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Different size backing plates

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Impex, May 8, 2002.

  1. Impex

    Impex 1/2 ton status

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    i was calling a few junkyards here locally (for parts for a 8lug conv.) and this one guy said that he has some backing plates but there the really thick ones? what does he mean by that, dosent sound good for me cause i will be running 15" wheels and have to grind anyway and don't want to grind more that i have to.
     
  2. arq

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    you can kinda hammer the back plate down instead of grinding it, then grind a bit where the caliper makes contact with it. you'll know what i mean when you start to grind.

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    I think what he must mean by "thick one" is the one where the caliper mount/dust shield is all one piece of 1/4" steel. That is the one I have and I did the "beat it w/ a BFH till the wheel fits" trick. I am running 15" rims w/ 3.5" backspacing and had to do very little grinding of the backing plate.
     
  4. Impex

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    thanks for the replies, yeah i figured thats what he ment, the thick part was the caliper support, once i get it all put together ill have to try that hammer trick.
     
  5. ChevBlazin

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    The front axle I jsut got to put in my truck has those real thick ones too. 10 bolt out of a 79 1/2 ton. the backing plates on my stock 86 axle are so thin there are holes rusted thru them.
     

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