Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 01-30-2007, 01:47 PM   #1
2 Rivet Member
1958 18' "Footer"
Sebastopol , California
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 27
Help! Custom or stock wheels?

I need a little help fellow A/S owners. I have a 58 Travler with split rims and bias tires and they have to go ! I'm trying to find some stock steel wheels (nonslit rim). The trouble I'm having is with back spacing. The current wheels and tires are wheel 15x7 with 0 back spacing and a 7.00 x 15 tire. With this set up I only have 1/2" clearance at the inner fender well and 2 1/2" to the outer. This is measured at the widest (sidewall) part of the tire. There are signs of rubbing on the inner fender. All I can find for wheels are 15x7 with 0 backspace, I'd like to add 1/2" positive backspacing to give alittle more room inside. I'm also afraid that radial tires will be wider at the side wall than the bia ply. Has anyone dealt with this problem. Many wheel shops have said I'm going to have to have that wheel made. I need to get this squared away so I can tow my A/S!!!! Oh yea, will adding positive BS add to much stress to the bearing and/or spindle?

60's Iron is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-30-2007, 01:52 PM   #2
Rivet Master
TomW's Avatar
1967 26' Overlander
Huntsville , Alabama
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 2,893
Images: 2

Originally Posted by 60's Iron
I need a little help fellow A/S owners... The trouble I'm having is with back spacing...
Do you mean offset?


1967 Airstream Overlander International
TomW is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-30-2007, 01:54 PM   #3
doorgunner's Avatar
1986 32' Excella
2014 Interstate Ext. Coach
Citrus Heights , California
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 2,105
Images: 35
spacers are available to place between the wheel and the brake drum. just make sure your studs are long enough. I can't believe you can not find the right wheel- keep looking. I had to put 1/4" spacers on my Avalon when I went to a wider radial. The spacers work.

Proud Appellation American

Vine View Heights is now closed.

YETI ( 65 Quart )

IGLOO (Ice Cube, 50 Quart )
doorgunner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-30-2007, 02:02 PM   #4
Always Airstreaming!
rickandsandi's Avatar
2005 22' Safari
1960 24' Tradewind
Anytown , Connecticut
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 3,114
Send a message via AIM to rickandsandi
Yes, get rid of those splits! What I would do is get myself a pair on nice black rims, Baby moons and some white wall tires. Now that would be cool!
J. Rick Cipot
Sandi Gould
NEU New England Unit
Airstream Life Magazine
Proud Member of WBCCI
WBCCI #3411
AIR #17099
2009 Silverado 2500HD
2004 22' Safari
1960 24' Tradewind
rickandsandi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-30-2007, 04:25 PM   #5
Gunnyusmc's Avatar
2006 25' Safari FB SE
Livingston , Texas
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 436
Images: 69
Gunnyusmc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-30-2007, 04:27 PM   #6
2 Rivet Member
1958 18' "Footer"
Sebastopol , California
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 27
My Mistake

Yes offset not back spacing. Am I bad?
60's Iron is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-30-2007, 05:02 PM   #7
Moderator dude
Action's Avatar

1966 26' Overlander
Phoenix , Arizona
Join Date: Apr 2002
Posts: 5,788
Images: 13
This site may help too.

Wheel Vintiques | Welcome

1966 Mercury Park Lane 4 DR Breezeway 410 4V, C-6, 2.80 - Streamless.
1966 Lincoln 4 door Convertible 462 4V 1971 Ford LTD Convertible 429 4V Phoenix ~ Yeah it's hot however it's a dry heat!
Action is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-30-2007, 06:56 PM   #8
Rivet Master
1960 24' Tradewind
santa barbara , California
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 1,352
Hello 60s Iron,

Radials would rub with your current 0 offset wheel most likely.Stockton
wheel in Sacramento Ca can build you new wheels or probably have the ones you need .They will do whatever backspacing you need .Back spacing or offset ,either term is used in the wheel industry .

Scott of scottanlily
scottanlily is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-30-2007, 07:01 PM   #9
Rivet Master
1984 31' Excella
Norfolk , Virginia
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 666
Images: 11
Help, Custom or stock wheels

This is a pretty good website for the explination of wheel dimentions:

Good luck

Beginner is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Airstream Wheels JAG Wheels, Hubs & Bearings 10 06-01-2006 08:54 PM
Custom Designing Cat Cabinets, Counter Tops & Furnishings 0 07-22-2002 02:09 AM
Airstream steel wheels davidz71 Our Community 5 05-23-2002 07:50 AM
Best wheels & Tires... Andy R Wheels, Hubs & Bearings 4 04-15-2002 10:41 AM

Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:11 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.