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Percy Hazel

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From: Bellingham, WA, USA
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posted 04-04-2004 10:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Percy Hazel   Click Here to Email Percy Hazel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just picked up an E350 dually.
Why do they change the front rotors and wheels when attached to a dually rear end?
The std front wheel and single rear tires are rated for the same load.
How about changing the front over to a more conventional wheel rotor/wheel combination and a super single rear tire?

May be a dumb question but an inquiring mind needs to know.
My E350 has been converted to a 5th wheel tow rig and will probably never tow more than a 9,000 lb 5th wheel camping trailer.

Thanks guys

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posted 04-05-2004 09:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Do you mean the bud wheels? They are offset so the flanges will meet on the rearend. The front hubs have spacers so the front track width won't change from the offset of the rim. As for the back,you now have four wheel instead of two. This means double treadwidths,beads sidewalls,etc. The load on these components is split in half,or you can double the payload with dual wheels. You also get a Dana 70. Bigger and more parts for more stress.

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posted 04-06-2004 12:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomP   Click Here to Email TomP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you used single type wheels up front you'd need to carry both types of rims for spare tires.

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posted 04-07-2004 08:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Also, remember that when a vehicle brakes, the weight of everything behind it bears down on the front end of the tow vehicle, so it has to be stout.

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