18" wheels on Maxi with no lowering?

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Martyns_Maxi
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18" wheels on Maxi with no lowering?

Post by Martyns_Maxi » Wed Jul 21, 2021 3:28 pm

Hi all,

First day as a member and first post, so apologies if this question/request has already been asked?! If so please point me in its direction as sure loads of useful stuff there...

So I've bought a Caddy Maxi and I'm turning it into a camper. New to the game, so first shot at it. So far gutted out the back, sound deadened and insulated it all, put down laminate floor, carpeted the wall panels, and installed a DC to DC charger and leisure battery system with a 12v control panel and some LED lights on the roof. Also cut a hole in the roof and put in a low profile 12v roof fan/vent. It's been a mission, but taking shape now and learnt a good few tricks along the way!!

I'm now looking at replacing the stock steelies with a set of black multispoke 18"s (my maxis grey, so thought that'd look pretty pimpin), but I'm not wanting to lower it if I can help it both as extra expense and don't want the former ride. I can't see any pics of maxis on 18s with factory suspension. So wondered if A anyone has any pics of it so I can see what it looks like, and B if it would drive OK!

Ps Id love to post pics of the progress and open to give any tips where I can of the limited knowledge I know, so please let me know how ๐Ÿ‘

Cheers, Marty

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Re: 18" wheels on Maxi with no lowering?

Post by SIMONSNOT » Wed Jul 21, 2021 5:02 pm

Hi Marty,

Welcome aboard and good luck with the camper project.

I have a mk4 maxi life. This did have stranded 16โ€ alloys but I have upgraded to 18โ€ VW Serron from a golf. Currently at standard ride.

This drives fine, maybe a little better than the 16โ€™s due to be slightly wider? Handling wise I think mine is pretty good as far as vans go but I donโ€™t think it will ever compete with a car due to size and height.

I donโ€™t think it looks terrible but would look and probably handle better with some lows!

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Re: 18" wheels on Maxi with no lowering?

Post by kneecap » Wed Jul 21, 2021 11:28 pm

@SIMONSNOT just yesterday bought some serron 18" wheels for my Life. Pick them up at the weekend. They look great on yours, which is good to know. I think I'll lower mine around 50 mm as wanna be practical.

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Re: 18" wheels on Maxi with no lowering?

Post by Belham31 » Thu Jul 22, 2021 11:23 pm

Hi mate just wondering where you fed your 12v ignition switched supply for your dc to dc charger please?

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Re: 18

Post by SIMONSNOT » Fri Jul 23, 2021 6:47 pm

@kneecap
Cheers pal.
I wanted something OEM.
Mine where peppered when I got them and needed refurbing. Looked great after that.
I want to lower it but need to sort the mrs out a car first before I start chucking loads of money at it.
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Re: 18" wheels on Maxi with no lowering?

Post by Martyns_Maxi » Wed Jul 28, 2021 11:42 pm

Sorry for the late reply all, just seen that my first post was approved! ๐Ÿ™

@SIMONSNOT your Life on the wheels looks the bomb! ๐Ÿ‘Œ Thanks for sharing. Doesn't look high at all. So I went ahead and took the plunge in the end anyway.. got a set of green rimmed, black powder coated S8 18"s and have to say like the look!! Just trying to figure out how to post a pic on here (how do I??). I luckily managed to get away for a wee weekend in the van there (maiden voyage!) and albeit being really hot and getting eaten by midges, it was amazing.

@Belham31 very good question bud! So I've run the + & - from the starter battery along the passenger front quarter panel to a wee grommet by the passenger door hinges, then along the passanger door skirting to behind the passanger seat. I'll see if I can take some pics of the route and post (again, when I see how to post pics), but I found the route on this YouTube video... https://youtu.be/DWDSeVOBQKg

Cheers lads ๐Ÿ‘

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Re: 18" wheels on Maxi with no lowering?

Post by mark1a » Mon Aug 02, 2021 4:43 pm

Hello and welcome @Martyns_Maxi, here's mine before and after lowering with 18" wheels, to give you an idea.


Before
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After
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2017 Blackberry Maxi Life 190TDI 6MT OEM+
Santiago 18โ€ | OE Xenons | Limo tints | Wind deflectors
Remap 190bhp | H&R / Darkside lowering | TRC front splitter | RKD side skirts
Android HU | Focal 2.1+2 audio | Dynamat | 4G WiFi | Wireless phone charge
Build thread here http://caddy2k.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=34095

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