Originally Posted by gljurczyk
That sounds like a lot of money to change out of your pockets. will that also change the height to the finder well? Good luck with your choice, hope it works out for you...
You are correct. It IS a lot of money. Around $1800 (wheels and tires) to be exact, and that grinds my gears as well, but, changing out chinabombs on the side of the highway over and over and buying replacement tires when you're at the mercy of billybobs tire shop is also not desirable. There is plenty of clearance in the fender wells.
This is one of the glaring examples of poor quality FR uses in their coaches. I know the Silverback isn't a Mobile Suites, but it's not a popup either, yet, it came with popup quality tires. I did a little research on the tires that came on my coach, and they can be ordered for $74 each. I would wager that FR pays less than $60 per. Guess where these tires are made? Constancy 188's are just about the crappiest tires you can buy. Now, having said that, they are still rolling. We have around 2000 miles on them now with no problems and they were built in 2014. They spent their first year sitting on a dealers parking lot south of Houston where the sun can be intense most of the year.
My biggest fear is that one of these cheap tires might blow at 60 mph beneath the refer and rip out propane tubing and electrical, plus destroying the left side fender well along with the slide components. This at a cost far exceeding the cost of better tires.
Yes, I have insurance, but I've heard so many stories of shops being unable to repair these coaches in a way that restores them to "as new". Plus the coach ends up sitting on some repair shops yard for weeks or months waiting on parts.
So, having weighed out all the pros and cons of doing nothing, just replacing tires with Maxxis 8008's,(still a good option) or replacing wheels and G614 tires together, I keep leaning to the G614's just for the reliability and peace of mind. It's sort of like buying a single premium insurance policy. I realize there are no guarantees, and even the 614's will need replacing eventually, but it's still a good option. Yet the Maxxis tires seem to have a good reputation as well....so I'm still considering options.
Ependy, can I even get 17.5", 6 lug wheels? I think I checked on that, but I recall that 17.5" wheels are not available for 6000 lb axles. I really don't want to change axles too. That would drive costs up in the $3000 range.