Vanagon – tire and wheel comparison

I just installed, at last, some new wheels and tires. I dithered for so long and ended up with a compromise. The wheels are Mercedes alloys,15″ x 7″, ET of 25. The tires are Yokohama Geolander ATS 215/70-15.
The offset is a bit lower than perfect, the wheels stick out a little more but that gives a tad more clearance on the suspension side and the sliding door clears tire by a good 3/8″.

Simon left his van with me while he is on a trip to an un-namable place so I had a chance to do a visual comparison” his wheels are 15″, ET 30, and I think 6.5″ wide, South African carats. The tires are nokian WRC, 205/70-15.

I have only riven a short distance on my new tires but I lie, what I feel so far. Smoother over bumps, little tire noise. They change the feel of the van in a very good way.

Here is quick vid of the two vans, Simon’s van is the high top.


  1. #1 by Simon on June 26, 2015 - 5:12 am

    Little Lotta’s finally got some proper shoes 🙂

    Looking great, and I’m sure a huge change to your grip and stability. Enjoy!

    • #2 by albell on June 26, 2015 - 10:00 am

      Hey Simon, we’ve been wrong about that cartoon character’s name, it’s Little Lotta. Just a couple of days on the tires now, and one trip into Victoria. I’m liking them very much.



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