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Subject: Fwd: Re: [oletrucks] wheels and tires
From: "Durwood B. Darbin" <dhckdkcsk@hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Nov 1999 14:25:51 PST

>From: "Durwood B. Darbin" <dhckdkcsk@hotmail.com>
>Reply-To: "Durwood B. Darbin" <dhckdkcsk@hotmail.com>
>To: rontof@hotmail.com, oletrucks@autox.team.net
>Subject: Re: [oletrucks] wheels and tires
>Date: Mon, 15 Nov 1999 09:30:40 PST
>If you want to keep your 16 inch wheels and also run radials you must do a
>few modifications to your wheels.  The original wheels are made for tubes
>and will never hold air for tubeless tires.  You could put radial tubes
>inside the radial tires and run them that way but then you will run into
>another problem.  The original rims are about 4 to 5 inches wide and the
>local tire guy could get the tubed radials on the rims but I could almost
>guarantee you that you would NOT LIKE the results.  The rims have to be
>wider.  The minimum recommended wheel size for a LT215/85R16/D or a
>7.5R16LT/D is 5.5 inches, SWAG optimum being 6 inches.  Max rim is 7 inches
>I had my original 16 inch rims modified to 6 inch tubeless rims.  It cost
>about $60.00 each but was worth it.  Trudesign Wheel in Denver did mine.
>They take out the center of your original wheel and weld it to the tubeless
>rim all the while ensuring that it is true.  You can't tell the difference
>unless you really look close.  I can still use my original hubcaps and
>beauty rings and now I have to beat the girls back.  Actually I have the
>excess women ride in the back, only allowing the foxiest foxes in the cab.
>It really works well on the colder days because it gives the cab foxes more
>incentive to be nice.  But I digress--.
>Just like Grant, I too like the tall skinny tire look.  I found 2 junk
>7.50R16 tires (32 inches high) and two 215/85R16 (30 inches high) tires
>mounted and they seem to work well.  I have never had the 7.50s on the 
>but I think that they will work OK.  The transmission and rear end can
>easily handle the tall tires and cruising 60-70 mph is a little easier on
>the engine.  Soon I hope to secure another pair of junk 7.50s and have them
>all the way around my 51.  I use the junkers first to see if they will work
>OK before shelling out 500.00 geetos to find out that they rub somewhere.
>The radials really smoothed out the ride and eliminated the lane drift.  I
>spent (pick one)1.mucho dinero 2.taksan okane or 3.buukuuu bucks getting my
>steering redone - king pins, steering linkage, new springs, idler arms etc.
>and a front end alignment only to have the alignment guy tell me that the
>truck suspension and steering was a lot tighter but the 'bias ply drift' 
>still there.  On the way home I experienced bias ply drift and almost did
>the Highway Tango with a semi truck of the extremely large red variety.
>That was when I decided to get my wheels redone.  Might as well do it now
>because the kids wouldn't be eating for a month because of the suspension
>bill.  A few more weeks wouldn't hurt.  They should be used to it by then!
>So Ron, I really suggest that you redo your wheels to the 16 inch tubeless
>rims.  The 16 inchers really look manley on the AD trucks.  15 inchers will
>work but they are kind of girley.  Be a 16 inch man.
>51 1/2 ton 5 window custom cab
> >From: "Ronald Tofani" <rontof@hotmail.com>
> >Reply-To: "Ronald Tofani" <rontof@hotmail.com>
> >To: oletrucks@autox.team.net
> >Subject: [oletrucks] wheels and tires
> >Date: Fri, 12 Nov 1999 18:11:29 EST
> >
> >Back again for more info....
> >I am having a tough time making up my mind on what to do with my wheel 
> >tire situation. I want the original wheels but with radial 16" tires with
> >wide whites. Is this a possibility? Where do I get tires and what size 
> >they? Will they seal or do I use tubes in them?
> >
> >Help!
> >
> >Ron from Vt
> >
> >oletrucks is devoted to Chevy and GM trucks built between 1941 and 1959
> >
>oletrucks is devoted to Chevy and GM trucks built between 1941 and 1959

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