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8lug wheel size

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by skelly1, Dec 15, 2002.

  1. skelly1

    skelly1 1/2 ton status

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    If you upgrade to 8 lug 1 ton axles, can you use 15" wheels? I've heard that you can very easily lose your bead with low pressure on the 16.5" wheels. I also have brand new 15" tires that weren't cheap.
     
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    Yes, but you will have to grind the calipers on the front. There is a write-up about caliper grinding on here under tech articles.
     
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    Thanks. The tech article covers the D60. Is the D44 the same situation?
     
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    The only 1 ton axle is a D60. If you mean an 8 lug 3/4 ton D44 then you do not need to do anything, your 15" wheels will fit just fine.
     
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    Beautiful. Even aluminum wheels?

    I'll have an easier time finding a 3/4 ton donor than a 1 ton, and that should suffice, since I can get a 14bolt from a 3/4ton and a D44 is good too.
     
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    Yes, even aluminum wheels
     
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    I had to gring on my 3/4 ton D44. I believe you have to grind on all 8 lug front axles to fit 15's.
     
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    I made a 8-lug to 6-lug ring to keep my 6 lug rims, you can check it out on my web page,just hit the link on the bottom...
     
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    </font><blockquote><font class="small">In reply to:</font><hr />
    If you mean an 8 lug 3/4 ton D44 then you do not need to do anything, your 15" wheels will fit just fine

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    It will fit it your keep your backspacing low.
    I have approx 4" backspacing and had to grind the calipers on my old 3/4 ton front axle.
    -- Mike
     
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    I couldn't get to your webpage. More info on the 8 to 6 lug rings would be cool.

    I'm not sure what kind of backspacing my rims have right now. I just know that they are 15X10 aluminum.
     
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    Yes, even aluminum wheels

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    I don't think so. As far as I've heard, steel rims are a tight fit. There's no way you can fit 15" aluminum rims on a 3/4 ton dana 44 without grinding an unsafe amount of material off your caliper. Sorry for the bad news.
     

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