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Old 02-03-2011, 07:45 AM   #1
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Replacing Steel Wheels with Aluminum

I want to replace the 15 inch, 6 bolt steel wheels on my '72 tandem axel Safari with aluminum wheels.

Can anyone tell me if this is the correct size replacement wheel?
Aluminum Trailer Wheel Style: SERIES #03 Size: 15 x 6 Bolt Pattern: 6 x 5.5 Bore Size: 4.25 Load Rating: 2830 lbs @ 80 PSI Offset: 0mm Hispec

I prefer to purchase the replacements from a locally owned tire and wheel store, rather than over the web, so I'm reluctant to call the folks at web store for information.

Thanks for the help!

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Old 02-03-2011, 07:51 AM   #2
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Have you considered upgrading to 16" wheels?

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Old 02-03-2011, 07:52 AM   #3
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I haven't - are there advantages?
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Old 02-03-2011, 08:13 AM   #4
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May be an advantage if you have a single axle Safari to use a 16", as you can get a heavier rated tire, but if you have the Tandem axle, not much benefit. The wheels you show are correct, notice they have a 2800# + rating, well above a "D" rated ST225 75R 15 (2540#). Your trailer should have a 5K axle if it's a single or 2 - 2600 if it's a tandem axle. Whatever wheel you use stay with the 0 offset.
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Old 02-03-2011, 08:33 AM   #5
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Also to be noted, the aluminum wheels are thicker than the steel and make the need for longer or shorter studs or bolts necessary.
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Old 02-03-2011, 10:25 AM   #6
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Thanks for the info folks - it's greatly appreciated.
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Old 02-03-2011, 10:44 AM   #7
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I purchased those wheels from that store. Call them, they are very helpful and seem to have a good rep. Not sure about the size so I wont' get into that, I think they can help you with that. I am very happy with the wheels (I had them on my previous SOB tool) they seem to be well made. Hispec is a large supplier to the OEM trailer market. Please be aware that they, like other unpainted alum wheels (such as those on my Chevy Dmax) can get some filiform corrosion over time. Try to keep a good coat of wax on them FWIW. Just Sayin'
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Old 02-03-2011, 11:26 AM   #8
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The advantage of 16" wheels is that there is a better selection of tires avaliable for them. If you are happy running the 15" ST tires or a LT tire on this rig then the 15" will be fine. If I was buying wheels and if the 16" would clear everything I would consider the 16" just not to have to run the GYM's.
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Old 02-03-2011, 11:27 AM   #9
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I have 4 aluminum wheels and tires, off 2003 30ft classic airstream, the tires where made in Jan. or Feb. 2010, that I would like to sell this spring, if you or anybody else would be interested. send me a private message through the forum.

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