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Old 01-27-2011, 01:45 PM
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Exclamation Need advice asap!!!

Found my dream wheels online and need to know if they will fit my 96 f350... They are 16.5 inch alcoa wheels with an 8x6.5 bolt pattern, but the seller says they came off a late 80's 3/4 ton suburban. I know the bolt pattern is correct, backspace can be adjusted with spacers, my concern is with the hub... If the hub size on the chevy wheel is smaller than the ford hub it won't work, but if it's the same size or bigger they could be adapted... Any help would be awesome!!!!
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Old 01-28-2011, 09:22 AM
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IMO..16.5" old school and do not have a safty bead..not safe.
Can't the seller measure for you?
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Old 01-28-2011, 11:08 AM
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not to mention there's not many tires for 16.5's anymore
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Old 01-28-2011, 02:04 PM
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I've driven overloaded hmmwv's way beyond there limits with the same tire I'll be running, I've trusted them with my life countless times in Iraq and I have no problems using the hell out of them in the states. Besides, just because a piece of safety equipment exists(safety bead), does that mean we really need it? So does anyone know if the hub is smaller on the HD suburban?
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Old 01-28-2011, 05:29 PM
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16.5 tires are harder and harder to find every day......
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Old 01-29-2011, 06:56 AM
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i plan on using the 37" hmmwv tires til they run out, with so many in circulation its unlikely ill be unable to find a set. and you cant get a better tire FOR THE MONEY... imo that is.
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All pre superduty 8 lug are 8x6.5 as well as all 8 lug gm and dodge. Hub should work the 88 and up gm had a different hub hole I believe. The suburban didnt change until 91
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in relation to your hub size question, I know the ford alcoas fit the suburbans so i would assume they would interchange, but i have to agree with the guys above...16.5s are getting really hard to find, we had them on an old farm truck and ended up switching to 16s because of cost and difficulty in finding good tires
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Old 01-29-2011, 08:11 AM
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I dont have first hand Knowledge on the switch but was told they are all interchangeable. I always hear people complaining about 16.5s but run them myself and have never had a problem finding tires for them. You may not be able to walk in wall mart and get them but if you have a day or two to wait someone will get them for ya. The safty bead is nice but also not necessary like you said. In other words Go for it! If you are really worried take a jack with ya and bolt one up before you leave with them. I had to do that once and sadly found out the wheels did not fit my truck. saved a lot of money and aggrivation.
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Old 01-30-2011, 11:16 AM
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It really depends on the brand and size you want, but our suppliers never have anything in a 16.5 for what our customers need

Most of the folks who come in looking for 16.5's usually end up getting new rims and tires
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