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Old 08-26-2019, 03:27 PM   #1
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The thread about Michelin dropping the Defender tires in the van sizes got me going back for another look at what options would be for "alt-sizing" the wheels and tires, to see if something might work out better that way. We have found in the past that there are very few wheels available for the Chevies that have the correct, or close enough, offset. This includes the Roadtrek installed aluminum wheels which are way off at -6mm, 0, or +8mm. Factory steel wheels are +28 offset.

Here is a link to Hubcap Haven that shows options for a 2009 Silverado that shows all the factory wheels that will fit our vans also, including the stock steel ones. A few years of pickups used the same offset.

https://www.hubcaphaven.com/c/7502/c...eels_rims.html

If you stick to stock size tires of 245-75-16, you have two options with a steel wheel and one aluminum wheel.

If you want to go oversize to 265-75-16 you have only one steel wheel as an option.

Several of us have done the 265-75-16 size to get the extra load capacity of them for extra "headroom" before maxing out. You get about 300# per tire more capacity.

There is also an aluminum wheel shown in 17" size that would fit the vans and allow a 265-70-17 tire to be used. They are the same diameter as the 265-75-16 oversized tires at about 1" bigger than stock. They also have more capacity than stock, but more like 150# per tire or so.

Nice aftermarket aluminum wheels have been hard to find that have the right offset and large enough load capacity, especially at the higher ratings the upsized tires give.

I did a quick look while doing the tire discussion research, I did come across an option that is quite good in an aftermarket wheel for the 17" size tires.

https://www.visionwheel.com/wheel/52...?finishID=1097

+25mm offset in the 17" size, only +15mm in 16" though so probably lower than I would like. Huge load capacity at 3650# so plenty there. Also come in chrome and black. I have a set of Vision wheels on my old Buick Roadmaster and the quality looks to be very good for moderately priced wheels. You can get 17X8 wheels for the van for about $130 each including wheel center caps, so very inexpensive.

For us, when we need tires, it would be tempting, but not sure I want to give up some of our extra load capacity, when we need tires in a relatively short time. I do like the look of them.

The normal "rules" say that lower profile tires will give slightly better steering response and slightly rougher ride, which for us would be good and bad in the same order.

Now we just need someone to Photoshop them onto a Chevy B to see what they would really look like!
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Old 08-26-2019, 05:03 PM   #2
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My Avenue came with Alcoa wheels. They're doing fine although I never considered offset.
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My Avenue came with Alcoa wheels. They're doing fine although I never considered offset.

If you have one off, look at the inside of the wheel and see if it is marked. It is common on the better wheels to be marked with size, offset, and load rating. My guess is that it will be a zero or -6, but nothing is for sure in this kind of thing.


It appears to be this wheel,


https://buytruckwheels.com/collectio...alcoa-aluminum


The specs don't list offset, but they mentioned "inset" which is negative inset per what I found for a definition. That would make the wheel a -6mm offset which is very common in older rear drives, but not for the Chevies since the model update in 2003. This makes the tire 34mm or nearly 1 3/8" further outboard on every wheel. This is plenty enough to mess up the steering geometry and also will put more wear on wheel bearings. -6 is what the AR wheels that Roadtrek used were, also, and what we had.
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Dear Booster, many thanks for below attached as on your previous response. its really make me happy as work very well.

https://www.hubcaphaven.com/c/7502/c...eels_rims.html
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Dear Booster, many thanks for below attached as on your previous response. its really make me happy as work very well.

https://www.hubcaphaven.com/c/7502/c...eels_rims.html

I just noticed that the link did not carry the model year with it, so you would need to select that in the box a bit down the page so you get the correct wheels for the 2003 and up Chevies. 2009 selection should give the right ones at 28mm offset.
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