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16 or 17 inch Wheels on a Stepside?

Old 02-14-2019, 12:31 PM
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16 or 17 inch Wheels on a Stepside?

1959 F100 2 wheel drive stepside .. looking at wheel options. Currently have 15's but would love the look of something a big beefier.. and would accept a front wheel disc kit.

Has anyone done larger wheels on their 1/2 ton fridge?
Old 02-14-2019, 03:47 PM
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Can't help specifically with a fridge but some things to consider:

17" and 18" currently have the most tire options and is where the cheapest tires will be found. And when I say cheap, I don't necessarily mean crap but good tires priced reasonably because many modern vehicles use them.
The overall look you're after, do you want modern, low profile or do you want a larger wheel with a sidewall that is proportional to the original.
Typical disc brakes for these types of vehicles usually fit 15" wheels but if you're planning to get something fancy like Baer or Wilwood, many of those require 18" or larger wheels.

All of this will have some affect on the right wheel and tire for you. Try to pick a tire size that has a lot of options or many that are close to the same size. One with a few options will tend to be more expensive and also has a higher risk of being phased out in the future.
Old 02-15-2019, 01:46 PM
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What he ☝️ Said. find a look you like and go with it.
If you’ Thinking about upgrading your brakes then get them first then look for wheels that will fit.

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