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Narrowing overall width

I recently got a screaming deal on a flat bed that I've had my eye on for some time. The trouble is that it was built for a duramax and is a hair to narrow for old smokey. I knew this going into the deal, It did not influence the deal one way or the other.

What are my options? I've considered newer style 18's with spacers but don't think it's possible to make a 1" spacer without cutting the factory studs down. On top of that, that seems horribly expensive. Aftermarket wheels are an option but I'd rather not.

Most likely I'll keep the bed forever, the Ford.......not as confident. Modding the bed is a last resort, it has stainless goodies everywhere that I'd rather not taint.

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Run newer style 18's but only put the spacers on the front.

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Run newer style 18's but only put the spacers on the front.
I considered it. Would that work with the newer style hub centric wheels vs. the older lug centric? If it would work I'm not opposed to it.
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The SD trucks are ALL hub centric.

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The SD trucks are ALL hub centric.

Are you sure? I would be excited to hear that everything I read was wrong and could bolt a set of 18's right on.
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They are all hub centric but duallys changed to 8 x 200 bolt pattern in 05 is your truck a dually ?

If not all SRW trucks are 8 x170 and you can put newer rims on the older truck, it can be done without spacers but will rub on turns. The only change is the studs when from coarse thread to find thread in 2003 so you need to use your old lug nuts.

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What he said...

OBS trucks are the old style... ALL SD trucks are 8x170 hub centric...

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