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Old 09-07-2013, 07:14 AM   #1
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Need to get away from 16.5 wheels

I have a 1979 Dodge Delta class "b" I think. It has 16.5 inch wheels and tires on it. I want to get 16 inch wheels for it. Any idea what model vehicles I could look for at a junk yard to get wheels off of?
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Old 09-07-2013, 08:21 AM   #2
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I would think any 8 lug duel wheel would fit. Call some local junk yards and see if they have some. Most pickups from 94 up had 16s.
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Just did a quick poke around web-land it seems that the bolt circle is the same on most 8 lug wheels but the center hole may be smaller. I would check your center hole and compare it to a newer dodge dully
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Just did a quick poke around web-land it seems that the bolt circle is the same on most 8 lug wheels but the center hole may be smaller. I would check your center hole and compare it to a newer dodge dully
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1998 & Newer Fords ARE a different 8 lug size and won't fit yours.
on the older stuff Some Fords had the largest center hole then some Dodges and some GM had the smallest.

What all that means is A older Ford wheel has a 99% chance to fit.
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Old 09-07-2013, 09:11 AM   #5
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16.5 wheels (or any wheel with a .5 designation) are for heavy duty and high load carrying use, as are the tires designed for them. By going to 16 wheels and tires (car tires), you are lowering the weight carrying capacity of the rig.

Before you make a huge mistake, check the Load Range and the weight capacity in pounds of your present tires. If you cannot at lease match both of those, forget it. It's doubtful you could fit 16s where 16.5s were anyway.
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16.5 wheels (or any wheel with a .5 designation) are for heavy duty and high load carrying use, as are the tires designed for them. By going to 16 wheels and tires (car tires), you are lowering the weight carrying capacity of the rig.

Before you make a huge mistake, check the Load Range and the weight capacity in pounds of your present tires. If you cannot at lease match both of those, forget it. It's doubtful you could fit 16s where 16.5s were anyway.
THat might have been true years ago but The E rated 16 inch tires are Very likely rated higher that his axles and Very likely to be rated higher than his 16.5s

My 89 Ford F-Superduty (F-450 at the time ) came factory with 16 inch wheels and E rated 235-85R16s The Rear axle rated at 11,000 lbs
All 4 tires come to 11,100lb rating @ the max tire pressure of 80 PSI cold.

That is the reason 16.5s were phased out by the OEMs and tire makers.
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As I said, getting equal or higher ratings for the tires are fine, if the 16s fit the axels.
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The reason I want to go to 16 inch is 16.5 inch is very hard to find now. Like said earlier they are almost phased out
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Just measure your bolt circle diam (center to center across opposing lugs), and the wheel center diam as suggested. Then go to junkyard and fins similar. Older Ford or GM have 8 on 6.5 inch pattern (pretty sure, going from memory), and that is probably same as your older Dodge chassis has. So the suggestion for Ford wheels is probably pretty good.

I agree that 16.5 tires are getting hard to find and 16 inch has many heavy duty tire options, as most all 1-ton trucks for past 15 years at least have used 16 inch.
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SawltyDawg....Years ago when my father owned a Suburban, it had 16.5 tires (always a rough riding tire) and I found 16" take offs from a newer Suburban to fit.

I think as someone mentioned, the Dodge Dually wheels will probably be the closest fit. Go to your local Dodge dealer, find a dually and measure the lug pattern and center hole. They may have some take offs at a reasonable price or ask them who does their wheels (usually a local tire store). They may have some take offs that will fit.
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Ok thanx everybody. Got lots of places in mind now to try on payday for some wheels. Need to get them soon I need it ready for November trip
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Tires ending in .5 have a tapered seat at the bead where the tire meets the wheel. All others have a bead lock style. In the event of a flat the bead lock will hold the tire in place for a little while. With a tapered seat the tire will separate from the wheel emediatly opon deflation. Not as safe for the tapered seat in smaller tires (unless you have a mobile home, 14.5 tires).
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What about the 19.5 wheels is there a safer replacement?
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