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 Post subject: Fitting 16 inch wheels with winter tyres instead of 18 inch
PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2021 11:38 am 
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Has anybody removed the 18 inch Tekna wheels and replaced with some 16 inch ones off an older model maybe T30 for use with winter tyres? Thinking about a second hand set of 16 inch wheels and some 205 or 215x 16 inch tyres. Obviously the smaller tyres are cheaper too and slightly narrower should offer better winter traction.
If its possible has anyone got any for sale??

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 Post subject: Re: Fitting 16 inch wheels with winter tyres instead of 18 inch
PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2021 10:06 am 
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Should not be a problem choosing another size / design of wheel provided the overall diameter (including tyre wall depth) doesn't change significantly and stud spacing / fit etc is correct for your car. There should be plenty of choices out there which fit.
A deeper tyre will improve ride quality and will be much more forgiving of bumps, rough surfaces and kerbs. A 4X4 vehicle is really meant to have deeper tyres in the first place. Eighteen inch wheels with lower profile tyres don't really make sense on an X-Trail, kind of defeats the purpose of having a rough and tough type of vehicle.
The standard T31 early model six spoke alloys and tyres look fine, you should be able to find a set of those for sale somewhere. Those are on my car, I believe they are 215X60 R17, however tyres can still be expensive.
If interested in the T30 wheel, just check that the central stud arrangement is the same as the T31, someone here should be able to answer this. There should be plenty of other sixteen inch wheels that fit.


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 Post subject: Re: Fitting 16 inch wheels with winter tyres instead of 18 inch
PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2021 12:16 pm 
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I was just wondering really if anyone had already put a set of 16 inch wheels on from a T30 maybe so I could know that if I bought a set they would fit straight on?
My Xtrail drives like a Rolls Royce with the 55 profile 18's on, when compared to my other car which is an Impreza. The Impreza suspension is just about non existant, its as hard as nails.


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 Post subject: Re: Fitting 16 inch wheels with winter tyres instead of 18 inch
PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2021 8:09 pm 
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Hi Bob. What size is your spare wheel? Could you aquire four of those, or 16" five spoke alloys off earlier T30? You have a lot more choice at 16".


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My T31 facelift Tekna sits on 225/55 x 18 rims and the ride is superb and far, far more comfortable than my previous car a Saab 9-3 Aero TTiD Estate which had 225/45 x 18's on it. I thought that was comfortable compared to other Saab's I'd had until I sat in my X Trail. I'd be a bit concerned the steering would be much more un-defined and you may get more lean in corners. Mine is shod with Vredestein Quatrac 5 All Season with Snowpeak symbol on sides. Been on now for around 15k and still loads of tread - at least 6mm all round.


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 Post subject: Re: Fitting 16 inch wheels with winter tyres instead of 18 inch
PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2021 11:33 pm 
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I was looking at the spare wheel option but the tyres aren't as readily available at a reasonable cost for a few winter miles on snow tyres.
Mine has a set of Goodyear Efficient Grip 225x55x18 on at the moment and they're fine and the car drives great but I just thought a set of winter wheels in a 16 inch might be a better snow option. In the recent snow we had I didn't get stuck or anything and had no forward traction trouble but the braking and turning was poor.
After doing a bit of searching it looks like some Freelander wheels will fit on my T31 so I might keep a look out for some and give them a try.


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 Post subject: Re: Fitting 16 inch wheels with winter tyres instead of 18 inch
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Do the T30 16 inch wheels fit straight on??


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There is an offset difference between the T30 and T31 rims.
The T30 rims should sit 10mm further out on your T31 so depending on your tire choice you will need to check for rubbing on the guards.

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