'The Steel' Wheel FAQ's
After a fair few years and many questions later, here is our compilation and hopefully-comprehensive FAQ's with regard to the 'meat and potatoes' of vehicle yes... the 'stance.'
'The Steel,' Stitches + Steel, Steel Wheels
Our steel wheels are the antichrist of BIG ALLOYS. The less-is-more, understated nature of them is a considered approach to 'upgrading,' adding to your vehicle rather than taking away.
Rather than scale-up a traditional car wheels, we chose to scale down the process used for HGV/ Agricultural wheel production. This allowed us to make them strong while achieving the aesthetic we adore.
The chamfer of the bolt holes are designed to accept the original bolts used for the original steel wheels.
The wheels are load rated for all variants of the transporter chassis. T26, T28, T30 and T32.
In the pursuit of durability we have applied our Black, powder-coated finish liberally! While the Centerbore of the wheel (the part that locates on the central spigot) is the correct size, it is arguably tight due to the amount of powder-coat we've applied.
Bolting them up and torquing the bolts correctly will fasten them. When removal is required, we have experienced occasional 'sticking' due to corrosion of the vans central spigot that does have a tendency to do so. If removal is proving difficult, we recommend tapping with a rubber or wooden mallet while the van is jacked up safely for removal.
We ship the wheels individually with (so far), the seemingly reliable service we've forged with UK MAIL. We pack the wheels in a very considered way and to a level we deem good enough to make it to you unscathed. In the unusual circumstances the wheels arriving to you damaged, you must notify us within three days of receiving them or you will not be able to claim against damages. Please check all wheels when you receive them. Not when they get to the tyre shop.
We offer them in Black and Black only. That said, one can of PLASTIDIP (readily available in a variety of shades (you can peel it off if you change your mind as it is rubber based). You should be able to paint all 4 wheels very easily with just the one can, if used sparingly... Maybe grab a spare just in case...
The VW centre caps on the original VW steel wheels have varied over the years, some fit great as they locate on the bolts, others don't. We'd love to give a more accurate answer to them fitting on our wheels however we're still calibrating which ones work 100%. They can definitely be modified to fit. The wheels also look great without them too!
These wheels are made from STEEL, not ALLOY. While we have worked hard to acquire a finish we adore on these products, we have chosen a manufacturing method favouring them lasting over being 'showroom' perfect. If you're a stickler for perfection, these wheels and their finish might not be quite to your liking, which is fine. Just a heads up that they might not be for you. Again, we must stress how thrilled we are with their aesthetic, just attempting to manage expectations a bit here.
Will the wheels fit your van?
Yes. Sometimes directly, sometimes with adapters. You'll need to know the PCD of your van and make sure it matches the wheels you want or you'll need adapters, which are readily available.
Tyre manufacturers are all members of a trade body called ETRTO who dictate what the load rating is for a given type and size of tyre (hence why you find almost all tyres of a given size and type have the same rating). The tyres shown on the pressure plate have all been tested and approved by VW to suit the van but under the bonnet on the left you'll see the chassis plate gives you the rated loads for the axles. It's these figures you need to adhere to (as well as the speed ratings) so; most vans will need 1550kg total tyre rating per axle i.e. 750kg per tyre which is about 101 load rating.
- If your van is a T26, T28 or T30 you will need a 101 rated tyre.
- If your van is a T32 you will need a 103 rated tyre.
- 235- 45-18
The very long story, short:
- You van with our 18' wheel, on standard suspension, with a 255 - 55 - 18 tyre will look very 'off-roady' while being very usable day to day.
- Your van with our 18' wheel, on standard suspension with a 235 - 55 - 18 tyre will look more a bit less 'standard' a will be a considered addition to its appearance.
- Your van with our 18' wheels lowered on springs or coilovers with a 235 - 55 - 18 tyre will look great while perhaps sacrificing some ride comfort.
- Your van with our 18' wheels lowered on springs or coilovers with a 225 - 45 - 18 tyre will look amazing but it is illegal and you might kill yourself and others from a blowout.