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Old 07-17-2007, 04:41 PM   #1
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Wheels ???

Can somebody tell me what kind of wheels I would have to look for if I wanted to replace the ones on my Thomas?
I am not used to the terms used with big truck wheels. When I look at the ALCOA web site I see things like HandHole Wheels, Hub pilot, 10 bolt holes on 11.25", 10 bolts on 335mm. It is all spanish to me....?????
My tires say on it 11 22.5Radial
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Old 07-17-2007, 08:04 PM   #2
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Re: Wheels ???

Those would be dayton.
6 spoke on the front and 5 spoke on the rear.
And the little things that the nuts hold on are wheel clamps.
Then on the rear you have a spacer ring. On mine I had to get something that the shop called a cheater ring and add it to the spacer ring to make the clamps hold tight.
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Re: Wheels ???

You are pretty much out of luck if you're looking at Alcoa's. I could explain the terms you were seeing, but it really doesn't matter since they are for the disc style wheels.

Never fear, however. There are still options as long as you're wanting the looks and not all the other advantages (and disadvantages) to the big aluminum Alcoas. Look into getting wheel simulators. You'd be amazed how many big rigs use them. Think of them as REALLY big shiny hubcaps.

If you're dead set on getting a disc style wheel like what you were probably looking at on the Alcoa site you will be spending some serious money to convert the hubs and brakes to the different style (if parts even exist). A cheaper option would PROBABLY be to swap axles....or just buy a bus that already has the style wheels you want. Just check out the simulators.
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Old 07-18-2007, 03:08 AM   #4
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Re: Wheels ???

Thanks guys,and where would I find REALLY big shiny hubcaps? Do things like that exist on e-bay? What size would I have to be looking for? 22.5"???If I look around on the net I find many for PickUp trucks and the biggest ones around 19.5".
What would I be looking for to fit a Thomas Safetliner 1996 40" pusher. Tried frightliner but there also it only goes to 19.5"
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Old 07-18-2007, 03:29 AM   #5
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Re: Wheels ???

I think I maybe found it. Could somebody confirm this for me please?
http://www.rvwheel.com/225or6spwhda.html

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22.5" 5 OR 6 SPOKED WHEEL {DAYTON}

BOLT ON

STAINLESS STEEL

PRICE IS FOR 2 FRONT/2 REAR

UPS SHIPPING $22.50
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Re: Wheels ???

Those look like winners to me, but I bet a quick call to the company would clear that up for sure.
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Old 07-19-2007, 01:34 AM   #7
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Well, I gotta be me, so here goes.

I see those kind of wheel covers along the side of the road all the time. And when they are still on the motor home I call them Wobble-Hats, because they rarely seem to be on straight and they wobble down the road. Being me, I just don't much care for Fake Stuff.

So... it's just a suggestion -- to spend your money on something that actually serves a useful purpose, and you may be happier in the long run.

But that's just me.

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I like that name " Wobble hats" Will see if I buy some or if I just put some Silver POR-15 on the rims (RedNeck Chrome Wheels)
Thinking about tires, how the heck would a guy change a tire on a 40 foot bus? Where would one store a spare? What kind of jack would I need to be able to jack this puppy up?
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Well, I'm afraid the short answer is that you don't. You take the bus to a shop.

And if you have a flat on the road, you call road service and they come out and fix it right there on the side of the road if necessary.

Remember, "A man's got to know his limitations".
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And if you have a flat on the road, you call road service and they come out and fix it right there on the side of the road if necessary
Hmmm I guess I have to re-familirize myself with how to do a road side emergency flat repair. I got enough air to fill the tires. It could be a very long and very expensive wait for the repair man. Just imagine Dempster Hwy. or Alaska Hwy. a few hundred miles from the next settlement which might or might not have a service station.
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