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Quick question for the wheel experts.

I had a set of factory Stormer rims that were on a 2006 Sport. I then had them on a 2002 Range Rover for a while. They have since been in the garage for a while.

I just gave them to a friend to put on a 2007 LR3. The wheels had 275/40/20 tires on them. I am wondering if anyone has an LR3 or can provide some insight on this.

It seems the 275/40/20 is too small (aspect ratio wise). The dealer recommended a 255/50/20 tire, which is what comes on the 2010 models. But I think a 275/45/20 tire would be better given the width of the rim: 9.5".

I am trying to help a friend out so any input would be appreciated - thanks.
 

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tjh2dUVA said:
It seems the 275/40/20 is too small (aspect ratio wise). The dealer recommended a 255/50/20 tire, which is what comes on the 2010 models. But I think a 275/45/20 tire would be better given the width of the rim: 9.5".
So we're talking about 2 things here. (1)Aspect ratio, which affects overall diameter and the (2)width on a 9.5" rim. The 275/45/20 setup is close (29.7" vs. 30") to the overall diameter of the dealer recommendation, I say go with that as long as it doesn't rub. I would agree that the 275 is a better fit for the 9.5 width, 255 is not enough IMO.
 

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The 2010 LR4 has different tire sizes compared to 2005-2009 LR3, so I would disregard the advice of the dealer as it is based on the LR4 specs. Your Stormer take-offs with 275/40/20s should fit your friend's 2007 LR3 just fine, bearing in mind he is actually "downsizing" just a little bit: While the LR3 was never offered with 20" OEM wheels, the 19" tires had a slightly higher profile than the Sport's, 255/55 on the LR3 vs 255/50 on the RRS.
 

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I recently took my 20 inch stormers off my 2006 Rover Sport and put them on my wifes 2006 LR3.
they have the 275/40/20 tires on them. To be hones, the wheels look good but the tire looks dwarfed by the size of the LR3. wheel is 1 inch bigger than the 19's it came with but wheel/tire looks almost too small. I'm going to switch the tires to a 255/50/20. I'm thinking the higher sidewall will look better on a 255/50 as opposed to a 275/40? Umberto, does that sound right to you too?
 

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That size should work as well, although I agree with the TripleE that on a 9.5x20 Stormer rim a 255 section width tire may look somewhat "skinny" and stretched out. What about 275/45/20s? Still not as much sidewall as the 19 takeoffs, but compensated by a wider section width (would look better on the Stormers IMHO), and size wise they would almost be dead ringers for the LR3 stockers, so the speedo would remain accurate... There are a ton of good quality tire choices in 275/45/20 size.
 

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PS: The 20" rims offered as optional equipment on the 2010 LR4 are sized 8.5x20, which is why they come from the factory with 255/50 tires, they are a better fit for that rim. The RRS Stormers are 1" wider because of the Brembos on the S/C, though.
 

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So a 275/45/20 would look more like the lr3 19 stock (size wise) than the 275/40/20?
I'd like to have look less..."thin"
 

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Yes, you'd have about an extra 1/2" of sidewall (+1" total wheel diameter), making the 275/45s a closer match to the LR3 stockers than the 275/40s that came off your RRS. The extra sidewall should also make the ride a little cushier - and a little less compliant, but since these are for the wife's bus, ehm, car, I assume handling on the twisties may not be your first priority.
 

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Question: Do you know or did you have to purchase new Lug Nuts for the Stormers on the LR3 or can/able to use the existing OEM Factory lugs that are already mounted on?

Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks `8)
 

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I wanted to put stormers on my stock 255/50 tires and many people I asked said not to do it including my dealer. They think a 255 tire will cause issues on a 9.5 wide rim, it will be stretched out too much.
 

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Agreed on that. But 255/50/20 is a bit narrow and tall, and not a stock size for the Sport to begin with, no? 275/40/20 should be (which is just fine over a 9.5" wide rim), unless you are referring to your new FFRR? I think stock rims are generally narrower on the big Range compared to the Sport.
 

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umbertob said:
Agreed on that. But 255/50/20 is a bit narrow and tall, and not a stock size for the Sport to begin with, no? 275/40/20 should be (which is just fine over a 9.5" wide rim), unless you are referring to your new FFRR? I think stock rims are generally narrower on the big Range compared to the Sport.
Yeah I was referring to the stock tires on the full size. I am just surprised that his dealer recommended putting them on 255/50 tires.
 
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