A guide to buying alloy wheels for commercial vans.
It’s all about style… right?Well… of course that’s important, but it really does feature a little way down the list when it comes to choosing alloy wheels for your commercial van. Whether it’s for Volkswagen T5/T6 Transporter, Ford Transit, Vauxhall Vivaro, Renault Trafic, or Mercedes Vito, you need to be aware of the key influencers when it comes to wheel choice. Now, let me start by saying I am not being a killjoy here – if you want to run wheels which do not conform to some of the advice you’re about to read, then crack on (no pun intended – your wheels might crack, get it? ‘Crack on’); but you may fall foul of some of the most common issues with incorrect commercial van wheel choice, and end up paying out for another set, and another set, and another set… Without doubt, running a slammed T5 on Porsche alloy wheels looks seriously badass (and will earn you scene-points galore), but it does not come without pain, suffering, and the nagging fear that at any moment the next pothole will lead to some serious expense! So, what are the key things to consider when choosing wheels for your commercial van? Well, a lot of the attributes are not too dissimilar to choosing wheels for a passenger car…
Got Fitment?Ok, stating the obvious here I know – but the amount of times we receive calls from consumers who have found us (Wheelwright) via the social media profiles or websites of Calibre, DRC, Dotz, AEZ, Dezent etc asking for wheels which are just totally not suitable or available for the vehicle never fails to astound us. First things to consider are Diameter, Width, PCD, Offset and Centre Bore.
Size Matters…We generally offer alloy wheels for commercial vehicles in 16″, 17″, 18″ and 20″ diameters (with a few brave souls going up to 22″!). This is based on the size of wheel & tyre combination the vehicle can accept in the wheel arch. Going for comfort and utilitarianism? Simple, robust solutions in 16″ and 17″ are definitely for you, offering more of a cushioned ride as the tyre profile will be a good size. And with the tyre being the main thing with a bit of ‘give’ between you and the road, if it’s comfort you want on long drives in your campervan, perhaps choosing a smaller (yet stylish) rim solution is for you. The Calibre Highway is a great example of a stylish wheel which features a great range of size options for better comfort, available in 6.5×16″, 7.0×17″ and 8.0×18″.
Choosing a wheel in this size range does allow for comfort, but detracts a little from the style. The ‘sweet spot’ for most van converters and consumers looking to upgrade their van’s looks, is 18″. Eighteens tend to hit the middle ground nicely, filling the arches well, whilst retaining a decent tyre profile. Many of our wheels are destined for motorhomes, which often cover vast distances across the continent, meaning a bit of comfort and a bit of style is a really happy compromise. Running an 18″ wheel with a 235/50/18 or 255/45/18 tyre is a great combination, and our selection of 18″ van alloy wheels really is unrivalled. Check these out:
18″ Commercial Van Alloy Wheels:
In addition to these 18″ designs, some of our most popular packages also come in 20″. Now, this does inevitably detract from the comfort of the ride on the vehicle, but it sure does fill the arches and looks fantastic.Generally speaking, wheels of this diameter come in a width of 8.0″ or 8.5″ depending on the vehicle they are destined for. You have to admit, this size looks superb! Check out our range of 20″ van wheels: