Re: Replacement 9.50 X 16.5 tire options
360ci -- thanks for the info on Cooper 9.50 X 16.5 tire choices. Both of the Coopers are smaller in diameter (30.3" and 30.4") than the Firestone Transforce (30.8"). I need as much height as possible within the max 32" tire height to fit the Bronco suspension limits so my truck can get over railroad track when it derails or has to drive over grade crossings, etc.
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Perhaps I'm just not too familiar with the specific application of the truck, but I'd look into getting 17" wheels. You can get them 9-10" wide with lower profile to easily get a 32" size, this way they will fit over the tracks. I do realize that the rims would have to be greatly offset so that they hug the rim close to the chassis. Perhaps a shortened axle will work instead? It's been a while since I've seen a railroad truck, last one I saw had the front end on the rails (steel wheels aligned to go on the track) and the rear tires were pulled in toward the chassis so they can run on the track and push the vehicle forward. By the look of it, it seemed to have a shortened axle as the outside sidewall of the tire was a good foot inside the edge of the fleetside body. Body builders generally do what is the lowest cost thing to do at the time don't forget.
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