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    howsoonisnow1985 New Member

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    After a while searching which lightweight 15 inch wheels fit the GP, I chose the Motegi TrakLites 2 in 15x7 they came with thin tires RE01-Rs in 195/50-15, but I ordered a set of Nitto NT01s in 205/50-15 today. Also, installed the TSW Studs and Jack Points. And lastly some JCW R56 tips. I really wanted SSR Comps in 15x7.5 at 9.2lbs but very hard to find. But I knew the Motegi's at 10.2lbs would fit the JCW brakes.
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    #2 howsoonisnow1985, Nov 28, 2009
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    Was a bit worried about brake clearance, but apparently 3mm clearance is all you need and I got about 4-5mm. 8mm spacers will give me a lot more clearance. Guess I will really need brake air ducts now. I really like the clean look of the studs and tuner lugs
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    #3 howsoonisnow1985, Nov 28, 2009
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    JCW R56 Tips

    JCW R56 Tips on R53 GP-Comparison Pics
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    Nice wheels. Not much clearance but that's all you need. Just be careful whenever you remount the wheels as it'll be easy to knock the calipers while trying to line things up. The studs help a lot with that though (one of the reasons I have them) so you shouldn't have much trouble. I'm not sure I think the clearance is, by itself, going to force you to need brake ducts, esp. with those open wheels.

    I've looked at the tips and I can't see any difference...what am I missing?
     
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    I think the R56 are larger diameter. Am I right?

    Are those screwed on, or do they need to be welded?
     
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    I checked my tips for you on my 2009 JCW, they measure 3-5/16" OD.
     
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    Nice wheels. That car is BEGGING to be dropped.;)
     
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    R53 JCW tips are 2-3/4. Yay me, I was right.
     
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    #9 howsoonisnow1985, Nov 29, 2009
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    Correct! R56 JCW tips are about 3/4ths the size of R53 tips and these got the same JCW emblem as R53 JCW. Notice that they are bigger, installed tip are bigger that tips below on the floor R53 JCW tips
    Yes, screwed in.
    The Tires are 195/50-15 RE01R's the diameter of these is 23.7, but the 205/50-15 are 23.95 should fill the gap a bit more, but regardless, it scrapes on Any driveway, speed bump, off-camber turn, so, doubt I will be lowering it, on the contrary, I hope camber plates give me another 10mm clearance.
     
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    I'll have to put some pictures of my car on my 205/50/15's one of these days--it'd dropped, and I do scrape if I'm not careful, but it's not bad. But it's dropped for the track, not for looks.

    Have to admit it does look nice though--but I run 16's for street driving, which helps with both looks and scraping, and swap out to 15's on the track.
     
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    A word of caution. I run 15x7 Kosei's for track with about the same clearance. An off road excursion caught a pebble between the caliper and the rim almost stripping all for lug bolts and tearing the wheel off. Had to replace the hub. Just something to keep in mind and keep an eye on.
     
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    #12 howsoonisnow1985, Nov 29, 2009
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    Ouch!
    I'm hoping the 0.25 mm increase in tire diameter provided by the 205/50-15 NT-01 tire both fills in the gap and increases front ride height as well as the camber plates giving it about 5mm lift in the front. The GP's front end sits lower than MCS, cause I had dropped my previous MCS and never had any scraping issues. The GP's lower black scrape piece is already pulling off. There is about 1.5 inch clearance. I checked in on the MINI-Madness 8mm spacers....Ouch!....$200:crazy: Likely to get H&R 10mm spacer instead for only $90, to mitigate any caliper clearance issues. Just concerned about the tire rubbing outter fender with a 10mm spacer.
     
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    I run 17x7.5 on my vert with no issues. So extra .5 inch is about 12.8 mm. I have no rubbing. You should be good with 10 mm spacers.
     
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    I guess what concerns me (and why I'd prefer M-M 8mm spacers) is that this wheel has a 35mm offset. And the RE-01R 195/50-15 tire on now has a 7.2 width and the 205/50-15 NT01 has an 8.3 width. Here is a pic with the current RE-01R tire and H&R 5mm spacer.
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    Doh! Slaps forehead. Forgot about that. I think mine are about 42 offset. This is where I get really confused.
     
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    Where did you end up purchasing the R56 tips at? I've been looking for them!
     
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    I have the factory 2009 JCW R56, and the tips are welded on. The realoem shows the tips as a separate item but no item number. So I wonder...... the screw on tips must be for the dealer installed JCW upgrade? But then wouldn't that upgrade include the new JCW exhaust with the welded on tips? :confused:
     
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    Looks great I love the wheels :)
     
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    Correct, part of R56 JCW (dealer installed) upgrade kit, as it has the old (R53 JCW) emblem on it. Early factory JCW did not have any emblem on it for a month, then got the new JCW emblem, the more rounded emblem. Don't know how or why Prestige MINI got individual tips maybe extra stock since MINI decided to make their own new JCW emblem.
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