Wheel & Tyre Specifications.
Year 1950-1955 1955-1963 1963-1967
Wheel Size (inch) 16 15 14 (Rim Size)
Tyre Size (inch) 5.50 6.40 7.00 (Cross-plys)
Typical Tyre Size 155x16 165x15 175x14 (Radials)
(The above table is based on stock vehicles)
For original specification tyres, the VW bus had no aspect ratio. (see 70 below).
Tyre Sidewall Markings.
On the sidewall of a tyre there are various codes and markings.
The key below helps simplify the code system & helps understand the information on your tyre.
Tyre sizes are made of a number of different numbers & letters.
( Example : 185 / 70 R 15 82 T )
185 ~ Tyre Section Width in millimetres (mm)
70 ~ Aspect Ratio in % ( height of sidewall divided by width )
R ~ Tyre Construction ( Radial in this case )
15 ~ Rim Diameter in inches
82 ~ Load Index
T ~ Speed Rating
Tyre Pressure. Front. Rear.
3/4 Payload 28 psi 33 psi
Full Payload 28 psi 40 psi
Ambulance 26 psi 26 psi
Spare Tyre 40 psi
(Above tyre pressure is a general guideline for stock vehicles)
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