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8 lug 15x10 aluminum rims??

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by BlazerBoy, Mar 27, 2001.

  1. BlazerBoy

    BlazerBoy 1/2 ton status

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    Does anyone make an 8 lug 15"x10" aluminum rim, all I can seem to find is steel wagon wheels. I am looking to upgrade my axels but I dont want to get rid of my 15" tires. My rims and tires only have 2-3000 miles on them.. :( Thanks

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  2. HarryH3

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    Nobody makes them, because they won't fit over the front brakes. Aluminum wheels are made much thicker than steel wheels. The extra thickness makes the inside of a 15-inch aluminum wheel too small to fit on a 3/4-ton, disc brake front axle. [​IMG]

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    Yeah, the thickness is the problem. Even with steel wheels I'm told that the front calipers require some grinding.

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    Now, now, everyone, don't give up so easily!!! Weld Racing makes the SR-2 series wheels. They are forged steel, three-piece, available in ANY backspacing you need, and in ANY lug pattern, too! You can get ANYTHING, even 15 x 18 wide with 2.5 inch backspacings!!! Just give them a call. The choices are awesome!!!
     
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    Yeah, but he was as asking about Aluminum rims and unless I am missing something, they would also require grinding unless you space them off the end.

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    Finding 15x10 8-lugs isn't the problem. It's finding them in aluminum that is the trick. [​IMG] I'm facing the same problem myself. I've got some very nice slotted American Racing aluminum mags right now, but they're 16.5x9.75. Not the hot ticket for rock crawling. So I either have to go with 15-inch steelies or 16-inch aluminum. There just isn't much tire selection in the 16-inch rim size. [​IMG]

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    "...16.5x9.75. Not the hot ticket for rock crawling."

    Neither is Aluminum.

    Pete

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    They sure don't stay pretty for too long! [​IMG]

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    You're right, 16.5" is the wrong combo for rock crawling. Anybody should know that. Very simple - no safety beads.
    As for the aluminum Weld Racing SR 2 series wheels, they are NOT much thicker than steel wheels since they are a forged rim. I have a set of Super Single II's in my shed, 16.5 x 12's, and I looked at the hole for the valve stem and it showed the rim part to be thin, not thick. I even ran my fingers along the beads and to my surprise, they were thin, too. I have seen the aluminum wheels everyone is talking about where they dont fit, and those are CAST wheels, not the forged type. These cast wheels are much thicker, causing the fitment problem. I have seen many trucks in magazines running these Weld SR 2 series with D60's and big tires. Apparently, they work, otherwise these trucks wouldnt be on the road or in the magazines.
     

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