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Converting to 10 inch wheels (5 replies)

cris_19010689
9 years ago
cris_19010689 9 years ago
cris_19010689
9 years ago
cris_19010689 9 years ago

Ok guys, bit of an odd question but....

If you have a vehicle running on 12 inch wheels and wish to convert to 10 inch wheels, will this actually lower the vehicle? I think it will (and that is the intention), but as I have no experience of such matters just want to clarify.

The vehicle in particular has drum brakes - I presume these will need altering accordingly?

Thanks for your help

DaveShreeve
9 years ago
DaveShreeve 9 years ago

All standard mini wheel/tyre combinations are, as near as makes no difference, the same diameter.

hawaiianblue
9 years ago
hawaiianblue 9 years ago

If you have drum brakes front and rear then 10' wheels will be a direct fit.

The only issue with fitting 10' wheels is clearance between the inside of the wheel and the brake disc/caliper on cars with 8.4' brake discs (fitted as standard along with 12' wheels from 1984 onwards)

It will bring the sills marginally closer to the ground, but as Dave has said there isn't a great deal of difference between 10' wheels 13' wheels once you take the tyre diameter into account. Knocking a couple of PSI out of the tyres will probably have the same effect.

10' wheel and tyre combinations are lighter than the others though, so do improve handling by reducing the un-sprung weight.

cris_19010689
9 years ago
cris_19010689 9 years ago

thanks for your help guys. the 'vehicle' in question is a home-built covered car trailer running on mini hubs. I only ask because as it stands with the 12 inch wheels, it is 1 inch too high to fit in my garage. very very annoying. I guess I could just let the air out of the tyres to wheel it in and out of the garage when needed? it will only be used for taking the mini to the mini shows so probably about 10 or so uses per year maximum

hawaiianblue
9 years ago
hawaiianblue 9 years ago

Then yes 10' wheels will be a direct fit.

But lowering the tyre pressure will probably have the same result.

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