^^^ This. There are special 15" rims that will fit, but the general 15" wheels will not clear the front calipers but fit over the rears just fine.Neither the wheel bearing nor the bub are the issue with fitting 15" rims. The problem is the radial distance to the caliper is too large.
The last things you want to do is use smaller wheels to get moar low because it will mess up your speedometer.Why are you looking to go to 15" rims? Only reason I could think of was to get moar low but not sure of your reason...
Well, to get moar low with the smaller tires you (should) fix your speedo but that should be the last mod you do if you just cant get low enough other ways. Wouldnt recommend this to anyone except the people who want to sit like half an inch above the ground but cant afford the nice coilovers.The last things you want to do is use smaller wheels to get moar low because it will mess up your speedometer.
Plus smaller diameter wheels are better in snow when you have a taller side wall tire. And then there's ride quality and 15" wheel are more common and cheaper to buy.
A smaller wheel and tire combo would definately reduce the amount of travel per rotation.
Actually, smaller wheels and tires are the best way to lower a car. Doesn't mess up the amount of travel, doesn't mess up geometry (roll center) and (often if not always) reduces unsprung, rotating weight. That is a win-win-win.
This is indeed the issue. There are a handful if 15" wheels that will clear (Team Dynamics as an example). However several people rallying Foci have been able to carefully grind the top if the caliper to get the stock 15" split spokes to clear.Neither the wheel bearing nor the bub are the issue with fitting 15" rims. The problem is the radial distance to the caliper is too large.