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Steve Fox's K5 with 16.5 rims

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Shagnaz, Sep 19, 2002.

  1. Shagnaz

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    Steve Fox\'s K5 with 16.5 rims

    Just had another question. I noticed that Steve Fox had
    the SSR's on 16.5 rims without beadlocks. I know he has beadlock now, but does anyone know why he decided to use that size, since "bead blow out" is more common with that size rim when aired down? I am have 16.5 rims b/c I could pass up a set of 4 - 38's almost brand new radial TSL's for $400.
     
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    Re: Steve Fox\'s K5 with 16.5 rims

    I thought his SSR's were on 16" rims...

    Rene
     
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    Re: Steve Fox\'s K5 with 16.5 rims

    Yep the SSR's are on 16's
     
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    Re: Steve Fox\'s K5 with 16.5 rims

    To clear the brake calipers with minimal problems is the logical answer. He's running a Dana 60 front axle. Brakes will not clear a 15 inch rim without magor grinding or wheel offset.
     
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    Re: Steve Fox\'s K5 with 16.5 rims

    I agree with that, and the other reply was correct with the
    16" rim.
    Now, why does the 16.5 rim not have a safety bead?

    Sorry about the wrong assumption on the rims on Steve's
    K5.

    OH, Potent Rodient has the 16.5 rims. The K5 that
    Off-road mag. has been building up.
     
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    Re: Steve Fox\'s K5 with 16.5 rims

    Some stock 16.5's have a safety bead...They're out there. Just choose wisely.
     
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    Re: Steve Fox\'s K5 with 16.5 rims

    Hmmmm... that is interesting... what application has a safety bead on a 16.5" rim? I would love to be able to SAFELY take my tires below 20lbs when offroading! /forums/images/icons/smile.gif Let me know if you have specifics...

    -Dan
     
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    Re: Steve Fox\'s K5 with 16.5 rims

    Tire companies got together way back when to set a standard on tires. It was thought that if the half size rims were for Inner tube tires and predominatly truck would be a good idea. As such a tire with a inner tube doesn't need the safety bead. The inner tube helps keep the tire on the rim. Well that went out the window with radials.
     
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    Re: Steve Fox\'s K5 with 16.5 rims

    The factory 16.5 x 6.75" steelies have a safety lip. I've run my 35's down to 15 psi without losing a bead...a 12.5 is a tight fit, I wouldn't go any wider than that I don't think.

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    Re: Steve Fox\'s K5 with 16.5 rims

    I believe Grimm is correct on the history, for some reason after radials they never went to a safty bead again, maybe the wheel manufactures had to much invested in tooling, hard to say, some people still use rotary phones and refuse to use a computer. /forums/images/icons/shocked.gif
    I wheeled over Blazer Bash at 10 PSI and didn'y have any problems with my beadlocks, most blown beads are on the outer bead so with a beadlock that is taken care of, IF I do have a problem with the inner I can just weld some round stock to the inner rim for a safty bead, SMP did this to his non-beadlocks (16.5). If you like to wheel I would not go 16.5 unless they were beadlocked, go 15 or 16.
     
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    Re: Steve Fox\'s K5 with 16.5 rims

    Or you can go with hummer wheels and not have to worry popping beads anymore /forums/images/icons/grin.gif
    [image]http://coloradok5.com/photos/showphoto.php?photo=911&size=big[/image]
     
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    Re: Steve Fox\'s K5 with 16.5 rims

    Hell yes!
     
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    Re: Steve Fox\'s K5 with 16.5 rims

    I have centerline Extreme duty 16.5x9.75's and they DO have the safety bead on them!!!!! I have aired down to 12 p.s.i. on the rocks with no problem @ all !!!!!!! Am considering keeping them and just finding someone to add the beadlocks on , does anyone know if trailready is willing to do this or not? I love the trailreadys , a friend of mine W/a J#@P has them and runs 6#'s in them with no problem!!!! Probably couldn't get away with that in a K5 application , too much weight!!! ..........CC
     
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    Re: Steve Fox\'s K5 with 16.5 rims

    Check out RockStomper . they sell weld on beadlocks you can do yourself. Not too pricey either. If I didn't get such a great deal on my hummer wheels, I would've went with them.
     
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    Re: Steve Fox\'s K5 with 16.5 rims

    Boss,
    Did you trim your runflat? By the looks of that picture, you didn't, any reason why? I plan on trimming mine, it should allow the tire to flatten out more and give you a better tread pattern! What's your opinion?
     
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    Re: Steve Fox\'s K5 with 16.5 rims

    I didn't b/c I don't think there is a need to for 39.5"s. Just more work that's all. there is more than enough room there. You don't need to run the tires completely flat. Also, I was kind in the a rush when I built the wheels. I put more time and effort in making the wheels true then to bother with cutting the runflats... /forums/images/icons/smile.gif /forums/images/icons/wink.gif
    I had the tires down to like 5psi at Paragon, I think (which is too low in my opnion), that one pic doesn't show it, but for those who were there, they saw the tire almost totally flat and yanked in many directoins, rocks even tried pulling the inner bead out, but nothing budge...I made tons of believers that day /forums/images/icons/tongue.gif /forums/images/icons/blush.gif
    But to let you know, that pic shows nothing on how flat you can get the tire even with the runflats in there with 39.5"s. (I think whoever took that pic was trying to show me that I need bigger tires (clearance!) /forums/images/icons/laugh.gif
     
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    Re: Steve Fox\'s K5 with 16.5 rims

    Hey Boss,

    You said that you spent some time on making your hummer rims true how bad where they or was this caused by having to modify the centers for backspacing.

    I'm thinking about getting some and running the same size tire on them.

    Nice K5!!!!!!

    Eric.

    89K5/14FF/D60/2-1/2"Superlift/ORD Stuff/More coming!!
     
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    Re: Steve Fox\'s K5 with 16.5 rims

    Yeah, I changed the backspace on them. Otherwise, the wheels were already true, but the stock backspace (7" or so), was a bit much. I now have it at 3.75".

    Sorry to everyone for straying this post btw. /forums/images/icons/smirk.gif
     
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    Re: Steve Fox\'s K5 with 16.5 rims

    Couldn't you use those wheel spacers that bolt to your
    exsisting lug nuts, so you could run the hummer rims without
    having to mod the centers?
     
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    Re: Steve Fox\'s K5 with 16.5 rims

    You could, but then I would have to run some extreme spacers in the back to match the front, plus didn't want to put more stress on the front end with the spacers, etc.

    But to answer your question, Yes, you can run spacers to help clear the 7" BS from hummers...
     

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