Hey, thanks for the warm welcome, guys.....!
And thanks for the tire-size info.
Can you mount that 265-70-16 size tire on the original factory rims?
It's an inch wider tread, will that comfortably sit on the 16x7 factory rims without looking "balloon-ish" in the sidewalls?
Hey, I checked out sorentosite.com, and saw a couple sorentos with BF Goodrich All-Terrain TA's on 'em, but none of them looked like they had different rims from the factory wheels. I REALLY want to find a set of wheels that will fit on this truck comfortably (not stick too far outside the wheel openings).
The Sorento has a 5x5.5" bolt pattern, which is kind of neat. This is the same as Ford, Dodge, and old Jeep CJ rims, as well as International Scout also. So there MUST be a good set of wheels kicking around somewhere that would work.
The big problem seems to be backspacing.
I did some digging yesterday and found the factory wheel specs -- they are 16x7 with a "45mm ET" offset, which translates to a 5.7" backspacing. DEEP!
Most aftermarket (and factory) wheels from other companies in this 5x5.5" bolt pattern have much shallower backspacing (they appear deeper-dished from the outside)....so, when you bolt them onto a Sorento, they stick out WAY too far to be acceptable.
So the holy grail, for a set of off-road wheels, would be something in a 16x8 size with a backspacing measure in the 5" range.
I scoured ebay briefly last night, there are some old Dodge truck wheels in 5x5.5 with somewhat better backspacing measures, but nothing awesome yet.
Great website for comparing wheel/tire/backspacing measures:
Wheel / tire size calculator / comparer - RIMS-N-TIRES
Hope somebody has something to offer!!!!