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Old 01-19-2011, 09:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Convert Dual Rear Wheels to 1 wide single wheel?

Hey guys, I have been thinking about converting my dually rear wheels to one wide wheel. I still want to keep the truck a "dually" with hips and the D80 axle etc. Just considering swapping to one wide rear tire / wheel like a LOT of big trucks are doing. I have noticed a lot of over the road trucks running one wide tire / wheel on both drive axles of their big trucks instead of duals.

From what I have been told, it cuts down on weight and maintains a similar load capacity as the duals.

I dont know what options are available for pickups but I have been considering swapping to big truck wheels and using the same ones they use in the rear if possible. I need to look at what tires are available and lug nut adapter etc to see if this is feasible. I DONT want to lift the truck as I will be pulling goosenecks / fifth wheels with it a lot.

Anyone heard of anything like this or know of some options?


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Old 01-19-2011, 11:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I've seen some neat stuff from these guys in the past: Stockton Wheel Service - Since 1883
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There is another thread just started asking the exact same thing. The problem you will most likey run into is finding a tire that is close to twice the width of a common tire that doesn't have a comparatively tall sidewall. Let alone one that will handle the same weight as two common tires. Stockton does good work, another company is Rickson Wheel. Rickson is currently making a wheel and selling a tire with it to replace the dual wheel with a single. The problem is the tire is only about 8.5" wide. You are looking for something that is closer to 14" to 16" wide. No one makes such an animal right now. And probably won't.
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what BTBBT said! i have the E450 dually in my avatar. looked into same thing. no problem getting wheels made as wide as you want but tires arent there in the fun sizes we want. i wish we could get 19.5" rickson wheels with tires that were scaled matches to the 22.5" big rig version. would be all over that.
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Ok, thanks for all the info guys.

You basically confirmed my concerns about doing the "Super Single" on my F350. I will stick to duals and roll on down the road. I still like the idea of having an extra tire if one blows out. ESPECIALLY when loaded pulling a 40' float etc.

I will be in need of a set of tires sometime in the next couple months which is why I was entertaing this idea. Anyway, now I have to decide if I want to stick with 235/85R16's or swap to 255/85R16's and rear steel spacers. Really dont like spacers but I do like the idea of a taller tire to drop my RPMs at hwy speeds.. hmm
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I know it is a lot more money, but why not go with a 19.5 setup? There are setups out there that will bolt right to your truck. You won't get the wider tires, but that's what your other truck is for. You will get a much longer lasting, safer, and better handling tire. And on a tow rig, I think they look great.
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Big-Rig 19.5 Direct Bolt On Dually Wheels

American Force 19.5" wheels with 225/70-19.5 tires for $3036.52. Four aluminum plus 2 steel wheels. Commercial 19.5" tires may last as long as 150,000 miles. The tire diameter is 32.2", about the same as stock LT235/85-16. They are direct bolt on with no adapters needed.
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I know your truck is not in the same weight class as my F650 and you don't use it in the same capacity as I do (hotshot work). My GVWR is 26,000 and it's not uncommon for me to put an 11,000 lb diesel pump and hual it 500 miles on my flatbed but for what it's worth here's my two cents. I posted the following on another thread earlier today.

Just this week I was on the cusp of buying two for my F650 which of course would've replaced my worn Michelin duallys. The salesman at the Michelin truck tire store said that in ten years all trucks would probably be converting to them due to the MPG increases. They really look cool and I was being swayed but I can't let my emotions or prejudices get the better of me. As I always do before buying I did some research. The drivers on the truckers forums were running about 8:1 against them. The biggest concern was traction control. Although there is more rubber on the road that same rubber doesn't allow for water or snow to quickly go around the footprint like duallys do so the chance of hydroplaning increases dramatically. Go to YouTube and search super singles for more on this. The second major concern is that a catasphrophic loss of air pressure (blowout) requires an automatic roadcall of a tire service company. There of course is no limping to the next exit because of possible damage to the single rim and to make matters worse the rim may be damaged at the time of the blowout due to the weight of the truck and load resting on it. Another concern is that the tire service company may not have the tire and possibly the rim in stock due to the unpopularity of the super singles.

Beware of the super single they say.
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