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Update on 19.5s
I have been searching for several months now. Initially I made a deal with Rickson Wheel manufacturing... this netted me a set of tires, while I had to endure endless excuses, end result is Rickson had lost thee Aluminum blank supplier.
Next was MKW.... they advertised a direct bolt 19.5 x 6.75 for the F450...... after several phone calls it turns out that they are supplying 10 x 275mm bolt circle wheels with adapters... How is this direct bolt?
Last try was American Force thru a company in Florida. They stated that the direct bolts are available purchase a set and was awaiting delivery..... oh wait American Force pull their 19.5 line due to bolt circle cracking......
Alcoa does not sell direct bolt wide wheels only 6 inch wide. They do not sell blanks.
My next thought is to either go to 22.5 or look at axles to swap under the F450....
As to phone calls and returning contacts..... I vistied Rickson Wheel, I was not impressed. While they have a store front you can't walk in without someone "buzzing you in". Midday Friday I visited and did after 10 minutes get in. Dan the owner showed me his shop the operation looked to be a one man shopand very small. Two folks answer the phone one works from home part time and the other works in the office part time. Rickson at the time had stock but not completed wheels either steel or Aluminum.
With no completed inventory in place it takes some time to deliver a set of wheel to the customer.
The website has some issues with consistancy one part states one thing and another says something else. Powder coating is not done on site, while the steel wheels on the 450/550 Medium duty page state Black White and Red are standard colors at no extra cost, actually the only standard color is Black everything else is extra. I tried to get a set of steel wheels in a Chrome powder coat... the powder coating process would have cost more than the wheels Not sure why teh powder coater would charge so much ( $250 per)
Chrome wheels are not an option as the quotes are too expensive. An alternate is Spectra Chrome a process of spraying on Chrome onto a product. No one in the area ( my area) does this. To buy a set up costs $4500+ USD. need to do more than just a bumper and a set of wheels to justify that cost to the wife.
Now If you have a 350 or a 8 lug 450 there are wheels available thru various suppliers..... Hummmm.
It would seem that most of the Aluminum wheel blanks are coming from overseas maybe China and the quality of the material is not up to snuff which causes this cracking issue and legal issues.
For now My 265/70's are mounted on the stock wheels and will research wheel ends that have a more user friendly truck wheel patern so that I can use either Acuride or Alcoa wheels.
Any Ideas please forward..
2008 F450 King Ranch 4X4
5" down pipe back exahust
4.30 L/S gears
Pure performance 4 link front suspension
FASS fuel filter
PTP EGR Delete
Train Horns under the front bumper
2013 Radio/Nav/sync upgrade
Last edited by MD05; 08-15-2011 at 04:03 AM.