New Shoes for the Sprinter Van: Nitto ATs on Method Wheels

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The one thing that had to go immediately on our 2016 Sprinter 144 2WD van was those stock wheels and tires. They not only make it look like an ugly delivery van, but the highway tires won’t do us any good once we start venturing off-road. We wanted a tire that would give us more traction in loose conditions, but also be quiet and last long on the highway.

SUPER STOCK

 

Wheel Choice: 17″ Method Race Wheels

We went with the Method MR301 wheels made specifically for the Sprinter van. They are 17×7.5″, have 6.2″ of backspacing with a 50mm offset, and are the Sprinter 2500 6x130mm lug pattern. I was happy to find out they come with lug bolts too so there was no guesswork as to which ones to buy.

Method 17×7.5″ MRWMR30177563550

 

Tire Choice: Nitto Terra Grappler G2

For tires, I went with what I knew worked well already, Nitto Terra Grapplers. I run these tires on my Z71 and have about 50,000 miles on them so far. They are quiet, ride great, and offer good off-road traction. The Terra Grappler G2s come with a 65,000-mile warranty and are reasonably priced. I usually buy all my tires from Discount Tire, but this time I decided to just buy them from Amazon. I avoided fees and taxes by mounting and balancing them myself with the help of a coworker. Although the new tires are not E-rated, they are rated at 2679 lbs each which puts them at 10,716 lbs, much higher than the GVWR of 8500.

Comparing Tire Sizes

Since the wheels are 17″ and I wanted one size taller than stock, we chose 265/70/17 tires. That makes these tires about 1″ taller and a little less than 1″ wider.

https://tiresize.com/calculator/

 

Off come the old wheels and tires…

 

Before and After. What a difference!

 

The Perfect Fit

The new size tires and wheels fit the van perfectly. There is zero rubbing and they have plenty of clearance even at full lock.

 

NOW it’s an adventure van!

 

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Follow Pete:

Do more with less! That is my motto lately. I love getting outdoors and exploring new places, usually on my KTM motorcycle. My wife, Anna, and I recently bought and built out a Sprinter van to do more of the things we love. Traveling and seeing new places is always at the top of our to-do list.

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  1. MXSteve
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    That sure is a sweet van. I would love to have one.

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