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How narrow is too narrow for rims? (n00b question I know)

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by TruckNutzDude, Mar 26, 2006.

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Pick a wheel!!! (you can choose two options)

  1. Keep your 12" 16.5's and stay over 15 psi.

    3 vote(s)
    20.0%
  2. Keep the 12'ers and add Staun 'locks

    2 vote(s)
    13.3%
  3. Hummer wheels with custom centers

    5 vote(s)
    33.3%
  4. Stock Ford wheels

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  5. Ford wheels with weld on 'locks

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  6. Wheel naked so when you do lose a bead it's more entertaining to watch you reseat it.

    7 vote(s)
    46.7%
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  1. TruckNutzDude

    TruckNutzDude 1/2 ton status

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    I've been looking for a set of stock F250-F350 rims for my 44" swampers. From what I hear they have a safety bead and are 16.5" wheels. My concern is they're only about 7" wide and the swampers are listed at 18.5" (15" wide at the tread). Even if I added a bead lock ring to the outer edge I'll only have an 8" wide rim. The bulging tire look is cool but is this too much? Will this affect anything? I'm worried I might rub the steering knuckle, leaf springs, steering box and other stuff like that. The good part is I should be able to air WAY down, my tires will be tucked in quite a bit more over my 12" wide rims and the cost should be very low.
     
  2. yellowK20

    yellowK20 Well Lubricated Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    I've used 9.75 wide wheels with good luck aired down to 13psi never had one unseat the bead but yours are to narrow and for what it would cost to put beadlocks on those rims you could buy another set of non-beadlock rims with correct offset
     
  3. 79k20350

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    your not talking about stupid duty rims are youy cause they have a differant lug pattern...
     
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    yellowK20 Well Lubricated Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    No such thing as 16.5 stock stuperduty rims
     
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    wasnt sure, im not a ford guy...:rolleyes: i just know that some fords used a differant lug pattern...
     
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    why not keep the rims you have and buy some diy weld on beadlocks or the staun's. you dont trailer it right? with that narrow of a rim you are gonna have some ****ty sidewall sway when you drive it.
     
  7. yellowK20

    yellowK20 Well Lubricated Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    I've got a 2001 F-350 for my work truck. it has an 8 on 170mm bolt circle nice truck really But I'd rather have a Cummins
     
  8. TruckNutzDude

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    I was going to just do the weld on beadlocks but the idea of only clamping 1 bead didn't sound that great to me. Plus the fact that it will make the tire that much wider and I already have a hard time fitting through most trails. :doah:
     
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    i know the pain of trying to fit down tight trails but the narrower the rim you use it can actually make the tire wider at the sidewall. kinda goes against what you are trying to do. i don't think you have to many choices other than those two, or maybe stepping down to a 42 or up to a 47.:D
     
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    You think a weld on beadlock will be enough? Maybe if I weld some rod on the inner rim lip to form a safety bead then add the weld on to the outside? I like my rims but I hate how many times I've lost a bead with my 38's and 16.5's. I don't even air down with the 44's, I can't imagine trying to fix that flat on the trail. :crazy:
     
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    i think you would be ok with the weld on beadlocks, it wouldn't hurt to add the rod for the inner bead. i don't have beadlocks either, so i can only go by what i have read and seen. i have been sitting on the fence myself on what i want to use, but i think i will be going the same route with the weld on ones also. i haven't aired down past 14 psi, i worry about losing a bead too. i have met quite a few people running just weld on beadlocks and they have been pretty happy with them.
     
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    You're still running 16.5" rims? For some reason I thought you went down to 15's...
     
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    yup, i got wheels just like the ones i sold you. are those the rims you are running now?
     
  14. TruckNutzDude

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    Yeah, still running those rims. One of these days I still need to see you about that spare. I keep forgetting. :rolleyes: Is this Thursday or this Sunday good for you? Either day, any time of the day should be good for me.
     
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    this thursday after 4-5pm would work for me, i don't know about sunday yet.
     
  16. TruckNutzDude

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    Thursday after 5 is fine by me. I believe I still have your address. I'm writing this down so I don't forget and I'll give you a call tomorrow around 6 just to make sure. :crazy: I can't remember much without a note these days... STRESS!!! (see post in Lounge :angry1: )
     
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    ive run 44s on 9.75s and i always thought that was pushing it :wink1:
     
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    just had a brain storm , if your dead set on having the stock rims send them out to get widened . it will cost ya but you only live once :D
     
  19. TruckNutzDude

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    Thought about it but, nah, defeats the purpose of CHEAP stock rims
     

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