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Old 06-02-2009, 08:31 AM   #1
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Iím looking to replace the wheels on my 73 Safari and am having a hard time finding wheels the correct size with the correct weight capacity. The service manual I have calls for a 15 X 7 wheel with 6 lugs on 5.5 inches, with 4.25 hub opening and a 0 offset..
Iíd like to replace the ugly steel wheels I have, with aluminum ones, but havenít found any that meet all the requirements. Does anyone know of some sources where I might find something that would work?
Would it make a difference or cause any problems if I went with a 15 X 6 wheel?
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Old 06-02-2009, 08:58 AM   #2
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Try Here, They have 15" too


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Old 06-02-2009, 09:30 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply.

Iíve looked that site over and unless Iím missing something they donít have 15X7 rims, lots of 15X6. Would It make a difference if I used the narrower rim if all the other spec where the same?
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Old 06-02-2009, 09:40 AM   #4
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Alum Wheels for a 73 Safari

Greetings Jasmith58!

Welcome to the Forums and the world of Vintage Airstream ownership!

Originally Posted by jasmith58 View Post
Thanks for the reply.

Iíve looked that site over and unless Iím missing something they donít have 15X7 rims, lots of 15X6. Would It make a difference if I used the narrower rim if all the other spec where the same?
The 15" x 6" wheels with the correct specifications are available on the site referenced above. Try the link below:

These are the wheels that I recently had installed on my '64 Overlander and they fit wonderfully. You will want to be sure to order the center inserts -- I had planned to use some of the same design that matched my towcar, but found that they weren't deep enough to allow for the axle ends on the Henschen axles (the centers sold by the wheel source do work just fine).

Something else to consider is finding chrome lug bolts if you coach has the bolts rather than lung nuts. You should be able to find chrome lug nuts locally, but you may have to get the chrome lug bolts through an Airstream dealer or service center.

Good luck with your investigation!

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Old 06-02-2009, 10:13 AM   #5
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Here are some additional choices

In March 2008 I decided to replace the old steel rims with aluminum wheels on my 1976 A/S. One of the problems that I had was the 1976 A/S came stock with wheel bolts rather than wheel studs. There is no replacement chrome wheel bolt that I could find that would work with aluminum wheels, even the ones from Airstream. So I installed wheel studs that would accept a chrome lug nut. Since that time I have replaced my axles and they came with wheel studs. I would guess that your 74 also has the lug bolts and if your axles are original you probably should look at replacing them before upgrading your wheels.

The following link will take you to the thread on my wheel/tire upgrade that may give you some additional choices to consider. Go to post 23 for some pics of the final install and 25 for links to the rims, tires and studs. I went with the 16" Eagle Alloy wheels and the 16" LT radial BF Goodrich tires. This combination as indicated in the thread fits perfectly and works great. I have had smooth towing for over 8,000 miles since they were installed. No unusual ware on the tires and very smooth ride, especially with the new axles.
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