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I don't like to beg but I could use some help with getting my extremely budged crutched Dragster project on the track. I need some 16"X16" (or 17"wide) double bead lock rims with a 5 on 5 1/2" bolt circle and a 4" back space. I don't care WHAT they look like as long as they are straight and usable (having a SFI cert # would be a bonus). SOMEONE must have a pair just gathering dust somewhere......I need help getting this 4+ year project in the wind....I'm not getting any younger! lol Even if I had to put new centers in them........The ones that came with the car have kissed the wall and are nothing more than shop rollers....I'd even give you those if you wanted them.
Thanks for looking and helping if you can. :D
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Rob unless you are planing to run the big show, you do not need that much wheel. 16X14 non beadlocks are everywhere, most are 4" backspace and very affordable. This works well with 34 1/2's buy a used set of liners & use a set of drag tubes in them. Hooser sells a nifty valve stem that you install by drilling and taping a hole, they also sell new liners. With this combo your car won't shake & will take less HP to run. I just mounted up a new set of Hoosers for the new AA/FA we are building, using this combo.
 

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Thank you very much Vandy. That's something I didn't know. Until I can afford to build the big horse 514" and step up to Top Dragster I plan on running a mid 700 horse 466" and run brackets. I have to run a 16" because of my brakes and I do plan on running a 33.5 tall tire. Will a 33.5X17-16 tire work OK on a 14" wide rim? I'd always been told to keep the tire and wheel combo within 1" of each other. Thanks again. :)
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Rob Yes the 33 1/2 & the 34 1/2 both work very well on a 14 wide rim, in fact most all the T/F cars ran the 36 tire on the 14 wide for many years. The idea that you need a wheel within 1" tire size is true only if you are running a tire that is the smallest tire you could get away with. Running a narrow wheel is great when over tireing, this lets you run on bad tracks with low pressure and higher pressure on good tracks. The car will get up on the tire more quickly and take less power down track. I ran 14x32x15's on 8" wheels on my old dragster for many years. You could even run the N T/F combo ($$$) they run a spec tire 33 1/2 X 13 X16 on a 10, 11 or 12 inch rim. I like the 17 wide tire myself. For your car you do not need liners or beadlocks just screws & tubes are legal for running in the 7's but check the rules.
 

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Vandy, once again thank you very much. I suspected as much about getting up on the tire 'farther' and it only makes sense that it would be sooner too with a narrower rim. After reading the rule book and thinking about it some more I can get more of a feel for a base line for horsepower/speed as they don't require a bead lock until 215 MPH and a wing after 190 MPH (for T/D).
Thank you once again for sharing your vast amount of knowledge with me and I'm sure that someone else will read this and gleen something from it also! :D


OK then, I'm looking for a pair of NON bead lock 16" diameter by 10", 11", 12" or 14" wide, 5 on 5 1/2" bolt circle wheels with a 4" back space. HELP!!! lol
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Look on racing junk. I've run 15x15 wheels and a goodyear 33.5x15 x15 for years and still do. We have been 7.70 with no problems with the old 514 and no we are running a 557. Bead locks are over kill how many TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER AND FUNNY CARS RUN THEM. Pretty much none


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Look on racing junk. I've run 15x15 wheels and a goodyear 33.5x15 x15 for years and still do. We have been 7.70 with no problems with the old 514 and no we are running a 557. Bead locks are over kill how many TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER AND FUNNY CARS RUN THEM. Pretty much none


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Thank you Ace, yes, I've looked....problem is is I'm looking for 16" diameter wheels. The 15's are everywhere. I have to have the 16's because the diff is a 9" floater with big discs on it....AND a 5 on 5 1/2" bolt circle with 11/16" studs. Yup, Vandy convinced me that I don't need bead locks :) Sooooooo......still looking......
Rob
 
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