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Postby DCH » 20 Feb 2020, 16:00

Hello

Offered a really nice set of newly powder coated merc alloys ..... 16s ET31 6.5j 66.1 bore with nearly new Michelin Energy tyres 195/55/16...: would those in the (definite) know please tell me these would fit my 86 panel van, as it truly would complete my life

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Re: Advice please

Postby ash1293 » 20 Feb 2020, 16:51

Wheels should fit ok with those specs but the tyres are probably not rated for the weigh of the van and are about 5% smaller than stock 185R14c
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Re: Advice please

Postby DCH » 20 Feb 2020, 22:05

Good and bad news then

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Re: Advice please

Postby DCH » 23 Feb 2020, 08:59

And just another quick question, what tyre size recommendations for these wheels? and would longer and / or new studs be required ?

Also , If it’s too much of a faff I may just refurb the original steels, OR hunt down merc steels in 15 or 16. Will be going through Subaru conversion in future and I’m thinking a little lift isn’t a bad thing with if I’m not intending to do anything with the standard sump for a start.

Again, any and all input and advice welcome. Decisions decisions

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Postby ash1293 » 23 Feb 2020, 15:51

DCH wrote:And just another quick question, what tyre size recommendations for these wheels? and would longer and / or new studs be required ?

Also , If it’s too much of a faff I may just refurb the original steels, OR hunt down merc steels in 15 or 16. Will be going through Subaru conversion in future and I’m thinking a little lift isn’t a bad thing with if I’m not intending to do anything with the standard sump for a start.



Tyre size will always bring up different answers from different people. A lot will depend on ride height, lowered, standard, raised, gear ratios and overall health/power of your engine.

If going for a subaru conversion you will have a little more power on tap so you could theoretically get away with a little taller, 205/70/16 or 215/65/16 will not be too wide and will be around 5% taller so reduce your revs slightly at a given speed. However on a tired DF/DG you may find changing down more on the hills.

You would have to check if wheels are ball or tapered fittings, then offer them up. At that point you'll know if longer studs/bolts are needed. Most alloys are thicker where the olt passes through than steel so I would say it is quite likley you will need longer hardware.
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Re: Advice please

Postby DCH » 23 Feb 2020, 16:04

Ash ... your advice and the time taken to reply is greatly appreciated thank you

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Re: Advice please

Postby DCH » 01 Mar 2020, 18:30

So the alloys have been purchased, confirm they are Merc Ronals 16 with an ET 37.

Getting ahead of myself again Sk apologies, but has anyone have these alloys on their bus and can advise what’s needed, bolts studs and nuts? Hopefully no spacers required. I haven’t offered these alloys up to the bus as yet. Is it best to buy through brickwerks or JK, or pick these up on eBay 2nd hand ?

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