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Old 05-08-2011, 08:35 PM   #29
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16 Rims & Michelins - The Girl Tool Kit Triumphs AGAIN

So, I got my rims - same ones as the Eddie Bauer and I got my centramatics, and bought the tires locally and had them mounted. Then took all five to the campground, hitched up, made the Lynx Leveler ramp to get one tire at a time off the ground, and changed each tire out.

Found the hardest part was getting the new tire on the lug bolts inside the rim. It's very hard to lift and push away at the same time. Solution? I grabbed two spare Lynx levelers as a fulcrum and a breaker bar, which I used to lever the tire up into place. Three out of four went on smooth as silk, the fourth fought me, but I persisted and won with nothing worse than a bloody thumb.

All good.

Then I dropped the 15" spare and tried to get the 16" spare under there.
(Extraordinary expletives deleted. The guy at the next campsite - a retired Marine DI - turned an alarming puce when he heard me. Oh well, the poor darling.)

Here's the problem. There are retaining pins that protrude from the sides of the "Y" shaped spare carrier They're "L" shaped and protrude about 4 inches from either side of the Y. Those suckers fit a 15" tire snugly (grrrh). So after 20 minutes of sweating like a coolie trying to nudge and kick the tire in far enough to raise the carrier, I yanked the spare back out and went for "the girl toolkit" - which is any tool used for a purpose other than it's basic design.

What I WANTED was a hydraulic jack to use to pry those pins farther apart, but of course No luck. A 5lb. sledge hammer didn't to do much but make me angrier... so then I went back and perused the toolkit again, and then I saw "IT"... A Crescent wrench, with a 5/8" round hole in the handle! Stealth Attack! I put the handle OVER the end of the pin about 1/2 way down and used main force to push the other end of the wrench downward. I felt the pins bend. Stealth and Trickery, eh? Next I let about 10lbs. of air out of the tire, then shoved it in successfully. Finally to lift the spare carrier back up, I used a piece of rebar I keep to anchor flagpoles, inserting it into the carrier's handle and lifting without having to try to do it through the tongue. Got it into position, slipped in the bolt and cotter pin. DONE. The triumph of the Girl Toolkit again!

(Yes several nice men offered to help, but if I'm going to fulltime I've got to have delusions of adequacy! I did borrow a torque wrench from one of them.)

If you decide to do it yourself, keep the spare carrier in mind. Just when you think all of the hard stuff is done too.

Paula (aka "She who walks like a woman, but smells like a goat!")
Gawd that shower afterwards was pure heaven!
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Old 05-08-2011, 09:10 PM   #30
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For Sale CHEAP - 15 inch RIMS

Yeah, yeah... I dun put em in the classy-fied's too. If you want them, come and get them - I'm selling cheap. Got spares TOO. Two even have decent tires I'll leave on. Rest have got original marathons which I'll have removed. (Or will probably be fine for a year or two if you've got a parked 'stream.) PM Me.

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Old 05-09-2011, 09:24 AM   #31
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Paula, the spare carrier is a challenge. I had the tires mounted in JC, so they bent the pins outward so I don't know how they did it, but I'd bet they used a lever such as a pipe to multiply strength.

Wait 'til you try to get the tire out of that thing when it comes time to rotate tires. I put it back once and since the last time I removed it, it stays in the pickup bed when we travel, in the shop when we don't.

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Old 05-09-2011, 12:53 PM   #32
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I made a spare awning hook out of solid aluminum rod - thicker than the original with a bigger "crook" handle. I use it to yank the spare out. Once I bent the pins, I also let some air out of the spare. Between the two it should come out easily.. but then I'll have to sit while my tiny pump reinflates it. Oh well.

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Has any one use firestone Lt225/75R16 transforce HT (highway all-season) tires. I like this tread design better then Michelin LTX M/S, and Goodyear Wrangler HT.
Did you buy the Firestone Transforce? I'm considering it as well.
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So I just ordered 7 new Eddie Bauer style 16' wheels, with the black paint on them, with 7 Michelin LT M/S2 tires. 6 center caps and 30 tire Lugs. about $2600.00 plue tax and shipping. I am having them shipped to a tire dealer in my naborhood, who will install my new TPMS aftermarket 6-Wheel Kit (P602C) from Orange Electronics.
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Ordered the same wheels 16's from tredittire.com for $75 per wheel.Ordered Michelin lt's from tire rack for $148 per tire plus $50 to ship.Also ordered TPS from tire rack and it all works great!Glad I made the change from the 15's.Bent the prongs outward on spare tire carrier used a large Crecent wrench.Fits perfect now.Easy
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Moflash. What is Tredit's part number for the wheels. I don't see them on their website. Perhaps, are they the T03's? I see they have a 'black" coloration model category.
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Ordered the same wheels 16's from tredittire.com for $75 per wheel.Ordered Michelin lt's from tire rack for $148 per tire plus $50 to ship.Also ordered TPS from tire rack and it all works great!Glad I made the change from the 15's.Bent the prongs outward on spare tire carrier used a large Crecent wrench.Fits perfect now.Easy
I got a quote from tredittire.com at $102.00per wheel!
You got a deal at $75.00

Did tire rack have a set of 6 in the wheel TPMS? I only saw a set of 4...
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OH, I now have 7, 15 inch wheels and tires for sale!!! PM me
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Tredit in Kansas City quoted me $71.00 per wheel for the chrome version, not black, and $4 and some change for the hub cover.
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Ordered the same wheels 16's from tredittire.com for $75 per wheel.Ordered Michelin lt's from tire rack for $148 per tire plus $50 to ship.Also ordered TPS from tire rack and it all works great!Glad I made the change from the 15's.Bent the prongs outward on spare tire carrier used a large Crecent wrench.Fits perfect now.Easy
Moflash... I contacted the tredittire.com dealer in York, PA and they told me they were a distributor and could not sell direct to an end user. What type of valve stems did you install, metel or rubber, and who did you purchase them from?
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Bought my wheels from tredittire.com in KC (T03's)they shipped them right to my office.I used the steel valve stems that came with my TPS .If you choose not to have TPS just use a good steel vave stem available at any parts store.Do not use rubber valve stems.The TPS system from Tire Rack as I mentioned works great as I just have tandem axels so I only needed 4 senders ,just call them I would imagine there is something available for triple axles.
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By the way our standard hub covers fit the new wheels perfectly no need to buy new ones.
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