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Old 11-07-2012, 07:33 AM   #1
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Since my last posting on here I had an eventful day October 30th. While brining the Cruiser back from our workcamping experience we had three tires blow out in two separate events 28 miles apart. All three of the wonderful Chinese tires had catastrophic tread separation. Yes, lots of damage to the underbody that will be repaired by my insurance company.

My question is: Can I safely replace the four brand new replacement 225/75-15D China bombs (done on the side of the interstate by two separate road service companies)with Michelin 225/75-16E XPS RIBs? Most people on another forum have said the only gain will be 1/2" less clearance at the top of the tires to the wheel well. Since the other proportions are the same I would think there is no change there?
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Old 11-07-2012, 07:50 AM   #2
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I replaced mine with BFG no problems at all.Iwill never go back to st's again. Smoother ride and easier pulling. Yes gas millage did improve. Slighjtly but an improvement.
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Old 11-07-2012, 08:40 AM   #3
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Spacing between tires decreases as well. This may make wheel chocks no longer fit and may mean inadequate tire to tire clearance. I can't recall what the min. spacing needs to be. Hopefully someone knows.
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Old 11-07-2012, 11:48 AM   #4
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Old 11-07-2012, 12:04 PM   #5
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Yes, new wheels, tires, lug nuts, center caps and metal valve stems.

We have really enjoyed the Cruiser but are now scared of it, literally. We have no desire to give up on being RVers so we are looking at this long and hard.
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Old 11-07-2012, 08:48 PM   #6
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I went back to the early 80's with white wheels crome centers and beauty rims. with crome lugnuts.
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Old 11-08-2012, 10:37 AM   #7
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Going to a larger tire size as well as going to a higher load range (D to E) are both in the right direction.



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I have a 2010 29RL. When I tried the BFG 225's I didn't have enough clearance between top of tire and wheelwell. Only about 1 1/2" if I remember. I ended up raising the trailer 2" and picked up sufficient room for the 16's.

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Old 11-08-2012, 08:29 PM   #9
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I think you are doing the right thing. I recently went to Lt tires. The st tires are not made to the same standards as lt tires because no passengers in trailers also lower speed limits. If you go to higher pressure ratings the Al rims will not stand that. It is better to have some wiggle room rather than being right at the load limits all the time. I know most of this has been said just agreeing.
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Old 11-09-2012, 12:47 PM   #10
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We did the mod you are talking about you can see the pictures and decide for yourself.
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We arevery happy with the change have traveled a lot in 3 years Somewhere along the way in our travels we hit the underside once. I put a piece of duct tape up there around 2 years ago and never had it bump it,It may have happened before the experiment I honestly don't know.
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Old 11-18-2012, 01:09 PM   #11
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If you're not buying ST tires and dump up to 16" rims why wouldn't you buy the same OD TIRE so the clearance would be the same? On my car for summer went from 16" to 18" same OD so speedometer stays correct swithing between them.
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Old 11-18-2012, 01:59 PM   #12
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My guess is that if you go from 16 to 18 tires, to keep the OD the same you would have to go to lower profile tires on the 18's. Don't think this is possible on ST's or LT's without losing load rating. Just my guess.
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