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Old 10-16-2013, 09:12 PM   #1
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can anyone help a new rv,er find 16 inch rims that will replace the original 16.5 inch rims that are referred to as insy outy or conical rims? i am willing to persue all options thanks
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Old 10-19-2013, 09:55 PM   #3
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can anyone help a new rv,er find 16 inch rims that will replace the original 16.5 inch rims that are referred to as insy outy or conical rims? i am willing to persue all options thanks
While they are not a true "budd" wheel (very close though), you will find that they are still called "budd" wheels.

They are not brand specific either. Actually have some Ford wheels on my 81 Chevy Class C.

I suggest (it's what I did), you call around to the local mom and pop type tire shops and tell them what you need. I changed over from 16.5's to 16's for $50 a wheel. 6 x 50 = 300.
In addition to buying the wheels from them, they cut me a good deal on some 10 ply rated tires as well.
If you don't have any luck there, try some of the local salvage yards next.

Anyway, if you find some, make sure that they are deep enough to clear the disc brake calipers on the front.
The four on the back of mine are rear only, they won't work on the front because of brake clearance issues.
I'm going to get a spare soon and I'm just going to make sure the offset is deep enough to be and all position wheel for my rig.

Good luck in your search!
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Old 11-05-2013, 07:09 PM   #4
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Just did mine found on craigslist mine came off a dodge and work fine
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Old 11-06-2013, 06:46 PM   #5
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Thanks for the response, were the wheels you replaced counter sunk or champfered to allow for proper centering of the front wheels due to the fact that there is no hub to center the rim? Thanks again don.
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Thanks for the response, were the wheels you replaced counter sunk or champfered to allow for proper centering of the front wheels due to the fact that there is no hub to center the rim? Thanks again don.
No, mine where not, however, my old wheels used the lug rings and I just transferred them to the new wheels.

I have read about the wheels being 'lug centric' or 'hub centric' and I had my concerns after I spent all of that money on new tires and used rims for our rig before I drove it.
We got the deal from my wife's cousin who works at a local tire shop so I don't think he would directly lie to us.
Anyway, I asked him about this very question because my new rims have a larger center hole for the hub than my old wheels. He assured me it wouldn't hurt a thing and we wouldn't have any trouble as long as we used the original style lug nuts and lug rings.
Long story short, everything has been great on several 3 to 4 hour trips we have done this summer. The rig drives a lot better with the bigger tires and higher ply rating.

Sorry to be long winded, I just tried to answer all the questions that I had when I did the swap so you don't have to ask.
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Old 11-10-2013, 09:04 AM   #7
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Been there, done that. About 1980, ordered some chrome wheels for this exact problem, company sent Chevy's which I had mounted and installed on my F350. After about 15 miles there was a severe vibration, tires were trying to remove themselves from the spindle. I was able to sell those (heavily discounted) and get the correct wheels, but it cost me mounting charges plus the discounted sale costs. It could have been catastrophic.

Your 8 lug coined OEM wheels should have a hole to accommodate the protruding roll-pin (maybe 3/16"?). Anything you replace OEM with has to be coined and have the roll-pin hole. Hub-centric is Chevy based, Fords lug centric. They are not interchangeable.

That said, find yourself a dually Ford or Dodge 8 lug wheel which should work. Exceptions would be due to offset, brake caliper clearance, or frame/body contact. Once you have found them, find a truck tire shop which owns or has access to a wheel refurbishing machine. They can strip, prime and repaint them for cheap.
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Could you tell me what year and what vehicle did you get the wheels from that did finally work for you. Thank you for the response
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"find yourself a dually Ford or Dodge 8 lug wheel"

Early 80s to 89 drop center wheels for sure will work and there may be others. You still need to do a test fit with the bare wheel to confirm clearances before installing tires.

Check your studs as well before installation. While you're there, if would be beneficial to do a brake fluid flush & replacement while you got the wheels off. Start from the furthest wheel and work to the closest. I recommend Castrol Dot 4.
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