Welcome to Trike Daddy Customs How To Drift Trike Wheel and Tire Guide. Everyone asks me about what Rim and Tire combinations work with 10″ PVC. So I decided to post a Trike Daddy Customs How To Drift Trike Wheel and Tire Guide to help the do it yourselfer with choosing the correct rim and tire for their Drift Trike. Lets face it, there’s nothing more frustrating than buying some expensive rims and tires for your drift trike build only to find out that the PVC doesn’t fit properly or is a pain in the ass to mount on the tires. I’m going to try and make this as easy to understand as possible for everyone and cover a few things without nerding it out too much so here goes.
Alright so start this Trike Daddy Customs How To Drift Trike Wheel and Tire Guide with how to read the tire measurements. This is crucial in determining what the measurements of the tire are. Example: 11×6-6; 11 identifies the tires diameter. 6 identifies the tires tread width and the last 6 identifies what diameter rim the tire is intended for. Now these numbers can vary few mm’s depending on the tire manufacturer’s tolerances during production but the numbers as a rule are pretty close. Now things can get tricky so pay attention. You may run across a tire measurement that reads 4.5/10.0-5; This measurement shows the tread width first followed by the diameter then the rim size it fits on. Typically the last number is always the rim diameter.
Next thing I need to talk about is how a rims width will determine how easily your PVC will mount on your tire. Let’s say you purchase a new set of Drift Trike tires and rims from a website that deals in DIY trike parts/kits. Typically what you’ll see is a kit that uses a tire with the same width as the rim. This usually isn’t a big deal to a kart racer but in the world of drift trikes this can be a huge problem and here’s why. If the tire is, let’s say 11-6-6. The tire diameter is 11″ and the width is 6″. The inside diameter of 10″ PVC is a little under 10″ so trying to squeeze 11″ into 10″ doesn’t work so well as many people come to find out the hard way.
The obvious solution here is to somehow reduce the outside diameter of the tire to 10″ or less. The first thought people usually have is look for a smaller tire…….. Well that will do the trick but it’s often easier and cheaper to just purchase or choose a wider rim to go with that tire. So now your next question is probably going to be; What rim size do I need to go with the 11-6-6 tire so it fits my PVC? Great question! If you can understand simple physics then you’ll be able to wrap your brain around this pretty easily. If I have a tire that is 11″ in diameter, I need to reduce it’s diameter somehow to 10″. The trick to this is a simple one but often overlooked. Use a rim that is 1.5″ to 3″ wider than the tires width. For example; 11×7.10-6 tire needs an 9.5″ or even a 10″ wide rim. My rule of thumb is this. The larger the tires diameter, the wider the rim needs to be in order to reduce it’s Outside diameter.
Make sense!? Crazy how that works.
Quick Reference Guide
So here’s some common Rim and Tire combos that I’ve used that work well together.
11-6-6 / 6×9.5″
10.5-6.5-6 / 6×9 to 9.5″
10-6-6 / 6×6,7,8″
10-5-5 / 4.5″ or 5″
I hope this sheds some light on the subject of rim and tire fitment on your Drift Trike. Be sure to check out the next How to on mounting and stretching a kart tire safely. Until then Get your Slide Right and slide safe. Thank you reading the Trike Daddy Customs How To Drift Trike Wheel and Tire Guide. Be sure to check out www.BMIkarts.com for all your karting and Drift Trike parts/kits.
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