Carina sightings: tuned Carina Surf (van) with 20v 4AGE blacktop part 2

Carina sightings: tuned Carina Surf (van) with 20v 4AGE blacktop part 2

More than a year ago I posted some pics of a very nicely tuned white Carina Surf van. I got reminded of it last week and browsed through the owners pictures taken during the passed year. So, here are some highlights:
How the white Carina Surf van (AA63) looks now
How the white Carina Surf van (AA63) looks now

How the white Carina Surf van (AA63) looks now
How the white Carina Surf van (AA63) looks now

And what I really liked was his attempt to find the ideal tire/rim combination on the Carina:
Pre stretch the tires first
Pre stretch the tires first

Stretch the tire 175/60/16 to the max on a 8.5J rim!
Stretch the tire 175/60/16 to the max on a 8.5J rim!

Compare the lot: 195/50 on 8.5J vs 175/55 on 8.5J vs 175/55 on 8J
Compare the lot: 195/50 on 8.5J vs 175/55 on 8.5J vs 175/55 on 8J

And then fit them to the Carina:
Fitment of a 195/50/16 8.5J on the Carina Surf
Fitment of a 195/50/16 8.5J on the Carina Surf

Fitment of a 175/55/16 8.5J on the Carina Surf
Fitment of a 175/55/16 8.5J on the Carina Surf

Personally I would choose the 195/60/16 combination. But that is, of course, my personal taste. 😉

In the end he chooses the 175/60/16 8.5J combination. It is a tiny bit too wide and hits the fender regularly and damages it a bit:
175/60/16 8.5J hits the fender
175/60/16 8.5J hits the fender

However I don’t think the owner will car about it that much: he will probably keep it this way because of the looks and fix it up whenever needed. 😉

Picrtures can be found here:
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2 Replies to “Carina sightings: tuned Carina Surf (van) with 20v 4AGE blacktop part 2”

  1. Hi mate,quick question i have a set of banded wheels 195mm wide do you think 175mm tyres will have a nice strech on them? Many thanks 🙂

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