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Old 12-28-2005, 11:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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35" tires on stock rims?

Can this be done? I have an early '99 with stock 16" rims, not sure how wide they are - maybe 8" at most. Can I run any 35's on these rims or is it mandatory to buy new rims? I know its better to just buy new but if I can save a few bucks.....

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Re: 35" tires on stock rims?

My Brother has ran 315's on his 99 since it was new.They are 35 in.tall. I have the same tires on 8 in. Eagles and they look the same as his. I am not sure but I think stock Alum. wheels are 7 in.wide. Some tire dealers claim they wear the middle out faster but I beg to differ. I run 40 psi in the rear and 45psi in the front when running empty. Bump the rears to 50 psi when towing TT. So far I have 35k on them at little less than half tread. Should easily get 50k out of them.
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Old 12-29-2005, 12:26 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: 35" tires on stock rims?

The 35 inch tires fit fine on your wheels as far as the height goes. Thats not a problem. The problem is your 7 inch wide wheels are a little narrow for a 35 inch tire's width. They still will work fine on there, but the center of the tire will wear a little faster than the outer edges will. And its still not that big of a deal, for instance instead of getting 40000 miles out of a set of tires you may only get 35000 miles untill the center is bald and the outer edges have 1/8" of tread on them. You might be able to lower the pressure down to get a flatter foot print for even tire wear, but you may have to go so low with it (30psi???) that the tires are going to wear faster anyways, and also increase your rolling restance and effect handeling.
The most common size for a 35 inch tire with a 16 inch wheel is the 315 75 16, which is a 35 12.50
If you wanted to go with a 33 inch tire, a 285 75 16 fits perfect on the stock 16 by 7 inch wheel when fully aired up. Or look around for a 35 10.50, which I'm not sure if theres one available or not. If it is, it might not be rated for as much weight as you'd like.
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Re: 35" tires on stock rims?

The OE 16" rims should be 7" wide. Yeah, you might be able to fit the 35's, maybe not. Every truck is different (springs, sag, accessories, etc). As far as the 16x7's go, they will work, most corporate tire shops won't instal them as it is out of reccommended specs. Using a narrower rim than what is specd will change the way your tire grips the road or the tread contact with the road surface. Could also effect the way your truck brakes. Thats the basics, the more technical stuff really doesnt matter with a big heavy truck. Most guys doing it say yeah its great do it. It's kinda like driving a Kia for 5 years then switching to a Corvette. You just didn't know what you were missing. Okay, that is an extreme analogy but using a rim of proper width and backspacing for your tire will provide better performance from the tire. It's all up to you. I have 305's with 8's. The 315 is 34.6" tall and requires an 8-10" rim, by the book. Many guys have rubbing issues on the newer trucks with the leaf springs at full turn, not sure about yours.
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Re: 35" tires on stock rims?

I never liked the huge bulge with a 315 on a 7" rim. IMO it looks like the tire was going to explode off the rim. I have some cheap-o basic 8" Discount Tire aluminum rims and they are just about perfect. I had 10"+ rims and didn't like the wide tall look, just a tall thin look.

But to each his own. The dealer can recalibrate the speed-o when your done if you find a dealer that know how. I think the Rev per mile is like 620 or something.

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Re: 35" tires on stock rims?

I had 305's on my stock wheels before I went to my 285's. The big problem with the wide tire on the narrow wheel is that they will "push" around corners with a trailer. The new tires (285) feels like the truck is on rails unlike before it was like a boat.

The 315's are taller so the side wall will be a little straiter than my 305's. I would just buy a cheap set of wheels to run the wide tires. Then it will be right and no questions.................
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Re: 35" tires on stock rims?

Many, many people are running 35's on these trucks with stock wheels, including myself. They work fine for most people, unless maybe your towing heavy or something like that. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
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Re: 35" tires on stock rims?

Thanks, thats exactly what I wanted to know.

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Re: 35" tires on stock rims?

I have 315's. No funky "bulge". I also tow a 12K 5er. They seem to be wearing evenly...Well except for the back ones. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/shocked.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]
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I have 315's. No funky "bulge". I also tow a 12K 5er. They seem to be wearing evenly...Well except for the back ones. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/shocked.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]

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The tread of the tire is 10.5" wide and the section of the tire is 12" wide, how would they not bulge out on a 7" wide wheel?
If they really don't, then you either don't have 315's, or you don't have the 7" wide stock wheel.
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take a look at my pics... I could not find a wheel that i liked more than the stock ones. Nothing is better than not having to polish them.
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Re: 35" tires on stock rims?

Well I do, and they are! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/bleh.gif[/img]
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Re: 35" tires on stock rims?

35's fit the 05 & 06 with the new front suspension on STOCK rims. I don't know if they will fit on the older trucks iwht the leaf springs.
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Well I do, and they are! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/bleh.gif[/img]

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You know men see bulges differently. Some see the bulge, some wish they see a bulge. Some try to make up for the bulge(or lack there of) by airing down.

But I'm not shy, 315's on a 7" rim bulge. It's how that bulge is precieved...or not.
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