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"new" 76 dodge rv
« on: March 18, 2012, 12:57:08 PM »
I need to know where to get 16.5 inch tires and or replacement rims that are a more common size

all it says is 8X16.5 on the tires they are all dry rotted

its a lark brand rv on a sportsman van

with duellies
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Re: "new" 76 dodge rv
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2012, 01:06:46 PM »
8x16.5 is the size. Any real tire shop will be able to get you tires for it. They will be more expensive than the same thing in a 16in rim, and will probably have to be ordered. I would check the salvage yards for a set of 16in dually rims. Any older dodge, ford, or chevy rims should work if its the standard 8 lug pattern

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Re: "new" 76 dodge rv
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2012, 01:12:41 PM »
so the 16.5 inch rim is not hiding a larger drum or anything like that, that would make the extra .5 necessary?

if if this is true what years of rim can I look for?
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Re: "new" 76 dodge rv
« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2012, 03:53:28 PM »
I would check the fit of one 16in rim before ya pay out for a whole set, but it should fit fine. Ive converted a couple old (70s) dually pickups to 16s with no issue. The extra .5 inch is only .25 larger when looking at the clearance between the brakes and the wheel.

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Re: "new" 76 dodge rv
« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2012, 04:35:39 PM »
16.5 tires are dinosaurs.  your best bet would be going to the 19" wheels and tires or the 16s...    IIRC a 16.5 is a split rim.  most places wount touch them nowdays..
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Re: "new" 76 dodge rv
« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2012, 04:44:01 PM »
Not all 16.5 are split rims, ive actually seen more split 16s than 16.5s. 16.5s just dont have a safety bead like most other sizes. Back in the 60s n 70s 16.5 and 17.5 were what all the hd pickups n such had for the weight handling

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Re: "new" 76 dodge rv
« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2012, 04:45:21 PM »
They r getting very hard to find tires for especially without special ordering.

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Re: "new" 76 dodge rv
« Reply #7 on: March 18, 2012, 07:02:55 PM »
so if I where to get 16s what years/makes cross over to the 76 dana 60 hub?
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Re: "new" 76 dodge rv
« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2012, 09:04:12 PM »
all  Dodge and Ford coined 16" rims will fit.  The GM ones have a smaller center hole.   I just tossed 4 of them away when I put my Weld wheels on my dually..
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Re: "new" 76 dodge rv
« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2012, 09:11:39 PM »
Went through that with my motorhome. I have 16 inch rims from a frito lay truck on mine now. I also converted from bias ply to radials. Also in case you dont know. Always replace ALL of your RV tires within every 5 years or you will get a blow out. RV tires never get to "wax" die to sitting most of the time. Also never armor all them as it makes them wax less. Dont believe me? Google it. I learned the hard way.

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Re: "new" 76 dodge rv
« Reply #10 on: March 18, 2012, 09:44:03 PM »
I've seen people put their rv's on jack stands to lengthen the life of the tires
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Re: "new" 76 dodge rv
« Reply #11 on: March 19, 2012, 07:34:58 AM »
I dont know if that works or not. The tires still dont wax if they arent used. This creates a sidewall weakening issue and when you go to use it you end up with a blow out. In my case my tires were right at 5 years old and looked brand new, No cracks or checking. On a trip to Myrtle Beach last season I had one tire blow out on the way there and one on the way back. I had just bought the RV and he had just replaced the fronts...Why? One tire blew out. When these tires come apart, They mess stuff up.

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Re: "new" 76 dodge rv
« Reply #12 on: March 19, 2012, 08:13:30 AM »
i never had a problem finding 16.5" 10 ply radial tires. i never had good luck with goodyear tires from a dry rot standpoint. i have been using firestone tires for a while. an important point, check the mfg date code on the new tires. some may have been on the shelf for a long time which is same as usage age. don't cut corners and try to use 8 ply rated tires if the vehicle needs 10 ply. i did that once because i could not get 10 plys in the middle of montana. they felt like they were going to roll out from under the vehicle going around a turn or corner. ==sheriff==
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Re: "new" 76 dodge rv
« Reply #13 on: March 19, 2012, 09:21:54 AM »
i never had a problem finding 16.5" 10 ply radial tires. i never had good luck with goodyear tires from a dry rot standpoint. i have been using firestone tires for a while. an important point, check the mfg date code on the new tires. some may have been on the shelf for a long time which is same as usage age. don't cut corners and try to use 8 ply rated tires if the vehicle needs 10 ply. i did that once because i could not get 10 plys in the middle of montana. they felt like they were going to roll out from under the vehicle going around a turn or corner. ==sheriff==

Not too many 16.5 around anymore other than trailer tires.  When I went looking for some for my 82 1-ton last summer, all that could be had were Firestones. 
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