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Hi All,

Any ideas what is the largest 15'' tyre size i can go for to get the 'off road' look similar to the pics attached?

I'm trying to source a set of 15'' steel wheels and then put some chunky 15'' tyres on as i'll be touring europe in the nv200 this summer so need it to bit a little rugged.

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I have a 2015 NV200, gas, US model. I put a set of cheap Sentury tires on my van sized @ 205/65/15. Van rides great, tires don't rub under any circumstance. Not all terrains though. I posted pics on this site. Why don't you get in touch with Recon Campers and see what size they are using.
 

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I have a 2015 NV200, gas, US model. I put a set of cheap Sentury tires on my van sized @ 205/65/15. Van rides great, tires don't rub under any circumstance. Not all terrains though. I posted pics on this site. Why don't you get in touch with Recon Campers and see what size they are using.
Thanks, yes just sent Recon an email.
 

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Thanks, yes just sent Recon an email.
Let us know what size they are using when you find out. I saw they were Yokahamas', possibly 205/75 ? Please do post what you end up using for tires. I think most people that have nv200's are unhappy with the stock tires. Thanks
 

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I spoke with Recon and their van is running 205 70 R15, Yokohama Geolandar's.

I would have placed an order for those tyres however Recon informed me that the Europe version of the NV200 is shorter than the US version, so the wheel well is narrower on the Europe Nv's. Probably the reason US came with 15'' stock and Europe with 14'' stock.

So on a Europe nv200 the 205 70 R15 are unlikely to fit without rubbing.

Back to the drawing board.
 

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Hi John I’m thinking the same as you at the moment, I’m going to stick to 14 inch wheels so it allows me to get bigger walled AT tyres I’m thinking 185/80/14 maybe even 195/80/14 Maxxis do some that look like decent tyres for the price and would give the look and function we are after I think, at them sizes it wouldn’t be too much stress on the gearbox etc after speaking to a gearbox specialist about it.
 

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Hi John I’m thinking the same as you at the moment, I’m going to stick to 14 inch wheels so it allows me to get bigger walled AT tyres I’m thinking 185/80/14 maybe even 195/80/14 Maxxis do some that look like decent tyres for the price and would give the look and function we are after I think, at them sizes it wouldn’t be too much stress on the gearbox etc after speaking to a gearbox specialist about it.
Using the existing 14 inch wheels could be an option but they are abnormally small. I've ordered a set of 15 inch steel wheels and I will try a set of test 195/70/15 tyres and see how they fit.
 

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... the Europe version of the NV200 is shorter than the US version, so the wheel well is narrower on the Europe Nv's...

If you want to measure your wheelwell, I can measure my US spec van for comparison. Just take a picture to show what two points you're measuring from.



FWIW, I just got 16" rims for mine, planning on running 215/60/16" on them, which are about 1/2" smaller than the 205/70/15's.
 

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If you want to measure your wheelwell, I can measure my US spec van for comparison. Just take a picture to show what two points you're measuring from.



FWIW, I just got 16" rims for mine, planning on running 215/60/16" on them, which are about 1/2" smaller than the 205/70/15's.
That will be helpful, thanks! I'll get some pictures tomorrow.
 

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Ok wheel arch measurements are in for a european nv200....

Length is 28 inches as shown on tape measure. Measured from the wheel arch lining retaining clip to the other side.

Width is 13 inches. Measured from the the retaining clip shown in picture to the end of the arch. (In the picture it looks like the reading is 14 inches but that's just the angle of the picture, definitely 13 inches.

Any comparison will be much appreciated.
 

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Ok wheel arch measurements are in for a european nv200....

Length is 28 inches as shown on tape measure. Measured from the wheel arch lining retaining clip to the other side.

Width is 13 inches. Measured from the the retaining clip shown in picture to the end of the arch. (In the picture it looks like the reading is 14 inches but that's just the angle of the picture, definitely 13 inches.

Any comparison will be much appreciated.

Hi John--Sorry for the delay. I get pretty much the same measurements as you. I measured front wheel opening length at 28" measuring from the same clip to the front of the opening at the bumper. The width might be slightly deeper--from the clip inside the wheel well to the edge of the tire was about 13.5", and 14" to the lip of the bumper. But that may just be measurement/eyeball error. It's raining and I didn't bring a straightedge out to the van.


Recon seems to have done their research on other things, so I wouldn't tend to doubt them, but it may be worthwhile to get a rim from a junkyard to see. A local tire (or tyre, in your case...:grin:) shop that's trying to make a sale would probably fit you up a new or used tire just to check it out, maybe charge you $20 for their time. I've had good luck in the past catching a small business on a slow day, and the owner is usually happy to put one on of his guys to work fitting up a tire if it's not taking away from other work, as long as you act like a serious buyer.
 

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Thanks for the info, much appreciated!

I've now purchased a variety of used tyres and rims for testing, i'll have a play around with different tyre (tire) sizes and keep you guys posted.
 

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For off-road driving, I usually use my Dodge Ram pickup. There are really big wheels that improve driving off-road. It's very convenient if you need to go through the mud or go through a country road. I would love to set the wheels even more, they are very profitable lift the body of my truck. But for this I need to change my fender flares so that the larger wheel fits and doesn't rub against the top. My pickup looks pretty aggressive and I’m afraid to overdo it. I now choose new fender flares, I read a lot of reviews on the Internet about it, for example https://truckpowerup.com/best-fender-flares-for-ram-1500/ . I like some fender flares from the review, but they are all pretty aggressive. Do you think it's worth changing fender flares?
 

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Well got the tyres and I’m really happy with them, the van drives a lot better smoothing out the bumps being a bigger radius and a softer ride having bigger sidewalls, they are A/S tyres so behave great on the road with no drone noise That I would of got with all terrains but will still get me out of sticky situations should they need to, to be honest 95% of the time the van will be driving on the road so seemed sensible option but still having the off road/overland look.
 

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Well got the tyres and I’m really happy with them, the van drives a lot better smoothing out the bumps being a bigger radius and a softer ride having bigger sidewalls, they are A/S tyres so behave great on the road with no drone noise That I would of got with all terrains but will still get me out of sticky situations should they need to, to be honest 95% of the time the van will be driving on the road so seemed sensible option but still having the off road/overland look.
Hi Dom,

what size tyre did you go for in the end? I’m interested in sticking some of Maxxis‘ AT980s on for an off-road look. These come in a 185/80 r14. I think the 185 will be fine as the standard are 175s and a little bit of extra width no bad thing. but it is an big increase in overall diameter so a little concerned.

thanks


john
 
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