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Hi Guys, My Laguna II has just failed its MOT as both back wheels are buckled, thanks to the glorious potholes of Kent. Buying a new pair of 17" silverstones in these times of austerity is out of the question. Any ideas on a cheap solution would be greatly appreciated i.e swapping the lot for 16" steels or maybe somewhere to get cheaper alloys (I don't want to fork out cash on ebay to get some that are just as bad!!
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you could buy a couple of cheap steel wheels to get it through its MOT
 

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thanks for the replies.
I took the car to a garage who were supposed to be good at sorting out bent alloys. they got the car jacked up spun the wheels and said they are too far gone for repair. (From the inside I could see for myself they had pretty big flat spots on the rims).
My nearest Renault dealer said it is not possible to get 17" steels. Leaving me the option of four new 16" steels + tyres or two new alloys. Neither option leaving me much change from £500.
Unfortunately the recession has bitten the **** out of my self employed income so I just dont have that kind of cash. top tips for on-line breakers maybe?
 

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Hello,

what part of Kent are you from. Not sure if he will have but go and speak to Barry Greenwood at B.G Motors Renault Specialists / Breakers. He is in Broadstairs Kent.

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Hello,

what part of Kent are you from. Not sure if he will have but go and speak to Barry Greenwood at B.G Motors Renault Specialists / Breakers. He is in Broadstairs Kent.

Harry.
 

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Thanks for that. Just spoke to BG Motors who informed me that silverstones are not alloy but actually plasticine! He hasn't got any and no clues as to a sensible solution. I'm left a little :confused: and :mad:. it just seems so ridiculous. Looks like a throw of the ebay dice is looming, or as velsatisfied suggested a full set of cheap as chips 16" mot steels. Does anyone know if there is such a thing as 17" steels that would fit
 
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iirc there isn't a 17" steel wheel (might be wrong tho :eek:), a 16" with a slight increase in sidewall profile should work

issues with the silverstone seem to be very common, personally I'd go down the ebay route, but perhaps from a dealer/breaker that you can go back to rather than a private sale

It might look a little odd, but I guess you could put a pair of these on, and get 2 more at a later date
 

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16" are usually spare wheels, faffer has one for sale at the mo (unless it's already gone) - see forsale section.
there are some on ebay quite often - but i'm not sure that the tyre pressure sensors aren't different too.
 

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in fact there are some silverstone's on ebay as i type

just type "laguna wheel" must be half a dozen onthe first page alone
 

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Well Ive taken the plunge and bought a set of four steels on ebay, which should at least get me through the MOT, then I can decide where to go from there.

But you will need a set of steel bolts
Forgive my ignorance, but why steel bolt. You would legally put your spare wheel on with the bolts from your alloy
 

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That is very true, but in 'normal' use, the spare is a temporary 'get you home' fitment.

What will happen, is that there will be an electrochemical reaction between the 2 metals (bolt & wheel) which will cause the bolt to corrode/weaken on the longer term.

Look at your alloy bolts, they will have a chamfered ring around the bolthead - this is to prevent the direct metal-metal contact I'm referring to. Now, these are designed for securing an alloy wheel, not a steel wheel.

Your owner's manual will probably mention this also.

HTH

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Cheers Paul, that of course makes perfect sense, guess I should now start looking for some steel bolts.
Tis a damn shame tho' that the car which I always thought had excellent styling and looked well cool will now look like an old banger with black steels on!!!!
Now where did i put that lottery ticket?
 

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A heads up for anyone who might find themselves in a similar spot to me. I had a set of standard 16" steels delivered at the weekend, and was assured that they would fit a mark 2 laguna. and of course they don't :mad:. Although the studs line up perfectly they are not big enough to clear the break caliper.
Renault in their glorious wisdom have decided that a standard 16" steel with the same stud pattern will not fit a car manufactured with 17" wheels but they will manufacture a specific 16" steel as a spare for that model:crazy:
So its back to the drawing board and public transport for me, while my cheap wheel replacement scheme becomes ever more expensive.
Anyone want to buy a set of STANDARD five stud 16" steels!
 

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Oh jeez - that's madness.

Every car I've ever owned which has had alloys & a steel spare, has come with a spare which is the standard wheel fitted to the base trim level model.

I can only apologise for my part in suggesting steel wheels - I've never encountered that before (unless its one of those ultra=narrow 'spacesaver wheels'), which this clearly isn't...

Paul
 

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Hmm, yeah, I think cars fitted with 17" alloys have 308mm discs, whereas others have 300mm discs, or at least that's what the Haynes manual implies...

I guess you'll either have to swap the front discs and calipers with a lower-spec car, or find some 17" wheels... Maybe the 'GT' spec alloys (also 17"?) aren't made of plasticine and would be a better choice? Although they seem very rare so maybe obtaining a set would be difficult.

Or some tacky aftermarket 17" rims :(

Hang on... I'm sure I've seen Espace IVs on 17" steel wheels? Maybe that's the answer.
 
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