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They're almost certainly not high enough load rated for a T5. Does it not say the load rating (in kgs) on the back of the wheel? You also need to know the axle load rating for your van. That depends on whether you have a T26, T28, T30 or T32.
Of course they're the right PCD... They're on the van aren't they? :*
Assuming the wheels aren't the correct loading, you'll need to think about getting some new wheels and can then consider your wheel/tyre combo. Whilst you're about it, you need to consider whether you're going to lower the van. Lots to factor in. I'd spend some time researching this forum. Lots of combinations have been tried and tested.
Is your plan to stick so the Grabbers you already have? If so, then you just need to find some suitable wheels to match.
You will obviously find that AT tyres are noisier than road focused tyres. And the mpg will suffer. I have BFGoodrich ATs which whine a bit compared to standard tyres, but I wouldn't say it's overbearing. Mind you, I only fitted them today and have only done a couple of miles at motorway speeds. However, it's nothing the radio wouldn't drown out.

It you want to compare your rolling radius to that of a standard tyre, this tyre calculator is useful. http://www.miata.net/garage/tirecalc.html
Stock size is 215/65/16 but I think VW also sold 205/65/16 as a stock size too depending on the model of your van. Use the tyre calculator to compare other size tyres with the stock ones. Your Grabbers are 7.6% larger than standard tyres.

You also need to bear in mind that your obviously need load rated tyres as well as wheels. There's a load rating on the tyre sidewall (a number around 100). Put that into google to find the weight per kg. Because there are two tyres per axle, you need to make sure that your wheel rating and your tyre rating is at least half your max axle load (which depends on the model of up an you have).

If you want the most suitable tyre in terms of handling, ride, pothole resilience then obviously one of the sizes VW sold has standard (perhaps the 17" or 18" standard sizes) would be a sensible choice. My 19s were fine and gave good handling, but wore quickly and were expensive. My BFGs should provide good grip in muddy fields, be pretty resilient to potholes, and are comfy, but the handiling is a bit jelly-like. There are so many options, and for most people, aesthetics are something of a priority I guess. Choose the right style of wheel/tyre for your ride height. There's little worse than seeing a blingy alloy on a stock height van... It just doesn't work. It sounds to me as if you might like the 18" sportline wheels but they are very expensive, and work better on a slightly lowered van.

Good luck,
Pm me if you want more help.
Rich
 

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By the way... You don't balance the wheel on its own. You balance the wheel and tyre once they are together. If you are definitely selling the tyres don't bother with the balancing until you get new tyres. But as I said, I'm certain the load rating of insignia wheels won't be high enough anyway (just a hunch... I don't know for absolute certain).
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