As diesel owners, we’ve come to expect things to last. We’ve got 300,000-mile engines, com
Our Silverado 3500 used to eat tires. It didn’t matter what tire pressure we ran, which brand of tire we used, or how often we rotated them. Tires just died a quick death on this truck. It seemed like we had to change them more often than the Duramax’s fuel filter.
Now, we won’t pretend our 400hp truck has ever been easy on tires. We won’t tell you that we’ve never overloaded them, never spun them, or that we’ve always obeyed the speed limits with them. We’d come to the point with our 16-inch-wheeled truck that we’d either have to stop towing our travel trailer, or we were going to have to find a new solution for our tires. As it turned out, it wasn’t just the tires’ (or our) fault. A lot of the blame lies with our 16-inch wheels.
The 19.5-inch Wheel Solution
While researching 16- and 17-inch tires with the highest possible weight capacity we could find, we began talking with Roger Minor of Vision Wheels. We explained to him what we’d been through with the other three sets of tires we’d had, and why we were looking for a tire with more weight capacity. That’s when Minor explained to us that the solution to our problem wasn’t just finding a better tirewhat we needed was a heavier-duty wheel and tire combination. That’s where the motivation for the 19.5-inch wheels came from.
By switching our truck to a larger-diameter wheel, we could then use a lower-profile tire. The lower-profile tire wasn’t intended to improve the truck’s handling (it did), rather it would allow us to improve the tires’ life by reducing the amount of internal stress we subjected them to. The larger 19.5-inch wheels are able to reduce the stress on the rubber tire because shorter tire sidewalls don’t experience as much leverage as taller sidewalls. Less leverage means less tire distortion, and less tire distortion means a tire that spins truer and has less tread-face squirm. It turns out that much of our 16-inch tires’ wear was caused by the lateral scrubbing loads the tires experience just going down the road in a straight line.
Roger Minor of Vision Wheels in Decatur, Alabama, explained to us how the stock 16-inch ti
How Do They Ride?
Traditionally, the complaint about large-diameter wheels has been that they are heavy and they make the truck ride rougher. If you’re just in the market for the look of 19.5-inch wheels, those complaints are valid. Our dualie not only feels much more solid (all of the numbness and dead-on-center feel is gone), but we’ve also noticed that we can actually feel the road now. There was even an unexpected improvement in the truck’s grip on rain-soaked roads.
What we’ve decided is that when the point comes when you should upgrade your truck to 19.5-inch wheels, you’re not going to complain about how the ride quality has changed. You’re going to ask yourself why you didn’t make the swap sooner.
Vision 19.5-Inch Tire Specs:
- Tire Type: Radial
- Tire Size: LT225/70R19.5
- Overall Diameter: 32.2 inches
- Tread Construction: 4-ply steel
- Sidewall Construction: 1-ply steel
- Tire Ply Rating: 12-ply rating
- Tread Depth: 16/32 inch
- Overall Width: 9.5 inches
- Approved Rim Width: 6.75 inches
- Maximum Load (tire): 3,640 pounds
- Maximum psi: 95 psi
- Load Range: F
Vision Wheel Specs:
- Wheel Construction: Cast-aluminum, with a machined and polished finish
- Wheel Size: 19.5x6.75 inches
- Bolt Pattern: 8-on-6 inch
- Load Capacity: 4,300 pounds
Vision Wheel offers its Heavy Hauler 181-style 19.5-inch wheels in a direct bolt-on packag
When mounted on our dualie, the 19.5-inch tire and wheel package really filled out the whe
When we told Minor about all the trouble we had keeping 16-inch tires alive under our truc
The advantage that Vision Wheel’s 19.5-inch wheel and tire package offers is that it’s a t
The strength and improved tire life you get from 19.5-inch tires really starts with the wh
We had Auto Body and More in Santa Rosa, California, install the new combination on the du
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