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Best wheel/tire combo

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by shane74, Feb 12, 2002.

  1. shane74

    shane74 1/2 ton status

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    I am looking for the best wheel and tire combo for my rig. I have a 74 blazer with 7" of lift and 4:11 or possibly 4:56 gears (I'm not sure since I just bought the thing and have been fixing other more necessary parts that were neglected for waaaaaaaaaay too long). I was thinking of some 15x10 wheels and 36x12.50 swampers, but I have heard good things about a lot of different setups. Out here in the northwest, there is pretty much any kind of terrain I want to play in, so I need a tire that works for everything from boggin' to climbin' AND can still be driven on everyday. Any suggestions?
     
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    donimator 1/2 ton status

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    where in the NW are you. Fill out your profile. If you have 456 gears, you can go with a bigger tire and stilll have power..
    I have 36x14.5x16.5. With 16.5x9.75 wheels. They work Great.
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    73 3/4 ton Chevy. 383 stroker, TH350, NP 205, 14bolt FF(Detroit), Dana 44(limited Slip), 6in. lift, 36x 14.5 super swampers
     
  3. ChadH82

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    Well first we need to know what tire sizes your thinking about. Just 36's or what's your range? There are tons of possibilities with tires. A good all around tire is the Super Swamper SSR but they wear fast. The wheel depends on what axles your running or wanting to run. Everyone here will have a different opinions.

    Chad
    '73 Blazer,383,400,Atlas II,D60/14 Bolt,traclok/detroit,39.5 Swamps <a target="_blank" href=http://members.aol.com/fileholder2meg/projblazer.html>Clicky</a>
     
  4. jekbrown

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    depends on all kinds of poop, a full profile is a happy profile. What kinda axles do you have? a 1-ton front would require grinding to run 15" rims. If you are cool with that or dont have/want 1 ton axels, why not get a cheap set of 15x10" steel wheels, and wrap some 36 or 38x12.5 Swampers around em and go!? =)

    J


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    155/80r13 wide whites on 13 x 7 gold Dayton wires.

    Pete

    '83 K5, 350 TBI (ex 6.2), 700R4, NP208, Dana 60/14 bolt, 4.56s, Detroits, 3" lift, 15-39.5x15 TSLs
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  6. shane74

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    I'm in the great metropolis of Vancouver, WA.
    I've never ran a tire bigger than 35's, but then again this is the biggest lift I've had. My only concern with going bigger than 36's on 1/2 ton axels is that I've heard you chew up bearings. Eventually I'll be running 3/4 ton gear, but that will be awhile.
     
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    I'm in the great metropolis of Vancouver, WA.
    I've never ran a tire bigger than 35's, but then again this is the biggest lift I've had. My only concern with going bigger than 36's on 1/2 ton axels is that I've heard you chew up bearings. Eventually I'll be running 3/4 ton gear, but that will be awhile.

    Oh yeah, I filled out the profile. But that pavement pounder thing has GOT to go. How do I change that?
     
  8. jekbrown

    jekbrown I am CK5 Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    LOL, it changes when you post more to forums...or when you pay to be a CK5 member. Those things are always funny, I have little doubt that you have much more experience than I do off-road and yet I am a "trail king" and you're a "pavement pounder." Little bit silly. ;)

    BTW...holy poopoo...another CK5er in Vancouver? =) You have pics posted of your rig? maybe I have seen it around. My parents pad (and my Jimmy) both live in vancouver....

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    Nope, no pics yet. I should have taken a bunch though. They would definitely be worthy of a "from heap to hulk" story. I have rebuilt the entire suspension and steering from the steering wheel to the rear driveline, and then some. Now I've started on the eng, trans, and t-case. When those are done, 4 wheel disc here we come! It's going to be totally custom when I'm done, yet very trailworthy.

    The truck in the pics looks familiar. Which part of the 'hoov are you in? I'm up north in Salmon Creek, but I'm all over the place most of the time.
     
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    My friend ran 44s on 1/2 ton axles.

    Tim
    '84 Chevy K10, lifted, loud, fast, and 3/4 ton axles
     
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    Here we go again... [​IMG]

    Chad
    '73 Blazer,383,400,Atlas II,D60/14 Bolt,traclok/detroit,39.5 Swamps <a target="_blank" href=http://members.aol.com/fileholder2meg/projblazer.html>Clicky</a>
     

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