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 81 
 on: April 16, 2015, 08:20:57 am 
Started by Barry-Sue - Last post by ron.dittmer
Our 2007 E350  tires are original and still undisturbed, last touched by the factory when built.  The original SS-braided extenders still don't leak but I know if I touch anything, I'll have to get rid of them.

When it's time for new tires, I am considering buying new Alcoa wheels and go with their recommended valve extenders.  Alcoa Wheels, Hubs & Lugs are $1,060 plus $86 shipping to me, at Southwest Wheel HERE.  Remember this is for four wheels, not six.  The part numbers are different because the fronts are polished on the outside, and the rears are polished on the inside.  Don't consider 6 wheels because the lug stems in the rear hubs will then be too short to accommodate the extra thickness of two alloys.

It seems the best time to buy Alcoa wheels is when buying new tires.  I would reclaim some of the cost through the sale of the four original steel rims with tires, wheel covers and lugs.

 82 
 on: April 16, 2015, 08:15:48 am 
Started by Doneworking - Last post by ron.dittmer
Our 2007 2350 E350 (NO slide), I set tire pressure to 65-70 in front and 60-65 in rear.  Visually the tires look a little under-pressured.  As an experiment, I once pumped the tires to max which then they looked right but the ride was horribly rough.  A trip taken a few years ago when we did not tow our Jeep Liberty, I added 5 psi in all tires to 75f/70r to improve fuel economy.  The ride was a compromise.  The trip average fuel economy was near 11 mpg.  I concluded I should have let some air out of the tires to enjoy the ride better and forget about fuel economy.  I am surprised how 5psi can change the ride significantly.

 83 
 on: April 16, 2015, 07:29:07 am 
Started by Doneworking - Last post by Doneworking
OK, I searched the forum and read some information about tire pressures.  

Here is my question:  on a Phoenix Cruiser 2350 Ford 350 with slide and fully loaded (water, gear etc) what tire pressure are you using?  

The sticker shows 75 front, 65 rear.   Now, I know to be technical each axle should be CAT weighed and to be really technical each of the surface contacts should be weighed separately.   I just need to know this:  what pressure do folks with this specific unit use?  65 rear seems low to me and 75 front seems high, both by five pounds or so. 

This question is really specific to Ford 350s.  I have owned 450s in the past but this is my first 350.  The tires are new MS2 thanks to the recall.

Paul


 84 
 on: April 15, 2015, 10:11:56 pm 
Started by Barry-Sue - Last post by Joseph
I concur, and take it as food for thought.  Actually it makes the cost of the upgrade trivial.   Looks like a mod for me to add to my list.

 85 
 on: April 15, 2015, 09:50:13 pm 
Started by Barry-Sue - Last post by Barry-Sue
Joseph

These are valve extenders and as such they are connected to the existing valve stem and then routed to the front of the outer tire for access.  Both of our failures occurred at the same point (where the valve extender connects to the valve stem).  The connection loosens up and the tire goes completely flat.  It is easy enough to fix if you detect it before you start traveling, however, it could be a major problem if it should occur during a travel day.

To put this in perspective this occurred twice in six years with about 45,000 travel miles.  I changed out the valve stems because I did not want to deal with this issue again.

Barry

 86 
 on: April 15, 2015, 09:19:26 pm 
Started by Barry-Sue - Last post by Joseph
Thank you and that is what I have on  mine. So what is happening to you, is this a common problem?

 87 
 on: April 15, 2015, 09:02:22 pm 
Started by Barry-Sue - Last post by Barry-Sue
Joseph

Standard for PC is Wheel Masters 8001-135B S/S 4 Hose Kit.

Here is a link to the web page:

http://wheelmasters.com/inflators.html

Barry

 88 
 on: April 15, 2015, 08:20:50 pm 
Started by Lieutenant - Last post by Lieutenant
 ;)If you travel to florida, drop me a line.

 89 
 on: April 15, 2015, 07:56:56 pm 
Started by Barry-Sue - Last post by Joseph
What comes standard from the factory?  Being I bought mine used I have no idea if mine is stock or been changed.

 90 
 on: April 15, 2015, 05:31:01 pm 
Started by JWW - Last post by Joseph
Bob, no question some great deals are out there with private sellers as well.  I think there are many people that don't take into consideration just how much wiggle room dealers have on used units.   

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