14" or 16"

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  1. wildcamper

    wildcamper Read Only Funster

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    wheels that is :Laughing:

    I have a Talbot Express 1.9 diesel on 14" wheels, would there be any benefits to changing to 16" wheels ???
    Would it cruise better, better mpg, etc

    Look forward to any advice :thumb:
     
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    derekfaeberwick Read Only Funster

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    You could end up being too highly geared and your speedo would need recalibrating. Tyres would cost more as well. Lots of pain for little or no gain unless you are getting the wheels and tyres free. :Sad:
     
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    16" wheels would be absolutely fine if you fit ultra low profile tyres.........maybe a '40' profile or less.

    very little difference in fuel economy, gearing, speed as the tyre radius will be around the same as a 14"

    the only problem you would encounter is finding low pro's to suit your vans weight rating.

    you aint gonna find any though.:Doh:

    if you fit standard 16" tyres you will never get out of third gear:Wink:
     
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    derekfaeberwick Read Only Funster

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    You say it soooo much better than I do! :Wink::Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    wildcamper Read Only Funster

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    Thanks Guys :thumb: I think I'll leave it on the 14's
     
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    Hymer on 15inch wheels

    hithe
    Would I encounter similair problems changing from 15 to 16 inch wheels
    the problem with the hymer is the ground clearance the chasiss catchs speed bumps sharp inclines like when you come off forecourts ferry ramps we have even recently had the tailpipe off when rallying on a field which a nice RAC man replaced at the same time saying they would not attempt a recovery because of the insuffiecent ground clearence and they would not clear the recovery vehicle base. I know that some models which are the same as ours are fitted with 16 inch wheels but it might be something to do with the weight as they were 3850k and ours is 3500k. We been Quoted £1500 for new wheels and tyres But we can source for around £900 and between £1500 and £5000 for air suspension at the moment we are still thinking about it.
     
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    derekfaeberwick Read Only Funster

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    You would gain an inch of clearance at the very best. £1.500 ? Ya pays yer money and takes yer chances! :Sad:
     
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    half an inch Derek.

    its only going up 1" in total.:thumb:
     
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    derekfaeberwick Read Only Funster

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    Plus tyres Pappa. Not being picky but the 1" is only the rim and with new tyres? A change of tyres on a truck can gain op to about 2 M.P.H. at 55. Sorry to be so pedantic, either way it ain't worth the money. :cry:
     
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    i had 16" wheels running on my talbot merlin 2ltr petrol and it was fine cruising .it did slow down on the hills but it did that anyway on the 14" wheels.
    my mpg was improved slightly and an increase of around 5 mph cruising speed.
     
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    It would be more cost effective to spend a little money on springs, and gain as much extra height as you need?, I would think.
    Nigel
     
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