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1 TONS AND 15" WHEELS

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by mudddog91, Dec 28, 2000.

  1. mudddog91

    mudddog91 1/2 ton status

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    1 TONS AND 15\" WHEELS

    IVE GOT A 74 WITH A 14 BOLT REAR AND A DANA 44HD UP FRONT BOTH 8 LUG.QUESTION IS CAN I USE 15 " WHEELS WITH THIS COMBO,AND IF SO DO I NEED A SPECIAL OFFSET FOR THEM TO FIT?I DONT WANT TO RUN 16.5'S BECAUSE OF THE LACK OF A BEAD.ALSO 16" TIRES ARE EXPENSIVE AND A LITTLE MORE RARE THAN 15'S AND 16.5'S.ALSO CAN I STILL USE 15" RIMS ONCE I UPGRADE TO A DANA 60?THANKS FOR THE HELP.
     
  2. kpanza

    kpanza 1/2 ton status

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    Re: 1 TONS AND 15\" WHEELS

    Well, I just swapped in a 14 bolt rear and swapped on 3/4 ton brakes and hubs to my front. The rear 15" wheels cleared the drums, but the front wasn't close. It would have been at least a 1/4" of grinding, way more than is safe. I imagine that a Dana 60 front has even bigger brakes, so I can't see it being possible without large spacers being used to set the wheel way outboard (not very nice to your axle). The only way to know is to try a set on for size! Good Luck... I had to switch to 16.5s, and I will probably put some beadlocks on in the future...
     
  3. mudddog91

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    Re: 1 TONS AND 15\" WHEELS

    WELL I GUESS ITS 16.5'S FOR ME!OH WELL,HEY HAVE ANY OF YOU HAD EXPERIENCE WITH A LINCOLN LOCKER UP FRONT?WILL MY AXLE SURVIVE OR AM I PIPE DREAMING?
     
  4. Chris Demartini

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    Re: 1 TONS AND 15\" WHEELS

    <font color=blue>I have 15" wheels on my 14 ff rear and 8 lug dana 44 front. It took a little grinding in the front, theres still plenty of metal left. To fit 15s on a Dana 60, you need wheels with 3" backspacing and you need to grind the calipers. Those calipers are huge so I wouldnt worry about weakening them by grinding. I have seen it a lot in the magazines. What kind of wheeling do you plan on? Lincoln lockers would only be good for rockcrawling or side-by-side mud racing. The only diff I would put in the front is an ARB. Its expensive, which is why my front is open, but its there when you need it and not when you dont</font color=blue>

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    Re: 1 TONS AND 15\" WHEELS

    Can 15's fit on a 1 ton 14b rear? I hear the drums are bigger than the 3/4 ton.

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  6. Chris Demartini

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    Re: 1 TONS AND 15\" WHEELS

    <font color=blue>When I brought my 1 ton 14 bolt home, it had drums on it. I switched to disks before I put it on, but I test-fitted a spare rim before to see if it would work. The rim was 15x10 with 4" backspacing and it fit over the drum fine. </font color=blue>

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    Re: 1 TONS AND 15\" WHEELS

    Hey I like your picture SAVAGE1.

    90K5

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    Re: 1 TONS AND 15\" WHEELS

    I bought some 8 lug 15 at a meet and did the same grind.
    Also have the same set up 14 with 44 up front.
    Will just barely fit.
     
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    Re: 1 TONS AND 15\" WHEELS

    I've put 15 X 10's on the following:

    3/4 ton Dana 44 Chevy front
    3/4 ton 10 Bolt Chevy front
    --required some grinding

    3/4 ton 14 Bolt FF rear
    1 ton 14 Bolt FF rear
    --fit fine

    3/4 ton 14 Bolt FF rear w/custom disk brakes
    --required minor grinding

    1 ton Dana 60 Chevy front
    --required LOTS of grinding, but when done there was still more metal left than a 3/4 ton starts with

    The wheels used were 15 X 10 JJ, standard offset, American Racing White Spokes and Mods made by Tech (I've heard these are no longer made).

    Pete

    '83 K5, 350 TBI (ex 6.2), Dana 60/14 bolt, Detroits, 3" lift, 15-39.5x15 TSLs
    '97 Dodge 2500 4x4 CC LB Sport, Cummins 5 spd
     

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