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Posted: Mon Dec 22, 2008 05:00 AM
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saw a pair of bfg A/T's on cl.com. the are 31x10.5x15.
just wondering if and how well the 10.5 inch wide A/Ts would fit and function on a 9.5 inch rim?


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Post Post subject: Re: 10.5 inch tires on 9.5 inch rims
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That rim's a bit wide. I'd be looking at something in the 7" range so you have some wheel protection.


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Post Post subject: Re: 10.5 inch tires on 9.5 inch rims
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It will work, but puts the tire and bead in harms way......


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Post Post subject: Re: 10.5 inch tires on 9.5 inch rims
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like it would have too much sidewall hanging out? the theoretical tire being wider than the rim?

i just imagine that if the rim is narrower than the tire, you have a big foot print with the sidewalls protected, rather than having the tire narrower than the rim, sidewalls exposed and possibly the bead coming off the rim, trying to suck in...


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The tire protects the rim and bead when a narrower rim is used.

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Post Post subject: Re: 10.5 inch tires on 9.5 inch rims
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that's what i thought, a narrower tire can't be good on a wider rim.

so perrib, a 31x10.5x15 would work good on a 9.5 inch wide rim?


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Post Post subject: Re: 10.5 inch tires on 9.5 inch rims
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If you go to BF Goodrich's website it list the rim widths for a 31x10.5x15 as 7-9 inches. 9.5 may be pushing it a bit.

I worked in a tire shop for quite some time and depending on how diligent they are they may not mount them on 9.5 rims. In all honesty they probably won't catch it though.


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Like Fast One states the rim is too wide.

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you got it and most of the desert race guys use an inch smaller .....


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From one of my Bajas. The tire protects the rim. 33x12.50 on 8 " rims and 7.00 15 on stock rims.




Note the lack of damge to the rims.

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thanks for clearing that up


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Perrib, mud terrains the way to roll!


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They are nice but my first choise is All Terrains since they slip more and transfer less shock to the drivetrain.

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Post Post subject: Re: 10.5 inch tires on 9.5 inch rims
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what bolt pattern are you running?

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My rears are 4 lug and front 5 lug. One of these days I'll get around to installing the adapters to go 5 lug in the rear.

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