Fitting Konig 15 x 7 wheels
Posted 15 August 2012 - 03:40 PM
I purchased a set of 15 X 7 Konig wheels from Motorsports in California a few months back - very pleased with the purchase, price and quality, but now having a challenge with clearance and rubbing on the (standard) front indicator panel. I was assured by MSA that the wheels would fit with a maximum 205 x 60 profile, but this is not the case. I have overhauled the front suspension, fitting 30mm lowered King Springs, KYB shockers, and new nolothane bushes throughout.
I considered looking at machining and adjusting the strut rods to pull the hub and wheel back into the wheel well, but have been advised against this because of the effect on Castor. At the moment there is more gap at the rear of the wheel as it sits in the wheel well than at the front.
The solution at the moment seems to be going for a different tyre size, and my tyre dealer suggests a 195 x 60 to try next. I am loath to go to a 55 profile because I remember how harsh the ride was on my last 240. I live in a country town so I am taking one wheel in at a time to work through this tyre challenge. If this works I will keep 195s on the front, and 205s on the rear (which fit without problem).
Does anyone have any experience with these wheels and suggestions for a solution. Many thanks, Paul V
Posted 15 August 2012 - 04:13 PM
Posted 15 August 2012 - 06:10 PM
FWIW originally the cars came with a 185/70x14, the upgrade to a 205/60x15 has the rubber at too big a diameter, which unless you cut the rear edge of the lower front valance panel it will rub.
Offsets etc can be played around with, but diam is an issue!
Post up pics if possible.
How hard/costly was it to deal with the seller in the US?
A link to their site?
Posted 15 August 2012 - 06:31 PM
Posted 15 August 2012 - 09:10 PM
A more positive offset rim will solve that, but, it will then foul on lower spring perch
Fit lower height/diameter tyres.
Posted 15 August 2012 - 09:21 PM
Posted 15 August 2012 - 09:38 PM
Here is the link to the Motorsport Auto web site - http://www.thezstore...C02-15/25-1067 - the wheels are US$550 (complete with lug nuts and centre pieces), with shipping a further $300, so pretty good value. I still haven't obtained the wheel offset from Motorsport yet - but will advise when known. I will trial the smaller diameter tyres, but otherwise modify the indicator valance - would placing a front air dam be a further alternative for tyre clearance? Cheers, Paul.
Posted 15 August 2012 - 09:58 PM
As for living in Gundagai, we are known as 'blow-ins', as we have only lived here the past six years. Nice country lifestyle though - drop a note if you are passing along the Hume Highway (usually at 125 KPH). Cheers, Paul
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Posted 16 August 2012 - 04:17 AM
Posted 16 August 2012 - 10:21 AM
Posted 16 August 2012 - 07:30 PM
Have you as yet , rolled/flattened the lip of the valance ? Is the tyre "just" nipping at the inner corner of the valance or is it making quite a bit of contact..
Any chance you could take a pic with the tyre at 3/4 lock just as its about to touch.
Mine touches on the odd occasion but only when in reverse and when ive turned the wheel at 3/4 lock and backing out the driveway
Posted 16 August 2012 - 08:39 PM
Posted 16 August 2012 - 09:47 PM
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Posted 16 August 2012 - 10:00 PM
Posted 18 August 2012 - 06:41 PM
I received further feedback from Motorsport in California, which may explain why they thought there should not be a problem:
After investigating this further, I”ve determined that a lot of it may have to do with the tire tread cap. Basically, the same size tire by two different manufacturers can still be different dimensionally due to the style of tread cap used on the tire. Some tread caps are wide and some taper inward. For the most part, the tires made over here tend to have a lower profile tread cap or a tapered cap. I realized this because I found a small handful of people who had some issues with the tire size, but most didn’t. The guys who had issues went to a 205-60-15 and it eliminated the rubbing. Some even used a 215, but went to a 55 series and they work without rubbing. Some guys even decided to trim the fenders just a bit to fit the larger tires. We have Z’s here that we use for test fitting before we sell items as well, and we did not have any rubbing issues. I do thank you for pointing this out, as we take it seriously and use your feedback for improvement.
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