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Have any of you swapped your 14in VW wheels for a set of Mercedes or Audi 15in wheels? Did you have any clearence issues? I dont want to get huge tires, just some with a more aggressive tread pattern and a tougher sidewall. I havent been able to find any in a 14in size.
Go Westy has a rim that looks just like the Mercedes rim in a 15". They also have the stock looking bus rims built into a 15". The Mercedes style rim has the correct off set and run $500 for a set. The stock style rims are $400 a set. For an agressive tread pattern and it fit baywindows with a 15" you can run a 215/70/15. The Yokohama Geolander AT tire looks really nice and its a "D" rated tire.
I have the BFG All Terrains 14" now but I will eventually go to a 15" because of more options.
On both of my multivans (90 and 91) i've installed 16" Ronal Wheels. Picked up the wheels off of craigslist for a song. Purchased spacers from ronalusa (not the nicest folks i've ever met) and studs from empi. The lower profile tires that you may run with these give a bit stiffer ride because of less sidewall flex. Handling is good.
If you're interested..i've a spreadsheet available on my site that allows you to enter the size of tire that you'd like to install on your vanagon and compare it against the stock rolling diameter.
All the best,