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Old 01-12-2011, 06:49 PM
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What year did 8 lugs change

Does any one know what year the 8 lugs went from 8X6.5 to 8X170mm.
I am looking for a set of 8 lug rims in a whole size like 16X10 or 17X10.
I have a 1973 F250 Highboy and I am running 33X12.5X16.5, I was told that 15" won't fit they hit the brakes or tie rod or something.
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98 i think or 99, when ever the body style changed
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It was for the 99 model year (which actually came out in 98). 97-older 250 & 350 have the 8 on 6.5" bolt pattern.
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Yeah, when the Super Duty body style came out. 99 and up are the 170mm bolt pattern. Anything on 97 and prior model years will fit your truck.
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I think it was 98 they changed. Also on my 1976 highboy my 16in. wheels just barely clear the callipers and there is no way 15`s would fit it. Your 73 has drums on all four corners? If so I would think 15`s might fit it.
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Thanks for the information.
Yes my 73 has drums but I would like to change them to disk and power steering in the near furture, so I am trying to plan ahead and get larger rims if I need to and it looks as though I do.
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Would Chevy 8 lugs fit my 73 if they are off of the same year like 97 and down?
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Chevy wheels will fit. Also for the calipers you could get a 76 front axle and just bolt it in.
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Somebody correct me if I'm wrong, but if you go to something that would fit Chevy, I think it would have to be from 1987 or earlier. In 1988 Chevy went to the independent CV joint... But it was complicated, because they continued to build "old body style" heavy duty trucks until like 1991... So to answer, if you got an 8-lug Chevy, it would have to be for a Chevy that actually had a front axle...

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That is a good point. I am always leary of mixing parts, but I thought wheels would be easy. Figures nothing ever is.
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Chevy wheels often have a smaller center hole and will not fit over ford hubs.
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Chevy wheels often have a smaller center hole and will not fit over ford hubs.
This is the actual problem. To the best of my knowledge, Chevy didn't go metric on the 8 lugs like Ford, but the center hole is small and WILL NOT fit over the hub. You can put a Ford wheel on a Chevy, but you can NOT put a Chevy (or Dodge) wheel on a Ford.

For the record, they make 8 lug, 15" wheels with a large center. They bolt right on a Dodge with no modifications. For Chevy, you have to shave the calipers down a little so they fit. For Fords, you have to run drum brakes. They won't fit on disc brake axles.

We used to do A LOT of mix and match when we were into wheelin' every weekend.
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Thanks I have heard that before and forgot it. Fords will fit others but others will not fit the Ford.
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I ran a set of the factory wide steel wheels off a chevy on my 77 f-250.I did have to torch the hole out a little bit on the back wheels.Question,Does anyone know if the 8 lug vans went metric also?I'm looking at a set of wheels on craigslist and the guy said he had them on a 2000 chevy van and a 2004 ford van???
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The vans (E150-350) still use the old 8-6.5 bolt pattern all the way up to current model year.
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