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Old 12-29-2010, 02:12 AM
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Highboy Enthusiasts, a little help please

What do yall guess the rim+ tire combo on this truck is? Anyone have something similar?







Also, figured id treat ya to a good looking truck
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Old 12-29-2010, 11:03 AM
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they look like a factory steel 16 inch wheel painted silver. I would guess a 235/85R16 tire. Probably the closest radial size to the factory bias ply tires.
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Old 12-29-2010, 11:50 AM
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they look like a factory steel 16 inch wheel painted silver. I would guess a 235/85R16 tire. Probably the closest radial size to the factory bias ply tires.
I agree.
I also agree that is a nice truck.
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Old 12-29-2010, 12:51 PM
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Thanks guys.
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Old 12-29-2010, 05:13 PM
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That is a 70 or 75 series tire.
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Old 12-29-2010, 05:34 PM
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those wheels should be 16.5 as they look exactly the same as the ones on my truck
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those wheels should be 16.5 as they look exactly the same as the ones on my truck
I dunno...

Aren't the oem steel 16.5 wheels of that vintage split rims?

Those aren't split rims so I'm thinking they are 16" wheels.

BTW tires for 16.5" wheels are getting harder and harder to find. If you are considering purchasing new wheels I would humbly suggest staying away from 16.5" wheels/tires.

Additionally the cross section of the bead on a 16.5" wheel/tire is somewhat rounded and it's easier for a tire to come off a 16.5" wheel than a 16" or 17", etc.
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Old 12-29-2010, 09:23 PM
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I dunno...

Aren't the oem steel 16.5 wheels of that vintage split rims?

Those aren't split rims so I'm thinking they are 16" wheels.

BTW tires for 16.5" wheels are getting harder and harder to find. If you are considering purchasing new wheels I would humbly suggest staying away from 16.5" wheels/tires.

Additionally the cross section of the bead on a 16.5" wheel/tire is somewhat rounded and it's easier for a tire to come off a 16.5" wheel than a 16" or 17", etc.

Only the dually wheels are split rim, and they were 16 inch. The 16.5's were not, as far as I know.

-Jared
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Old 12-29-2010, 09:26 PM
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I was more curious than anything because i might get a set for when im "done" with the truck. I jave 315/75/16s on mine now, but enjoy the look of both the larger wheels and the ones - "originals" - pictured above.
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I had a set of 16.5 rims, and they weren't splits. Got rid of them, couldn't find tires. The truck is SRW.

The original set of rims were 16.5s and they were splits. Grandpa told me the story when he went to get new tires put on them, sometime in the early 90s. He took it too a couple shops (none of which would touch them) and finally one guy told him "yeah, we don't work on those anymore." He pointed up, and there was one stuck in the ceiling! They don't call them widow-makers for nothing. After that he went out and found some 16.5 single piece rims.

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I have never seen 16.5 inch split rims. All of my 16.5 wheels are one piece wheels, and i have a bunch of 16 inch wheels with snap rings (what i assume you are calling split rims) that are not dually wheels. not saying the others dont exist. just saying that is what i have seen.
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I'd guess those tires were 285/75r16 (+/-33" dia.) as they look slightly bigger than stock but not huge.

The 315/75r16s (+/-35" dia.) look awesome on these things by the way. Here's a pic of them on my '74 crew.




As for the 16 vs. 16.5" rims - I've seen either in non split on these trucks. Personally I'd never run a 16.5" rim but that's just me. I air down often when I hit the sand and doing so on a 16.5 results in loosing a bead a lot.
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My 76 came with 16" splits .. Changed them to a 16.5 on its first replacement set ..
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Looks like the stock wheels that are on my dads 1989 F-250, same color and everything.
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Only the dually wheels are split rim, and they were 16 inch. The 16.5's were not, as far as I know.

-Jared
Back in high school a friend of mine drove his Dad's old '73 F250, IIRC it had 16.5'' split rims.
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