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16.5" rim.. what tires?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by stockk5, Oct 30, 2005.

  1. stockk5

    stockk5 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    I have done some searching for this, and i keep coming up with that 16.5 rims are bad.. well i happend to of just gotten some 16.5 rims w/ my new axle. The tsl on it are pretty wore out and i cant find anyone selling the 16.5" tires.. did they stop making them cuz they were so bad? What options do i have or where can i get some tires for it? thanks Mike
     
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    www.tyres1.com
    www.natltire.com

    Plenty of 16.5" tires are still available. Some people don't like them becasue they don't have a safety bead and will fall off the wheel easy if aired down.
     
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    16.5" was derived from Semi truck wheels...which do not have the safety bead in them. They are just fine, unless you air down extremely for off-roading.
     
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    16.5" rims are fine and there are plenty of tires to fit them. DIY4X even has beadlocks for them if you want to keep them and use them for heavy off roading. I like mine just fine and I don't have to grind brake calipers to make them fit.
     
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    16.5 bad? :confused: then all of my tires and rims are no good. just dont air down like the rock crawlers do and you will be fine. i ran my 38x12.50x16.5 swamper tsl tires at 25 psi and had no problems on street or mud /trails.
     
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    I like the fact that I can mount and unmount my own 16.5" tires without even using special tools!! :thumb:

    16.5" may eventually be replaced my 17" in the long run, but there are LOTS of tire choices in 16.5" currently. I wouldn't be in a huge rush to replace them with something else, especially if they were FREE. If blowing beads becomes a problem (you would probably have to run less than 15 psi to have problems) you can always beadlock them.

    I run beadlocked 16.5s (as do a lot of other people) and they work great...I've never lost a bead, even at 3 psi.
     
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    you could run tubes if you have to air down. I have 16.5x12 wheels with 38.5x15 boggers.I dont air down at all.works good for mud.
     
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    Yep, I forgot about this. I will add that it is very easy to change your own tires if you have 16.5" wheels... the tires almost "fall" onto the wheel.
     
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    alright thanks guys! i very rarely ever air down my tires.. so i guess im okk thanks
     

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