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Post  Dan on Fri May 16, 2008 5:57 pm

I saw 8.3" on here as the tire width limit. The General Tire specs. I'm looking at, have a footnote saying; tire section width is changed by .2" for every .5" of rim width change from measuring rim. So if the s.w. is 8.5" on a 6.00" rim, it should be 8.1" on a 5.00" rim. Was this taken into consideration for the 8.3" limit? Will this tire fit? I have the wheel off now. Has anyone ever modified their drive shaft tube for clearance? Is this an option? It seems like I have just enough room, but the shaft tube runs closer than the other side, so it's hard to tell without the tire in there.


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Post  nodakbassmaster on Fri May 16, 2008 11:28 pm

just because the manuf says it's that width doesn't actually mean it is.... what size tire are you looking at?

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Post  Dan on Sat May 17, 2008 12:48 am

Hey Nodak,
The 205/65R16 Altimax RT non-directional, and the 215/65R16 Altimax HP directional. Both should be the same section width, by General Tire's formula, 8.1" on the stock 1800C OEM 5.00" cast wheel,(they're not 5.50, like the 18" F rear). Does directional tread make a big difference? I'm going to try the 215, I like the height, the O.D. is 27.0" vs. 26.5" for the 205. If the specs. are accurate, it looks like it will just make it. I'm 200 lbs., and run my 18C solo, no extra weight, stock shocks on position 1. I figure on trimming fender brace if needed. Can driveshaft tube be modified if needed? Has anyone tried, (or think it's probable), putting a slight dimple, or flattening radius in the shaft tube for some breathing room? I may carefully try with a big drift punch, and a BFH. Local tire dealer says I can try one on, and exchange it, if need be, free mounting even. Most car tire machines that rotate the wheel to swap tires, are very capable for mc wheels, as long as they're willing to spend an extra minute to use proper attachments. I thought I would mount tire, but leave bead unseated for easier install. I may as well try it, and do some experimenting for the Darkside movement. After all, I hope to benefit also. Looking forward to your replies. Thanks~Dan


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Post  nodakbassmaster on Sun May 18, 2008 3:44 am

sounds like it should work..... the drive shaft tube you are referring to is a protective cover over the shaft, you could pull the final drive (4 bolts) and get a better idea of the amount of room there is in there to beat on it with a hammer!

Let us know how it comes out! you might have the 1800 version of the wideside! Laughing

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Post  Dan on Mon May 19, 2008 3:10 am

beat on it with a hammer!

I prefer; Friendly persuasion, by means to a better end. First concern is how much room between the shaft and tube, and how thick the tube wall is. I'm only talking minor adjustment, hopefully I won't even need it. I believe as the wheel turns, the tire diameter grows, and the width shrinks. So if it's real close at rest, but not touching, it should be fine. Judgement day tomorrow. I'm anticipating the full fender look. Suspect Wildside!
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Post  Dan on Mon May 19, 2008 6:40 pm

215/65 Wildside Baby, It's a Go! Just got it in there, looks like I need to grind the swingarm crossbrace seam, right corner, fender brace lips, and slight shaft tube mod. I'm glad I don't have to change my signature! I'll post later w/more info. I'm psyched, fits like the skin on a grape!


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Post  nodakbassmaster on Tue May 20, 2008 4:13 am

sweet! get us pics!

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