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Old 04-18-2013, 04:49 PM   #15
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My 16" wheels are finally ordered and on their way. Thanks everyone for your comments.
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Old 04-25-2013, 10:05 PM   #16
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I did the 16" replacement and also got a steel rim and a "cheaper than a Michelin" spare, don't even remember the name but it was the same diameter as my new Michelins. The new 16" spare fit, snugly, but fit without a problem. I also did the Centramatics and am on my first 2,000 mile trip with my new 16" Michelins. Smoothest trip I have ever made with my AS. I think my mileage even went up a little.
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Old 04-26-2013, 11:11 AM   #17
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I like your idea of using a less expensive tire on the spare. If a person doesn't plan to use the spare in rotation with the rest of the tires it makes $$ sense do it that way.
So far my 15"s are wearing true and I don't see the need to rotate the spare when I switch to the 16's. I may follow your lead and save some $ right out of the gate. Hope your observation about the fuel mileage is correct, that would definatly be a plus, no matter what the amount of increase.

Did you happen to read the recent thread about the Centramatics and the Dexter Neverlube bearings? If not, it might be worth it to look it up and decide about using the Centeramitics or not, if you have the Dexter Neverlubes on your trailer.
A warning in the Blue Beret started the discussion. If your trailer has regular bearings sounds like your good to go and no concerns in that regard.
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Old 04-27-2013, 08:00 AM   #18
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I do have regular bearings and all were re-packed along with one set of brakes replaced. I did see that article in the "Blue", but I really wonder about that. Most of the large vehicles using Centramatics have non-greasable bearings and there is no evidence or reports regarding the use of Centramatics causing damage. I just wonder how many Dexter Neverlube bearings were actually damaged due to Cantramatics or maybe poor installation of the bearing itself. When I repacked my bearings, 3 of the 4 seals from whomever did the last work, pinched the seals so they were not holding the grease. It was lucky I checked them. I would just like to see the "proof" if I did have the Dexter bearings, or maybe I would just switch them out to standard greasable bearings.
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Old 04-27-2013, 12:07 PM   #19
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When I converted from the GYM ST tires to the Michelin LTX (P) 235/75R15 XL, I used a 21" crescent wrench handle to bend the two tire edge rods on the tire support outwards slightly and the larger tire then fit easily on the tire carrier.
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Hi, did you install the Centramatics yourself? I am hoping to install the preset tires and wheels on my 1970 Ambassador MYSELF and want to know how the Centramatics install. The video on their website DOESNT help.
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Old 04-29-2013, 03:54 PM   #21
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Hey buddy,
Just saw your post about the 16" wheels and tires. Care to give me the details? I've never been a fan of 15" tires, except, possible "E" rated. After going through 2 sets of Chinese Marathons on the other AS, I finally got a set of E rate Carlyle (sp).
Now this new AS (2001 30' Excella) has another set of the Chinese Marathons on it, and they are new. I thought I would try them again for the summer trip to Seattle, if they make it back to Alabama, I think I'll be in the market for a set of 16".
What kind of rims did you get? Also, did you go with ST tires, or LT? Just wondering.
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Old 04-30-2013, 12:37 AM   #22
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Hi Larry,
I'll send you a PM on the particulars tomorrow, but to get you started, I bought a set of (5)16x7 aluminum wheels. I could only find a couple of people on this forum that went with the 7" width, seems most stay with the 6". But everyone who bought the 7 's said it would work just fine.
I found a nice wheel design I liked and it only came in the wider wheel. So that's what drove me to that size. They are rated for 3200# each.
I don't have the tires for the wheels yet, as I'm doing this a little at a time. But when I do I'll get LT's. I like the Michelin XPS Rib in a 225/75/16. I have used the Michelin Rib on my pick ups for as long as I can remember and it's one fine tire.
My current trailer tires are only a couple of years old and still have many miles to go before I need to buy rubber for the new wheels.
I will tell you that I removed one of the 15" and put a new 16" wheel in it's place and did all my measuring and see that the new ones will be a perfect fit. Whew!
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Old 04-30-2013, 06:13 AM   #23
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The instructions that came with the Centrmatics said the rim of the centramatic can go in or out. On my pickup, I placed them "out" and on my AS, I placed them "in". I didn't plan on tire rotaions that included using the spare, so I bought a much cheaper 16" steel rim and a much cheaper "no-name" for a spare that was the same diameter and load range.
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