Choosing the best alloys for your VW Transporter can be a real headache. There are a lot of different numbers to take into account. We’ve tried to boil it down to the basics here. But keep in mind we offer a fully bespoke alloy service. Just send us your reg plate and we will do the rest.
However, for those that want to understand in a bit more detail, let’s crack on! When choosing the best alloys for the VW Transporter it is important to keep in mind the following things:
- Alloy Size
- Tyre Size
- Fuel Economy
- Load Rating
- Pitch Circle Diameter (PCD)
Aftermarket alloys are a tricky thing to get right but can totally change the look and feel of your van. There’s loads of technical things to take into account, however it boils down to not wanting to affect your ride quality. The new Volkswagen Transporters are so great to drive, I always say they’re like driving a luxury SUV. Gone are the days when driving a van is more like driving a tractor. Ultimately we don’t want to take away from that ride quality. The basic technical specification of a VW Transporter alloy is below:
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION OF TRANSPORTER ALLOYS
Generally for VW Transporter alloys including the VW T5, T6, T6.1 alloys up to 18” will fit onto any VW Transporter with no concern for clearance. Going for anything bigger can sometimes affect handling, acceleration, gearing and in some minor cases strain on the engine. We have heard of some cases of alloys bigger than 18” voiding your VW Warranty. That said, the new T6.1 can come with factory 20” alloys, so it’s not a simple answer (You’d be right in thinking nothing is with alloys!)
We suggest the following sizes:
- 16” alloy
- 18” alloy
- 19” alloy
- 20” alloy
- 22” alloy (sometimes but not always)
It can get a little more technical when you start to take into account your suspension. If you have the standard VW suspension on your transporter you can take your pick. Another thing to take into account is 4Motion and T32’s. If you have any aftermarket suspension, 4motion or you’re driving a T32, we suggest you get in touch.
Choosing the right tyre size to go with your new alloys is very important. Our standard alloy package comes with the tyre that we recommend for a Transporter that doesn’t drive in special conditions:
- 18” - 255/45/18
- 20” - 275/40/20
For special conditions we recommend looking at an All Season Tyre. If you're planning on driving in the mountains of Scotland in winter or doing lots of long distance drives you might need something more than our economy tyre. We can offer upgraded All Season tyres. We recommend the Goodyear Four Seasons.
People are sometimes looking for that “Swamper” look. For Swamper I don’t think you need to look much further than the BF Goodrich All Terrain Tyres. This will give you both style and substance. But mainly the look absolutely awesome.
What is Pitch Circle Diameter (PCD)
Every vehicle type has its own PCD. Basically the PCD is the distance between every bolt hole which are spaced evenly on the center of the wheel. The PCD is measured in mm and is given along with the number of bolts and bolt holes. All VW Transporters have the same PCD of 5x120. This means there are 5 bolt holes spaced 120mm apart from one another.
Obviously all the alloys stocked on the Wildworx site have a PCD of 5x120.
TYRE LOAD RATING
You’ll need to make sure that any wheel you purchase is load rated correctly for your VW Transporter. This is a hugely important safety issue and can have devastating consequences if it’s not right.
You first need to find the payload of the vehicle. To do this you check the plaque that is in the bonnet of your van on the left hand side of the engine.
This will give you 4 numbers.
- The plate identifies the total payload for the vehicle
- Second line is your max train weight, total weight including trailer/caravan.
- Third weight is front axle weight rating
- Fourth is rear axle weight rating
To work out tyre load rating take the biggest of the bottom 2 numbers and divided by two. You can then use a load index chart to work out what your minimum load rating should be.
You need a little bit of common sense here too. Although your minimum might be 101 you need to take into account you have full campervan conversion, a family of 4 and the dog. There is no problem going for a higher load rating. However it can be really dangerous to be driving on tyres that do not have sufficient load rating for your van.
The load capacity of a tyre determines what weight each tyre is able to carry. For most Transporters you'll need 1550kg total tyre rating per axle i.e. 750kg per tyre which is about 101 load rating.
All the alloys we stock come with load rated alloys and tyres. If you ‘re looking for a more bespoke set up, we will take your registration plate to ensure it is legal and safe.
One of the most frequently asked questions we get is “will bigger alloys affect fuel economy.” Although this might seem like a fairly straight forward question, the answer is pretty complex. However we have carefully selected the tyres that go with our alloys. We only use a 275/40/20 tyre. Because of this the rolling radius of the tyre doesn’t really change. You might see a slight drop in MPG but it would only be fractional.
VW TRANSPORTER 4MOTION
4motion is just VW’s way of saying four wheel drive. 4Motion can throw up a few extra challenges when choosing your alloy wheels. We find it’s best to get in touch if you have a 4Motion Transporter so we can make sure we get the right set of alloys for your vehicle.
If you’ve had any bespoke conversions completed on your van, for example suspension, springs or body kits, it would probably be best if you got in touch. This way we can chat about what you need so we know it’s all going to work on your VW Transporter.
When you order a set of alloys anywhere we suggest including fitting. Unless of course you are fairly confident that you understand your van and have met the legal and safety requirements. When you order alloys from Wildworx fitting is included for free. This includes any tweaks and corrections we need to make to alloys or the vehicle's computer system.
GET IN TOUCH
Wildworx offers a fully bespoke alloy and tyre selection service. Get in touch and we can help you choose an alloy set up that suits your needs. Whether you need style, substance or both. We even offer free fitting!
Take a look at our VW Transporter Alloy Wheels.
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