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Old 06-01-2016, 11:15 AM   #1
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Oversize dually tires, problem?

Yesterday I brought home a new to me 2013 Dodge Dually. I have zero experience with dually trucks. It has oversize tires mounted on it (LT285/70R17) which I was going to leave on it until time to replace, then go to a "stock" size tire. I have attached a pic of the current tires, not under load, that seem to be touching. I know I will have to be diligent about looking for rocks/debris wedged in there, but wondering if I should replace them now with smaller tires due to rubbing. I can live with the sound, but maybe not a blow out. What do you think?
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Old 06-01-2016, 11:25 AM   #2
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You are looking at possible 2 blowouts and catastrophic damage to your truck ...
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I have no experience with a dually but I do have experience in tires working in a tire shop for a while. My personal opinion is I would change. I would hate for something to get wedged up in there and have a blow out. That's just me though. My family is worth the price of a new set of tires.
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Old 06-01-2016, 11:27 AM   #4
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You have a serious problem. The tires should NOT TOUCH loaded or unloaded.
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Agree with previous posters. Those tires should never touch and if you read online, there are minimum clearances recommended by the manufacturer. Seems I remember reading about it in my owners manual.

I would not risk a problem.
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You can change the tires. A cheaper alternative is spacers between the hub and outer wheel.
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You can change the tires. A cheaper alternative is spacers between the hub and outer wheel.
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Old 06-01-2016, 02:54 PM   #8
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Thanks everyone...confirmed my suspicions...I may explore spacers but will probably change the tires. Although they may look cool, I am not a big fan of oversized beefy tires and especially not for pulling. Thanks again....Dan
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You can change the tires. A cheaper alternative is spacers between the hub and outer wheel.
Spacers are a bad idea. They shift the load center on the bearings out which puts more stress on the bearings and can cause increased bearing wear and premature failure.
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I just ordered some BF Goodrich T/A 235/80/17's. Be on tomorrow afternoon.
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