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Since there are alot of tire choices in a 16.5 is there any reason to not get a set of 16.5 inch wheels when looking at replacements?

Or is there a problem finding them in a 5 lug wheel?
I heard somewhere that they had problems holding a bead while aired down.. can anyone confirm this?
 

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Have no idea about the airing down but I have 16.5" wheels on my 2500 and they look great. My 2500 has 8-lugs though, so you may have a problem finding the right bolt pattern. Good luck!
 

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i know for a fact that there are rims avaliable...

4wheelparts has them, and also another company.....

i already looked into this....they had a set of 16.5x 9 3/4...with a 4.5 backspace...

i will look for the info if you want...and they have a 5 on 5.5 boklt pattern
 

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There are only 1 or 2 companies that make 5 on 5.5 bolt pattern in 16.5" wheels as a standard product. You can order nearly any 16.5" wheel with nearly any bolt pattern.

AS for airing down, I would avoid single digit pressures and try to stay above 18-20 psi (tire dependent as well...sidewall stiffness and all) since there is no inner saftey bead to keep the tire from backing into the center of the wheel and loosing 100% air.
 

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Thanks for the info.. I may ad them to the list incase I can't find a tire that I want in a 16.
 

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I would definetly avoid the 16.5 wheels if you can. The lack of a safety bead is a big deal. Big 16" wheels and tires are getting more common. 2 years ago, you couldn't find a 16x10 wheel or big 16" tires, today, they are everywhere.
 

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if you don't have brake calipers to clear like on my 3/4 ton burb, avoid the 16.5 and go with a standard wheel. just my .02...
 

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A 16x10 is what I'm really looking for but I really haven't seen many tire sizes for that rim, thats why a 16.5 5 lug doesnt sound so bad.
 

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almost every tire manufacturer makes a wide assortment of tires for 16 inch wheels. anything from a/t's to boggers. i dont know where youve been looking.
 

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Outlaw Ram,

I know what you are talking about. Most the stuff on a 16 is 12.5 wide. If you are going to run a 10 inch wide rim I would want a 13 to a 14.5 if they will fit.

If you want to run a 12.5 get a set of 8 inch wide wheels.
 

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Do all 16.5" rims lack this safetly bead thing? I have 16" on my truck now, but they are a little tight. I get rocks in there stuck between the calipers and wheels. Plus the tires are cheaper for the 16.5" usually.
 
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