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figured out why my 33s fit so well on stock suspension

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by sled_dog, Feb 18, 2003.

  1. sled_dog

    sled_dog 1 ton status

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    my Chapparal Steel Radial A/Ps are 33x12.50x15s. I figured out why they fit so well on the stock suspension, I measured and they are only 31 1/4 tall inflated. I must say though if you want a tire on your stock suspension that looks really good(are 11 something wide) and performs pretty well theses things are great. Anyone heard of this brand before? I see them around on trucks all the time but never see them in stores. mine came with my truck and every person I ask who has them theirs were on their truck when they bought it!
     
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    77mudbuddy ran 33x12.5x15 Mud Kings on his with stock suspension and the typical front fender trimming (nothing radical). they looked great, really filled up the wheel well and he wheeled it like that for a while before he did a 5 inch lift.
     
  3. sled_dog

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    my only problem is that if you put them next to a set of mud terrains or super swampers the size difference is obvious and so I am worried about the 4" lift I was considering. Might make them look tiny under it.
     
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    84K5cedric 1/2 ton status

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    I agree... 4 inches and 35's is a good combo in my opinion (my current setup /forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif) but you shouldn't worry about too much or you may decide to go to short on the lift. Just lift it and wear out the tires til you are ready to upgrade in size /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    4" and 35s is my opinion of a good setup as well. I think I am going somewhere around 6" and 37s though /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif.
     
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    yep! 4+2, a trim and 38.5's is my goal (for now) but i want to take it easy on my axles until I can swap 'em for 1tons... or a 14ff at least i guess.
     
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    getting a set of rears from a friend real cheap so I'm good to go. 14ff out back dana 44 up front. may hold off and spend the money on a dana 60 though.
     
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    And someday you could step up to 35's on stock suspension. /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif
     
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    yeah ive got your back on this one im running 35x12.50s on stonck with no problem
     
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    where are you trim pics... i've got 35's with 4inches and I rub with flex depending on how much I am turning...

    *flex meaning climbing buddies' 39.5 inch boggers

    [​IMG]
     
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    That's a cool picture. Are you going to Barnwell on the 15th?
     
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    I don't know... its still too far away to say for sure. I'd be a lot more likely to if I had a trailer. I don't like the idea of breaking something that far from home when its my ride back! /forums/images/graemlins/shocked.gif
     
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    I don't flex my rig, so I don't rub. But if I did flex, I would have problems.
     
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    I'm gonna try to make it. Not gonna take any of the 4wds though, just gonna go along for the ride. I'm in the same situation of not having a trailer.
     
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    Check out this page on my website. Towards the bottom of the page is a pic of my rig right after I installed a Rough Country 4" full spring lift with BFG At 32x11.50s. The 4" lift really measured closer to 5".

    Just think, I am now running 42s with basically the same suspension lift (added 1" axle offsets) and 3" of BL. Oh yeah, and some trimming!
     
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    I went out and measured my BFG AT KO 33x10.5R15's last night as installed on the truck, and got somewhere between 31.5-32" tall. I wonder if I removed the approx. 1250lb load from the tire though, how tall it would be?

    Makes me wonder, how tall were the 31's I had on my other truck, and how tall are the 235/75R15's that were the standard stock tire size??
     
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    That is common. Most tire companys are a bit optimistic on there sizes. I've got a set of 33x12.50-R15 Wild Country M/Ts that were shorter than grims old 32x11.50-15 BFG M/Ts. Anybody want to buy a set of 33s /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif
     
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    I know that and I wasn't astonished to find this out just found it interesting. I like how some companies give you the actual size as they measure it not just what the manufacturer says.
     
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    Yep & the actual size they give is not always right either. Its a PITA but the best thing to do is have the tire mounted & measure it.
     
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    My 33x15.5 SX's are 32.9" tall, so I guess I'm lucky. They still fit w/stock suspension and barely any fender trimming (pic in the sig).
     

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