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Noobie question regarding tire/wheel spacing


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#1 mysterj1

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 09:36 PM

first off, I'll qualify my question by saying not only am I a noobie as far as truck builds (well, I built the Movin On and Watkins reefer kits 30 years ago) but for some reason when I got the bug to build again I decided to build big rigs. Haven't driven big rigs (except fire apparatus/tenders), so I don't have years crawling around in/on big rigs.

I'm building the AMT/Ertl lowboy trailer, and when using both the inner and outer chrome wheel trim, there is probably a good 1/4 gap between the tires. Now I've never studied lowboy tires, but that seems odd. Should there be that big of a gap?

I'm thinking of just trimming the inner rings so I can get rid of the gap. Right or wrong?

Edited by mysterj1, 30 May 2012 - 12:18 AM.


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Posted 29 May 2012 - 10:12 PM

In the real world,, its about 2-3 inches,, so when there loaded the tires DO NOT TOUCH,., plus for cooling, Ya go by a truck shop you'll find that you can buy that space in about 12+ differ, wipths. Or when your out drivin about,,look at one up close, or go by a truck stop,, But Yes,, if its 1/24-1/25,, a 1/4" would be 6 inches,,about half that, if it was me,,

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 09:37 AM

In the real world,, its about 2-3 inches,, so when there loaded the tires DO NOT TOUCH,., plus for cooling, Ya go by a truck shop you'll find that you can buy that space in about 12+ differ, wipths. Or when your out drivin about,,look at one up close, or go by a truck stop,, But Yes,, if its 1/24-1/25,, a 1/4" would be 6 inches,,about half that, if it was me,,


Makes sense to me! Thanks for the input, Randy. Learned something today already, maybe the boss will let me go home early :lol: