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What’s The Standard Tyre Size On Your 4WD?

Changing tyre sizes on 4WD’s is relatively common practice, but there’s a few things you want to consider before doing it. Knowing what the standard tyre size is for your 4WD is imperative when making these choices. If you’ve bought a vehicle second hand, how do you know whether the tyres on it are the standard size?

How can you tell what the standard tyre size is?

Stick on the A Pillar

When you open the drivers door on your 4WD, have a look for a sticker on the A pillar, right near the bottom of your seat. There should be a sticker that tells you the standard size tyre, as well as what pressures you can run.

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Look for a sticker on the left – Tyre Placard

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2016 Isuzu Dmax SX tyre placard

Red Book

http://www.redbook.com.au  is a fantastic resource for finding out information about your vehicle. Select the make, model and year, and then find the vehicle that matches yours (get the engine and transmission type correct). From there, you are taken to a page that shows you everything from unladen weight to payloads, average fuel economy and tyre size.

Ring the manufacturer

If you still aren’t sure, you can ring the manufacturer of the vehicle and give them your Vehicle Identification Number.

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Fitting bigger tyres is an easy way to gain more clearance, but it does come at a cost.

Changing tyre sizes

You won’t find too many people who fit smaller tyres than what the vehicle comes out with from the factory. However, there are a HUGE number of vehicles on the road running bigger tyres.

These give you more clearance, but also have some detrimental affects as well; there’s no such thing as a free lunch. You can read more about this at Fitting bigger tyres to your 4WD.

Before-and-after

Our 80 Series before and after

Maximum tyre size

This will vary from state to state as there is no national ruling, but without engineering 50mm seems to be about the average tyre size diameter increase.

However, something interesting to know is that the increase is based off the biggest tyres size run on your model vehicle, as long as there are no structural, driveline, suspension or brake changes.

Our Dmax is a base model one that came out with 245/70/16 tyres, but the high end ones came out with 255/65/17. The changes between the models are ‘cosmetic’, and as a result in WA you can run 50mm bigger than the 17 inch tyres. This effectively means you gain legally run 265/75/16’s on the Isuzu Dmax (which we are looking at right now!).

Have you changed tyre sizes? Do you know what the stock tyre size is?

Article from 4WDing Australia

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Comments 2

  1. Duncan Thomas

    Don’t forget, when you go to a bigger tyre size, it can throw your speedo out of whack. Grab a Tom Tom or equivalent, go for a drive and you can see what the difference is between your speedo and actual GPS speed. Saves you getting a speeding ticket.

  2. Chris

    You didn’t mention the most important issues. Go too big and they’ll rub at the front when you turn. And your speedo and odometer will be inaccurate. And your gearing may end up being too high. This is why most people only go about 25mm bigger diameter at most. Any more than that and you’ve got a whole lot of other engineering issues to deal with.

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