Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 08-04-2019, 03:27 PM   #1
Mini-Skoolie
 
Join Date: Apr 2019
Posts: 48
All terrain tires on cutaway bus?

Has anyone tried installing all terrain tires of their shorties? Not wanting a crazy lift or anything, just improvement on dirt without compromising road drivability or stability.

Stock size for e350-450 is 225-75-16 E rated


Can i go wider without adding spacers? I want to have bit wider footprint to help in soft dirt or sand (I camp at pismo beach, with a tow rope and a few 4x4 diesel trucks to help if I need it lol)

Anyone get wider tires up front than the rears?

Need to change our all the tires they are dryrotted.
Bpjr07 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2019, 03:52 PM   #2
Skoolie
 
Join Date: May 2019
Location: Fresnope, CA
Posts: 151
Have you tried airing down? AT tires dig deeper, quicker. It might be possible to go a little wider on the front, but I have doubts about the rear. Shouldn't be hard to find out though.
__________________
"Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away" - Phillip K. Dick
JustKip is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2019, 03:58 PM   #3
Bus Crazy
 
Sleddgracer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2018
Location: south east BC, close to the Canadian/US border
Posts: 2,265
Year: 1975
Coachwork: Chevy
Chassis: 8 window
Engine: 454 LS7
Rated Cap: 24,500
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bpjr07 View Post
Has anyone tried installing all terrain tires of their shorties? Not wanting a crazy lift or anything, just improvement on dirt without compromising road drivability or stability.

Stock size for e350-450 is 225-75-16 E rated


Can i go wider without adding spacers? I want to have bit wider footprint to help in soft dirt or sand (I camp at pismo beach, with a tow rope and a few 4x4 diesel trucks to help if I need it lol)

Anyone get wider tires up front than the rears?

Need to change our all the tires they are dryrotted.

if need be, you can put spacers between the wheels - low air pressure can help too - and of course, a light touch on the accelerator - 'when you spin your wheels or dig in, you know you've given it too much fuel'
Sleddgracer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2019, 04:06 PM   #4
Bus Nut
 
Jolly Roger bus 223's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Swansboro,NC
Posts: 931
Year: 86
Coachwork: Thomas
Chassis: Ford B700
Engine: 8.2
Rated Cap: 60 bodies
are you still on stock rims or do you already have aftermarket rims ?
pictures would help alot but more info is needed to help give advice?
like what kind of tires you want?
what rims do you have?
need to figure if they will clear the suspension and or frame
will they clear your suspension up front?
even wider tires on the front wont help in the sand once your rear end leaves the pavement in a two wheel drive bus 350/450 whatever.
two wheel drive bus is not a beach traveler on the beach?
just add your own winch to the front and back and plan for a buddy to pull you where you want it and get it out or park it on solid ground.
walk and enjoy whatever you and your friends are into without wasting several hours to get your bus in and out.
your friends might say thank you
Jolly Roger bus 223 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2019, 04:33 PM   #5
Bus Nut
 
Join Date: Sep 2018
Posts: 767
Year: 2007
Coachwork: Thomas Built
Chassis: Minotour
Engine: Chevy Express 3500 6.6l
Super Singles
Danjo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2019, 05:08 PM   #6
Skoolie
 
Join Date: May 2019
Location: Fresnope, CA
Posts: 151
Quote:
Originally Posted by Danjo View Post
Super Singles
Not cheap, when you consider the cost of wheels, too. But there's going to be a big improvement in soft surface traction, and airing down is much more effective. They sure seem to work for cement trucks, delivering the whole 9 yards to a muddy jobsite.
__________________
"Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away" - Phillip K. Dick
JustKip is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2019, 10:54 PM   #7
Mini-Skoolie
 
Join Date: Apr 2019
Posts: 48
It's at e350 7.3 dually 4 window
Yes i can air down front. In sand.. but in rough rocky terrain like desert, wider tires is better.
Bpjr07 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2019, 07:13 AM   #8
Bus Nut
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Cuyahoga Falls Ohio
Posts: 537
Year: 1997
Coachwork: Startrans
Chassis: Ford e-350 single wheel
Engine: 5.4 litre
Rated Cap: 12
Check out Weldtec industries on you tube. They do van lifts called grocery getter lift kit it still 2X4. Also some cutaway motorhomes and a shuttle bus. My 1997 shuttle bus came with lots of clearance for larger tires. I have all terrain tires now and love it. I pull my trailer with side by side and atv's to remote atv parks and haven't gotten stuck since I went to allterrains.
leadsled01 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2019, 09:59 AM   #9
Bus Nut
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Asheville, NC
Posts: 323
Year: 1999
Coachwork: American Cargo 14'L x 7'8"W x 7'H Box
Chassis: Ford E350 Cutaway
Engine: 7.3L Powerstroke
Rated Cap: 11500 lbs
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bpjr07 View Post
Has anyone tried installing all terrain tires of their shorties? Not wanting a crazy lift or anything, just improvement on dirt without compromising road drivability or stability.

Stock size for e350-450 is 225-75-16 E rated


Can i go wider without adding spacers? I want to have bit wider footprint to help in soft dirt or sand (I camp at pismo beach, with a tow rope and a few 4x4 diesel trucks to help if I need it lol)

Anyone get wider tires up front than the rears?

Need to change our all the tires they are dryrotted.
Give Chris at UJoint offroad a call. He can tell you what fits without and with lift. I was going to mount BFG T/A KO2s before doing the 4x4 conversion and he knew immediately how big I could go in the stock chassis. Based on the details I don't remember anymore I decided to get bigger tires after the conversion.
alpine44 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2019, 10:12 AM   #10
Mini-Skoolie
 
Join Date: Apr 2019
Posts: 48
Quote:
Originally Posted by leadsled01 View Post
Check out Weldtec industries on you tube. They do van lifts called grocery getter lift kit it still 2X4. Also some cutaway motorhomes and a shuttle bus. My 1997 shuttle bus came with lots of clearance for larger tires. I have all terrain tires now and love it. I pull my trailer with side by side and atv's to remote atv parks and haven't gotten stuck since I went to allterrains.

Nice what tires do you have? Is it on stock wheels? single rear wheels or double?

Any highway comfort/performance loss from tires alone?


Looks like I cant get much tire on the stock 6"
wide wheels so might just stick to stock wheels and standard size copper discoverer at3.

Unless I change the wheels....
Bpjr07 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2019, 12:42 PM   #11
Bus Crazy
 
Sleddgracer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2018
Location: south east BC, close to the Canadian/US border
Posts: 2,265
Year: 1975
Coachwork: Chevy
Chassis: 8 window
Engine: 454 LS7
Rated Cap: 24,500
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bpjr07 View Post
Nice what tires do you have? Is it on stock wheels? single rear wheels or double?

Any highway comfort/performance loss from tires alone?


Looks like I cant get much tire on the stock 6"
wide wheels so might just stick to stock wheels and standard size copper discoverer at3.

Unless I change the wheels....
I ran snow tires on all 3 of my one ton dualies and my cube van - without them you can figure on getting stuck on wet grass
Sleddgracer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2019, 12:54 PM   #12
Bus Nut
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Cuyahoga Falls Ohio
Posts: 537
Year: 1997
Coachwork: Startrans
Chassis: Ford e-350 single wheel
Engine: 5.4 litre
Rated Cap: 12
Stock srw. Don't remember the size but I did go up one size from stock.I will get back to you with details in couple days.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bpjr07 View Post
Nice what tires do you have? Is it on stock wheels? single rear wheels or double?

Any highway comfort/performance loss from tires alone?


Looks like I cant get much tire on the stock 6"
wide wheels so might just stick to stock wheels and standard size copper discoverer at3.

Unless I change the wheels....
leadsled01 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2019, 03:49 PM   #13
Mini-Skoolie
 
Join Date: Apr 2019
Posts: 48
Ok I'm drw si wont ne anle to go wider
Bpjr07 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2019, 10:35 AM   #14
Bus Nut
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Cuyahoga Falls Ohio
Posts: 537
Year: 1997
Coachwork: Startrans
Chassis: Ford e-350 single wheel
Engine: 5.4 litre
Rated Cap: 12
I'm running Goodyear Wrangler Trailrunner A/T LT245/75R16. SRW Real slight rubbing on the plastic inner fender cover on occasion. Lots of ground clearance . A lot of people ask if it 4X4. 1997 e350 shuttle bus.
leadsled01 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2019, 04:37 PM   #15
New Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2019
Posts: 8
**** ya. Yokohama Geolander A/T on stock rims/tire size. Washboard at 40+, limited 4wd roads.

https://imgur.com/a/CEoYm6j
Blcia is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:16 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
×