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To fit 15" Alloys onto a Mk2 you WILL need 195/45 15 tyres.

If you get 50 profile tyres (the standard for newer Fiestas) they will rub due to the increased diameter of the wheel - they are likely to catch the arches going over large bumps/dips in the road. Also note that the larger tyres will put your speedo out. 45 profile produces the same overall size as the standard 185/60 13 tyres XR2's come with.

On standard XR2's no work should be reqired to fit them (as claimed by Ford), unless you've had wings or something replaced in which case they might not have the proper rolled lips. As it is usually only the rear arches that are rolled from the factory, if you're lowing the car as well as fitting 15" alloys you will need to trim or roll the front arch lips as well.

On other models you may need the rear arch lips rolling to avoid the wheels catching on them as you go over bumps and such like, the fronts will be the same as with the XR2.

Also remember to check the type of fixing's required to attach the wheels. If you're using wheels of a newer Ford then the chances are the original Mk2 bolts will be too small for the holes. In this case the best option is to switch to using studs (which you can screw into the existing holes) and "Ghia" nuts - which have a larger tapered area for the larger holes.

You can get these parts from Speedshack - http://www.speedshack.co.uk


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