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Old 02-16-2010, 09:52 PM   #11
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Old 02-17-2010, 06:54 PM   #12
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Old 02-18-2010, 06:31 PM   #13
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LOL.... all good replies.... here's my $.02......

First, great minds think alike, Smitty.... I was just looking into this the other day myself. It all comes down to what's available in the size your bus requires.... Unless I can find a totalled truck with a more common size rim that will bolt to my hubs, I am stuck with a 20.5 x 9.50. Only ONE distributor makes this size anymore, and on top of it, my bus is split-rim, which most shops won't touch. I am told that upgrading to 22-inchers would open my options up a LOT.

So if anyone knows how to measure the lug pattern on an MDT, please let me know. I think mine is 12-lug, if memory serves. I am hoping somewhere locally someone has scrapped a later model F-series MD box truck with one-piece solid rims with the same lug pattern. Am guessing these used 22s for '93 and later, anyone know for sure?
12 lugs? If it has Budds, I'd bet it's 10-lug, which is more or less an industry standard for most MDT's. If so...22.5's (NOT 22's, those are tube-type!) should bolt right on. If the OEM size was 9.00-20, you'll want 10R22.5's to keep the stock diameter. A 10.00-20 is replaced by an 11R22.5. A 295/75R22.5 (or 275/80R22.5 Michelin) is about an inch shorter than an 11R, with the same weight capacity...ditto for a 265/75R22.5 and a 10R.
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Old 02-19-2010, 12:02 AM   #14
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I am humoured by this post/thread.The only one looking TIRED here is JACK What if his last name was MEOFF i got 20s and they seem to be yesterdays size unless yer rollin on dubs,which doesnt seem to apply too buses timbuk
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Smitty, you may want to consider recaps for the rear axle. Not just any recap, but the CircleCaps by GY. I think Bandag has an equal. These are are one piece caps, without the split that is bonded together. I know that GY use to give you a new tire warranty with these caps. I ran them for years on my semi's, which was usually loaded to the max. Of several dozen, I only had one failure and the GY dealer made it good with a free replacement tire.

My reason for saying this is b/c these tires are rated for 75 mph on a fully loaded axle. They are also half the cost of a new tire and the service life is equal to, if not better then a new tire. I've used them on all positions except the steers. And when the steers wore down too far, I would run them on the trailers till they were ready to be capped. I've got some CircleCaps with over 500k miles on them and they are still holding up very well. And that's on semis running faster, heavier and longer then any of our skoolies will ever experience.
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