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Re: After 14 Years, First New Set Of Tires (Plus Alcoa Wheels)
« Reply #15 on: May 18, 2021, 12:01:15 pm »
Sharp. Iíll bet it goes faster too.....

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Re: After 14 Years, First New Set Of Tires (Plus Alcoa Wheels)
« Reply #16 on: May 18, 2021, 06:35:38 pm »
Sharp. Iíll bet it goes faster too.....
Haha, no faster than before.  Our 67-68 mph cruising speed will be maintained, but now done in style, and hoped to improve our riding comfort a little better with the 20 pound dumbbell removed from each of the 4 corners.
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Re: After 14 Years, First New Set Of Tires (Plus Alcoa Wheels)
« Reply #17 on: May 18, 2021, 08:26:56 pm »
That looks REALLY sharp Ron!

Is the surface behind the lug nuts a different color or is that just the pictures? Almost looks like a black chrome effect.

Either way they look sweet!

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« Reply #18 on: May 18, 2021, 08:37:12 pm »
Is the surface behind the lug nuts a different color or is that just the pictures? Almost looks like a black chrome effect.
The thin black ring behind the chrome lug nut covers are the original black steel lugs with integrated washer/domes.  The fancy snap-over caps do not quite cover them, I think it is intentional because the hub caps are held on with the OEM washers.  If the fancy caps completely covered the OEM washers, there would be an interference with the hub caps.
Here are pics of one OEM lug nut.

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« Reply #19 on: May 19, 2021, 07:52:55 pm »
Ron: I was referring to the large flat surface that the lug nuts all rest upon. It looks to be a different color or maybe just the way the light is hitting it in the pictures?

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Re: After 14 Years, First New Set Of Tires (Plus Alcoa Wheels)
« Reply #20 on: May 20, 2021, 11:58:39 am »
Ron: I was referring to the large flat surface that the lug nuts all rest upon. It looks to be a different color or maybe just the way the light is hitting it in the pictures?
Ah, I understand your question now.

It's all the same, 100% polished alloy with the Dura-Bright finish on it.  That dark ring is a reflection of me and my dark colored car behind me.

This pictures shows them true.
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Re: After 14 Years, First New Set Of Tires (Plus Alcoa Wheels)
« Reply #21 on: May 20, 2021, 07:30:12 pm »
I finally am finished with new wheels & tires, but with a wheel alignment that still needs some attention.








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« Reply #22 on: May 20, 2021, 08:13:15 pm »
Very Nice! ;)

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« Reply #23 on: May 21, 2021, 02:56:32 pm »
Looks really good.   Now get it back in the garage!

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Re: After 14 Years, First New Set Of Tires (Plus Alcoa Wheels)
« Reply #24 on: May 21, 2021, 05:44:00 pm »
 2o2

Did it still take a routine alignment with the drop springs?
Goin' where the wind goes...

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Re: After 14 Years, First New Set Of Tires (Plus Alcoa Wheels)
« Reply #25 on: May 22, 2021, 11:39:56 am »
2o2  Did it still take a routine alignment with the drop springs?
The jury is still out on the alignment.  I am in the middle of working through it with the alignment shop with plans to post my alignment challenges in my softer-front-spring post.
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Re: After 14 Years, First New Set Of Tires (Plus Alcoa Wheels)
« Reply #26 on: May 22, 2021, 06:40:15 pm »
Ron,  really nice looking.  Let me see, I can do this upgrade OR get a used motorcycle.  This is cheaper for sure.  Thanks for posting pics.

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Re: After 14 Years, First New Set Of Tires (Plus Alcoa Wheels)
« Reply #27 on: May 22, 2021, 06:55:28 pm »
Those rims are killer looking no question about it.  Not something Iíll do but without question the best Iíve seen on a motorhome.

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Re: After 14 Years, First New Set Of Tires (Plus Alcoa Wheels)
« Reply #28 on: May 23, 2021, 05:24:03 am »
The wheels I bought are made by Alcoa, by far the most trusted brand installed on cross-country 18 wheel trucks.  I paid $1500 for them from HERE.  I have found other brands sold cheaper, but I knew nothing about their reputation and also was concerned how the finish would hold up.

There are two types of Alcoa wheel finishes.  One is raw polished alloy.  These have the Dura-Bright finish that cost $100 more.

$1500 is a lot of money for me to spend on this but I have always wanted them for the look, improved heat dissipation, and 20 pounds less unsprung weight per corner when considering the steel wheel and it's wheel cover combined.  I hope to recover 1/3 of the expense through the sale of my wheel covers HERE and 4 original rear steel wheels with tires that I recently sold for $400.
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Re: After 14 Years, First New Set Of Tires (Plus Alcoa Wheels)
« Reply #29 on: May 23, 2021, 08:26:53 am »
Ron, they look awesome. My comment it isnít something Iíd do wasnít to be disrespectful nor is it about money. I can afford the expense, itís simply something Iím not in to. IE, my last few motorcycles I never added one piece of chrome. If it didnít add range or comfort I wasnít interested and I parted out my last heavy cruiser (a 2012) with 190,000 miles in 2017.

If my comment that itís not something Iíd do come off as disrespectful, I do apologize, it was not intended.