New Rickson Truck Wheels

November 13, 2012

For years we had suffered with our Stockton Wheels on The Turtle V. They were never true, and because we had gone from dual rears to singles, the offset was different from front to rear, meaning we could not swap the rear or spare to the front. Rickson Truck Wheels came up with a compromise offset that allows front and rear wheels to interchange just by turning them around. We have never had a real front spare tire. The new Rickson rims are true and round, and powder coated with a matching powder from NIC/Prismatic Powders. Before mounting a set of new Michelin XZL 335/80R20 tires, we installed a new SmarTire pressure and temperature monitoring system. Bob Dickman Tire Center pre-programmed the wireless receiver for the new sensors.

Powder-coated wheels were pre-fit on the truck’s hubs. Being “hub centric”, the fit must be perfect.

Before mounting a set of new Michelin XZL 335/80R20 tires, we installed new sensors for the SmarTire pressure and temperature monitoring system.

Each wheel carries a motion-sensitive Lithium battery-powered sensor that constantly monitors the tires’ pressure and temperature.

The guys at Plaza Tire in Nevada City, CA (530-265-4642) did a super job of mounting and balancing the new rubber, being careful not to disturb the SmarTire sensors.

Using the cool Clever Lever by TSI made the job of installing the new heavy tires and wheels less of a back-breaker. The Clever Lever lifts the tire up and it can be turned on the rollers.

With the new Rickson Wheels, front and rear track in line and all five rims have the same offset, so all tires, front and rear, are now interchangeable.

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