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16" steelies

Postby jes*b » 14 Oct 2017, 08:24

Who is running OE 16" steelies on a 14" van ? Details / thoughts / findings / ride quality / rubber size , appreciated. Looking to piece a set together for the westy with zero fuss
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Postby clift_d » 14 Oct 2017, 09:09

We're on the 16" OEM Syncro steel wheels running 215/70 R16 BFG ATs. No problems with fit or rubbing and they run as smooth as anything else. The only drawback with such a bulletproof setup is that wheel + tyre = plenty of kilograms to handle.

E D I T: We've got 5.43 diffs and calculated that we get a similar ratio of engine revs to road speed with these tyres as we were getting when the van was 2WD.
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Re: 16" steelies

Postby silverbullet » 14 Oct 2017, 09:15

Westy? Petrol? 4.86 diffs?
Dont increase the gearing more than 5%, it will become a slug, from my experience.
In other words, no bigger than a 215/75/15 or equivalent (actually more like 7%)
Put numbers into this (others available)
http://www.tyresave.co.uk/tyre-size-calculator/
205/70/16, if you can find them...

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Re: 16" steelies

Postby silverbullet » 14 Oct 2017, 09:24

...and absolute minimum 95 load rating for 1300kg max rear axle weight. You will probably end up with 98's which gives some safety margin.

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Re: 16" steelies

Postby jes*b » 14 Oct 2017, 09:57

I would have thought I would go with a BFG AT.....
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Re: 16" steelies

Postby silverbullet » 14 Oct 2017, 11:26

Goodyear Wrangler. Classic Range Rover size, I had a set and they did 40k.
https://www.tyreleader.co.uk/car-tyres/ ... UcQAvD_BwE

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Postby DoubleOSeven » 14 Oct 2017, 11:58

I went with Mefro 16” Steel’s with 205/60 16” Michelin’s. Closet match to original diameter of 185/82 14” it came with.

https://tiresize.com/converter/

205 width is max width for the 6” wide wheel

http://www.brick-yard.co.uk/forum/tyre- ... 60146.html


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16" steelies

Postby clift_d » 14 Oct 2017, 14:09

The minimum width rim for specific tyres is down to the tyre manufacturer. If I recall correctly, the OEM 16" Syncro rims are only 5.5" wide but BFG quote that as the minimum width rim to fit their ATs in 215/70.
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Re: 16" steelies

Postby silverbullet » 14 Oct 2017, 16:29

There was a 6x14" option for 205's

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Re: 16" steelies

Postby jes*b » 15 Oct 2017, 07:59

I am currently running 6" x 14" oe steel rims with a very low mileage set of hard to find BFG AT's. albeit they are a little challenged date wise. I have a set of 5
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Re: 16" steelies

Postby max and caddy » 16 Oct 2017, 19:29

What size are they Jes? I have some 14" bfg mts I need to move on
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Re: 16" steelies

Postby Gary. » 26 Oct 2017, 08:30

Oooh, I'm looking to buy some 16" steel wheels if someone has any?
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Re: 16" steelies

Postby Syncrobaz » 26 Oct 2017, 11:45

You'd be better fitting 15" Mefros with 215/75 tyres, your JX will struggle on 16" rims imo. Gary.
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Re: 16" steelies

Postby Gary. » 26 Oct 2017, 16:11

My 1.6 is more like 1.7, nevertheless the acceleration and torque at high revs is quite impressive. Top speed on the other hand is limited! (I rarely go above 50!) I was not planning to increase the tyre size dramatically, just want more than zero options regarding tyre choice. Plus I think the mefro wheels look cheap.
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Re: 16" steelies

Postby clift_d » 26 Oct 2017, 16:35

Syncrobaz wrote:You'd be better fitting 15" Mefros with 215/75 tyres, your JX will struggle on 16" rims imo. Gary.


215/70 R16 is almost exactly the same diameter as 215/75 R15 - there's no difference in gearing. The rims don't have any bearing and only really determine available tyre choice - some tyres are only available for one rim size but not the other.
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