2014 looks to be my year for buying a new truck. I really want the towing/hauling capacity of a dually, but I do not want the width and mileage penatly of a dually. The fenders would also never last with my wife occasionally driving the truck.
My idea is to do the following:
Buy a 2014 dually with bed delete, convert it to SRW with some Rickson wheels and run 265/70/19.5 tires, and then install a standard SRW bed on it.
This would give me a 34" tall SRW tire that can take advantage of the dually rear axle with 3.73 gearing and it would allow me to legally carry and haul a lot more weight than a standard F350 SRW truck.
I understand the tires would ride stiffer than factory wheels/tires, but I should get slightly better or at least equal fuel mileage to the factory wheels/tires. The 19.5 tires themselves would certainly last longer as well.
If I go down the route, I still need to find the answers to the following questions:
If I take the front hub spacers off, what is the bolt pattern under them. Is it the 8x170 of the F350 SRW? If so, then I could run the Vision 81 wheels on them.
What is the axle WMS measurement (front spacers off) compared the rear dually WMS? If the rear is narrower, I would think I could run a spacer to go from the 8x200 of the dually down the 8x170 bolt pattern of a SRW truck.
The other option is the run the Rickson steel wheels that have different backspacing and are designed as front only or rear only wheels.
So, there is my idea/questions. Flame away and tell me why this is a bad idea.