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@Fivetones would you have few more pictures of the rear end from different angles? I can’t decide on wheels so I’m going to do what you’ve done, put spacers on. I’m thinking of 12mm Lohen ones. I want to get rid of the recessed wheel look, especially the rear one. I can see on the above photo yours fill in the wheel arches nicely! Just wanted to see few more angles to help decide if I should go with 15mm on the rear as you did and if it’s worth to put 215s on. Did you keep the 205 tyres or went any wider? I think based on the below one can push it as far as 225 with the 7J. I probably wouldn’t want to do that though.
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The wheels you see in the pic (the Style 501 Track Spokes) have 205/45 Michelin Alpin (as a winter tyre they might come up slightly wider for a 205). I have some Style 534 18s to go on and I chose 205 Michelin PS5 to go on them - pics to come when the tyres show up (they’ve just come out). I’m choosing 205s because I think they fit the arch better but mainly as the car is an EV and I want to balance rolling resistance with grip.

The car isn’t dialled in yet hence lack of pics but this might help:

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The wheels you see in the pic (the Style 501 Track Spokes) have 205/45 Michelin Alpin (as a winter tyre they might come up slightly wider for a 205). I have some Style 534 18s to go on and I chose 205 Michelin PS5 to go on them - pics to come when the tyres show up (they’ve just come out). I’m choosing 205s because I think they fit the arch better but mainly as the car is an EV and I want to balance rolling resistance with grip.

The car isn’t dialled in yet hence lack of pics but this might help:

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Thanks much @Fivetones (y)

That looks spot on in my opinion - not too aggressive, still sits under the arches but fills them in nicely. Should have come out of factory like this. I think that's what I'm going to do - the 501s grew on me, this way I can keep them but get a nicer stance. I may put Eibachs on to lower mine a touch too.

Sounds like you have it all worked out - makes complete sense to stick with 205 for the range. Look forward to hear your feedback on PS5s and also seeing the 534s on - good choice, I think it will stand out nicely as there aren't many of them. Did you go for the black or grey ones?
 

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These 17" x 7.5 NM Engineering 5 spokes are slowly growing on me, which I'm surprised by. They clear the JCW brakes and also work with the oem Mini center cap...
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Thanks @J99CWW, the aim was a tweaked factory look. ;)

The 534s have been refinished in a darker satin grey. They’re a nice wheel and are forged which makes them light and strong.
Well you definitely achieved that 👍 I booked mine in with Lohen for spacers and springs so will copy your current set up.

Nice, I didn’t know they’re forged, that’s great, helps with unsprung weight! Good thinking. They’ll definitely look unique in custom paint.
 

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So here it is, finally got round to fitting the new wheels.
Sparco assetto gara 17 x 7.5 ET35 fitted with Good Year eagle F1 aysemetric 5 215/45 r17.

Yes they do poke a bit more then standard but fit absolutely fine. Personally I like the look of the wider track and glad I stuck with the 17" rims.
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So here it is, finally got round to fitting the new wheels.
Sparco assetto gara 17 x 7.5 ET35 fitted with Good Year eagle F1 aysemetric 5 215/45 r17.

Yes they do poke a bit more then standard but fit absolutely fine. Personally I like the look of the wider track and glad I stuck with the 17" rims.
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Looks great - nice aggressive look 👍 They fill in the arches well and the wheels actually look bigger than 17”, well done. And thanks for plenty before/after pics!
 
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