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Old 04-13-2008, 01:36 AM
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super singles on semi wheels?

I'm sure you've all seen the conversion kits to put big rims off of an 18-wheeler onto 3/4 and 1-ton trucks. they look cool, but they don't help in the traction department one bit, and they only work on dually's, or so i thought. i saw an advertisement the other day with super singles. i think that would be pretty awesome, but i wans an agressive tire. what is out there for these wheels?, what are your opinions on them?, is using the adapters just asking for trouble, or do they hold up well? how about off-road?
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before you wast a ton of money, take your wheels off, and bolt a cinder block on in place of the wheel.

then go for a ride.


this is how the truck will ride with the semi wheels on it.
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I'm sure you've all seen the conversion kits to put big rims off of an 18-wheeler onto 3/4 and 1-ton trucks. they look cool, but they don't help in the traction department one bit, and they only work on dually's, or so i thought. i saw an advertisement the other day with super singles. i think that would be pretty awesome, but i wans an agressive tire. what is out there for these wheels?, what are your opinions on them?, is using the adapters just asking for trouble, or do they hold up well? how about off-road?
Have you ever messed with semi truck tires? Better yet, super singles found on cement mixers? Stop by a concrete plant and ask if you can go pick up a mounted 445 float. Once you try that, then ask yourself, do I want 4 of these bolted on my truck? You may be able to pick up a float and throw it into a pickup bed, but if it's mounted, I can practically guarantee you won't get it off the ground without a lift gate. They make big off-road tires for pickups. Go that route. When you go to bolting adapters on axles, you're asking the axles to do stuff they weren't ment to do. As for aggressive treads, the 445 floats on concrete trucks are aggressive. But if you want them on a pickup, you might want to do an axle swap with a cement mixer. Those axles were ment to handle those tires. At least you would know the axles were strong enough to handle whatever you could throw at them.
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I agree with Camp super singels belong on Cement mixers too much weight and no advantage
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Have you looked at the 19.5" wheels and tires from Rickson? They are F, G, and H rated commercial tires with wheels designed and built for 8 lug trucks and you can get taller tires without having to go real wide like LT tires. The 265/70R19.5 runs in the 34-34.5" range and the 285 goes into the 35"+ range. Not quite "big rig" but big none the less.
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I have a friend that is a machinist, he is triming/shaving I dont know what it would be called but taking 1/2'' off a set of 18wheeler rims so that a normal size truck tire will mount on them. I know that will freak alot of people out in here (safety wise) It did me at first, but he does know what he is doing. He builds alot of nice rods/customs. putting them on a 85 chevy long wheel base crew cab baged pull truck.
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I know a lot of the 2 wheel drive pulling trucks use rearends out of semi's or dump trucks, (mostly the same) and they will have custom rims made to mount pulling tires onto the axle. I assume this is what you're talking about?
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He said 24.5'' wheels will be cut down to 24'' and mount an low profile 24'' normal car tire on them (Pull truck for towing old hot hods to shows)
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24.5 truck rims actually measure 22 inches. 22.5 truck rims measure 20 inches. And the 19.5 rims are only 17 inches. In other words, an 11R-24.5 tire has a 22 inch bead. An 11R-22.5 has a 20 inch bead, and a 245 70R-19.5 has a 17 inch bead. Not to confuse anybody, but the old 16.5 tires that were available on 3/4 ton trucks and 1-tons were actually 16.5 inches.
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ok? so......? sorry, i just don't get why that matters.

i will probably take this truck off-road pretty frequently, so it sounds to me like it's not gonna be a good "upgrade" for me.
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i'm talking about the kits made to put the semi wheels on a 3/4 or 1 ton with stock axles, not pulling trucks.
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they ride like you have square bricks bolted to the axles.
the weight of the semi tires, and the lack of flex in the sidewalls will make it feel like the axles are bolted directly to the frame without springs.
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The real advantage is supposed to be in the tread wear dept.
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GOTCHA! I'll just stick with pickup wheels/tires
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