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I am looking into having rims/wheels made to fit my one ton 55'. I have been wanting to get rid of the split ring rims and go tubeless. Nobody seems to have them. People have offered to alter my original rims but we rather keep them for when the truck gets retired. I have contacted manufacturers in China. Have not found any in the states. Anyway they require a minimum quantity order. Understandable they are selling wholesale. I am wondering if anyone else is interested in changing out their rims for a newer tubeless type. If I can get enough truck owners together it would help defer the costs. Not looking to discard my original rims. Just want to make our truck easier to use. Yes, our truck is used weekly. It still has to earn its keep. Not looking for long dissertations. Just wanting to see if there are other Dodge one ton truck owners who prefer the tubeless and if they would be willing to partner up. Planning to stay with the standard look of the one ton rims. Cannot guarantee an exact match but perhaps similar steel painted white rims. Details can be worked out once I see how many will be interested. Thanks, Randy

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42 minutes ago, You're So Vane said:

I am looking into having rims/wheels made to fit my one ton 55'. I have been wanting to get rid of the split ring rims and go tubeless. Nobody seems to have them. People have offered to alter my original rims but we rather keep them for when the truck gets retired. I have contacted manufacturers in China. Have not found any in the states. Anyway they require a minimum quantity order. Understandable they are selling wholesale. I am wondering if anyone else is interested in changing out their rims for a newer tubeless type. If I can get enough truck owners together it would help defer the costs. Not looking to discard my original rims. Just want to make our truck easier to use. Yes, our truck is used weekly. It still has to earn its keep. Not looking for long dissertations. Just wanting to see if there are other Dodge one ton truck owners who prefer the tubeless and if they would be willing to partner up. Planning to stay with the standard look of the one ton rims. Cannot guarantee an exact match but perhaps similar steel painted white rims. Details can be worked out once I see how many will be interested. Thanks, Randy

I don't understand the problem. I was under the impression all 8 lug wheels had the same bolt pattern.  I know I have taken split rims off of trucks in the past and replaced them with stock 8 lug rims from more modern trucks.

 

Go to a junkyard and buy a used tire and rim from a 70's or newer 3/4 or 1 ton Dodge pu,and take it home and bolt it on. You can probably buy one with a tire still on it for 20 bucks because scrap yards are thrilled to sell them. If they don't,they have to pay someone to take the tire off the rim before they can scrap it.

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Ok, you're not a truck owner that is obvious. Older Dodge and later model Sprinters use six lug on there one ton. Later model center hole and lug spacing are different than the older ones. 

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1 minute ago, You're So Vane said:

Ok, you're not a truck owner that is obvious. Older Dodge and later model Sprinters use six lug on there one ton. Later model center hole and lug spacing are different than the older ones. 

Ok,so try a 60's GM 6 lug truck wheel.

 

If that doesn't work,buy junk yard rims that are the diameter and width you want,and then cut the centers out,and then cut the centers of your stock wheels out and weld them into the modern centers. If you can't do this for some reason,there are a lot of wheel shops that will do it for you. I used to do this to put split rims on trucks I ran on the beach so I could use wider tires.

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We looked into that as well. Can't find anyone who has a rim to fit. We want to keep our original rims for when the truck is retired. Purchased new we want to keep as much of the original parts as possible. I use the truck and it is getting harder and harder to find tire shops (in Illinois) that will do service on split ring. There are shops in California that will do the welding you suggest. But I cannot even find another set of original rims that will fit our truck. There is a guy in Washington State wants $340/rim that look like scrap from the photos he sent. I can have new made for about $80 each. But have to order a quantity. Which I will do if there is enough interest.

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2 hours ago, You're So Vane said:

We looked into that as well. Can't find anyone who has a rim to fit. We want to keep our original rims for when the truck is retired. Purchased new we want to keep as much of the original parts as possible. I use the truck and it is getting harder and harder to find tire shops (in Illinois) that will do service on split ring. There are shops in California that will do the welding you suggest. But I cannot even find another set of original rims that will fit our truck. There is a guy in Washington State wants $340/rim that look like scrap from the photos he sent. I can have new made for about $80 each. But have to order a quantity. Which I will do if there is enough interest.

Contact the Montana Dodge Boys. They post here and specialize in old Mopars. Looks like they have several big Dodge trucks in their junkyard. Even if they don't have it,they can definitely tell you what,if any,modern wheels will fit. If worse comes to worse they can make you a set of rims using original centers (if they have them) and more modern rims. They have a full machine shop,so something like this is no big deal for them.

 

Did I mention they only build and repair old Mopars?

 

BTW,I understand and applaud your reluctance to destroy the original wheels that came with the truck.

 

https://www.moparmontana.com/

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