17inch rims for a NS VRX Pajero

Submitted: Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 13:09
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Has anyone fitted 17 inch rims onto a NS VRX or Exceed Pajero? I am looking for off-road tyres for my Pajero, but having trouble finding much in an 18 inch size, (plus they are expensive!) which is the standard rim size for the VRX and Exceed. I will also be fitting the same size wheels onto a camper trailer, so would much prefer a set of 17 inch steel rims if it can be done!
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Reply By: tryonreef - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 13:34

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 13:34
Leanne here is a snippet from the Pajero club website from a forum member regarding NS rims .



All NS SWB models will take 16 inch wheels no problem.

All NS LWB models will take 17 inch wheels no problem, they all have the same brakes and 17 inch is standard on GLX. 16 inch wheels will not fit.

The sizes are 265/60R18 and 265/65R17. You can fit either to the Paj with no warranty or insurance issues. For different sizes from the above you would have to consult the relevant people.
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Follow Up By: LeanneW - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 13:45

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 13:45
Thanks for your reply.
I did go right through the Pajero Club website yesterday, and saw the above forum entry. I then rang my local Mitsubishi dealer, who in turn asked Mitsubishi Australia, and were told it couldn't be done!
I am now in the process of trying to get a 17 inch rim and trying it myself. Only problem is that if it doesn't fit, I can't return it.
I am also going to try and ring Mitsubishi Australia myself to see if I can get a definite answer...
I just thought I'd ask the knowledgeable forum members here and see if anyone has actually done with their Pajero.
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Reply By: Member - Mark (NSW) - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 13:56

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 13:56
I have a 07 VRX which the dealer put 17inch Miitsbuishi alloy rims (270 tyres) on as I was concerned about getting 18inch 265 AT tyres and their cost.
He said he just swapped them with an upmarket Triton he had in his shop. He said to buy 17inch Mitsubishi rims new was over $300 each. A friend who owns a tyre dealership said to me "yep we make you pay for those 18inch tyres"

Unless you put a roo bar on, 17inch ATRs and MT may rub on the flimsy internal skirt (Cooper ATRs do, Brisgestone HTs don't) when on full lock.
You may also struggle to find steel rims which fit the brake calipers as the Mitsubishi rims have a diiffernt offset.
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Follow Up By: LeanneW - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 14:09

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 14:09
Thankyou Mark - very helpful.

I priced 17 inch steel Mitusbishi rims today, and even they were over $300! Given what you have said, I might just try and find some alloy ones from a wrecker, and forget about trying to find some steel ones.
I have a Mitusbishi bull-bar on - so would this mean that I should have no problems with tyres rubbing?

Regards
Leanne
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Follow Up By: Member - Mark (NSW) - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 21:59

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 21:59
Leanne
I can assure you my dealer supplied 17inch alloy rims work fine. When I bought my NS VRX in March 07 the base model GX came with 17 inch rims, which is why the idiot at Mitsubishi who said you can't fit 17inch to your VRX doesn't have a clue.

You will have to check for yourself what the diameter of your proposed new tyres are on 17inch rims (see tyre manufacturer web site) compared to what you presently have (R18 x 265x 65 I presume). Just turn your wheels on 3/4 lock and see what clearance you have to your bull bar. Then compare.
You should be fine becuase in one of the 4WD mags ln spring last year there was an article about 2 Mitsubishi supplied Pajeros trecking to somewhere off the Canning using Cooper R17 STTs with factory fitted roo bars.
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Reply By: Member - Matt H (NSW) - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 14:44

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 14:44
I've just given up trying to find 16" or 17" steel rims to suit. There's nothing that has a NSW legal offset and matches the centre bore and as you've seen the OEM steelies are ridiculously priced.

I'm going to get a set of ROH aftermarket alloys instead. The offset still won't be legal but it's not out by much so I'm sure I can get it engineered if can be bothered.
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Follow Up By: LeanneW - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 16:24

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 16:24
Hi Matt,
Can you tell me what ROH is?
I am also going to go with some 17 inch alloys. Just too hard trying to find steel ones!
Leanne
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Reply By: Member - Matt H (NSW) - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 16:29

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 16:29
ROH is just a brand (www.roh.com.au). Their RTX model is a fairly simple design and comes in a +30 offset which fits and can be sized correctly for the centre bore.
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Follow Up By: LeanneW - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 16:34

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 16:34
Thanks.
I will look at that website now.
What is the damage per rim? I have been quoted approx. $230 per rim for some alloys.
I am still going to get them to try to fit one on before I buy them. Bit extravagant to have alloys on the camper-trailer too, but if that is the only way I can have all wheels interchangeable, so be it.
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Follow Up By: Member - Matt H (NSW) - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 16:44

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 16:44
Haven't had a quote yet as I've only just given up on finding steelies and have just bought a front bar, lifted springs and bash plates this month. $230 is about what I'd expect for 17" though it'd be nice if you're buying 5+ with good AT tyres at the same time that you could deal a bit.
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Follow Up By: LeanneW - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 16:52

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 16:52
I am hoping to get them a bit cheaper - even the salesman said he could almost certainly do better, it depended on his supplier. Also, he was trying to talk me into getting some Maxxis AT's - I had never heard of them before. I am just about to do a tyre search on this forum to get some more information. Originally I was just going to go with BF Goodrich, but if Maxxis perform well, and are cheaper, I may go with them.
My other half reckons Maxxis makes good bike tyres, but not sure if that translates to good car tyres!
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Follow Up By: Member - Matt H (NSW) - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 16:56

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 16:56
Maxxis do make good bike tyres but I have no experience with them on a car. I do know the Maxxis Bigthorn is becoming popular and a few people I've spoken to have been happy with them.

I'm leaning towards BFG myself simply because I know them and have used them in the past so they're a known entity.
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Reply By: Member - colin J (VIC) - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 17:14

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 17:14
Hi LeanneW,
I have fitted 17 inch rims to my NS. No problems whatsoever.
Check out my profile to see rims and tyre choices i made.
Regards from Col.
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Reply By: pickle - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 21:44

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 21:44
I am currently negotiating with Mitsubishi regarding the 17' steel rims. Hoping to get a good price on a bulk buy for our forum (Pajero forum) members. Should have some new prices on the steel rims this week.
Dave
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Follow Up By: LeanneW - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 22:59

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 22:59
Wonderful news!
Thankyou.
Leanne
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Reply By: wrexed03 - Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 00:44

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 00:44
I would be up for the 18's if anyone wants to part with them. Mine seems to spend more time on the road instead of the bush these days..

Regards
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