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Old 01-19-2018, 05:43 PM   #1
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59 airstream wheels & tires help

Hey everyone looking for some help with upgrading wheels and tires on a twinkie from 59.
Over the years I have had better luck with 16" tires as a rule of thumb I don't know hub and rim sizes anyone who has insight or has done this any info is appreciated. Steelies are a personal favorite I want simliar to factory. I have not gone through the trailer yet to check anything but any info is greatly appreciated!

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Old 01-19-2018, 07:23 PM   #2
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Call Tredit tires They have 16 inch steel wheels. Good price

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Old 01-19-2018, 07:31 PM   #3
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Be cautious. Some 1959 models did not have wheel wells that could accommodate at 16" wheel and tire.

In fact, you may have problems with a 15" ST radial tire as they might be too close to the shock absorbers. They are wider than the original bias tires which may be 14.5 inch mobile home tires.

Not wanting to discourage, many people, myself included, have made it work. Just measure carefully, including wheel offsets.
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Old 01-19-2018, 08:44 PM   #4
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I've always been a fan of the old 7.00x15 Bias-Ply tires, you can still find them if you look. Only have had one come a part in 18 years and that was a tire that was 12 years old going down I-95. When it did come a part, no damage to my 1966 Overlander since it only lost the tread on the tire, you could still see the nylon cords it was riding on.

If it had been a radial, I would have had a chain-saw cutting up my trailer at 65mph (look up Airstream damaged by radial tires).

I also run them on my 1956 and 1970 Safari's.

The 7.00x15 are a little thinner radilas and 29" tall.

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Old 01-20-2018, 08:26 PM   #5
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