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03' Pete 387 DSP40 drive axles. I've read enough to know that the 2" offset is probably adding undue stress to the smaller outer bearing on my spindles. Q? Can I just mount the wheels with the offset facing 'in'? Will they clear the drums? Will the resulting 'track width be too narrow for regular heavy haul use? Or, should I just replace them with zero offset wheels?

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Maybe I should have defined 'heavy haul'. I mostly run OTR with a dry van trailer with normal 34k axle group weights.

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Hey Darrell, Usually if the 2" offset is causing problems you will see it with abnormal tire wear on the inside rib of the tire. "Inside rib", meaning rib closest to the truck frame will usually wear down faster than the rest of the tire. If you are seeing this wear pattern then it is one of two things or a combination of both.

1. 2" offset wheels are causing axle flex Fix: (switch to 0" offset wheels or flip your 2" offset wheels)

2. wheel bearing is out of adjustment. Fix: (go to mdalignment.com and they will have proper torque specs for axle nut. I think for super single it was 75 ft lbs with a single nut, but not sure. You may have to give them a call and you pay like $8 and it lets you access the information. )

I've had both of these issues cause problems. All truck axles are different, that's why some people run 2" off set and never have any problems and some people do have problems. I've never had an issue on a drive axle but have had my share of problems with a lift axle and trailer axles.

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1. yes, the 2" offset wheel will cause more axle flex and put more stress on the bearings. In my opinion, if your not seeing abnormal tire wear on the inside rib, then the extra stress will not cause a problem with any of the components.

2. yes, most of the time you can flip the 2" offset wheels and they work just fine. Most wheels will clear the drum with enough room to allow the valve stem to also clear. I've done it with alcoa and accuride rims and have not had any issues. You will have to find a good tire shop that will fix the valve stem up for you. The valve stem will be on the inside and will point out through the hole in the rim. I had to go to a couple of tire shops before I found one that would do that for me. When you flip a 2" offset it doesn't give you a true 0" out set, its closer to 3/4" outset, but it does move the wheels in and seems to take care of most problems for people.

3. The track width will be just fine with any of these combinations. The smallest track width would be the 0" offset, then the 2" offset flipped, then the 2" offset normal.

I haul tankers and van trailers and I've used all three of these combinations for weights up to 80K, using the 34k axle group. Hope this helps, if you have any more questions just ask, I have quite a bit of experience in this area.

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Rick, that's exactly the information I was looking for. I bought this truck last July with 1,683,000 miles on it & immediately put the Michelin X-ones on it from my Freightliner. The tires had 175,000 miles on them then & now another 135,000 & they're just starting to show the inside wear, but last November I had to have the axle surgeon replace one of my differential spindles because of the excessive wear at the outer bearing, but who knows if that was due to prior mileage, or the addition of the new super wides. Thanks much for your information.

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I ran super singles with 2 inch offset I didn't have problem but I had spread axle trailer so I put more weight on trailer axles. There is a weight formula for running 2 inch offset wheel. But I see your heavy haul so I suppose you 're overweight on drives

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I don't think your other idea will work

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If you can keep your drives at 32,000 that's amount they say it needs to be kept at for 2 inch offset I manged to keep it in that ball park without any trouble

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