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Fc Tire Suggestion

Discussion in 'Jeep Truck and FC Tech' started by jeepstar, Oct 12, 2020.

  1. Oct 30, 2020
    Andy Weaver

    Andy Weaver New Member

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    Just talked to and emailed US Wheels, trying to find a 16” wheel option. A plain, paintable steel wheel is available in the right bolt pattern and center hole, but it is a 16 x 7 with a 4” backspace. That backspace is gonna be a bit big, no? Here is the convo:

    US Wheel responded
    “I asked my guys and the only option would be the Rat RodUS Wheels - Rat Rod (Series 69) . That is the only wheel with the 4.28 center bore you need. The backspace can only go to 4 inches. 16x7 size.”

    On Fri, Oct 30, 2020 at 11:37 AM Andrew Weaver wrote:
    Have a 1964 Jeep FC150
    Looking for a wheel that is:
    1) paintable steel
    2) 16” by 6” (Preferred) or 7“
    3) backspace 3.5“ to 3.75”
    4) center hole minimum 4.25” to clear Warn Hubs (front)
    5) 5 on 5.5 bolt pattern

    Can you help a Jeeper out?


    Sent from my iPad
     
  2. Oct 30, 2020
    Keys5a

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    4" backspace on a 7" wide wheel should be fine. Many aftermarket wagon wheels (7" & 8") back in the day had 4" backspace. I haven't used 4" backspace on a wide track 150, but you should be able to estimate how it would fit based on a typical 3 3/4" backspace 15" rim.
    -Donny
     
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  3. Oct 30, 2020
    Andy Weaver

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    Thanks, it had 31x10.50 15’s on it, but it wasn’t assembled, so I have no idea how they fit. It looked good, but everything was just set together for the haul home. This seems like a decent looking wheel option for a tall skinny 16
     
  4. Nov 1, 2020
    colojeepguy

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    A 235/85R16 would fit real nice on a 7" wheel. 31-32" diameter and available in just about any tread pattern you'd like.
     
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  5. Dec 8, 2020
    elawson

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    That is much nicer looking than my 170. :)
     
  6. May 3, 2021
    jeepstar

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    is there a normal tire size equivalency for 7x16 tires? i cant find anything. i can find 6.5 or 7.5x16 but no 7x16.
     
  7. May 3, 2021
    Fireball

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    A 215/85R16 is pretty close. About the same height and between 1/2" to 1" wider.
     
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  8. May 5, 2021
    jeepstar

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  9. May 9, 2021
    colojeepguy

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    I think you'd be happier with the radials
     
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  10. May 16, 2021
    elawson

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    On my FC-170, I started with 7.50X16 tires with an "8 ply" rating. A pair of needle nose pliers found their way into one of the front tires (!?) and I ended up replacing both front tires that had a "10 ply" rating.

    The "stronger" tires, when inflated to the full 80psi, (in my opinion) greatly improved the steering.

    I don't know how much of this would apply to the '150, but I thought I'd at least mention it.
     
  11. May 18, 2021
    jeepermc

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    That must have rode absolutely terrible with 80psi in the tires? I imagine steering was greatly improved tho, you probably only had about an 2" contact pattern in the center of the tread at 80psi.
     
  12. May 20, 2021
    elawson

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    When empty, the ride is....just...a...bit...rough.....It's not quite to the point where I need to visit a kidney specialist every 100 miles...but close. :)

    I made the discovery when I put the tire pressure up to 80psi to take several loads of dirt to the "dirt factory". On the way home I noticed how much better the steering was at 80psi than it had been at 50psi.

    If I remember, I'll check the tire patch (water in front of the driveway trick) when I pull the 170 out of the garage.
     
  13. May 21, 2021
    jeepermc

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    yeah, that's the trade off. When you go super high like that on the psi, the ride suffers. Dropping the psi makes it harder to steer because you gain more contact patch with the road.
     
  14. May 24, 2021
    elawson

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    It, both, made the steering wheel easier to turn as well as made the steering "feel better"...with better being along the lines of "not feeling like the steering system is worn out".

    I still haven't decided if the improved steering is worth the rough ride.... :)
     
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  15. Sep 13, 2021
    jeepstar

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    58 willys

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  17. Sep 23, 2021 at 1:46 PM
    jeepstar

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    my tires came in, but i dont want the walmart wrenchers to touch my truck. afraid they would tip it off the lift, strip out the lefty tighty wheel studs, etc.
    i called pomps, our local tire place.
    me: hey, will you guys put on tires for me? its a 59 jeep fc150
    them: sure, not a problem. come on in, we have time.

    so, i brave the ryder cup traffic in my 45mph rig, get to pomps, start filling out the paperwork, the guy goes hold on! we walk outside, he mean mugs my jeep for a couple minutes, finally i say what gives?
    him: are you going to sign a waiver?
    me: what? why?
    well, what if i damage the rims?
    they are steel rims, how are you going to damage them?
    them tires are pretty old, i may have to use a sledge hammer to get them off?
    what? how does that make any sense? why would that thought even cross your mind?
    are you willing to sign a waiver?
    no, im willing to go somewhere that will put my tires on my jeep. sheesh. i jumped in my fc and left.
     
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  18. Sep 23, 2021 at 2:32 PM
    ITLKSEZ

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    Two pieces of equipment I WILL own before I die: a tire machine and a dynamic balancer. It’s getting to the point where having tire work done is such a crap shoot, the machinery will pay for itself by avoiding one shop’s screwup.

    Good on you for walking.
     
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  19. Sep 23, 2021 at 2:55 PM
    Fireball

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    I'd visit to use them and throw in a few bucks every time.
     
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