Do I need new wheels?

Do I need new wheels?

Postby Coaster [OP] » November 8th 2015, 5:29am

my long term project with the van has been a two inch lift so i can buy cooper at3 lt235/75/15 tires.

2" lift is done, i'm very slowly going through my front end and steering. i wire wheeled my whels today and found a stamp that says "1575 lbs max 35 psi"

35 psi is cut off in the pic

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the cooper tires are rated over 1900 lbs and a lot higher than 35 psi. i was planning to underinflate them at 50 psi and tow my trailer

should i be looking at new wheels?

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Re: Do I need new wheels?

Postby Zebediah III » November 8th 2015, 5:48am

Those steelies should be fine unless you start hitting a lot of stuff with them.
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Re: Do I need new wheels?

Postby AstroWill » November 8th 2015, 4:35pm

I guess I'm confused, is this about tires or wheels?

Unless the wheels are damaged in some way, it's not necessary to change them.

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Re: Do I need new wheels?

Postby Coaster [OP] » November 8th 2015, 5:35pm

wheels. the wheels are stamped 1575 lbs max 35 psi. i plan to run the LT tires a lot higher than that. i wonder if the rating is altered for the valve stems or the vehicle or something? seems like steel wheels are rated for much much higher than that.

i have wagon wheels on my pickup and run 65psi in my coopers on that.

i dont know if i will run that high with the van, but likely higher than 35psi.
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Re: Do I need new wheels?

Postby AstroWill » November 8th 2015, 10:29pm

Interesting, I would have never thought that they would even be an issue.

I have been loaded well over 6300lbs and I store them at about 50psi. It hasn't been an issue at all for me tire/wheel wise.

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Re: Do I need new wheels?

Postby The Drummer » November 8th 2015, 11:24pm

I am not sure but isen t it that the wheel max load is 1575 pounds and the tire recomended psi is 35psi like it sais in the driver s door ? .
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Re: Do I need new wheels?

Postby The Drummer » November 8th 2015, 11:50pm

As per the owner s manual : Each new wheel should have the same load-carrying
capacity, diameter, width, offset and be mounted the
same way as the one it replaces ; , this is all i could find .
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Re: Do I need new wheels?

Postby Coaster [OP] » November 9th 2015, 2:16am

i guess it boils don to if the wheels are rated only for that load or if thats s recommendation for the tires......i dont know.

i'm having difficulty finding weight/psi ratings on aftermarket steel wheels.
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Re: Do I need new wheels?

Postby AstroWill » November 9th 2015, 2:41am

Personally, I would go with your new tires and not worry about it and just adjust your tire pressure based on your experience. I have and will continue to ignore that wheel stamp on the wheels if mine even have it on there. :) Some MFGs stamp it on there, some don't so who knows, I would just go by what is on the tire, but that is just me.

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Re: Do I need new wheels?

Postby Coaster [OP] » November 9th 2015, 2:11pm

maybe i am overthinking things.

anyone know if the alloy wheels are rated different?
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Re: Do I need new wheels?

Postby chevymaher » November 9th 2015, 2:19pm

Yea your overthinking it. Tire is what the inflation is set by. Manufacturers recommendation is just for the proper ride on the vehicle. Reducing road noise by bare minimum pressure to hold the vehicle off the ground. Tire will last longer if you use what is on the tire.

So just go in that range. 32-whatever the tires max is. Adjust till you find the best for you. Compromise between ride and handling. Lower pressure rides better and higher handles best.
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