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SweetLou

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Posted: 11/23/20 11:39am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a 1972 Ford F250 which now is a grocery getter. It is in great shape and I really don't tow anything with it. I am finally getting rid of the original rims that were 16.5 inch and going to 16 inch. My question to anyone that wants to advise is what tire size you would put on this truck? I want common and cheap as in not very expensive tires. It only travels a few miles a week. The heat will get the tires before mileage.


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Posted: 11/23/20 12:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You can still buy 16.5 tires - but you probably know that...

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Only one brand but not common and expensive now.

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Get a 16x 6 to 7" wide rim, you them have a choice of three most common sizes, 235-85, 245-75 and 265-75 if you find a 7" or wider rim. Even 285-75 on wider rims is an option.

Those would be my choices on any brand 8 lug 25/35 sw truck of that vintage. I do personally prefer the 265s. You can get away with 8 ply in that size, will carry 3000 lbs as well or better than 10pky 235 or 245 tires.

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check a tire/wheel store and see if late model 17's would fit. Really becoming common and cqan be had in all the same sizes pretty much. Also can find them readily on craigs list etc as factory takeoffs.

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Hank85713 wrote:

check a tire/wheel store and see if late model 17's would fit. Really becoming common and cqan be had in all the same sizes pretty much. Also can find them readily on craigs list etc as factory takeoffs.


"Late model" 17's are getting used much less, you're thinking of like 15 years ago. Can't get high load capacity tires for them anymore, but would be fine for a vehicle like the OP's.
And Ram wheels would be the only ones that have the same lug pattern.
Ford hasn't been 8x6.5 for 20 years now and GM not for a while either.

OP doesn't give any real info other than it's a '72 F250, so I'll recommend somewhere between a 215-85-16 and a 37-12.50-16.
Or he could just put the same size tire that's on it, if that is acceptable and shop for a deal on tires.


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My advice is stay wth what you have. It’s a grocery getter.


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The 235/85/16 is a pretty common tire, even today. I ran on numerous similar pickups. I have also run 255/85/16's.


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Hank85713 wrote:

check a tire/wheel store and see if late model 17's would fit. Really becoming common and cqan be had in all the same sizes pretty much. Also can find them readily on craigs list etc as factory takeoffs.


Be careful if selecting a late model Ford rim as they are a hub centric design and not a lug centric.


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FishOnOne wrote:

Hank85713 wrote:

check a tire/wheel store and see if late model 17's would fit. Really becoming common and cqan be had in all the same sizes pretty much. Also can find them readily on craigs list etc as factory takeoffs.


Be careful if selecting a late model Ford rim as they are a hub centric design and not a lug centric.


x2, late model rims don't even fit on my 2000 F250, so they are very unlikely to fit a '72!

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