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Old 03-20-2015, 03:28 PM   #21
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Hmmm, maybe they have a different one for 4x4s? I'll double check tonight, but pretty sure they are 245/75. Here's a crappy cell phone pic of the rear wheel well.stock.jpg
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Old 03-20-2015, 03:31 PM   #22
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They are LT265/75-16/E Duratrac's. Best AT tire on the market for all-around wet and light offroad performance IMO.

The 235/85's you are considering. Tall skinny's are often squirmy on the highway, esp when used on heavier vehicles. Tire to tire will vary but you're likely to have a more planted feel with the 265's. I've run tall skinny's on an older landcruiser I had to keep the vintage look. They're cool looking but didn't do anything for highway handling.
And is that the OEM 6.5" alloy rim gone black?
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Old 03-20-2015, 04:13 PM   #23
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And is that the OEM 6.5" alloy rim gone black?
They are. Not mine, Geek's van. The friend of mine running the same tires has them mounted on the stock steel wheels painted black. Look great and no problem with fitment.
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Old 03-24-2015, 06:03 PM   #24
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I like how 265/5/16's look on the Sprinter 4x4,...but the 265 width seems to be extending/bulging the tire beyond the wheel,...which, although safe on highways,...worries me about off-road use, and more easily breaking the bead (between tire and rim).

There must 16" rims that have a wider profile that would fit a 265 tire as snuggly as a 245,...that is, without a larger bulge extending from the rim.
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Old 03-24-2015, 06:50 PM   #25
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I like how 265/5/16's look on the Sprinter 4x4,...but the 265 width seems to be extending/bulging the tire beyond the wheel,...which, although safe on highways,...worries me about off-road use, and more easily breaking the bead (between tire and rim).

There must 16" rims that have a wider profile that would fit a 265 tire as snuggly as a 245,...that is, without a larger bulge extending from the rim.
Not sure how hard you're planning to run your sprinter offroad but having spent time with one running 265 Duratracs down lots of rough Utah desert roads with nary a hiccup, I'm not personally concerned. I don't see any problem with wanting a slightly wider wheel, just not sure you're going to see any real-world benefit. If you go with aftermarket wheels, just double-check the load rating. Also, if you go up in wheel diameter, you'll have less sidewall, firmer ride, and will be more prone to picking up rim damage. Being that a 265/75-16 is just shy of 32", a 16" wheel is really the biggest diameter I'd ever want. With 17's I'd want at least 33's, preferably larger, to maintain ride quality but that's getting into a whole 'nother level of modifications.
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Old 03-24-2015, 08:13 PM   #26
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Not sure how hard you're planning to run your sprinter offroad but having spent time with one running 265 Duratracs down lots of rough Utah desert roads with nary a hiccup, I'm not personally concerned. I don't see any problem with wanting a slightly wider wheel, just not sure you're going to see any real-world benefit. If you go with aftermarket wheels, just double-check the load rating. Also, if you go up in wheel diameter, you'll have less sidewall, firmer ride, and will be more prone to picking up rim damage. Being that a 265/75-16 is just shy of 32", a 16" wheel is really the biggest diameter I'd ever want. With 17's I'd want at least 33's, preferably larger, to maintain ride quality but that's getting into a whole 'nother level of modifications.

Good points,...

From how I understand it,...the standard tire for a Sprinter is a 215/85/16. When ordered with Alloy Wheels (RL5) they're 235/65/16, which is a 9.5" wide tire. (235 is the width),

For a 265/75/16 the width is 10.43". The 245/75/16 seem to be the Kumho, and are 9.65".

The point I'm making is mostly about perception,...the visual geometry of the amount of tire extending beyond the rim.

I like the 31.6" diameter of the 265/75/16,...verse the 28" diameter with the 235/65/16. For me, a 255/75/16 would be a better visual fit, as far as how much tire extends beyond the rim,...while benefitting from a 31.1" diameter.

What I'd prefer would be a 16" rim that was an inch or two wider than the rims coming from the MB factory. Thanks for the point about "load-carrying."


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Old 03-25-2015, 01:44 AM   #27
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"I need a taller tire to to fit the wheel well from a looks perspective" - mtstpipier.

My build took a huge step towards reality today,...and so I dumped the Premium Appearance Package,...but kept: F46 Headlamp Cleaning system, and LG0 Bi-Xenon Headlamps.

Thus,...will be hoping to see how others consider the "looks perspective."

By the way mtstpipier,..that's a sweet looking ride you have there. I ordered the standard roof,...and plan on immediately getting a Sportsmobile penthouse (just my personal preference).
Just my opinion - but sleeping in a penthouse - or any canvas tent is loud when you're camping next to others..... Great for middle of nowhere - but in a campground you hear everyone coming in at 2am looking for a spot.... Done both ways, high top and penthouse - pros and cons to both.
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Old 03-25-2015, 03:15 AM   #28
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Just my opinion - but sleeping in a penthouse - or any canvas tent is loud when you're camping next to others..... Great for middle of nowhere - but in a campground you hear everyone coming in at 2am looking for a spot.... Done both ways, high top and penthouse - pros and cons to both.
Although off the subject of wheels,...I agree,...sleeping in a penthouse would be way too loud in most situations. As for my penthouse,...doubt I'd ever raise it,...and for sure would never put a bed up there. I want a penthouse for the 5'10" standing room, the interior/exterior look,...and with a 5" awning, being more than 16" shorter than a High Roof Sprinter. If it was cheaper, I'd have it installed as a fixed roof.

Because the factory roof racks will be intact after the penthouse is put in,...the awning will be only an inch above the white penthouse top. I may get two awnings,...or have the drivers side with a pvc tube for storage,...such as a rolled up camp rug, solar mast, etc....thus having a balanced look, and airflow across the top. Think I'll also get a sunvisor:

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Old 03-27-2015, 12:30 PM   #29
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What size tire is on the attached pic?

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Old 03-28-2015, 12:19 PM   #30
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After studying the numbers, I've concluded that the largest proper size tire for a stock MB rim on 4x4's is 255/80R/16,...however, there is no such tire size.

My personal aesthetics sees 265 tires and above as too wide for a 6.5 rim (that is to say, nearly 4" of a 265 tire is beyond the rim, and as such, the visual geometry of the width is not in harmony, although the tallness of a 265/75R/16 looks good),...I think a 265/75R/16 would look great on a 7.5 rim. Thus I'm considering the 235/85R/16.

A 235/85R/16 off-road tire should work awesomely during off-road conditions,...but what above highway touring? Eric Experience said that he uses these,...anyone else? Likely a too soon question, as the 4x4's are only now coming ashore.

In this thread, Err suggests that "Tall skinny's are often squirmy on the highway," which perhaps implies that a touring tire may be best for a "tall skinny," if most driving is highway, and the 4x4 was purchased more for ice/snow conditions, than off-roading.

The Sprinter van was primarily designed as a commericial vehicle, and as such, the optional 9" wide factory tires fit OK on the 6.5 rims,...although the stock LT215/85R/16 (8.46" wide) offers the strongest look, and the better match for a 6.5" wide rim. Ultimately, the best recourse for aesthetic minded 4x4 RV owners seems to be getting wider 16's. Thus any comments from those acquiring wider rims (brands) are also appreciated.
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