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Old 06-11-2016, 09:52 PM   #1
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Question on Tires on DRW TV

On a Dodge 3500 Tradesmen on the MSRP window sheet it identifies the truck with 18" tires x 8.0 steel wheels.

But over in the optional equipment it lists the dual wheels as 17 inch X 6.0 inch Argent wheels.

I'm new with Dodge , the Diesel engines, and especial DW's.

Why would they discard 18" tires and replace it with 17" on the DRW's.

Plus they are using Nexen tires. When and if I purchase, should I negotiate for upgraded tires, and if so what size, and what brand? Or are the Nexen 17" suitable? ( I'm talking safe and how many miles will they be safe?)
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Old 06-11-2016, 10:11 PM   #2
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On a Dodge Ram, the "3500" doesn't mean dually. 3500 Ram pickup can be either DRW or SRW. 18" are normal on a 3500 SRW, but DRWs have 17" dually wheels.

On a Ram, DRW is an option on the 3500 pickup. When you chose DRW, the screen says:

Your Selection Requires the REMOVAL of:
•LT275/70R18E BSW All Season
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Old 06-11-2016, 10:17 PM   #3
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Yep... my dually came with 17" Nexen tires. DRW trucks only get 17" rims.

I have had no issues with the Nexen tires... I have never rotated them and they are in fair shape at 36k miles.
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Yep... my dually came with 17" Nexen tires. DRW trucks only get 17" rims.

I have had no issues with the Nexen tires... I have never rotated them and they are in fair shape at 36k miles.

When it's time to get new tires, what would you do?
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On a Dodge Ram, the "3500" doesn't mean dually. 3500 Ram pickup can be either DRW or SRW. 18" are normal on a 3500 SRW, but DRWs have 17" dually wheels.


Ok I know that a 3500 could be SW or DW, but is this just a Dodge thing with 17" DW's or the same with Ford and Chevy/GM?
Thought I saw a Chevy recently with 18" DW's?
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Old 06-11-2016, 11:02 PM   #6
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Ok I know that a 3500 could be SW or DW, but is this just a Dodge thing with 17" DW's or the same with Ford and Chevy/GM?
Thought I saw a Chevy recently with 18" DW's?

My GMC DRW has 17" wheels and came with Michelin tires.
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I believe all 3 Mfgs supply 17" wheels on their duallys. 18s and 20s on the SRWs.
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I believe all 3 Mfgs supply 17" wheels on their duallys. 18s and 20s on the SRWs.
Told you I was new to DW's . There must be a reason.
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I believe all 3 Mfgs supply 17" wheels on their duallys. 18s and 20s on the SRWs.

I could be wrong on this, but if memory serves I think the newer F-450's come with 19.5" wheels.
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I could be wrong on this, but if memory serves I think the newer F-450's come with 19.5" wheels.
Yes this is true, BUT the sad thing is they only have a 9,100# RAWR compared to the RAM @ 9,750#. That I really don't get.

I removed my NEXEN's at 200 miles on my 15 RAM Dually and replaced them with MS2's. Sold the NEXEN's for $650.

I was planning to replace my 17" wheels with 19.5 Alcoa's at that time but Alcoa only makes the 19.5's in a 10 bolt pattern.

Bottom line the 17" tires have plenty of capacity for the 6K front and 9,750# rear axle ratings.
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Yes this is true, BUT the sad thing is they only have a 9,100# RAWR compared to the RAM @ 9,750#. That I really don't get.



I removed my NEXEN's at 200 miles on my 15 RAM Dually and replaced them with MS2's. Sold the NEXEN's for $650.



I was planning to replace my 17" wheels with 19.5 Alcoa's at that time but Alcoa only makes the 19.5's in a 10 bolt pattern.



Bottom line the 17" tires have plenty of capacity for the 6K front and 9,750# rear axle ratings.

That is really strange, especially with their higher tow rating.

My Nexen tires seem to be holding up okay. I thought about replacing everything with a 10 lug conversion and 22" wheels, but I can think of better things to spend that much cash on. Especially since what I have is just fine. Hoofta that stuff is expensive.
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Should have noted the 450 exception---that's what is on mine.
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Unless you go 450 on Ford. 19.5" gotta be one... expensive buggers.
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When it's time to get new tires, what would you do?
Larry, to be honest I would consider another set of Nexens.. especially if I could get a set of take offs from someone... if I get 40k miles out of them, that is about 5 years at the rate I drive.. they would be very cost effective at that point I believe.
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