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Old 12-16-2011, 10:44 AM   #1
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New Wheels and Tires, with pictures!

While going through my hub debacle, I realized how lightweight the tires looked and felt.. And with my upcoming trip to Disney World, and the long drive involved, I just was not comfortable with the current tires.

Well, I bit the bullet and bought new wheels and tires. I had to buy wheels, because I upgraded to a 16" tire/wheel. I am now running LT225/75/16E tires. I also bought the most heavy duty LT, yes, LT tire I could find. I did not want an ST tire ever again, after reading the horror stories and the minimal DOT testing for them.

The wheel is a 16x7 Hi-Spec Black series 06 Aluminum wheel rated for 3200lbs and 85psi. The Bridgestone R250, is a severe commercial duty tire. It is beyond heavy duty and the pictures do not do it justice.

Duravis R250: Bridgestone Tires

The difference is unbelievable. I went from a 28lbs tire, to a 51lbs tire (just the tire) The construction of the new tire is amazing, and IMO worth every penny.

Again, I didn't want to spend the money, but my family and our safety is worth it. Changing a tire on the side of I-95 is not my idea of safe, nor fun. Plus I didn't need a hole in the floor or worse, damage to the trailer if they were to come apart.

I have only two pics because it was getting dark. And, I was only able to install 3 of them, because I am waiting on my hub to come in..

See the pics below..
John
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Old 12-16-2011, 12:32 PM   #2
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I'll bet you won't have to worry about those. Looks good. Did your overtall diameter change much?
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Old 12-16-2011, 12:52 PM   #3
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Overall diameter changed 0.9". There were no issues with fitment..

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Old 12-16-2011, 03:49 PM   #4
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On my aluminum wheels, the lug nuts are in counterbores. If yours are the same, make sure your lug wrench will fit in the counterbores as I had to grind the O. D. of the lug wrench to make it fit. WEayne
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Old 12-16-2011, 04:02 PM   #5
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Good thinking. I will check that for sure now..

I did have to use a standard, non-impact socket ...

Thanks!
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Old 12-16-2011, 04:09 PM   #6
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Great looking wheels and tires. Now you have me thinking about spending more money. I need your address so I know where to send my wife when she finds out what you have done
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Old 12-16-2011, 04:14 PM   #7
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Great looking wheels and tires. Now you have me thinking about spending more money. I need your address so I know where to send my wife when she finds out what you have done
Thanks! I have one of my own that is still on the fence about the whole deal....
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Old 12-16-2011, 07:25 PM   #8
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John those look sharp.
Not to be a downer but please be aware that increasing the un-sprung weight at the trailer axles may cause a decrease in braking strength for the trailer - Unsprung mass - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - should be of no consequence as long as you adjust your trailer brake controller
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John those look sharp.
Not to be a downer but please be aware that increasing the un-sprung weight at the trailer axles may cause a decrease in braking strength for the trailer - Unsprung mass - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - should be of no consequence as long as you adjust your trailer brake controller
Thanks. I figured it would be different. My plan is a test run before the trip to adjust for the new wheels/tires.

Thanks sincerely for the advice.
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Those wheels are sharp. Remind me of aftermarket truck wheels. How much did the rubber set you back if you don't mind me asking?
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