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Old 03-02-2016, 12:58 PM   #1
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Possible Wheel & Tire Upgrade

I have a 2014 Eclipse Attitude 27CBG T Axle Weight is 6205, I currently have 15" aluminum wheels with Freestar ST225/75R15 with LR D.
I figure I have pushed my luck long enough with these tires and want to replace them, possibly upgrading to get a better LR.
It appears I would need to upgrade to a 16" wheel... but what about the lug pat.? mine are 5x4.5 and I don't see any wheels with that pat.
am I just being silly to upgrade? should I just stick with the 15" and just upgrade the stem and tire?
I see 15" ST tires with LR E but not sure they make 15" wheels for that LR? Probably not wise to upgrade the LR on a tire to E with my wheels?
has anyone upgraded to 16" on a similar TH?

Thanks in advance for any help.

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2003 D-Max 2500HD
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Old 03-03-2016, 12:08 PM   #2
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You need to provide:
1) How much does your rig weigh at gross
2) What weight your wheels are currently rated for

5x4.5 is a pretty common pattern, if I recall, so I'm sure you can find 16" wheels in that pattern. However, doing so will result in a bigger trailer tire, typically 235/85 or 235/80 - which may be too tall, depending on your trailer configuration.

It may also be unnecessary if you're simply trying to get a better tire on a 15" wheel that's already appropriately rated.

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Old 03-06-2016, 12:01 PM   #3
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You should stay with the same rating and tire size, that's what the factory installed. Besides what could possibly go wrong?

The information is out there, all you have to do is let it in.
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Old 03-07-2016, 08:23 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by Happy Prospector View Post
You should stay with the same rating and tire size, that's what the factory installed. Besides what could possibly go wrong?
Lots of people upgrade tires, especially in consideration of what the "factory installed". Many factory wheel/tire combos are at 85%+ of rated capacity and that doesn't take into considerations such as not towing completely level (on a multi-axle) or forces involved in making a turn.

OP has it right. In order to consider going up a rating in terms of tires, he needs to consider the ratings of the wheels.
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Old 03-28-2016, 07:51 PM   #5
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If I am not mistaken, MAXXIS used to have a 15" E rated tire.
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Old 03-30-2016, 09:11 AM   #6
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I had good luck with Maxxis 225 75R 15 E rated tires, but they aren't stocked just everywhere in case you ruined one. If I were buying today, I'd look at Carlisle's Radial Trail RH. I'm interested in their over 65 speed rating.

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