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woodhog

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Posted: 10/31/19 07:40am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

OUCH!

This was very interesting, now I am glad we got rid of our stock wheels.

In our case the 3500 Dodge SRW came with tires rated at about 3000 pounds each, I tried to find out what the wheel rating was, there was no stamp inside the rim, even asked the truck manufacturer, they did not provide the wheel rating either, so went with Rickson 19.5 inch, 5000 pound per wheel.

Why are they reducing the weight carrying ability of these trucks with the
low rated factory tires and wheels?


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Posted: 10/31/19 07:54am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Those were aftermarket XD brand wheels. They are usually bought to “dress up” a truck but will de rate most capabilities. Ok on a half ton truck but definitely not meant for HD duty. Stock oem rims will be rated for the truck’s max ratings.


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Posted: 10/31/19 08:14am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm not sure what year your truck is, but the newest ones have something like a 12,000 lb. GVWR with rear GAWRs in the ~7,000 lb. range. They certainly are not equipped with wheels that are rated for only 3,000 pounds. Even my 15 year old Ram 3500 has a rear GAWR high enough that wheels that light would be a no-go.

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Posted: 10/31/19 08:40am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

twodownzero wrote:

I'm not sure what year your truck is, but the newest ones .....are not equipped with wheels that are rated for only 3,000 pounds.....


Did you notice that the OP bought some stylish after market wheels which may have looked good but were not rated for hauling?

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Posted: 10/31/19 09:30am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yep, those were not stock wheels and the ones you bought aren't nearly as good (rated) as the stock parts either. Stock wheels are forged Alcoa..


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Posted: 10/31/19 11:42am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Lets not criticize the OP for their taste in wheels....I like 'em actually, but this is a 2 fold lesson.
1. It appears they didn't get the wheels they thought they bought.
2. Through some research as well as knowing a bit about metallurgy and engineering, many of the more "intricate" aftermarket wheels can't possibly take the abuse or have a huge factor of safety just by the size and design of the "spokes."

This is always a hottopic with truck campers and my personal theory (no way to back it up other than years of experience and/or dumb luck) is that OE wheels are designed with a SIGNIFICANT factor of safety. Simply from a liability mitigation perspective. OE's can't control what the consumer does with their product, but they can guarantee they will be held feet to the fire on liability (Ford Explorers...cough cough) and they absolutely do not want the bad press.
I'm a guy that "overloads" my wheels and tires sometimes and I would not feel comfortable doing it with smaller company, marginal rating wheels, however am comfortable with it in general on OE wheels.
Right wrong or indifferent.


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Posted: 10/31/19 12:28pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

First and foremost, the member that posted this link is not the one that bought wheels in that link. That link is a website run by MelloMike.


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Posted: 10/31/19 12:54pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

For some vehicles, its important to get hub centric wheels. I don't know if that was an issue here.

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Posted: 10/31/19 02:39pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Wow! Good driving by the pilot!

I had Mickey Thompson Classic II's rated for 3,500 lbs each. They routinely cracked and would cause a slow leak.


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Posted: 10/31/19 03:50pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I had an oem rear steel duel break around the bolts like that . Truck was not overloaded . Sometimes stuff just happens , possibly an original defect that took time to show up . Usually you can assume an oem steel wheel is rated at least as much as an original tire the manufacturer puts on it . Finding the actual rating of an oem wheel is near impossible .


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