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Best tyre size for van wheels

Postby BrianHawley » Sat Jul 01, 2017 4:21 am

I'm getting some 4.5J van wheels.

What's the opinion on the best size of tyres to optimise handling?

I'm thinking 165x14.

Any handling advantage to going up or down a size?

Car has front arb and moderately stiff vertical shocks all round. Handles well on the current 3.5 rims, but could be better.

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Re: Best tyre size for van wheels

Postby MM » Fri Aug 04, 2017 8:24 am

LP917 van rims can be fitted with 155 (as I think were original fitment on P.O. vans, etc.) or 165X14, 175 at a pinch, though the sidewalls will appear to 'balloon' out a bit - not the best for handling.

I have 165R14 on mine, and it seems to handle well enough.
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Re: Best tyre size for van wheels

Postby BrianHawley » Fri Aug 04, 2017 8:56 am

MM wrote:LP917 van rims can be fitted with 155 (as I think were original fitment on P.O. vans, etc.) or 165X14, 175 at a pinch, though the sidewalls will appear to 'balloon' out a bit - not the best for handling.

I have 165R14 on mine, and it seems to handle well enough.


Thanks Maurice.

I went for 165/14 Goodyears and very pleased with them.

As you say, 175s probably a bit wobbly on van wheels and I don't really want to go much bigger because of increased stress on the bearings.
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Re: Best tyre size for van wheels

Postby Andy W » Fri Aug 04, 2017 9:21 am

BrianHawley wrote:
MM wrote:LP917 van rims can be fitted with 155 (as I think were original fitment on P.O. vans, etc.) or 165X14, 175 at a pinch, though the sidewalls will appear to 'balloon' out a bit - not the best for handling.

I have 165R14 on mine, and it seems to handle well enough.


Thanks Maurice.

I went for 165/14 Goodyears and very pleased with them.

As you say, 175s probably a bit wobbly on van wheels and I don't really want to go much bigger because of increased stress on the bearings.


Brian, I would be interested to see photos from side & tread view....as you know I have 5.5 on my car but still with 165 tyres....would be interesting to see any real visual difference....
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Re: Best tyre size for van wheels

Postby BrianHawley » Fri Aug 04, 2017 9:56 am

Andy W wrote:
BrianHawley wrote:
MM wrote:LP917 van rims can be fitted with 155 (as I think were original fitment on P.O. vans, etc.) or 165X14, 175 at a pinch, though the sidewalls will appear to 'balloon' out a bit - not the best for handling.

I have 165R14 on mine, and it seems to handle well enough.


Thanks Maurice.

I went for 165/14 Goodyears and very pleased with them.

As you say, 175s probably a bit wobbly on van wheels and I don't really want to go much bigger because of increased stress on the bearings.


Brian, I would be interested to see photos from side & tread view....as you know I have 5.5 on my car but still with 165 tyres....would be interesting to see any real visual difference....


Happy to do so.

I'm abroad at the moment, so it will be after the 12th. Hope that's okay.
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Re: Best tyre size for van wheels

Postby Panky » Fri Aug 04, 2017 2:28 pm

I had 165's on 5 1/2" rims and I could just get my fingers between the tyre and the top trunnion. Much wider and you would be looking at fitting spacers - depending on the wheel off set of course. They felt just right, that was until one wheel developed cracks between the stud holes and I had to swap back to standard rims :(
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Re: Best tyre size for van wheels

Postby MM » Sat Aug 05, 2017 10:48 am

No way they could have been welded?
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Re: Best tyre size for van wheels

Postby Panky » Sat Aug 05, 2017 1:29 pm

Possibly but the cracks are running between the stud holes so an awkward one to do. I'll put a new centre in the rim one of these days.
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Re: Best tyre size for van wheels

Postby BrianHawley » Sun Aug 13, 2017 3:16 pm

Hi Andy.

Better late than never. Just got back to the UK.

These are Firestone 165s on van wheels. They don't look too visually out of place to me, but there is a noticeable improvement in handling. My courage runs out before the grip does. It was the other way on the standard rims :)

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Re: Best tyre size for van wheels

Postby Andy W » Thu Aug 17, 2017 8:28 am

Hi Brian,
Thanks for the pics, the rims look very good & the tyres not too wide for them.
The "standard with hubcaps look", but with better handling is a good but discreet modification.
You made the right choice, esp. given the ongoing & incredibly slow moving situation with Weller Wheels!
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Re: Best tyre size for van wheels

Postby BrianHawley » Thu Aug 17, 2017 8:33 am

Thanks Andy.

I was thinking of going wider, but I'm happy with the 165s. Good holding for my 1275.

Might look for something wider if I ever go for a bigger engine, but with suspension mods
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