OK! My old 9.50 x 16.5 Bridgestone tires finally have bit the dust. Went to Sears last week for new ones only to be told that the 16.5 tires are no longer available. Since them, I found out that only Firestone manufactures the Transforce 9.50 x 16.5 tire now at about $190 each. I could do that, BUT should I get 16" rims and have more tire selection available? And what would the rim size have to be? It's a 8 lug design. I'm sure that I'm not the first one with this dilemma. What has been done in the past and what works? What do my fellow enthusiasts think? Thanks!
1976 Ford F-250 (Heavy Duty) 2WD Stepside 4-Speed 360 V-8
Well I have an F350 and it originally came with that size tire too. It now has 245-75-16 tires on there. I didnt put them on there thats how I got the truck so I'm sure the original owner had the tires/rims replaced to have better options. There are so many kinds and sizes for 16" it only makes sense to change over.
Mine had 16.5 on them an I went to the junkyard an found a set of 16" for under $180 & Walmart & Tire rack an places have some cheap tires. I found out the 16.5 cost more an a lt of people say the 16.5 wheels are 2 wheels welded together an they have been known to come apart an kill people.
I got my Michelins from a Goodyear shop. They are prolly 65 to 70% tread left. they were off a Suburban. I paid $146 mounted and balanced for all four! They are a heavier C tire. Older Dodge 16 inch rims can be had cheap too. Here are a couple pics of those and my 16.5s on my Binder. Man, I know what you mean about expensive tires. 16.5 Aluminum slots arent cheap either.
Good luck and shop around. Good deals out there. Especially if you have cash.
I have a 76 F-250 2wd with 9.50x16.5's. I bought a set of 16" wheels to swap out but had to turn around a sell them because they would rub the dual piston HD brake calipers while driving. They went on OK without touching when sitting still. Now, I'm looking for some used 17" 8x6.50 bolt pattern wheels. I really don't want to buy new ones if I can find good used wheels. Just a heads up.
Thanks for the info. I guess I'll break out the ruler to figure out what backspacing I'll need. Of course 95% of people selling rims do not know/advertise the backspacing. I have a set of finned magnesium and aluminum "bullet hole" 16.5x8 x8x6.50 wheels I'm going to see which ones look better on my 76 F-250 and just look around for some used tires or go ahead and buy a set of BFG A/T's 33x12.50x16.5. Thanks again.
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