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Old 02-04-2011, 06:36 PM   #1
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06 Quigley wheels.

Anyone running 18" wheels. My van has 16" now. That's a one inch increase in radius, and fewer tire choices....but the 18 ford wheel looks pretty cool. I understand backspacing etc, and have read this site up and down. I like a some sidewall for airing down, but I won't get too crazy off road. All thoughts appreciated. Tom.
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Old 02-04-2011, 08:49 PM   #2
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Re: 06 Quigley wheels.

If you are running 16" wheels, then you probably have 8x6.5" bolt pattern. Which makes it difficult to run late model F-Series 18" wheels. I'm not sure about Quigley, but most of the 4x4 converters went to 17" or larger wheels when they started using the 8z170mm bolt pattern axles.

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Old 02-04-2011, 11:18 PM   #3
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Re: 06 Quigley wheels.

Always thought they were 8x170. Just looked and do not see a stamp. May have to...gasp...measure. If it's 8x170, do you think the 18's are a good option? Thanks, Tom.
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Old 02-04-2011, 11:23 PM   #4
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Re: 06 Quigley wheels.

Just read they switched in 1999. Sound right?
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Old 02-05-2011, 10:57 AM   #5
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Re: 06 Quigley wheels.

The biggest difference between 8 x 6.5 and 8 x 170 is the change from lug-centric wheels to hub-centric wheels. 8 x 6.5 wheels have coned lugnuts while 8 x 170 wheels have flat faced lugnuts. On the 8 x 6.5 wheels the cone of the lug nuts center the wheel and hold it on. On the 8 x 170 wheels, the hub locates the wheel and the lugs only hold the wheel against the spindle. The difference in bolt pattern is less than 0.2" - 170mm = 6.69", so be careful when you measure your bolt circle.

As you can see by my signature, I have the F-Series 18" wheels. Bought used off eBay, they are cheaper than aftermarket wheels, have the proper backspacing for use with an F-Series front axle in an E-Series van. I bought the wheels/tires for the price of a new set of tires. I like the wheels and think they are an excellent choice.

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Re: 06 Quigley wheels.

I'll bet your rims are the 8x170 bolt pattern. My understanding is that Quigley switched to 8x170 in 2005 when the Superduty front axle changed from leaf to coil springs. 17" rims were new in 2007 when we bought our van. Ford increased the size of the brake calipers that year and 16" rims would no longer fit.

You should be fine to run 18" rims, but suggest you confirm before buying anything.
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Old 08-07-2011, 05:33 PM   #7
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Re: 06 Quigley wheels.

Hmmmmm. Confirm before buying. Confirm before buying.......where have I heard that before. My 06 quigley is 6.5" centers, and the set of super duty's I just bought a 6.625. Doh!
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Re: 06 Quigley wheels.

If the van does not have rear wheel adapters, then you have the 8x6.5" bolt pattern. If it has wheel adapters, it probably is 8 x 170mm, since using wheel adapters is the easiest way to make front and rear match.

A 16" wheel won't fit the current brake setup, which makes my think you probably have the 8x6.5" pattern.
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Re: 06 Quigley wheels.

That is correct. Searching now for adapters....8x6.5 to 8x170. Lots of results, and I remember seeing some reference here to a quality manufacturer...vs unknown e-bay vendor. So still had an 8x6.5 wheels on an 06 quigley. Tom.
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Re: 06 Quigley wheels.

Right, the vans did NOT change spacing in 99 when the F series did.

Remember critical factor is what is the bolt cirlce of the rear axle as it came from Ford; both SMB and Quigley would use a front axle that has the same spacing as the stock rear axle that is on the van they are modifying.

UJOINT makes great rear wheel spacers, send him a PM. But if the wheels don't match your front axle... you're up the creek. BTW I think 17 is probably the best compromise on sidewall and caliper clearance.
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