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Old 09-05-2016, 10:31 PM   #11
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Mine are 235/85-16 firestone destination mt. Thats the biggest i could get due to the bud spacing of the duals. I might do rear spacers and go up a couple sizes but these tires are brand new so it might be a while.
Been researching tires. 235/85-16's are about 32" and will fit on my 6" narrow rims. (maybe you have 6.5") 255/85's are 33" and will fit on 6.5's. I've heard of people mounting 265/75's w/ spacers but these are not recommended by mfr for any rim narrower than 7".
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Old 09-06-2016, 08:27 AM   #12
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A buddy of mine has an early 2000's chevy 3500 with 285/75-16 on factory rims with a 2" spacer in the rear. Dont know if the rims are wider, but if they are, i will just have to get new ones for the bus!
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Old 09-06-2016, 10:59 PM   #13
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A buddy of mine has an early 2000's chevy 3500 with 285/75-16 on factory rims with a 2" spacer in the rear. Dont know if the rims are wider, but if they are, i will just have to get new ones for the bus!
Yeah. You would think it would be that easy. But unless you want to mortgage your house and have wheels MADE...wider dually wheels are like unicorns. I can't find them anywhere...

What you CAN do, (at least on the Fords) is swap out the front rotor/bearing hub thingy with one from a non-dually (singly ?), then buy a 8 or 10 inch wide wheel and put some tire on the front. That, combined with the 470mm of tire you already have on the rear...should be adequate flotation to drive on the beach.

My bus, at some point, wants to go to Baja.
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Old 09-07-2016, 10:11 AM   #14
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My bus has the chevy 1 ton frame and drive train (including rear axle) just for giggles, we tried his wheels on my bus yesterday and they fit! Now to find some factory wheels off a chev 3500 and bigger tires (with a spacer of course). For some reason, his rims are 1 inch wider, dunno why
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Old 09-07-2016, 10:21 AM   #15
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Are those 3500 rims 10 lug 19.5" by any chance?
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Old 09-07-2016, 01:10 PM   #16
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Nice. I think I'll be stuck with the pizza cutters.at least in the rear. But at some point I may swap out the fronts for something much wider.
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Old 09-07-2016, 07:24 PM   #17
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Love it.!! can't wait till i get my front end sag fixed.
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Old 09-08-2016, 12:21 AM   #18
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Another note: lifting the front end will require an alignment to correct the positive camber caused by the arc of the I-beam. There are bushings in the upper ball joint mount (I think) that have an offset hole. These bushings are rotated to affect camber and caster settings. Different bushings offer different ranges of offset. Napa sells a bushing which appears to offer the greatest adjustment range...and it's like $35/side. Moog sells them too:

https://www.summitracing.com/parts/m...FVBffgodiKkEug

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Old 09-10-2016, 05:27 PM   #19
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Ive been considering going with one of the WeldTec kits.
Your rig is looking good, seems like we have similar ideas!
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Old 09-10-2016, 06:46 PM   #20
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Ive been considering going with one of the WeldTec kits.
Your rig is looking good, seems like we have similar ideas!
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