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Old 08-06-2015, 09:45 AM   #1
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8.00 x 16.5 tires needed

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Need to replace all seven tires on our 1977 Ford Brougham Class C. I know that 16.5 are hard to find and I am also looking into the 16" rim avenue swap out, To keep my options open, any decent source for new 8.00 x 16.5 tires out there? I looked at Tire-easy.com that has them in stock. Anybody use these folks for tires.

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Before you buy , make sure the production dates are reasonable, that size could have been sitting in storage for a VERY LONG time.
JMHO: If the tires are over two years old , continue looking for 16" rims.
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You need to get the specifications for the rims or measure them yourself and then go to someplace like Southwest wheel and locate 16" replacements. If you know models of later versions of Ford trucks, scrappers may be able to help you.

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Thanks for the info. What about using 8.75 x 16.5 tires as replacement?
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Another part of the calculation is how long will you keep the RV? Switching to 16" will significantly increase your size, brand, cost selection options. Staying with 16.5 is making finding replacements hard to do but it will be even harder 3 to 5 years down the road.
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Hi All,

Need to replace all seven tires on our 1977 Ford Brougham Class C. I know that 16.5 are hard to find and I am also looking into the 16" rim avenue swap out, To keep my options open, any decent source for new 8.00 x 16.5 tires out there? I looked at Tire-easy.com that has them in stock. Anybody use these folks for tires.

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Thanks for the info. What about using 8.75 x 16.5 tires as replacement?

If you class C has dual rear wheels , the offset of the dual rims may not be enough for proper sidewall clearance. If the tire sidewalls rub together when they flex , they will fail in short order.
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Mike,
Too bad you aren't close by, I could give you some 8.75x16.5 to try out. But, you really want to find 16" wheels. It is getting tough to get new 16.5 anything.

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