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16x10 or 16.5x9.75?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by MudFrog, Jun 7, 2001.

  1. MudFrog

    MudFrog 1/2 ton status

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    Which should I go with when I do my axle swap? I will run a chrome wheel. There really isn't much difference in price as far as tires go. But I see more tire sizes available in 16.5". Should there be anything else I'm aware of when deciding? How bout backspacing on each wheel?

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  2. Leadfoot

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    If it's a daily driver/show truck either will work but there are more tire choices (I think) for the 16.5 rim, but if you are going to wheel and/or air down your tires, the 16 is the best way to go because the 16.5 has no beadlocks.
     
  3. californiak5

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    If you are planning on airing down when wheeling go with the 16" rims. They will hold a bead at much lower presure then the 16.5" rims will.

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    I'd go with a 16 over a 16.5 any day because of the safety bead lip.
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  5. titanic

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    If you don't mind using some mid-70's stock chevy wheels that are 16.5-you could air down because they do have a safety bead. All after market 16.5 wheels don't.
     

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