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Old 02-04-2010, 10:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Just bought an 87 Sammi, already lifted with 31'' Swampers. I want to run 32x11-14 Silverback atv tires. I'm havin trouble finding 14'' wheels with 5 lug 5x5.5 bolt pattern. Anybody know where I can find a set?
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Wow, smaller... that's a switch...
have you measured if they will fit? Remember there are brake front and rear that you need to fit inside those wheels.
what are the tires rated for weight? what makes these tires so special?
any on road driving may get a little squirrelly... remember it's the sidewall that gives... are these tires even capable of high speeds? (sorry, I know nothing about them)

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I think you need to check the load rating on those tires. Even the 6 ply silver back is not designed to handle the weight of a samurai. We may have the smallest lightest truck on the trail, but we still push at least 500 lbs over even the heaviest quads. That's empty weight too.
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Sammi not any heavier than a loaded ranger. A buddy is running them on his sammi with no problems
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Sammi gonna be used for hunting and mud riding only, no high speeds or road use.
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In that case, you want a nice wide tire on a wide rim. I'm running a 12.5" BFG mud tire on a 10 wide rim.
Pizza cutter (narrow) tires only dig down. You have a light rig, use that advantage.
Mine is so light on it's feet I've actually drifted it over my foot with no harm. BUT, I don't recommend that.
I know guys that run 14.5" rubber on 12" wide rims that are even better at floatation, and that's what you want. It's all about pounds per square inch pushing down... think show shoes.
Hardcore rocks may show a weakness in the axles with that much leverage. In the perfect world the back spacing would be about equal.

A fully loaded Ranger is 3000 lbs?
sammy - curb of just over 2000 lbs and payload of almost 1000 lbs
1995 Suzuki Samurai specs, auto safety at Edmunds

If you know someone that is running 14" rims, why no just ask him what they are?
Maybe a utility trailer place?

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My buddy built his wheels. I can easily build my own, but was hoping to find some aluminum wheels that look nice. Far as the tires go, the silverback is awesome on a sammi. One of my buddies is running 31'' TSL's, another is running 9.5x16 tractor tires, and another is running silverbacks. The sammi on the silverbacks will walk circles around the others.
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All the wheels I'm finding are 5 lug 5x4.5 Looks like I'm gonna halfta buy adapters or just build some wheels.
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silverbacks are practically a paddle tire. Great for mudding. They shed the mud nice and easy and the tread wraps all the way around the sidewall to the rim. You'll have to look at adapters or trailer wheels probably. I'm pretty sure if his ranger can roll on them, the samurai shouldn't have a problem.
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I'm giving up on finding wheels, anybody know where I can find adapters to go from 5x5.5 to 4x1.56, 4x1.10, 4x1.15, 4x1.37
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