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Old 01-29-2011, 03:16 AM
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Front width question

Ok guys n gals, before everyone gets pissy for me asking this I did a search but all I came up with so far is the track width from hub to hub. What I'm looking for is how wide is a stock 55's width from outside to outside of the tires? I read somewhere stock with is 59 1/2 inches but that was hub to hub so I thought I would just add 14 inches for the width of 2 7inch stock tires and rims but I'm not sure if that would be correct either...
 
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Old 01-29-2011, 04:37 AM
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Outside or inside of hub would be the only measurement that is constant; the width w/tires would depend on the tire/rim combination there are so many variables with backspace that's probably why you can't find any measurements that include the tires. When I change my rear tires I put the exact same size back on but a different brand and they started rubbing my bed side which I ended up having to tub.
 
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I believe it's 75.68" outside to outside of the fenders.

The stock tires are 6.00-16 on a 16 x 4 1/2" rim. The track width of the stock truck with stock tires from the center of one tire to the center of the other is 60". With your figures you are forgetting about the wheel backspacing.
 
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Originally Posted by fordman75 View Post
I believe it's 75.68" outside to outside of the fenders.

The stock tires are 6.00-16 on a 16 x 4 1/2" rim. The track width of the stock truck with stock tires from the center of one tire to the center of the other is 60". With your figures you are forgetting about the wheel backspacing.
Thats awsome, that means my plan is do-able and I would only have 1.5 inches sticking out of the fenders or make the fenders wider...
 
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Thats awsome, that means my plan is do-able and I would only have 1.5 inches sticking out of the fenders or make the fenders wider...
Making the fenders wider a actually have it look decent take some serious metal work due to all the compound curves.
 
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Originally Posted by fordman75 View Post
Making the fenders wider a actually have it look decent take some serious metal work due to all the compound curves.
Yea I'm not to worried about that, thats the easy part. I'm more worried about how my wife is going to yell at me when I use the 2010 chassis to put under the quad cab I'm going to build lol...
 
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A lot of terms get thrown around and mixed up and makes it confusing.

All 48-72 half and 3/4 ton trucks have a drum face to drum face measurement of 61.25" (where the wheels bolt on) and this practically the same as axle stub to axle stub distance.

The axle housing to axle housing measures 57"

Manufacturers usually note the track width as center to center of the tire tread.

Stock wheels will only stick out beyond the mounting face about 3" per side (the other 4" is back over the drum) The tires may increase either of these measurements. As fordman75 said, be sure to figure in this backspacing when doing your math.
 
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This talk of front end width brings up my question as I consider my rear end replacement options.

If I put on a wider rear end, say from a late 80's F150, does the difference between the front and rear widths create any issues?
 
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This talk of front end width brings up my question as I consider my rear end replacement options.

If I put on a wider rear end, say from a late 80's F150, does the difference between the front and rear widths create any issues?

Not really if I'm not mistaken quite a few of the Ford trucks came stock with different width axles front to back. But the 80's axle is a little on the wide side for a F100.

Here's a pic of my 54 when I brought it home. It had a mid 80's F150 8.8" rear axle.

 
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Not really if I'm not mistaken quite a few of the Ford trucks came stock with different width axles front to back. But the 80's axle is a little on the wide side for a F100.

Here's a pic of my 54 when I brought it home. It had a mid 80's F150 8.8" rear axle.

Thanks!

I don't mind the look of the rear being a little wider. The 4.5" backspace on the rims I have might take care of some of the issue with the tire sticking outside the fenders.

I don't have to make that decision for a few more months anyway so I have plenty of time to think about what I am going to do.

PS - Havi was looking for pictures of tri-color trucks. Oh wait, I think I count 7 colors on yours!
 
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Thanks!
PS - Havi was looking for pictures of tri-color trucks. Oh wait, I think I count 7 colors on yours!
Actually it was 8 different colors The original dark green was showing thru the primer on in spots.

But now I traded a couple shades of the orange for one panel that's brighter yellow and lots of Ford Blue. Eventually I'll get it down to just two. Ford blue and white.
 
 
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