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Fiat Ducato Motorhome 5×118 PCD Centre Bore 71.1
Select Me 15″ Fiat Ducato Motorhome MK1 1981-1993 Alloy Wheels
Select Me 15″ Fiat Ducato Motorhome Mk2 1998-2006 Alloy Wheels
Select Me 15″ Fiat Ducato Motorhome Mk3 2007-2016 Alloy Wheels
Fiat Ducato Maxi Motorhome 5×130 PCD Centre Bore 78.1
Select Me 16″ Fiat Ducato Maxi Motorhome 1998-2006 Alloy Wheels
Select Me 16″ Fiat Ducato Maxi Motorhome 2007-2016 Alloy Wheels
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Are you looking for alloy wheels for your Ducato Maxi van or motorhome? If so you’ve clicked the right link, this blog posts aims to answer any questions or concerns that you may have.
Fitting alloy wheels to the Ducato Maxi is very common as many of the vehicles do not have alloys fitted as standard, also original Fiat alloys are rather expensive. The first point of call is to make sure that your Ducato is definitely a Maxi and not just a standard van. For details on this please see my earlier post, “Which Fiat Ducato motorhome wheels?”.
Are you sure yours is a Maxi? Great I’ll continue…
There are a number of motorhome wheels available for this vehicle so it can seem a slightly daunting choice if you are buying online and can’t physically see and touch the alloys. Because the Ducato is such a heavy vehicle I think that strength, safety and quality need to be the main considerations. Recent years have seen an influx of wheels from the Far East, but the quality of these can be questionable. There are a number of European manufacturers that make far superior quality motorhome wheels, the difference can be easily noticed in the wheel weight and paint finish. Any quality wheel retailer should state their country of production, so make sure you check this out. The length of guarantee is another good indication of wheel quality, the norm is for alloy wheels to have a 1 year guarantee on the paint finish. Some of the European manufacturers offer 2-3 years, our partner Tyremen stocks a German motorhome wheel which comes with a 5 year guarantee which is even more re-assuring.
This particular product is the Alutec Energy-T which also has the benefit of being load rated to 1205kg. It is important to check the wheels load rating which should be stated on the seller’s site. If you multiply the wheels load rating by 4 (or 6 if your van has 3 axels) then you need the total to be more than your vans fully laden weight.
You can also verify an alloys quality by looking for TUV approval, this is a process carried out in mainland Europe whereby aftermarket automotive parts are checked for suitability on a particular vehicle. If you buy a motorhome wheel with TUV approval then you know that it is compatible for your Ducato and has been strength tested to ensure it has the claimed load capacity. There a small number of alloys still produced in the UK which are great quality, such as the Team Dynamics Rimfire, however because we don’t have TUV in the UK they do not go through this testing process.
TUV certificates can also prove useful for insurance purposes, if you wish to inform your insurer that you have upgraded to alloys then even though TUV is not law your insurer should be familiar with the process and have no issues with you fitting the particular wheel.
When it comes to size most owners opt to stick to a 16” wheels, you can therefore use your current tyres as long as they are in good condition. Going larger in size may improve the appearance but you have to move away from 16” commercial van tyres to extra load car tyres, which is not really something that I’d suggest. Sticking to 16” wheels is the most cost effective way to enhance the appearance of your campervan. I often get asked if moving to alloys offers a dramatic weight saving, well I’m sorry to say that this is not the case. The amount of material used in the quality German wheels, which allows for the high load ratings also make the product a similar weight as a steel wheel.
So assuming that you are sticking to 16” wheels you may want to check some of the other wheel spec and for a Ducato Maxi the following info would be correct:
- Pcd, or stud pattern should be 5×130
- The back of the wheel need to have a centre bore of 78.1mm (ideally directly drilled without the need for spiggot/centralising rings)
- Offset (refers to wheel positioning/how close to bodywork it sits) – this needs to have a value of around 60. You may find this figure stamped on your current wheel, don’t worry if it doesn’t match exactly as the vehicle has a certain amount of tolerance.
- Width – wants to between 6″ and 7″
When it comes to getting these fitted there are just a few things that are worth checking:
- Bolts – aftermarket wheels are generally supplied with new bolts (you may need a new wheel brace as the new bolts are likely to have a smaller head)
- High pressure valves – when fitting to a motorhome you need to use these, buy them from the retailer or ensure your fitter keeps them
- Locking wheel bolts – could be worth investing in also, expect to pay about £35 for a set.
That’s it, you are good to go, just take your shiny new motorhome wheel purchase down to your friendly local fitter and get them swapped over. I hope this helps, if you need any further please feel free to post a question here, our head over to our partner, Tyremen who really know their stuff when it comes to motorhome alloy wheels.
Tyremen now import Fiat Ducato Maxi steel wheels that are suitable for vans and motorhomes. They are imported from one of Europes largest steel wheel manufacturers where all products are made to original equipment standards. They have brought these in for 2 main reasons:
1 – spare wheel, with so many vehicles being supplied without a spare this request was becoming commonplace. For customers that would like to buy a tyre too then Tyremen will fit & balance free of charge before shipping.
2 – winter tyres, many Ducato Maxi drivers want to try winter tyres and want cheaper steel wheels to fit these on.
The steel wheels that Tyremen import are a fraction of the price of those offered by main dealers so get in touch if this is of interest.