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Old 04-30-2011, 01:20 AM   #1
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16" wheels with 5 lugs anyone

I'm trying to upgrade from 14" tires to 16", but I have the 5 lug wheels (4.5" pattern). Has anyone been able to locate wheels? I can find steel wheels, but I suspect the axles won't like the extra weight. Pointers appreciated!

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Old 04-30-2011, 06:27 AM   #2
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Old 04-30-2011, 09:58 AM   #3
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Thanks, but I'm not looking to swap axles and brakes out... That's why I'm looking for 16" rims that fit on the 5x4.5" lugs. I found steel rims, but suspect that the axle won't like the extra weight...
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Kicking this thread to the top.
I also would like to pull this off if possible. I did find 15" steel wheels, but now you've whetted my appetite for the 16" wheels, could you give a source? I had not considered the difference in weight between steel and alloy wheels, as I didn't think a few pounds would matter.
This mod seems like a great idea, but I for one would welcome the guidance of the more knowledgeable folks.
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Old 05-22-2011, 11:59 PM   #5
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15" vs. 16" wheels

Snedwid, after looking into it for a while, I'm thinking of settling on 15" wheels because it just seems easier. Here are 4 16" wheels I found:
MB Wheels 16"x8" 5-114.3 (5-4.5") offset -6BMF
Unique 16"x8" 5-114.3 (5-4.5") offset 12B steel
Cragar 16"x8" 5-114.3 (5-4.5") offset 13B
Eagle Alloy 16"x7" 5x5.5" offset -9mm 2500lbs

I forget the sites, but you can probably find them. Probably tredit, discount tires, and tire rack. Let me know if you need help locating any. As you can see, none are an obvious fit from an offset point of view. I'm not sure about the weight ratings.

A 15" wheel is much easier to come by. For example, tredit has:
TR4 mod 15"x6" 5-4.5 offset: 0 2150lbs
Sendel mod 15"x6" 5-4.5 offset: 0 2150lbs
I'm looking at the following tire:
Michelin LTX M/S2 LT235/75R15 (6"-8") XL(2183lbs @50psi) 28.9" x 9.3" $117
The selection of tires for 15" is much sparser than for 16", but I don't really need a lot of selection, just a good set of tires :-). Hopefully in 5-6 years I can get another good set, and after that if they're all discontinued I'll look for 16" or whatever at that point!

Now, even the 15" don't seem entirely easy. Here's what Inland told me: "if you're going to a 15" to use a 5 lug wheel you'll not be able to match the wheel capacity (2150#) to the tire capacity (3000#) most tire people will NOT mount a tire on a lower rated wheel, you may find someone to do this, but for liability purposes I would not." That seems pretty odd given that I'd be upgrading from ~1800lbs rated gear to >2000lbs rated and the Michelin is rated just 33lbs more than the wheel, but I can't blame them when it comes to "liability". I would have preferred getting the wheels & tires done at Inland over a local shop even if costs me a bit more, but that seems out.

Let me know what you end up with!
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I believe 16" diameter wheel only come in 6 bolt hole patterns.

For 15" dia rims can be had in light duty with 5 holes and heavy duty with 6 holes.

As mentioned above the light duty rims may not have the capacity required to handle the load. Know all of the data before making a cash committment.

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Action, if you look at the info above I posted several 16" wheels with a 5-4/5" bolt pattern, and at least one of them is rated to 2500lbs (I don't have the load info for the others). The stock 14" wheels are rated under 2000lbs, if I remember correctly (and the tires 1860lbs). The 15" wheels I found are both 2150lbs, more than the stock ones.

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