Originally Posted by Uppla
I have looked everywhere and trawled the forums but still canno find what im looking for. Can I fit 8 inch wide 16 inch rims onto my 62 safari to replace the existing 15 inch wheels and tyres...had a close shave with a blowout already....anyone done this? On a similar model? Clearance etc etc...pictures?
Dont really want to buy the gear and see it not fitting...any useful suggestions?
There are a number of variables involved, and with a Vintage coach careful measurements may be your best route to an answer. Vintage single axle Airstreams have something of a reputation for tight wheelwell clearances that can make fitting even 15" tire/wheel combinations challenging. Even on my '64 Overlander with tandem axles, the tires must be deflated for the wheel/tire assemblies to be worked into the wheelwells. Sixteen inch wheels with the same width and offset as your current 15" wheels would make the primary variables the increased height and any increase in width.
Another source of potential clearance issues is the condition of your coach's suspension. I believe that 1962
was the first year for the DuraTorque axles, and if your coach hasn't had a new axle installed your clearance may be impacted by an axle that has settled. Even if your coach has leaf springs, they can sag over time lessening clearance, but it typically isn't a great a problem as encountered with a well worn DuraTorque axle.
Good luck with your investigation!