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Old 08-25-2015, 10:54 AM   #1
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'58 Caravaneer LY 225/75/15? anyone tried?

wanting to replace the 7/14.5 rims and tires on this with 225/75/15, but concerned about clearance in the wheelwell- at 28.3' diameter it does not leave much room in there for clearance.

anyone tried this combo on an old timer like this? i'm wanting to do this for the weight rating and price.

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Old 08-25-2015, 11:18 AM   #2
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Wheels....6 on 5 1/2 Tires 225 x 75 x 15. Thats all a good combo.
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Old 08-25-2015, 01:44 PM   #3
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I too have a '58 Caravanner, I have been wondering if there was some sort of conversion wheel that I could use to do the same thing. Mine still has the 14.5" wheel.
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Old 08-26-2015, 01:46 AM   #4
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AirAbe,

I picked up a 15x6 rim from vintage trailer supp and found some 205/75's with 107load rating 2000+ish lbs that have an overall diameter of 27.1" so that should work measuring the 7-14.5's that are on it now.
should work from the measurements - doing this because i picked this up 3mos ago and full timing in it but afraid to start hitting the road with my new 'home' with these cracked old tires...I'll let you know how it goes-

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labtopia: I have Caravanner #9389. If your axle grease cups are like mine they substantially protrude out from the hub face, but they hold lots of extra grease. I got ST205/75R/15 D 8 ply on new rims 15 by 5.5" bolt pattern 15 x 6jj zero BackSpace (offset). Tires are load "D" ( 2150 pound capacity @ 65 psi) 8 ply rated and stand 27.2" tall. The 205 mm wides are 8.2" when max inflated and mounted tires barely fit into the wells with maximum downward deflection of the leaf springs.. Tread Depot $72.00 made in China by Carlisle. Tread:2 poly + 2 steel. Sidewall: 2 poly 26.90 pounds. I don't think you'll get the 225/75/15 to fit in the well or bolt on if your axles are like my Dexters. You must buy rims made for radial tires as radials put much outward pressure where they seat (bead up ). Older bias tire rims won't stand that outward force very well. Our axles are Dexter with perhaps different bearings than the 3500# one. Ours are likely the 4400# You need to know hub face to hub face in inches and proper new wheel offset to buy correct rims. We know 1/2 of tire width is 4.1" I achieved maximum axle track and tires do not rub outer skin (1/2 " clearance } Larry 402 594 5161
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Old 08-28-2015, 07:45 AM   #6
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Thanks Larry, that's exactly where i'm headed, the tire arrives today and i'll try one and get the other rim and tire but sounds like it's a fit. the tire i found was a trailer king with the same specs you listed on amazon. Glad you've confirmed it should work!

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labtopia: Let me know if it works. Larry
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Old 08-29-2015, 02:55 PM   #8
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hi larry, i just put it on and fits great. plenty of clearance still all around. I feel much more comfortable now once i get the other side installed to drive around, god knows how old the tires i bought this with were...

jacking the frame released the springs enough to get the wheel easily past the axle and wheelwell...
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labtopia/Dave. Injoyed both http:// sites and photo of Caravanner/ Toyota and first two threads. I towed my first Airstream 31 footer with a Landcruiser. Inline 235 CID 6 cyl engine ( a Chevy knockoff) and it did better than my 500 CID Cadillac V8. Stories to tell and more questions and info on tires. Let's get out of this thread. Larry Rahn Maj, USAF, Ret. lrahnmajusafret@gmail.com
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