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  1. novawight

    novawight Read Only Funster

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    My son has fitted low profile wheels to his wv transporter, converted to campervan, is there any advantage to doing this ? to me it doesn,nt look right,
     
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    None what so ever :Rofl1: apart from appearance which you say does not suit the van :BigGrin: They usually get bigger wheels to compensate the smaller rubber :Eeek:
    The ride will suffer as the now elastic bands will not absorb the bumps any where near as much as the normal tires :Wink:
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    Agree 100%.
     
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    He needs to advise his insurance company of the change - they may increase his insurance. Failure to do so may invalidate his insurance. They are looking at any opportunity to refuse or reduce payout these days. Any modifications should be advised. The other thing is low profile tyres have a very short mileage life circa 12500 miles compared with double or treble on standard rims.
     
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    Low profile tyres may also affect the accuracy of the vehicle's speedo.
     
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    Yep , i agree, as his wheels are now 16 inch
     
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    They tend to fit a bigger wheel and fit a smaller profile tyre on the rim so in fact it is the same size, what I would be cautious about is the weight factor, the low profiles dont have the same weight limits as the campers cos they have commercial tyres, heavy duty.:thumb:
     
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    the altered ratio (and speedo error) due to larger radius wheels will be cancelled by the lower profile tyres.

    the rolling radius will be very close to what it was on standard wheels.

    points against....expensive and more difficult to remove/change
    harsher ride.


    points for ...much less tyre roll on corners so greater stability
     
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    the worst example i've ever seen of this was Suzuki's Vitara 'Fatboy'

    A 4x4 sat on ultra wide low profile tyres....absolutely ridiculous vehicle....neither a road car or an off roader.
     
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