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Alloy Wheel Measurments? im prob being stupid!

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    [Jun 7, 2004]
    When an alloy wheel says 8.5 x 18, what does the 8.5 measurment mean?

    i just cant think what it could be?
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    i thought the width was the 225 (225/40/18 width/height/size) ???? but the outside of the wheel it says 8.5x18
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    [Jun 7, 2004]
    8.5 defintely means width of the tyre
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    8.5 is the width of the wheel. So for an 8.5x18 wheel, it's 18" diameter, and 8.5" wide. The other figures are for the tyres, for example, 225/45/18 relates to:

    225 = Width
    45 = The profile/depth
    18 = Size of rim that you've got

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    oh right, thanks for that! i get it now!

    il take the blonde wig off!!
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    Don't apologise mate!

    Many years ago I had a barney with the manager of the local Kwik-Fit. He was adamant that the 225 part of the tyre size related to the depth, and the profile the width! /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crazy.gif

    How he had a job I'll never know.......
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    X50JAS said:
    Don't apologise mate!

    Many years ago I had a barney with the manager of the local Kwik-Fit. He was adamant that the 225 part of the tyre size related to the depth, and the profile the width! /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crazy.gif

    How he had a job I'll never know.......

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    Well he was correct as the tyre depth (Known as sidewall height %) is a percentage of the width, so suggest you go and appologise fella /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif It's not that 45 = 4.5 cm or anything like that at all.

    Just to clarify that the example of 8.5x18 is related only to the wheel as onto this a number of tyre widths can be used, normally with a tyre type covering rim sizes over a 1.5" to 2" range typically. The rim where possible should always be smaller than the tyre to be fitted.

    These are the facts, and would think that if you do a search on the internet you'll pull up some nice papers written on the subject along with tyre size calculators and pictures to further satisfy your needs /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/beerchug.gif

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    Gambba said:
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    X50JAS said:
    Don't apologise mate!

    Many years ago I had a barney with the manager of the local Kwik-Fit. He was adamant that the 225 part of the tyre size related to the depth, and the profile the width! /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crazy.gif

    How he had a job I'll never know.......

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    Well he was correct as the tyre depth (Known as sidewall height %) is a percentage of the width, so suggest you go and appologise fella /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif It's not that 45 = 4.5 cm or anything like that at all.


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    Dude, thats what he said... /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crazy.gif
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    [Jun 9, 2004]
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    Gambba said:
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    X50JAS said:
    Don't apologise mate!

    Many years ago I had a barney with the manager of the local Kwik-Fit. He was adamant that the 225 part of the tyre size related to the depth, and the profile the width! /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crazy.gif

    How he had a job I'll never know.......

    [/ QUOTE ]

    Well he was correct as the tyre depth (Known as sidewall height %) is a percentage of the width, so suggest you go and appologise fella /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif It's not that 45 = 4.5 cm or anything like that at all.

    Just to clarify that the example of 8.5x18 is related only to the wheel as onto this a number of tyre widths can be used, normally with a tyre type covering rim sizes over a 1.5" to 2" range typically. The rim where possible should always be smaller than the tyre to be fitted.



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    You're right Gambba, now I've read my post again it could get mis-understood! /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/blush.gif What you've said it what I meant. Kwik-Fit guy said the opposite (if you get my drift).

    Ah bugger it, he f**ked my wheel anyway, so even if he had been right, he still deserved the grief!! /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh_roll.gif

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    Dude, thats what he said... /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crazy.gif

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    ummmmmmm nope...please read again..slowly.... /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh_roll.gif

    The Kwik fit manager was painted in a very good light and made out to sound like he actually knew what he was talking about.....which was obviously not the case, and knowing kwik fit will never be!! /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/lol.gif
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