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    i'm getting new axles this weekend or next, and i need to get rims and tires too. i know for full size chevy axles i need either 16 or 16.5 inch rims, but i was wondering if there is a reason i should get one or the other. anyone know for sure? thanks, brian

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    The 16.5" wheels do not have much of a safety bead on them making it difficult to keep a bead at low pressure. There is a pretty large selection of tire sizes available for 16.5s though. The problem with 16's is tire selection. More sizes are becoming available, but it's a slow process. Personally I would go 16" if the tire size I wanted to run is available.
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    perfect! that's exactly what i needed to know. they happen to have my size (38.5x16) in both wheel diameters, so i'll go with the 16's. thanks a million.

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    I was going to go with the obvious and say "1/2 inch"......:loopyeye:
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    i almost added "other than a half inch" to my first post just in case, now i remember why.

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    My old F250 had split rims. Hard to get anybody to even mount tires on them, except truck stops, etc. Don't remember if they were 16 or 16.5. My point is does whatever size they were only come in split rims, or can you get regular rims in both sizes?

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    Originally posted by rwsr50
    My old F250 had split rims. Hard to get anybody to even mount tires on them, except truck stops, etc. Don't remember if they were 16 or 16.5. My point is does whatever size they were only come in split rims, or can you get regular rims in both sizes?
    You would have had 16's. One-piece 16's are the norm these days.

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    you are useing full size chevy axle? What alxes are you useing? Even if you are useing a dana 60 front axle you can use 15in rims. You will just have to grind a little to get them over the brakes. As for the back 14ff 15in will go right over the stock durm breaks. Just some food for thought?

    A lot more tires out there for 15in than any other

    If you are useing any other front alxe other than a dana 60 you can put the 15in rims on with no problem.

    ps. this only all works on single wheeled stuff not dulley axle
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    Originally posted by fatconnors
    perfect! that's exactly what i needed to know. they happen to have my size (38.5x16) in both wheel diameters, so i'll go with the 16's. thanks a million.
    What kind of tires are you getting?
    The tallest TSL's I could get were 38's. I would be open to some other options, for next time.

    I also found:
    http://www.unimogcanada.com/XL_tire.GIF
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    these. They are a bit pricey, although they would probably out last the TSL's.
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