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Old 03-17-2012, 09:53 AM   #15
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I was trying not to confuse the OP with options and variations, just give him the basics for a general understading, not writing a GMC manual here

The OP is not the only one watching this thread. I learned a couple of things by this thread going "off topic".
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Old 03-17-2012, 05:53 PM   #17
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The OP is not the only one watching this thread. I learned a couple of things by this thread going "off topic".
I didnt see anything off topic. Is was apparent to me the OP was fairly clueless on the subject. I felt it better to give him the basics rather than a 10 page disertation. I see this happen all the time and usually confuses the OP even more. Besides that, I have already been reminded I was not specifially correct.

I appolgize if I somehow muddied this up for everyone else by not listing specific exceptions, tow packages, factory and dealer options, etc, etc. Jeez Dunner, go do a few #7's
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#7s? Is that anything a #1 or #2?
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As wa8yxm noted, the number of lugs in the hub is not important as long as you don't exceed the GVWR or GCWR of the tow vehicle.

'97-'04 F-150s had 5-lug wheels. My 2012 F-150 has 6-lug wheels. My '99.5 F-250 had 8-lug wheels.

So towing capability has nothing to do with the number of lugbolts on the hub, although as a rule the more lugbolts the higher the weight rating of the wheel. The GVWR and GCWR weight ratings are all that matters. As long as your tow vehicle doesn't exceed the GVWR or GCWR of the truck, they you won't be overloading anything else in the truck, whether you have 5,6,7,8 or 10 lugbolts in your hubs.

Trailer hubs are a slightly different matter. Trailer manufacturers specify the lightest-duty components they can get away with. As a result, your RV trailer may not have quite enough tire to assure trouble-free towing over long distances. One of my first mods to my RV trailers is to replace the tires with heavier-duty tires, and that usually requires a change of wheels too. For example, my 2001 Sprint 5er came with ST205/75R15 tires. They blew out one by one while still relatively new. After the second blowout, I replaced all 4 with ST225/75R15D, which required replacing the 5.5" wide wheels with 6" wide wheels. No more tire troubles on that trailer. Later Maxxis came out with ST225/75R15E trailer tires. My 6'x16' utility trailer And my 7x14' cargo trailer now has those tires with matching wheels.

My new Skyline Nomad Joey 196S may be an exception. It has tire weight capacity of 7,040 and a GVWR of 5,600 pounds. That's about the 25 percent margin I require. So I'll probably "made do" with those trailer tires until the first blowout before I upgrade to a larger tire with more weight capacity.
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#7s? Is that anything a #1 or #2?
For me, a whole lot of #7s makes for more #1s And several times after too many #7s, I've had #2 kicked out of me. Now we have everyone confused
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I fully understand a bunch of 7s resulting a bunch of 1s if you are in Vegas and too many 7s could result in a reduction of #2.

I've heard that a wheel center hole should fit snuggly on the hub/axle for proper support.
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I've heard that a wheel center hole should fit snuggly on the hub/axle for proper support.
I can confirm this. There is conflicting information however in what sequence the lugs should be torqued. This is confusing though since I've never encountered a
7 lug wheel.
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This is confusing though since I've never encountered a 7 lug wheel.
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Looks like a Photochop to me.
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Try Googling "Ford 7 lug wheels". You'll get tons of hits. It's not a photochop.

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I know that Rusty. That's why I put the after my remark.
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