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456 - small wheels

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Schnellmann

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1,893 posts

101 months

Tuesday 30th August 2011
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I love the shape of the 456 but the standard wheels look far too small IMO. I was at the Ferrari Euro day in Sempach, Switzerland, on Sunday and saw a nice 456 in black with non-standard, larger wheels. I'm not usually one for after-market wheels but these seemed to really improve the look of the whole car (incidentally the car also had a full alcantara interior, which I've not seen before on a 456 - it also had two children's seats in the back - I thought it was great to see a 456 obviously being used as family transport).

Does anyone know why the 456 came with such small wheels? And does fitting bigger, aftermarket wheels cause (significant) handling/ride issues?

Drclarke

681 posts

70 months

Tuesday 30th August 2011
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I would of said its because back in 1990s when the 456 was released that size wheels were the norm

Fun Bus

15,728 posts

115 months

Tuesday 30th August 2011
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I actually think the 456 looks nice with the standard wheels it came with despite them being quite small. It's not a small car after all.

The standard wheels on the 612 (another large bodied Ferrari, not sure if still standard but were from initial launch) look ridiculous to me - the 20" rims suit the car much better.

JasonSF

240 posts

106 months

Tuesday 30th August 2011
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I have 19" CS wheels on my 456. It gives the car a very different look and brings the timeless shape up to date. The ride is also much improved.

rainmasterb

249 posts

104 months

Tuesday 30th August 2011
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JasonSF said:
I have 19" CS wheels on my 456. It gives the car a very different look and brings the timeless shape up to date. The ride is also much improved.
Would love to see a picture of that...?

chris5150

523 posts

97 months

Tuesday 30th August 2011
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Agreed, the 456 & 612 need big wheels, its amazing the differance it makes to the overall look of the cars. Not a fan of aftermarket wheels on the whole, but definatly bigger wheels transform the 456. Likewise what on earth did ferrari put those awful star spoked tiny alloys on the 612 for on release?, killed the looks of the car, thankfully the 20"'s made it look like it should of done from the get go

Justices

3,046 posts

61 months

Tuesday 30th August 2011
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Phone camera fairly useless but this hideous creation runs around town. Original wheels definitely a little small visually, just take the time to add wheels which do this gorgeous body justice. NO wings!






JasonSF

240 posts

106 months

Wednesday 31st August 2011
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Jonty355

4,293 posts

110 months

Wednesday 31st August 2011
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Justices said:
Phone camera fairly useless but this hideous creation runs around town. Original wheels definitely a little small visually, just take the time to add wheels which do this gorgeous body justice. NO wings!

laugh I was wondering how long it would be until someone did that! Good effort though!

Justices

3,046 posts

61 months

Wednesday 31st August 2011
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The lack of light in the pic is doing it all sorts of favours. It's parked close to the office so I will try to capture this beast in daylight.

Midds

244 posts

135 months

Wednesday 31st August 2011
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JasonSF said:
Love this. Can't believe one small mod has made this much difference... Must look at 456's...

Has anyone done this to a 550?

Schnellmann

Original Poster:

1,893 posts

101 months

Wednesday 31st August 2011
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JasonSF said:
Lovely. I love those alloys and they really improve the 456 (which I think is one of the better-looking Ferraris in any case)

Schnellmann

Original Poster:

1,893 posts

101 months

Wednesday 31st August 2011
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Justices said:
Phone camera fairly useless but this hideous creation runs around town. Original wheels definitely a little small visually, just take the time to add wheels which do this gorgeous body justice. NO wings!





If that isn't a crime, it should be! What were they thinking?

Cactussed

4,884 posts

110 months

Wednesday 31st August 2011
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550 wheels help a lot

Cactussed

4,884 posts

110 months

Wednesday 31st August 2011
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rainmasterb

249 posts

104 months

Wednesday 31st August 2011
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CS wheels are certainly an improvement but I think I prefer the 550 wheels. Would like to see one with the 355 five spokes - think they could look even better with the thicker spokes

mc_blue

2,306 posts

115 months

Wednesday 31st August 2011
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The CS and 550 wheels look so much better.

Fun Bus

15,728 posts

115 months

Thursday 1st September 2011
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I don't know what it is but I'm not loving the CS or 550 wheels on a 456 yet I love both wheel designs?!

MogulBoy

2,201 posts

120 months

Thursday 1st September 2011
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Looks are one thing but for anything other than posing around, you would need to be confident that the potentially different offsets on those 550 or CS wheels would create issues.

There have been a few threads posted on here showing F360 wheels have been fitted to 348s. They look really good (IMO) but to get them to fit, I believe that a chunk of material has to be machined off the wheel centres (possibly just the rears) to reduce the offset eek Rather draconian!

voicey

1,910 posts

84 months

Thursday 1st September 2011
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I was at Autofficina the other day and they had a TDF 456 in with dark grey split rims - it look awesome.