there is more mass for the drivetrain to get rolling (wheel weighs more than rubber and air).

not a massive differenc, but there is a difference.
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Re: What is the difference between 17" and 18" on the bravo sport T-jet 150?

it depends which wheels you go for, if aftermarket ones, then they can be as light as 15s dependant on the ones you opt for. Personally I find no problems with 19s but it is, obviously, according to taste and the reason for application
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