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Best wheel width for 215/75r15

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13 Jan 2019 10:13 #200619 by Daz3031
I have a set of grabber at3s for my 2019 Jimny and I'm about to buy a set of steel wheels to mount them on. Am I best getting 6" or a 7" wide wheels? I have found wheels available in both widths and I already know that there are no issues with fitment/clearances in either width.

Most people on here seem to have 7" - is that because they are the most suitable width or purely because of availability in that size? I've seen it said elsewhere that 6" wide is the optimal for 215/75r15.

What the advantages/disadvantages of both?

Thanks

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13 Jan 2019 10:46 #200623 by Lambert
Primarily it's an availability issue. 15x7 is very common.

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13 Jan 2019 10:55 #200624 by jackonlyjack
6" rims would be best
for some reason no one makes them
I have 7" rims with 225 width tyres and have suffered rim damage while off roading
I would say use the standard wheels with 5.5" rims for 215 width

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13 Jan 2019 11:25 #200625 by ahtr
Replied by ahtr on topic Best wheel width for 215/75r15
Used 15x7 wheels with 215/75 tyres on my old Jimny, had no issues.

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2003 Jimny - M16 engine - RockLobster - Winch - Snorkel - 30x9.5 Maxxis MT-764 tyres on 15x7 ET-7 offset wheels - 4" lift - Rear disc conversion

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13 Jan 2019 13:10 #200634 by mikeyw85

jackonlyjack wrote: 6" rims would be best
for some reason no one makes them
I have 7" rims with 225 width tyres and have suffered rim damage while off roading
I would say use the standard wheels with 5.5" rims for 215 width

Are the standard 5.5" wide enough for a 215 width?

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13 Jan 2019 13:29 #200637 by jackonlyjack

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13 Jan 2019 14:33 #200646 by mikeyw85

jackonlyjack wrote: Yes :)
I have also seen 235's and 31 x 10.5 on standard rims

Ah cool. I guess the guidelines apply more to lower profile car tyres that can't be stretched in the same way. Cheers.

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13 Jan 2019 16:43 #200663 by Daz3031

jackonlyjack wrote: 6" rims would be best
for some reason no one makes them
I have 7" rims with 225 width tyres and have suffered rim damage while off roading
I would say use the standard wheels with 5.5" rims for 215 width


Thanks. I've decided to go for the 6" rims. They do seem harder to find but got a set of Dotz Dakar steel wheels in that size for under £200 delivered.

I'll post some before and after pics once I get the car and the wheels.

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13 Jan 2019 16:47 #200665 by mikeyw85

Daz3031 wrote:

jackonlyjack wrote: 6" rims would be best
for some reason no one makes them
I have 7" rims with 225 width tyres and have suffered rim damage while off roading
I would say use the standard wheels with 5.5" rims for 215 width


Thanks. I've decided to go for the 6" rims. They do seem harder to find but got a set of Dotz Dakar steel wheels in that size for under £200 delivered.

I'll post some before and after pics once I get the car and the wheels.

Where did you find them at that price?

Did you get confirmation of standard offset? I've still seen 5 and 22 mentioned.

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13 Jan 2019 17:47 #200666 by Daz3031
Got them from Demon Tweeks.

Found a German forum that confirms the offset is 5. They've had the new Jimny for a few months now and a few people have changed wheels and tyres. Here's an example of one:

www.suzuki-jimny.info/forum/index.php?th...anha-fähr-ein-jimny/

I assume the Jimny kei car has an offset of 22 because it's got a narrower track but the Jimny Sierra has an offset of 5.

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13 Jan 2019 18:59 #200670 by mikeyw85
that makes sense, thanks.

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13 Jan 2019 20:05 - 13 Jan 2019 20:06 #200673 by yakuza
Some say narrow wheels can hold the tire on better when airing down low for offroad. but that is a marginal difference within reasonable sizes.

I have 235 on std wheels but have also been driving 235's on 7 and 8 inch wide wheels. I bought a set of used wheels once with 215 on 8.5 inch wheels, but that was pushing it..
Never had any issues with any of those.
having the correct (or best if modified) offset is more important.

2005 Jimny M16A VVT, 235 BFG MT, 2" Trailmaster, 17%/87% high/low gears.
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