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fclaridge #1353631 Mon Apr 06 2020 01:15 AM
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Why not keep them 22.5?

Ed


'37 GMC T-18 w/ DD 4-53T, RTO-610, 6231 aux., '95 GMC running gear, full disc brakes, power steering, 22.5 wheels and tires.
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fclaridge #1353646 Mon Apr 06 2020 02:11 AM
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The tires are 22”. So the area where the bead sits needs to be machined down for the tire bead to seat properly.


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fclaridge #1353702 Mon Apr 06 2020 02:01 PM
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Originally Posted by fclaridge
Just keep in mind that you have to use aluminum wheels if you want to machine them down for 22” tires. Steel wheels don’t have enough material to allow you to do that. You can also buy 22” wheels that can be drilled to your bolt pattern as well.


I think I would be ok running the 22.5 on some steel or al wheels gonna paint/powder-coat black either way. Unless their would be a huge difference in cost of the tires would be going on a 1.5 ton dually.

Jacket4256 #1353715 Mon Apr 06 2020 03:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Jacket4256
I think I would be ok running the 22.5 on some steel or al wheels gonna paint/powder-coat black either way. Unless their would be a huge difference in cost of the tires would be going on a 1.5 ton dually.

What year is your 1-1/2 ton truck?

Note, there is a BIG difference between a 22" and a 22.5" tire. The 22" are a light duty truck/suv 4-ply tire, the 22.5" are a BIG truck tire.

Mike B smile

fclaridge #1353726 Mon Apr 06 2020 04:14 PM
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1947 Loadmaster, so I would assume that the 22.5 would be where I needed to be.

fclaridge #1353759 Mon Apr 06 2020 08:37 PM
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I think the issue with 22.5 tires is that the current availability of sizes does not include anything that is small enough for these old trucks. There are several threads here discussing this issue.

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fclaridge #1353763 Mon Apr 06 2020 08:55 PM
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But if you get modern 22.5 wheels with adapters to put them on your truck, you can get a low profile 22.5 and be in good shape. And low profile tires meaning a 235/80/22.5 or something like that.


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fclaridge #1353771 Mon Apr 06 2020 09:24 PM
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Like fclaridge said from the little research that I have started to do on this seems like you can but 22.5 steel or aluminum wheels and buy adapters from ET machinery and run the 235/80 or 245/75 22.5 on the big trucks, I have by no means done this but something that I was going to look into doing to get away from split wheels. I think I will have a hard time finding someone to work on them. Also the tubeless 22.5 may turn out cheaper in the long run.

fclaridge #1353776 Mon Apr 06 2020 09:46 PM
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It's totally doable and pretty easy if you keep the wheels and tires both 22.5". The adapters are easy to install and made to order. They can be purchased from numerous places, but ET is the place I got mine. They run $1200 for a full set with all lugnuts for the big circle included. They are pretty heavy duty and weigh about 35lbs per adapter. They are very stout.
You simply bolt them to the truck with the inner track and then bolt your wheel to the outer track and install whatever lugnut and hub covers you choose to install, if any. The only reason I went the route I did is that I wanted a hot rod look for my bus with the low profile tires and the commercial tires were too tall for what I wanted to do.


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fclaridge #1353904 Tue Apr 07 2020 05:33 PM
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Very cool! Gonna lower it a bit or keep it the current ride height?


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