Yesterday I cracked my front right wheel and need to repair/replace it. I was certainly about to send it for repair, however I saw a good deal on a set of new rims by WSP Italy. The model is WSP Alfa 296-S. They look good and the price is good - about 260 euro for the entire set. However the width is 7j while my tyres are 225/45/17. I know my OEM multispoke wheels are 7.5j in width, so I cannot help but wonder if there would be a problem or performance/stability drop? The tyres are Pilot Sport 4 if it matters. So what do you think would it be safe to switch to 7j wheels with 225 tyres?
Thank you for the replies. As I thought, Im glad I did not hurry too much. Instead I decided it would be a good time to ditch the 9 year old OEM multispokes and ordered TOORA T570 GFP. They have width of 7.5 which is the same as the ones I have now. Altho almost double the price they look nicer and expect to feel at least as good on the road as the OEM`s.
Now Im wondering whether I should sell the multispokes or keep them as reserve set.
A little update - today I changed the rims and it turned out the original ones were 7j not 7.5 as I thought. That being said in normal use and some more spirited B road driving, I have not felt unstability, but maybe thats just because I have no baseline to compare to.
So as it stands the rims I got are not only a visual but also I would guess a minor performance upgrade since they are 7.5j and quite a bit lighter than the originals. They also look quite nice - pics here.