Tall van --low roof.

Submitted: Friday, Apr 11, 2008 at 22:38
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We are getting a new van shortly but it wont fit under the carport.
Anybody had experience with smaller diameter wheels or such.
It is a Kimberley Karavan with six stud pattern and I will change the rims to 17" to suit Prado. I believe there are dummy rims available but they cost about $400. Any other idea's please?
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Reply By: donk - Friday, Apr 11, 2008 at 22:43

Friday, Apr 11, 2008 at 22:43
Are you having it built with prado rims because the rims have the be the correct size,offset,pitch circle diameter & centre size

You cant just go swapping rims unless all these things are the same

Regards Don

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Reply By: Trekkie (Member - WA) - Friday, Apr 11, 2008 at 23:14

Friday, Apr 11, 2008 at 23:14
You should talk to Kimberley. When we got ours there were various wheel options and I selected matching rims and tyres to the vehicle. Not sure with the Karavan. Their web site says Wheels as standard are 15inch steel with Goodyear Wrangler 31 x 10.5 Tyres

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Reply By: silverprado120 - Friday, Apr 11, 2008 at 23:27

Friday, Apr 11, 2008 at 23:27
Mal not much in to change the wheels as outside circumference are very similar
do what we did raise the roof by 250mm
cheers silverprado
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Reply By: Member - Captain (WA) - Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 06:55

Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 06:55
Hi Mal,

I had the same problem with my van and I too baulked at the $450 price I was quoted. So I got an old pair of 6 stud steel rims from a wreckers and had the centre section gas axed out. I then had a section of 250mm dia steel pipe cut at ~4" wide and used this as the "wheel" with the centre rim section welded in. I also had a polyethylene coating 5mm thick adhered to the pipe outer to act as the "tyre", but you could get away without this.

All up cost was well free because I used material from work. But even if paying, it would be ~$100, mainly for the PE coating. Still far cheaper and far better than the Camec items. Just watch the pipe diameter you use is bigger than the brake drum diameter, I nearly made my wheels too small!

When changing the wheels, a rattle gun makes short work of the nuts, but most hydraulic trolley jacks do not have enough lift for the wheel size difference and those jacks that do are too high in the down position to allow the small wheel to touch the ground to remove the jack. I found my hilift jack was perfect for it, you need nearly 300mm of travel once you take up the weight. But you had to watch the top of the jack didn't touch the van side as the van gets on a real big angle with one small rim on and jacked up to remove the large one.

I gave these wheels away to an ExplorOz member about a year ago, no need once I got my Camprite.

Cheers

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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 09:24

Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 09:24
I'm guessing you've got the airconditioner, which puts you up to 2275 high.

Can you just buy a couple of secondhand $20 15" steel rims and no tyres and simply roll it on the rims that would give you about 100mm extra. PITA to change rims everytime you want to use it though. The Prado's 6/139.7 PCD is very common. You can also get ROH trakII steel wheels in 14x6 (for the old Rodeo/L200/Courier utes) but don't know whether they would go over the Karavan's disc brakes.
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 09:25

Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 09:25
I should have asked - how low is your carport?
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 09:49

Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 09:49
Have you considered raising the carport roof.

May be the cheapest option.

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Follow Up By: On Patrol (East Coast) - Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 19:52

Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 19:52
Bugger I was going to say that :-)
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Reply By: bob&loz - Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 13:04

Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 13:04
How much does it miss by
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Follow Up By: Member - Mal and Di (SA) - Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 at 22:25

Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 at 22:25
I need a 120mm not much but enough!Image Could Not Be Found
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