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Old 08-16-2012, 02:43 PM
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What size RIM will fit my truck?

Howdy,

I have been a lurker on this site for quite sometime, first time poster. I own a completely stock 95 250 PS. I am going to try and squeeze some 33" tires under it but would like to buy some very basic black lower end rims at the sametime. After a lot of Googleing it seems that I need to buy some 16x8 , 8 on 6.5 bolt pattern with a 4.25 backspace? I understand everything but the boltspace, I have no idea what that is. Here is the link:

http://www.performance4trucks.com/Wh..._pn=PCW52-6881

Will these work? Thanks.

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By bolt space do you mean bolt pattern? If so ford used 8 on 6.5 up to and including 97. In 99 when they went to the SD they went to a metric 8 on 170mm
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Ha, yeah I was wanting to know if that bolt pattern was correct. I meant to say backspace instead of bolt space, sorry about that. But thanks for the info! What does the backspace mean?
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Back space is...



You take a straight edge across the back of the wheel. then measure from the straight edge to the wheel mounting surface. 4" to 4.5" is what most run on a OBS. Any less and the wheel will stick out quit a bit, any more and the wheel will be tucked under the truck and rub your leaf springs under a full turn
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You take a straight edge across the back of the wheel. then measure from the straight edge to the wheel mounting surface. 4" to 4.5" is what most run on a OBS. Any less and the wheel will stick out quit a bit, any more and the wheel will be tucked under the truck and rub your leaf springs under a full turn
Thanks! Also what is the cheapest way to get my truck geared a little higher. My max speed on the interstate is like 60 mph, even then my RPM's are 2500 or so. Would my best bet be to try and find a wrecked 250 or 350 and pull the needed parts out? How much does it usually run to get you truck re-geared? Is it something that a diesel novice can attempt himself?
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Gears are NOT for the back yard mechanic.

Your cheapest route would be, to find someone at a local shop that does it on the side
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Gears are NOT for the back yard mechanic.

Your cheapest route would be, to find someone at a local shop that does it on the side

I'm a backyard mechanic and do my own gears. They aren't hard, just take some time and some expensive tools. Who doesn't like to buy more tools?
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Thanks for the pics, I am sure that describes it way better than I did.

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I'm a backyard mechanic and do my own gears. They aren't hard, just take some time and some expensive tools. Who doesn't like to buy more tools?
Expensive? Since when is a dial indicator and a inch/lb tq wrench expensive?
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A good large torque wrench and clamshell puller set will run you $350 to $450 together. Plus a press, bearing/seal installers, and make or buy a case spreader. These make the job quite simple, but ive also done it with a crap bearing puller and hammer. Not fun. But I'm guessing you know this...
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