Campervan modifications for larger tyres

Submitted: Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 01:56
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I am thinking of getting a Jayco Swan Outback but was just wondering if it would accommodate 35" tyres or at least what mods would be required to do so. I want it to have the same tyres as the Landcruiser. Anyone done this sort of thing before? Thanks.
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Reply By: Richard Kovac - Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 02:37

Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 02:37
Jam

way now go to there web site? http://www.jayco.com.au/rvs_camper.html#outback
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Reply By: Peter 2 - Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 08:07

Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 08:07
I can think of two reasons for not doing it, same as 4wd's actually.
The bigger rolling diameter will decrease the braking capacity which may require larger brakes to be fitted.
The biggest thing would probably be the increase in unsprung weight and whether the van suspension and frame can cope.
Also what will it do to the height, will annexes etc still reach the ground and what will the increased height do to handling.
It will probably depend on what size tyres are fitted standard and if they will physically fit.
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Follow Up By: Crackles - Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 17:02

Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 17:02
Yes & the jockey wheel as well as the corner jacks probably wont reach with 35's either. The springs could certainly be modified to accomodate the wheels but it's the wheel arch & chassis position that will cause problems.
Anything is possible though given enough time & money :-)
Cheers Craig...........
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Reply By: DIO - Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 09:00

Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 09:00
Yep it works, my (late) brother in law had Cruiser wheels/tyres fitted to his Jayco Swan Outback 20 odd yrs ago. Although it made the step higher to get into van, otherwise worked like a treat.
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Reply By: Martyn (WA) - Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 12:08

Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 12:08
Jamohamo,
I'm going through exact same dilemma, I'm waiting for the arrival of my Jayco Eagle, been waiting since October, getting a bit desperate now missing going out on the open road. Anyway, I sold My old Kimberley Camper and decided to go for the Eagle outback, I just could justify the expense of buying another Kimberly, even thought they are a fantastic unit. I was hoping to fit the old 265 /75/16 Nissan rims and tyres onto my new Eagle outback. The diameter seems to match or is at least close to the Jayco 16 inch wheel option so I'm not to phased about braking capacity etc. I was more interested in the stud pattern and the offset which is where I suspect I'll come unstuck, have you looked into this one, any answers or words of wisdom ????
Thanks for any assistance rendered.
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Reply By: Doggy Tease - Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 18:48

Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 18:48
I did this with our Dove Outback, but only with 265/75r16's on standard Nissan Ute steel rims,,the 16x8's.
Remove the slipper spring's and get reset one inch higher with a helper leaf.
At the rear of the wheel arch, where the mudflap is,,,remove the jacking point and bracework, reattach a few inches rearward,,,four inches should do it,( if you dont move this back,,they tire will foul on it every time you hit a bump offroad.
Fit the wheels,,,,they fit neatly,,just inside the body line,,,with just enough clearance between the tire and the chassis.
We used this setup for a few years and never had a problem,,,even when on the beach with the tire's at 18psi.
There was no real effect with the annexe at all and the step wasnt that much higher.


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Follow Up By: Doggy Tease - Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 18:58

Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 18:58
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