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Shandyout
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PostSubject: hello im new!   Thu Jun 28, 2012 10:02 pm

Hi ive just bought a wellhouse converted lwb 2.8 sc. And love it! Very Happy

Im currently running stock wheels, can anyone offer advice for switching to alloys? Would rx8 alloys fit?

Also what mpg are you getting -my first tank was 21mpg affraid
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PostSubject: Re: hello im new!   Thu Jun 28, 2012 10:51 pm

Also can anyone point me in the direction of some wind deflectors?
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PostSubject: Re: hello im new!   Thu Jun 28, 2012 11:57 pm

Can't help with the wind deflectors, sorry...

Alloys would be pricey... what are you looking to achieve? I think the stock wheels are reasonably light and the Hiace suspension's pretty crude, so I doubt you'd see any improvement in handling... Are you just wanting to smarten up the appearance? If so, check tyre supply before you committ, you need to make sure the tyres you'll use will have a suitable load rating and are rated for the pressures you run (check the plate on the driver's door jamb).

21mpg is on the low side of typical around town- you can do better on the highway with a light foot. Bear in mind this is a big, heavy vehicle with an old engine design.
Check your tyre pressures, though. Running soft tyres will hit economy pretty hard.

Is yours long wheelbase, or super-long? Super-longs have an extra window behind the sliding door...

Welcome to the board!!

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PostSubject: Re: hello im new!   Fri Jun 29, 2012 11:23 am

Expect 18 - 27 mpg depending on journey lengths / types....
Some users have used the link below with success...
http://www.leatherseat.net/index.php?gOo=goods_search_list.dwt&gcat=23
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PostSubject: Re: hello im new!   Fri Jun 29, 2012 7:58 pm

Thanks for coming back to me, and the welcome Very Happy Its a super long custom - it really is very long!

My reasons for wanting to upgrade to alloys are mainly aesthetics Cool though I would also be keen to increase the wheel diameter to up the gearing a little in the hope I could drop the revs on the motorway and save some fuel.

On the subject of saving fuel are their any other mods that help? does lowering them reduce the frontal area and drag? - do they have cats, and would de-cats make any difference, any other ideas at all Question

I'm thinking rx8 alloys as you see loads of bongos rolling around on them happily enough and they look like they could be stock.

From a tyres perspective assuming they are all load rated correctly is their much difference between van / car /4x4 style tyres in day to day use?

I was a little shocked by 21mpg it was a combination of round town and a long motorway run @ 65-70 My last van was a part converted lwb vw t4 tdi which gave almost 40mpg at 80mph so the weekends away are going to cost a bit more. Sad

NB my current tank is going a little better - I've driven much more gently round town and @60 on the motorway but I doubt i'll hit 25mpg Raining

Still despite the fuel economy I love it to bits, they really are fantastic vans.

That link has got me confused - there is a whole world out there!
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PostSubject: Re: hello im new!   Fri Jun 29, 2012 11:41 pm

Below 40mph (the torque convertor locks at 40) it will suck all the juice it can...(guessing its an auto)......the best I ever got was 26.5mph..extended motorway drive...mostly 40 - 60mph due to roadworks etc.
Otherwise its flat out...85 ish and around 23mpg....really depends which way the wind is blowing
Short journeys that don't allow the engine to fully warm return 18mpg...idling seems to suck plenty too.
Not sure you can do much about economy....maybe the under engine cover helps a little (mine is gone)
Not sure larger tyres will make that much difference....there is a tyre size/speed convertor on the net somewhere..the link is within one of the tyre posts within the last couple of months.
Don't think you have a cat....you'll need to check underneath......
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PostSubject: Re: hello im new!   Sat Jun 30, 2012 6:34 pm

your in coventry ? ive a cv9 postcode myself




best i managed was 36 , never been close since and neither would i want to , aiming for 1500rpm was soul killing , normally i get around the low twentys with a worst of 16 mpg when towing 2 ton of car at 65 ( oops ) , mines a normal 3 litre
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PostSubject: Re: hello im new!   Sun Jul 01, 2012 4:59 pm

Hello,

Yes I'm in Coventry, yours is a smart van - i'll keep my eyes peeled What a Face are their any others? and are their any Midlands based meets?

We took the van down to the river Severn for the weekend which is a good excuse for a picture...




MPG wise i'm keeping a running record of it for now

I took it gently to hit 25mpg - though their is a proportion of round town and country roads driving thrown in there.

Also i've another question! are the vents at the back of the rear side windows cosmetic or do they function as vents - and if so how do I open them?

Cheers

Ryan
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PostSubject: Re: hello im new!   Mon Jul 02, 2012 12:08 am

yes they are vents and they are always open
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PostSubject: Re: hello im new!   Mon Jul 02, 2012 7:55 pm

ruffnut wrote:
yes they are vents and they are always open

Where does the air enter the van?
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PostSubject: Re: hello im new!   Mon Jul 02, 2012 10:30 pm

behind the interior panels either side of the tailgate door
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PostSubject: Re: hello im new!   Tue Jul 03, 2012 7:52 pm

I think the vents are just to equalize the cabin pressure / maintain a through flow when front vents are on.....ie: air goes out of the van rather than in through them.
Here's the tyre calc link mentioned earlier
http://www.alloywheels.com/TyreCalc.asp
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PostSubject: Re: hello im new!   Wed Jul 04, 2012 9:36 am

Meets - http://www.campfirechat.co.uk
- all welcome no matter what you drive or camp in.

Next one North Wales - just need to pay a 10 deposit.
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PostSubject: Re: hello im new!   Wed Jul 11, 2012 10:55 pm

Thanks for all the advice,

i couldnt for the life of me work out where the vents come into the van.

The tire calculator is usefull is there a similar one to work out what width/offset would be ok?

I couldnt spot the camper meet on that link, inthink ill take another look when im on a proper pc.

Ryan
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