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16 or 16.5 rims ?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by wheelin247, Aug 28, 2001.

  1. wheelin247

    wheelin247 1/2 ton status

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    i plan on running 38.5 swampers here pretty soon and i plan on buying black rock crawler rims what size rimes are better 16 or 16.5's ?
     
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    16s are better. 16.5s dont have a good bead, and the come off the bead easily.

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    Yeah, unless you're planning on beadlocks, go with 16 or 15.
     
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    AFAIK no one makes a bead lock for a 16.5

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    I thought I had seen them somewhere - on someones rig. Not positive though.
     
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    Ryeguy 1/2 ton status

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    I've got Hummer 16.5" beadlock/runflat rims. They exist.

    --Rob
     
  7. Stephen

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    Trail ready is coming out with their 16.5" beadlock in about a month or so. I have a prototype set that I'm pretty happy with. I've run single digit pressure on the trail with no problems and been down to 5 psi in snow and haven't lost the inside bead. They're a little pricey, at $250 each, but they're really nice wheels.
    16.5's are nice because of the tire selection, and if you want to keep the tires under the fender a little more, they're available with 5" or so of backspacing. 16's have a true bead seat and I've run them on the trail with my 36" swamps at low doubler digits with no problems.

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  8. 84_Chevy_K10

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    Neither. Go with 15s. Rims and tires are cheaper, and there's more selection in 15" than any other size.

    Tim
    '84 Chevy K10, lifted, loud, fast, and 3/4 ton axles
     
  9. outlaw612

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    Will 16" rims clear a rear disc 14 bolt without grinding, or does it have to be a 16.5?
     
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    16's will fit just fine over a 14 bolt!

    Blazin' Trails ORD Style
     

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