OK, this has probably been beat to death, but I spent an hour and a half searching and couldn't find the answer...
How wide are the rims on my '77 Excella and what load rating tire are they rated for?
It's got load range D tires on it now (from PO) and my best measurestimate is 7" wide on the rim. Are these correct?
How wide a tire will fit on a 7" rim? Can you put a 265 on one? I am unconcerned about the wheel wells, as that is all going to be redone (along with the frame). I'm mainly wondering how big a tire will fit on a 7" wide rim, and if my rims are 7" wide. I used to run 265/75-15 tires on my Suburban (as well as 31x10.50's), but I had 8" wide rims. Would a 265 fit on a 7" rim? Are my rims 7"? Are they suitable for load range D tires?
I'm getting ready to fabricate a brand new frame and will be getting new axles, brakes, the whole shebang. The wheel well size is of no importance as I will change that to fit whatever size wheel/tire I decide to go with. I'm toying with the idea of going to 16" wheels, and possibly even 17" to match my truck, and 8-lug wheels (along with load range E tires). However, I got to wondering if a 31x10.50 truck tire would work on the Alcoa rims I already have. What do you all think?
What I'm really looking hard at is the BF Goodrich Commercial T/A 265/75-16 which has a rating of over 3000lbs. Overkill is a good thing. My truck uses a 265 series 17" wheel. Whichever I go with, the new suspension will be sprung accordingly to work with whatever tires I go with. But, I thought there might be a last ditch chance to save the original wheels.
But if not, no biggie. My utility trailer would look a lot nicer with the 5-slot mags on it than the white wheels on there now
The Alcoa 8-lug wheels look awfully nice!