Author Topic: Trying to find Rims for a 1979 Winnie Chieftain  (Read 425 times)

Offline IloveElvis

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Trying to find Rims for a 1979 Winnie Chieftain
« on: April 14, 2019, 02:31 AM »
In my area and everywhere else I'm trying to figure this out. I'm confused, and keep getting all kinds of answer but it doesn't help me.
I am trying to find affordable rims for my motorhome. My mechanic told me I can go from a 17.5 to a 19.5 but I can't find any tires or rims to fit that I can actually afford. I'm trying to get these tires for my motorhome so I can go for lung transplant testing. My daughter and I are going to be living in this motorhome for at least 5 days, and I'm at my wits end. Everyplace I've called way out of my price range. I thought i had some, but it turned into a scam.
I just really need help, and am not even sure if I'm posting in the right forum. Can anyone help, I'm just to a point where I want to give up.
Thanks, Sherry and if I posted in the wrong place I'm sorry. I'm not very familiar with forums, my daughter told me to try this and helped me register.

Offline Rickf1985

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Re: Trying to find Rims for a 1979 Winnie Chieftain
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2019, 04:48 PM »
How many lugs are the rims you have now? The best person to contact on this is Dave. Look to the sidebar on the right for Daves place and go there. Leave him a message and he will get back to you. He is our goto Dodge guy when it comes to stuff like that.

Offline IloveElvis

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Re: Trying to find Rims for a 1979 Winnie Chieftain
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2019, 09:58 PM »
They're 8 lug rims, I've tried to find the 17.5 tires all over my area and no one hast them. I also can't afford the ones I did find through a business that want almost 400 dollars a tire.
Thank you, I looked over Dave's website and can't find a contact? Is there another way to contact them?

Offline Rickf1985

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Re: Trying to find Rims for a 1979 Winnie Chieftain
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2019, 08:38 AM »
Here is Daves contact info, send him a PM. The eight lug rims should be the same bolt pattern as most of the more modern pickups with the exception of Ford which went to the 8 on 170mm pattern in the mid 2000's. I am not much of an expert on the older Dodges so I don't know what size eight lug pattern you have. If you have 17.5 rims now I am thinking you may be able to go with 18 inch from a modern Dodge dually but they are probably going to be out of your price range even from a junk yard since they are within ten years old. 17" rims maybe but I am not sure if Dodge or Chevy used them in a dual wheel setup. This has been an often talked about conversion but usually with the large five bolt pattern. I still think Dave is the guy to get hold of.


http://www.classicwinnebagos.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=321

Offline yellowrecve

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Re: Trying to find Rims for a 1979 Winnie Chieftain
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2019, 09:59 PM »
1974 Dodge 17.5 rims were coned (coined). The rear wheels have a locating pin. I do not know when they quit using.  Dodge dually from the 1980s used 16" coned rims. That is what I now have on my 74 Dodge. "BUT" the front brake caliber needs to be ground to clear.
{I didn't tell you that} A truck shop gave me the information and it works.
215/85 x 16 should match the 17.5 dia. tire.I have 235/85x16 on the front.
You are 5 yrs newer, so this may or may not apply.
 
RV repairman and builder of custom luxury motor homes, retired, well, almost, after 40 years.

Offline Rickf1985

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Re: Trying to find Rims for a 1979 Winnie Chieftain
« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2019, 06:59 AM »
I was going to suggest the 16" but I was not sure how they worked out as far as height with the 17.5 tire. Grinding the calipers is not a big deal as long as you do not need to take off too much. I am pretty sure my 98 Dodge still has the coned wheels also.

Offline yellowrecve

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Re: Trying to find Rims for a 1979 Winnie Chieftain
« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2019, 09:24 PM »
The 17.5 tire is a low profile and the 16" is a taller 85 profile. The over all diameter / circum.  is the same and the spacing between the duals is good.Les
 
RV repairman and builder of custom luxury motor homes, retired, well, almost, after 40 years.

Offline Aaarrghh

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Re: Trying to find Rims for a 1979 Winnie Chieftain
« Reply #7 on: April 19, 2019, 06:51 PM »
Why do you want to change rims? Because you can't find 17.5 tires?

Here is a 215/75R17.5 tire from Tire Rack  https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Yokohama&tireModel=Super+Steel+TY303A&partnum=175R75TY303A&vehicleSearch=false&fromCompare1=yes
Sorry, this probably isn't helpful—no new truck tire will be cheap, regardless of rim size. But running on old rubber is a bad idea.

I bought my 16.5 TransForce tires from Tire Rack. UPS delivered them, and I had them mounted and balanced locally. It turned out to be a good way to get new tires.

Offline Rickf1985

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Re: Trying to find Rims for a 1979 Winnie Chieftain
« Reply #8 on: April 19, 2019, 08:00 PM »
I just bought 6 new General tire 235-85R-16's for my truck and I paid 1125.00 mounted and balanced. Those 17.5's are just crazy!!! He could pick up 6 rims at a junkyard cheap. Probably also find them on Craigslist, but at a junkyard at least you have a better idea of what they came off of.

rockosocko

Re: Trying to find Rims for a 1979 Winnie Chieftain
« Reply #9 on: May 27, 2019, 03:06 AM »
I'm just under Memphis, in Mississippi and just stripped a '73 winne last week and am down to the frame pretty much.
Do you need all 6 or just a few for the rear?
I'll go out later this morning and see what size rims they are.
Sat in a field of a tow yard that went out of business and just bought it for the motor/trans/rear end.
Also have a blasting business on side along with contacts for tires.


PM me if you may want more info or pics.
Errol

rockosocko

Re: Trying to find Rims for a 1979 Winnie Chieftain
« Reply #10 on: May 27, 2019, 10:36 AM »
Tried to post pics, but they're too large and it made an error.


Don't know how to 'size' my phone pics.  ..gotta ask my kids lol..

...just spent about an hour trying to resize to the requirements and... ERROR!!
(I HATE these dang phones) Tried to use pic as my 'avatar' but can't seem to get that either.
Sorry for the multiple posts.
E

Offline Rickf1985

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Re: Trying to find Rims for a 1979 Winnie Chieftain
« Reply #11 on: May 27, 2019, 06:40 PM »
Download Postimage and upload your pics to there and then follow the direction to link the pics to the site. I have been doing it that way for years on all my sites.

 

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