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One has to make sure that the 16" wheels will clear disk brake calipers. Is 16" an option for the vehicle somewhere in the world? If so, no problem. Also, steel are thinner and therefore offer more clearance on the inside. If someone is selling them explicitly for your model AND year (is yours a 93-99?), no problem should ensue.
The diameter calculation has completely to do with the chosen size of tire. for example 235/65R17 are 28.9" tall. If the common size 235/85R16 are chosen or the common 3rd world size 7.50R16, they are 31.7 to 31.9" tall - a 10% increase.
Your choice of 235/70R16 should work OK.
I haven't had a problem with alloys yet in 10 years of trips. Learning to drive with mechanical sympathy is crucial for you. If you are in danger of damaging your alloys then you will likely break other steering components too. Good tyres and attention to pressures will help a lot.
I see you want to fit 235 tyres and I think 8'' wide rims are too wide.
If you could get original 16" steels (probably only 6" wide or less) then I'd suggest 235 85 16 as being one of the best tyre sizes and you should have enough power to deal with the increase in diameter. The higher side wall will give your rims more protection too whilst allowing a longer footprint when aired down.
Best practice would be OEM 16" steel wheels with BFG tyres as you chose though I'd go for 235 85 16 for clearance, higher side wall and longer footprint when aired down.I believe that tyre size is just a magical proportion.
16" tyres are pretty much available anywhere around the world.
Steel rims can be hammered back into shape and welded if necessary - use an innertube and you should be back on the road in no time.
That being said I have very good experience on OEM alloys (on a G wagen) with 35x12.5x15 Cooper tyres and before that Goodyear wranglers. I have however ensured that the geometry stays as factory.
...and if we were to go with best practice we'd never leave the drive
I'm curious to know what tyres you have on your alloys now? I'm guessing you could be looking at 10,000 miles or more on this trip and getting the tyres right is very important.
Checking that, it does have bigger discs compared to standard model... So maybe you are right and the 16'' wouldn't fit. I rang a nissan stealership and they have no Steel wheels listed as suitable for my car.
It currently has some Dunlop road tyres, unsure of model but with 5-7 mm off tread left on them,. They are quiet slippy in the wet tarmac already so would like to change.
The trip is around 13,000 - 15,000 miles in total irrc
16" would be better for trip , that is if it is possible to fit , cant you get the supplier to just send you one rim , and test fit in all four positions on car ?
As previous posts alloy is not end of world , as force needed to damage would most likely cause other damage to your vehicle. (oe alloy for G wagon is exception to usual rule cost explains why)
Run tubeless , and carry tubeless tyre repair kit ( T handle and plugs) and 12v compressor . Also carry spare tubes in case tyre is too bad for plugging ,
Carry tools to change tyre from rim , and second tyre casing (keeps weight down , as you dont have spare weight capacity with chosen vehicle.
Dont rely on jack supplied with car (probably scissors type) unless it is screw type bottle jack. same applies to lug nut tool.
You also dont need the width as Silver G suggests also , I would go with his suggested size as well , also a MT like BFG as you can live with a bit of extra whine, but an MT will be much better in conditions where you need such a tyre. JMHO
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