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PostSubject: New Wheels - choosing tyres   Wed Jun 07, 2017 9:13 am

We are considering white alloy EMPI by SSP  5x112 5.5" diameter 15" 20 mil offset from coolair or other supplier.

Staying with the standard ride height I want to go in to National Tyres (Simon recommended them) and get them to order and fit the wheels with new tyres.

I have read the posts about tyres that were suggested in the past so I just need to be told what to ask for. We want bog standard good quality tyres which look and work ok on the van and which are the correct commercial rating. Not driving in snow, general summertime driving including long distance.

Any help will be much appreciated.

185x55x15 or 185x65x15 are the sizes suggested by coolair.

what is rating 88H seen on another post ? is that the commercial rating? I can get this rating in National Tyres
eg: 85/60 R15 tyres rated at 88H
My current tyres have 99 / 97 N on them . Michelin do not do tyres of that rating

thanks

ps: the originals say 185r14c (as you know), should I retain the old wheels and tyres ?

Ian

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PostSubject: Re: New Wheels - choosing tyres   Wed Jun 07, 2017 1:24 pm

Tyres for our Kombi Sleepover need to have a load rating of at least 88 (560kg) but should ideally be XL (extra load) rated, at least at the rear.

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PostSubject: Re: New Wheels - choosing tyres   Wed Jun 07, 2017 8:23 pm

Max runs on Michelin Energy Savers - really smooth quiet tyres - 185/65/15 (88) - going for the 65 tyre wall on a standard height BraziBay makes the wheels fill the arches better.

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PostSubject: Re: New Wheels - choosing tyres   Thu Jun 08, 2017 9:04 am

We've got 185/60/15(88). If either 55 or 65 would be alright, I don't see why 60 wouldn't be. All of the 88 rated tyres seem to be XL rated anyway. I don't worry about speed rating, we're not going to go that fast! Ray Collier, who is a tyre expert, advises against having too low a profile on alloy wheels, they seem to be prone to failure. We get our tyres from Black Circles, their prices are great, their website will show you an excellent range of tyres with plenty of information, and we get them fitted by the local garage which services our van. I have had previous bad experience with using a tyre centre which wasn't familiar with our vans.
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PostSubject: Re: New Wheels - choosing tyres   Thu Jun 08, 2017 10:03 am

@Voyager your BraziBay is lowered hence the gap between the wheel arch and the top of the tyre is less - which makes fitting 60 height tyres more appropriate. Fitting 60s on a standard height Kombi can make the wheels look like a Matchbox car! Wink

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PostSubject: Re: New Wheels - choosing tyres   Thu Jun 08, 2017 7:07 pm

TimV wrote:
@Voyager your BraziBay is lowered hence the gap between the wheel arch and the top of the tyre is less - which makes fitting 60 height tyres more appropriate. Fitting 60s on a standard height Kombi can make the wheels look like a Matchbox car! Wink

That's just a hint to get the lowering stick out! Wink
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PostSubject: Re: New Wheels - choosing tyres   Fri Jun 09, 2017 2:13 pm

The wheels are here and they look lovely. Tyres are on order.

Just need to source VW stickers for centre caps. I know they have been discussed here but all my searches draw a blank so I will go search some more.

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PostSubject: Re: New Wheels - choosing tyres   Fri Jun 09, 2017 3:05 pm

sundialsoft wrote:
The wheels are here and they look lovely. Tyres are on order.

Just need to source VW stickers for centre caps. I know they have been discussed here but all my searches draw a blank so I will go search some more.
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PostSubject: Re: New Wheels - choosing tyres   Sat Jun 10, 2017 8:26 pm

dazdub wrote:
sundialsoft wrote:
The wheels are here and they look lovely. Tyres are on order.

Just need to source VW stickers for centre caps. I know they have been discussed here but all my searches draw a blank so I will go search some more.
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Yep, thanks Das, got some Wolfsburg ones which match the window winders and gearstick knob.

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