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Old 04-21-2008, 12:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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how to put dual wheels on single rear wheel axle?

hey guys I was talkign to guy long time ago who took single rear wheel axle and put spacers on it and isntalled dual wheels on it. I have a set od 4 16 inch budd wheels for the truck right now and i was looking and right now pushign them on the whole way they would rub leaf springs. is there any kit i could buy or spacers i could buy so i can install these on my truck? MY truck is a 1990 f-350 4x4 with a dump bed on it. Please let me know. I really dont wanna have to install a dually rearend under the truck.
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yes big spacers
personaly i hate them but they get the job done
if youre going that route get steel or stainless steel and stay away from aluminum
the stainless is strong and dont rust
spacers are a cheap fix youre still limited by the gawr not the combined wheel weight reating
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I have done what you want to do, only I used a rearend out of a single-tire van. The van rearend is a couple inches wider, so no spacers were required. I like this because the wheel is directly against the hub which seems stronger to me. The only spacer I had to make was a way to center the budd wheel on the hub. The dually rearends have a machined centering place on the hub that fits the ID of the wheels correctly. On the van rearend, the wheels had about .200" of slop on the hub. I just used a piece of PVC pipe and turned it to the correct ID and OD in the lathe (unfair machine tool advantage) and made it fit a little snug on the hub so it'd stay there. All it's for is to center the wheels until you get the lug nuts tight, the lug nuts are supposed to carry the load. I'm sure I will catch hell for using PVC instead of steel, but I didn't have any steel that diameter, and my PVC setup has been fine and I've put about 3000 miles on the truck like this with no ill effects.

BTW, I didn't notice this problem when I first put the truck together, and as soon as I took it out on the road I felt the back of the truck jumping up and down.
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pvc is fine as thats a non bering surface and if the lugs would loosen then youd get wobble before failure possibly saving your life
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The hubs are the same, the axle housing and the axles are longer.
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Badassfordman, are you planning on running dual wheels in the rear, but leaving the front as is? I'd be real innterested to see how it turns out, as I'm not too fond of the typical dually front end - if it was a Chevy I'd have lowered it already, but the TTB don't respond well to cutting the springs. So yeah, take them pics when you're done, I've seen an early-'80s F350 done like that and I really liked it, but our 1990s have a way different front end...
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itll just look funny hes not changing the axle or springs
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does the pvc your talking about does it just slide over the axle houseing, if possible could you give me a description of it.also do i use the same lugnuts,this is a 1988 f250 with factory 302 & 4speed thanks 4 the help
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Company called Arrowcraft makes adapters for the front and rear that will space things out so you will use wheels and tires just like a factory dually.

Click HERE to go to their web page, the Magnum adapter is the one you would look at for the rear, the AA-4 would make the front able to use dually wheels like an F-350 factory dually.

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I have a set of spacers and all the hard ware too...
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