Would greatly appreciate it if someone could shed some light on how I determine the correct wheels for my e350 bus.
It's titled as a 95', though it was actually made in 94 (7.3 IDI). Originally used by a transportation company to shuttle seniors around, it was take out of service roughly 4 years ago and became a "mechanic's van" (ie, they used it to go out and take spare tires, etc, to other buses in the fleet). 18 months ago I bought it on ebay and have since rebuilt and retitled as a motorhome.
Today, took out out on its first short trip voyage and 90 minutes into the trip the tread peeled off the front tire (casing stayed intact). TBH, I knew the tires weren't in great shape but it just passed inspection so I figured they would get me by for a month or so since this will only be driven a few times a month at most.
Anyway, I had a spare with me that was essentially new but no jack, so I called a mobile tire service to come change it. When he got there I inquired about buying a new tire as well (since I wanted to still have a viable spare to get home just in case) and so I headed over to the shop to get a new spare. I ended up buying two new tires in the end.
The main issue that was troubling however, was that all of the rims were bent/wobbly/ and/or looked like the centers were about to break out of them (like they had been run with loose lug nuts). So I started looking around to price new rims tonight and realized I'm not exactly sure that the rims on the bus are the correct rims.
The lug nuts I know are 1 1/16, which seems from my research to indicate that the van should have the dual wheel rims, not the single wheel rims. I got it with only single wheels, though one of the spares was clearly for a dual setup. Additionally, I've never liked the way the front wheels ride in the wheelwell, as they seem too big and rub on the mud flaps when turning.
Anyway, I'm wondering if there is some way to tell definitively which wheels are correct for this vehicle? I'll include a picture (you can click the thumbnail for larger pic) and hopefully someone can provide a much appreciated answer
Thanks in advance!