This LRO reader emailed LRO.email@example.com to ask Harry Holtom about fitting 16-inch wheels and tyres to his Land Rover Freelander 1.
I’d like to fit all-terrain tyres to my Freelander 1 Td4. It wears 225/55 R17s at the moment, but I can’t get that size in all-terrain so I’ve been advised to change to 16-inch wheels and tyres. What should I do? Would I be better off getting Michelin Latitude Cross tyres in my size?
Cliff Thompson, Hessle, East Yorkshire
If you want to go 16-inch, that’s a big outlay in wheels and tyres. Land Rover did a Freedom five-spoke 16in rim (part no RRC 112310) for the Freelander: expect to pay £50-£60 each for secondhand
rims and wheelnuts, and about £100 each for new 215/65 R16s.
Don’t buy earlier (pre-2001) 16in wheels – they won’t fit your car. Michelin Latitude Cross tyres in 225/55 R17 are also about £100 each: the Latitude Cross is a factory fitment on Defenders and works very well on Freelanders.
This workshop advice appeared in the February 2016 issue of LRO. Back issues are available to download on digital devices here.