If there’s one thing I’ve always disliked about the three-door Sierra Cosworth (and its unobtanium-plated counterpart the RS500) its the way the standard 7x15in alloys sit tucked inboard of the bodywork like shopping trolley wheels on a hovercraft. Those wide arches were so obviously designed to take monstrous 10-inch centre-locks and slicks; the Sierra’s RS rims just make me think of Max-Powered Corsas with Kingdom bodykits.

Of course, the 7.5×17-inch Compomotives on my car filled the spaces a bit better – and, ultimately, will be replaced by something bigger and deep-dished – but they’ve now received two massive improvements for not much money.

 

Crucially, I’ve added a pair of 20mm Momo spacers (just £20) to the rear end, which give a dramatically improved stance. And, is it just me, or are these bits incredibly attractive? Whereas spacers I’ve used in the past have looked like shards of alloy someone found in a skip, it actually seems a shame to hide these Momos behind the wheels.

Fitting was easy too. Momo supplied a set of longer studs, which meant removing the 29-year-old originals from the Sierra’s hubs. With an old steel-wheelnut spun onto each thread, I whacked them face-on with a lump hammer until they popped out from behind. Fitting the new studs meant a little WD40 and using the same steel-wheelnut and a deep-reach socket to wind them into place.

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Yes, the tyres are now rubbing, so the arches will need trimming (I could raise the Gaz coilovers, but that would just spoil the looks), which is a job that needs doing properly; it’ll have to wait a few months.

While the rims were off the car I also popped on a pair of plain black EBC discs (I’ll buy some 4×4 calipers later) and finally got rid of the wheels’ nasty gold paintwork.

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Rather than a full respray, I opted for Foliatec spray-film in a subtle shade of bronze. The kit comes with two cans of quick-drying film, cleaning wipes and a set of masking cards, which mean a colour change can easily be completed within an hour. The perfect job for a summer’s evening.

I’m told Foliatec film can be removed anytime I like, but I’m so chuffed with the colour, there’s not much chance of that.

 

Contacts
Momo (Brown & Geeson)
www.brownandgeeson.com

Foliatec
www.foliatec.co.uk