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Minilight Wheels

PostPost by: Alan D. » Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:07 pm

Hello all,
I've taken delivery of John Clegg's Plus 2 and I have decided to replace the steel wheels with 14X6 Minilights . I've contacted Spyder and they estimate six weeks delivery, I've also emailed Minlight, but have not had a reply as yet.
Is there anyone else who supplies these wheels. I will also have to decide which tyres to fit, so any advice on suitable tyres would be greatly appreciated.
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PostPost by: MarkDa » Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:16 am

There is a long list of suppliers on Minilite website.
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PostPost by: jono » Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:48 am

Hi Alan,

I bought mine direct from Minilite (Tech Del) via the NEC show a number of years ago.

I can advise you on tyres and wheel sizes - mine are, I think, 5" or 5.5". I think you might need 2.5" rear springs to accept these wheels.

Give me a call or perhaps call in when your next passing?

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PostPost by: Alan D. » Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:31 am

MarkDa wrote:There is a long list of suppliers on Minilite website.


Thank you, i had realized that, but I note that there is some sort of washer or spacer to fit on the Plus 2 and thought that only Lotus people would be aware of this. but thank you anyway. Alan
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PostPost by: Spyder fan » Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:50 pm

As for tyre size you need 185x65x14 don’t be tempted to go for 60 profile or you will have a big gap at the top of the wheel arches.
Here’s mine with 14x6 wheels and 185x65 Yokohama C drive tyres. My wheels are bolt on, but exactly the same as what you need apart from that.

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PostPost by: Alan D. » Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:29 pm

Thanks for the photo, they really fill the arches out and look good. Can anyone enlighten as to use of the spacer, as specified by Spyder?
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PostPost by: Spyder fan » Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:24 pm

AFAIK The spacer goes between the spinner and the wheel centre. You can see it in the picture below.Image
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PostPost by: RichardHawkins » Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:32 pm

Alan,

Don't discard the steel wheels, as they are effectively irreplaceable. As far as I can find, there are no remanufactured replacement steel wheels

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PostPost by: Alan D. » Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:36 pm

Spyder fan wrote:AFAIK The spacer goes between the spinner and the wheel centre. You can see it in the picture below.Image


Thank you, thats cleared that up.
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PostPost by: Alan D. » Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:39 pm

RichardHawkins wrote:Alan,

Don't discard the steel wheels, as they are effectively irreplaceable. As far as I can find, there are no remanufactured replacement steel wheels

Richard Hawkins


Thanks Richard, I'm a hoarder, so they will be kept safe. But I will have eight steel wheels in stock, when I replace with alloys.
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PostPost by: Davidb » Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:35 pm

I am surprised you guys don't get together and have some alloy knock-offs cast to replace those heavy steel parts!
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PostPost by: Chrispy » Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:47 pm

RichardHawkins wrote:Alan,

Don't discard the steel wheels, as they are effectively irreplaceable. As far as I can find, there are no remanufactured replacement steel wheels

Richard Hawkins


I've seen them somewhere. Lotus Marques here in Australia have them listed.

https://lotusmarques.com/parts/catalogu ... sion-parts
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PostPost by: Keith Scarfe » Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:40 am

I am surprised you guys don't get together and have some alloy knock-offs cast to replace those heavy steel parts!

I think you will fine that the standard steel rims are actually about the same if not lighter than a cast alli one. And they look nicer IMHO. Shame no one reproduces them.
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PostPost by: elan66 » Thu Jan 18, 2018 7:30 pm

Hi,
i think revolution do a 13"x5.5" knock on that doesn't need a spacer,Kelvedon were selling them,probably lighter than minilites
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PostPost by: Davidb » Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:06 pm

Keith: I was referring to the knock off itself. Why not have some cast up in 26R style but threaded for 'normal' hubs? It would save a lot of unsprung weight-and look good.

Minilite wheels seem to be surprisingly heavy. Revolution wheels are much lighter.
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