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PostPosted: Yesterday 1:01 pm    Post subject: Re: "What wheels fit?" The ultimate wheel post. Reply with quote

There 12 MM front, 20 MM rear. I would go with 15 MM on the rear, if I were to ever change it. Tire is touching bottom edge of slider at full open. It's ok but snug.
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PostPosted: Yesterday 11:38 am    Post subject: Re: "What wheels fit?" The ultimate wheel post. Reply with quote

vino de vano wrote:
Thought I'd submit my wheels to the thread. Lorinser off Craigs list $400.00, bolt on no mods. Spacers studs bolts and nuts from T3,


What size spacers did you use?
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2020 10:58 am    Post subject: Re: "What wheels fit?" The ultimate wheel post. Reply with quote

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Those look great!
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2020 8:59 pm    Post subject: Re: "What wheels fit?" The ultimate wheel post. Reply with quote

Thought I'd submit my wheels to the thread. Lorinser off Craigs list $400.00, bolt on no mods. Spacers studs bolts and nuts from T3, Thanks Chris.
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I fixed the curbing and repainted the outer rim.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2020 9:49 pm    Post subject: Re: "What wheels fit?" The ultimate wheel post. Reply with quote

a2wolfsburggli wrote:
18x8 ET47 fitted:

https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=740290


Wow, there's a lot of light coming through those rims!

I finally got some 16x8s from a good guy who had an ad here on theSamba, and included t3 5mm spacers for the front plus small ball seat lugs and nuts. After this experience I would definitely do 16x7 or maybe 16x7.5 in the future. I put on 215/60 r16 Nokians ($550 = purchase, put on wheels and balanced, no "certificates" from Discount Tire). The wider rim doesn't add any value because I would put the same tires on any of these rims (16x8, 16x7.5, 16x7).

This site is awesome for wheel info:
https://www.originalwheels.com/mercedes-wheels/eclass2008rims.php

2008-2009 Mercedes-Benz E Class (211 Type)
Size: 16" x 8", 5 Lug, 112mm Bolt Pattern, ET 36mm Offset

I ground a little off the steering knuckle where it was very close to the wheel for a little more clearance. The front tire sticks out which looks ok to me, but it will sling more road crap up behind it onto the van.

I'm also thinking about going darker (see poor photoshop below), but it sounds like a lot of work and they good as they are. Would like to be a little more subtle.

Went from 197/75 r14 to 215/60 r16 (see next to each other shot)

I hope this info is useful to someone in the future. These wheels can probably be found near you on car-part.com

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2020 4:43 am    Post subject: Re: "What wheels fit?" The ultimate wheel post. Reply with quote

18x8 ET47 fitted:

https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=740290

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2020 12:49 pm    Post subject: Re: "What wheels fit?" The ultimate wheel post. Reply with quote

hello!!!

will be running 15x6.5 Et38.... any suggestions on the spacer size I'd need to use? Will be using Michelin Ice, with no lift. Stock 87 AdventureWagen....

Any help will be awesome!
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2020 3:56 pm    Post subject: Re: "What wheels fit?" The ultimate wheel post. Reply with quote

yeah this.. I have a tire'hammer' that I use to smack the tire down into the center to finish the 'stretch' on my machine.
and that tire will be 'ok' well in my opinion i've run worse bead bites..
hammer the rim back to shape with a ball pean and a dolly.

maybe some bead sealer if you think it'll leak but it'll be 'fine' that's the bottom edge.

well the lawyers say I can't give advice on tires... so your screwed it's puked and it's cheaper of a mistake than asking the lawyers was.. Laughing

jwallis wrote:
After about 1/3-1/2 way getting the tire on, did you make sure to push the bead of the part that's already "on" into the middle of the rim so there's a little more length to get the tire the rest of the way on?

Right at 7:10 on this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsOUtR_lTeE
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 17, 2020 1:33 pm    Post subject: Re: "What wheels fit?" The ultimate wheel post. Reply with quote

After about 1/3-1/2 way getting the tire on, did you make sure to push the bead of the part that's already "on" into the middle of the rim so there's a little more length to get the tire the rest of the way on?

Right at 7:10 on this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsOUtR_lTeE
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 17, 2020 12:46 pm    Post subject: Re: "What wheels fit?" The ultimate wheel post. Reply with quote

Houston we have a problem...

Tried to mount a General grabber AT2 tire on a mb steel rim.
215/75/15 and 6 inch Et31 rim

A little too stiff tire and weak rim?
The machine couldn't make it around the whole way.

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I guess a more powerful machine wouldn't help if the tire does this to the rim anyway.

Anyone else here know their shit around a tire machine?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2020 1:27 pm    Post subject: Re: "What wheels fit?" The ultimate wheel post. Reply with quote

danfromsyr wrote:
when I carry a stock steel spare.
I carry the 5 spare large ball lug nuts and 5 spare lug bolts. screwed together in the 5 holes in the spare rim.
use some anticorrosion agent of your choice.

kinda like this in this stolen internet image
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That's clever. I just have mine all bagged together in the spare tray on top of the wheel. I did buy a special breaker bar with one short extension and dedicated deep sockets (stock and CLK) that I keep in the upper cabinet tray with the jack near the hatch. I have sometimes found the need for a little more leverage than the stock lug wrench or a 4-way (which does not fit both sets of lugs) can provide.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2020 11:16 am    Post subject: Re: "What wheels fit?" The ultimate wheel post. Reply with quote

Thanks again Chris for all that you do for the community.

I guess that means I'll either have to carry 2 wrenches (or t3's handy dandy 2-in-1 job http://t3technique.com/accessories/miscellaneous-accessories,-shirts,-etc/lug-wrench.html) or most likely I'll start keeping my breaker bar in the van along with sockets, which are already there.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2020 11:11 am    Post subject: Re: "What wheels fit?" The ultimate wheel post. Reply with quote

jwallis wrote:

My question is would it be safe to use t3 Small Ball Seat lugs and nuts with a stock vanagon 14" steel spare... even if it was just 5-10 miles? Would the danger there being the lugs/nuts coming lose, or the small amount of metal on the wheel being grabbed?


Dan is correct. You need to carry a set of large ball seat lugs that have a seat diameter equal or greater than stock to prevent them from pulling through the wheel.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2020 11:09 pm    Post subject: Re: "What wheels fit?" The ultimate wheel post. Reply with quote

when I carry a stock steel spare.
I carry the 5 spare large ball lug nuts and 5 spare lug bolts. screwed together in the 5 holes in the spare rim.
use some anticorrosion agent of your choice.

kinda like this in this stolen internet image
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2020 10:25 pm    Post subject: Re: "What wheels fit?" The ultimate wheel post. Reply with quote

@Chris -

I searched and couldn't find, though I imagine you've answered this before.

My question is would it be safe to use t3 Small Ball Seat lugs and nuts with a stock vanagon 14" steel spare... even if it was just 5-10 miles? Would the danger there being the lugs/nuts coming lose, or the small amount of metal on the wheel being grabbed?

I'm obviously trying to get out of carrying extra stuff around in the van. Thanks-
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2020 7:53 pm    Post subject: Re: "What wheels fit?" The ultimate wheel post. Reply with quote

Hi and thanks for your reply. If it is possible to modify the stock clamshell carrier to allow the 15” rim with the 215/75/r15 tires that would be great. Any advice or description of how that is done would be very helpful. I think OK even if we deflated the tire. We carry a small air compressor.

I know that van cafe carrier fits under the van and replaces the clamshell. That would be ideal imo, but out of stock and not sure if they are still being fabricated.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2020 9:06 am    Post subject: Re: "What wheels fit?" The ultimate wheel post. Reply with quote

You will have to modify the stock carrier to fit that size tire, period.
Even then it may not fit, depending on rim WIDTH and tire model.

That VanCafe spare carrier you linked to ISN'T a rear carrier!
Read the description and look at the photos.

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markf1 wrote:
We need tires so....

We still have the stock 14” wheels. Have been advised by mechanic to upgrade to 15”.

Going to get 5. After researching here and on internet, we are considering the ones below.

https://www.vancafe.com/15Carrot-B-p/15carrot-b.htm
https://www.vancafe.com/T815-p/t815.htm
https://www.busdepot.com/j18754

We plan to put the BF Goodrich AT A K 02 tires on the rims

https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=...;tab=Sizes

Any comments or advice on these choices?

We aren’t sure about the spare fitting in the clamshell under the van. Is there a possibility that one of these wheel/tires combos would fit in the existing clamshell?

We would like to avoid spending the $ on a swing out rear spare carrier. Van cafe has the one below but currently out of stock. Not sure if they will have more, need to call after the “holiday” is past.

https://www.vancafe.com/SPTIRECARRIER-p/rmw-tc-spare.htm

Thanks in advance for any advice!
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2020 6:50 am    Post subject: Re: "What wheels fit?" The ultimate wheel post. Reply with quote

We need tires so....

We still have the stock 14” wheels. Have been advised by mechanic to upgrade to 15”.

Going to get 5. After researching here and on internet, we are considering the ones below.

https://www.vancafe.com/15Carrot-B-p/15carrot-b.htm
https://www.vancafe.com/T815-p/t815.htm
https://www.busdepot.com/j18754

We plan to put the BF Goodrich AT A K 02 tires on the rims

https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=...;tab=Sizes

Any comments or advice on these choices?

We aren’t sure about the spare fitting in the clamshell under the van. Is there a possibility that one of these wheel/tires combos would fit in the existing clamshell?

We would like to avoid spending the $ on a swing out rear spare carrier. Van cafe has the one below but currently out of stock. Not sure if they will have more, need to call after the “holiday” is past.

https://www.vancafe.com/SPTIRECARRIER-p/rmw-tc-spare.htm

Thanks in advance for any advice!
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2020 12:24 am    Post subject: Re: "What wheels fit?" The ultimate wheel post. Reply with quote

No one has mentioned this in a while, but you can basically find whatever wheels you want on https://www.car-part.com/ you just might have to drive to the yard.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 4:17 pm    Post subject: Re: "What wheels fit?" The ultimate wheel post. Reply with quote

I don't see a center bore hub size but looks like these are a good fit??

6x16 et36
https://www.ebay.com/itm/4-Alcar-steel-wheels-rims...3512919709


also have

6.5x15 et37
https://www.ebay.com/itm/4-Alcar-steel-wheels-rims...3512920851
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