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Hello All,

I Want to fit larger wheels/ tyres to my 1987 230GE SWB. I intent to fit 33" outside dia if i can. Does anyone have experience of this size on a G? What tyre/wheel size suits.

I live in Ireland, any UK/Irealnd offroad wheel suppliers for g wagen wheels?

many thanks.

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dec,

aside from issues whether a 33" tire will physically fit (check older posts on that subject) you will have to deal with the tremendous loss of power when you go from 28" to 33" - especially on your weak 230.
http://www.4x4abc.com/4WD101/math.html

When you intend to use your vehicle off-road, 16" wheels are not recommended. 15" wheels will be much better (you need as much rubber between your rim and the ground as possible for off-road).

Here is what you need to do when you want to fit substantially larger tires on a G:
http://www.4x4abc.com/G/35.html

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I love the 35" tires - have them on almost all my cars.
http://www.4x4abc.com/G/35.html
http://www.4x4abc.com/vehicles/specific_info.html

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Some say 35 inch tires are overkill. I'm curious to know what you think. Harald, why is it better to have 35 inch tires when one can have close to 33 inch tires? With the even bigger tires, don't you lose more braking power, more acceleration and gain an even more incorrect spedo reading?
 

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In order to make larger tires work you will have to spend some significant money (gears, springs, brakes etc) - so, why not take advantage of everything a 35" has to offer. Why settle for less?

And by the way, when you change your diff gears your speedo will show the correct speed since the diff gears compensate for the larger tires.

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True. [:)] If I end up purchasing that G270 CDI, I'll definetly look into upgrading to 35" tires. [:D] [8D]

Besides, I'm really digging the look of it with 35" tires. Why not go the whole nine yards? [:)]
 

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BrentG500 - 4/13/2005 6:06 PM

True. [:)] If I end up purchasing that G270 CDI, I'll definetly look into upgrading to 35" tires. [:D] [8D]

Besides, I'm really digging the look of it with 35" tires. Why not go the whole nine yards? [:)]
Brent,

Go for 35s. I have 35s and love these. I will definately buy another set when they wear out. Additional clearance is always nice to have!!

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Yasu,

what did you do to your suspension (if anything) to fit your 35's?

Did you change gears in your axles? If not, is your crawl speed slow enough?

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4x4abc - 4/13/2005 2:07 AM

Yasu,

what did you do to your suspension (if anything) to fit your 35's?

Did you change gears in your axles? If not, is your crawl speed slow enough?

Harald
Harald,
I have ORC Blue springs.
They only gave me 3cm of lift. Slightly higher than one inch.

Gears are stock. Crawling speed is higher than before but I can still live with it. It's mostly due to the type of offroad trail I do. We don't have long hill climbs or hill downs. Also, ever since I broke the rear axle on rock, I am avoiding it [xx(]

Would be nice if I can find lower gears. Are they available? I know 460s had lower gears but don't know if they fit or not.

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Available gears for the 463 are

gear ratio - ring/pinion
4.11:1 - 37/9
4.375:1 - 35/8
4.857:1 - 34/7
5.286:1 - 37/7

someone with access to a 463 EPC may look up order numbers for us - please

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4.11:1 - 37/9 Rear:A602 350 29 39 Front:A461 330 00 39
4.375:1 - 35/8 Front:A461 330 01 39
4.857:1 - 34/7 Rear:A903 353 00 10 Front:A461 330 02 39
5.286:1 - 37/7 Rear:A602 350 27 39 Front:A463 330 02 39

I also found 37/6 = 6.167 with a 463-partnumber, it did however say "Rechtsspiralig" for frontaxle and "Linksspiralig", not sure if they turn left or right on 463s.
PN: Front:A463 330 05 39 Rear: A602 350 05 39

This was what I found out after a quick look-aruond on EPC, however EPC can be quite a hedache to understand, you can choose 5,286 and suddenly you get 44:10 gearing and partnumber, so please verify these numbers before spending all your $$$[:I]
 

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Iver,

your 6,17 gear discovery for the 463 wins first prize for this month's dicoveries.

"Rechtsspiralig" means the pinion is roating right to move the car foreward (front axle).
"Linksspiralig" of course means rotating left - true for all 460 front axle pinions.

That's exciting news!

Thanks man!

Harald
 
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