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Oli you fekr.gifyelrotflmao.gif

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Is it me or did you just call me a fekr.gif??

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Oli you fekr.gifyelrotflmao.gif

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Is it me or did you just call me a fekr.gif??

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Meant in the nicest possible way obviously... SPericani2.gif

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Ha ha, nothing like a good bit of banter! What you meant was fekr.gif, not fekr.gif!!!!!!!

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Pictures Robin, pictures..... znaika.gifROLLEY~14.GIF

Chuffed you like them!! grin.gif

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Oh dear... as Lottie says. New mods without pictures is a big no no. The MODs have been notified, will have to see what they do. coffee.gif

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Oh dear....I can feel an instant locking of this thread coming on grin.gif

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Here come some pics:

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Ooops! A bit bigger than I intended! Uploaded via Photobucket.

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Red, any chance of posting side on pics of your car with 17's and then 18's to compare?

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I've taken comparitive pics this morning and am just struggling with Photobucket to see if I can reduce from life-size pics!! Am working on it now 169144-ok.gif.

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It's either life-size pics or no pics!! grin.gif

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They actually fit nicely on my screen mate 169144-ok.gif

Loving the details of the alloys.

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Just for you, stevie - a pic to fit your screen:

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....Oh!! Photobucket have gone back to automatic size reductions! More pics coming.

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Right, for those who have asked to see comparitive pics:

17s_rear.jpg

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The 'holes' look and are bigger on the 18s. Much as I loved my 17s, there's no comparison aesthetically imo.

Note the McGard high security nuts (which don't take the covers).

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No comparision? Glad your chuffed. They look great, but its hardly chalk and cheese!

I wonder what the 17's would look like with the grey bits painted. .

To my mind, the two wheels look virtually identical - in terms of overall design. It's just the attention to detail of the finishing on the 18's that make the difference. They are therefore unique, which is I guess why people prefer them. More attention grabbing, dynamic style.

Looking at your car with the 18's on, my eyes are drawn towards those 18's, as they do have a certain 'wow' factor, whereas, with the 17's on, they seem to be more a part of the overall good look of the car.

Therefore, my all too predictable analogy, is thus.

Its a bit like having a choice between a pair of cracking-hot twins, one with a fine rack, the other with an obvious boob-job!

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Have you noticed that when you change the alloys your painwork changes too crazy.gifgrin.gif

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What I mean by "there's no comparison" is only in my opinion, I much prefer the 18s and was wrong about them not suiting a red GTI so well as 17s. Heck, they are both excellent designs by BBS. I would still much rather have genuine 17s than replica 18s no matter how good the imitation was.

Something I think I'm experiencing with the 18s is slightly better grip. I can't tell if it's due to my modded suspension working with the 18s or if it's new Bridgestones compared with the assymmetric Continentals I had (which weren't particularly worn). I can def feel that there is less rubber between me and the road but without any harshness or discomfort at all. I drove some familiar roads this morning for comparison.

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Hi Dave 169144-ok.gif. Yes, the red turns pink when you polish too hard! Different days and different lighting. It might be the effect of the solar eclipse! grin.gif

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Does anyone have the exact sizes (most importantly width) of the 17/18's? Maybe there/s a larger contact patch?

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Hi Chris - "The best thing I ever did?" - That's actually a difficult question to answer. Apart from the obvious answer of buying a Mk5 GTI, it's a tough call between the Milltek Hi-flow and the KoniFSD+Eibach suspension. The 18s seem to subtley help the grip a tad, unless it's just my imagination.

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The extra grip is going to come from less flex in the tyre walls - theoretically, but in reality yes, I wouldn't be suprised if the upgraded suspension geometry was working better now, (because you've now changed them proportionally).

Besides, a big part of handling balance is your confidence at the wheel, and if you 'feel' the road better now, you have more control (regardless of if any actual improvement exists).

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Cheers, CMC 169144-ok.gif. That's useful info. I noticed that although Oli's car felt very smooth and a good firm ride on his BBS CH 19s, mine felt better 'planted' on the road but I put that down to the modded suspension which does keep my car very 'flat'. Also, my seat position is down to as low as poss (an excellent tip which SiBurt gave me).

You mentioning confidence reminds me that I must organise a Car Control course.

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