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My "double 3-spoke" are knackered (4 out of the 5 I have are buckled) so I bought these, the same size as the original (17x7 with a 42 offset) so I can use my existing and recently new tires!

They should be delivered on Saturday, when I will have the tires fitted and balanced

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I had some 18" Inovits - they were heavy and buckled - good luck with these. How is the gearbox - did you get it fixed?
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very pretty... how heavy are they?
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I had some 18" Inovits - they were heavy and buckled - good luck with these. How is the gearbox - did you get it fixed?
Not sure of the weight of thee, but they were only 250, so will do for a year or so!

Gearbox is sorted and smooth as But my wheels were fubar'd and I needed some cheapo's ASAP, they MUST be an improvment on what I have already!!
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That's a good price - cheaper than a used set of Saab 17" wheels. Just make sure you keep the tyre pressures on the firm side to protect the rims. Glad you got the gearbox sorted.
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those look really nice. congrats.
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Pics Pics Pics Pics Pics Pics Pics Pics!!!!!!!!
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Pics Pics Pics Pics Pics Pics Pics Pics!!!!!!!!
whoa!!! settle boy...


but yeah pics would be nice.
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but yeah pics would be nice.

Calm down, wait for them to be delivered first!!!!!

Pictures will be taken as soon as they are fitted (hopefully Saturday!)
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That's a good price - cheaper than a used set of Saab 17" wheels. Just make sure you keep the tyre pressures on the firm side to protect the rims. Glad you got the gearbox sorted.
That was my thoughts!

Yeah I usually set my pressures to either 30 or 32psi anyway and I check them every time I fill up. (twice a week!)
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That's a bit low IMO - I'd go higher for our London roads
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That's a bit low IMO - I'd go higher for our London roads
Fair do's, what would you suggest; say 36 / 38 psi?
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See how far you can go without it becoming too uncomfortable - start at 34 and work up in 1 psi increments. Measure them cold and get a good digital pressure gauge ( these are very inexpensive these days) - don't trust garage tyre gauges as they are notoriously inaccurate. I have a Halfords digital tyre pump that I plug unto the cigarette lighter socket - digital gauge and pump all in one.
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agreed - start at a little above stock pressures, then raise them by 1 psi at a time till you're comfortable. then you get to play with 0.5 psi, with front vs. rear balance, and the balance between ultimate traction and responsiveness (above the max-traction point, you'll lose traction and gain twitchiness). the fine tuning is the fun part!
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Mine is oh-so sensitive to tyre pressure. After much experimentation I'm running 35 at the front and 38 at the rear on my 16" wheels. If I equalise the pressure front and rear it becomes very unstable in a straight line at speed requiring constant steering inputs to keep it in a line. Even with the thick 24.5" rear ARB I can't induce any nasty oversteer - it feels very well balanced infact. With equal pressures it was understeering quite noticably though. Koni's are set full soft at the front and 2 'notches' from soft at the rear any more and the rear gets twichy.
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They finally arrived today!!!!!

I will get them fitted this week and post photos next.

Been playing with pressures for a few days, 35psi for front and 37psi at back seems good at the moment and shoudl be improved with new "non-buckled" wheels.
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Too bad about the double 3 spokes....love those wheels. How'd you do the three? Are they as bendy as the Viggen wheels?

Your new set remind me of the Hirsch wheels....sweet!
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They finally arrived today!!!!!

I will get them fitted this week and post photos next.

Been playing with pressures for a few days, 35psi for front and 37psi at back seems good at the moment and shoudl be improved with new "non-buckled" wheels.
Get orf the 'putah, an' on wiff the instahl!!
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Too bad about the double 3 spokes....love those wheels. How'd you do the three? Are they as bendy as the Viggen wheels?

Your new set remind me of the Hirsch wheels....sweet!
Really not sure how I did 3, but they are quite soft I have fund

Ta, they look even better in the 'flesh'
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