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If not Beadlocks, then what's next best?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by BorregoK5, Oct 28, 2001.

  1. BorregoK5

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    If not Beadlocks, then what\'s next best?

    Theres a lot of talk about beadlocks but from what I understand, they are not street legal. Theres also a lot of talk about 16.5" rim size tires that slip off the bead when they are aired down. It seams that the 16" rim size is ideal but those like myself looking for 38" tires have a very limited selection unless going with a 15" or a 16.5" rim. Whats the deal here?

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    Re: If not Beadlocks, then what\'s next best?

    Your next best thing would be a skinny set of 15" rims. What I mean about skinny is if the tires are 12.5" wide use either a 7" or 8" wide wheel. This way the bead is protected, and it is alot harder to unbead it because the tire will always put pressure on the bead even at low psi. If you are going 15" wide use 10" wide wheels.

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    Re: If not Beadlocks, then what\'s next best?

    Would this same aproach work on a 16.5 in rim? I need a rim larger than 15" so I don't have to grind my calipers.

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    Re: If not Beadlocks, then what\'s next best?

    You can try on a 16.5, but I would grind the calipers. I dont like 16.5s and will never use them. The bead seating is close to a 45 degree angl, where a 15 or 16 is 90 degree.

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    Re: If not Beadlocks, then what\'s next best?

    How wide of a tire you planning on using? I know with a 16" rim you can run a 38 x 13 x 16 tsl or a 39" Mickey Thompson

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    Re: If not Beadlocks, then what\'s next best?

    No it will not work on a 16.5" rim. It will on a 16" and you will not have to brake out the grinder.

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  7. BorregoK5

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    Re: If not Beadlocks, then what\'s next best?

    I went to the Interco web site but didn't see a 38 x 13 x 16 tsl, I'd like the TSL / SX for the sidewall strength and weight management with a minimum of 13" footprint. Where did you find the 16" super swamper? I really like the MT Baja Claw but for the street use I will need to run, the 10,000 miles I'll get out of them is not good enough.

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    Re: If not Beadlocks, then what\'s next best?

    <font color=blue>It would be easier to grind the calipers. Theres 2 8 lug Chevy trucks in my driveway, one with a 44 and the other with a 60 and they both run American Racing 15x10 wagon wheels with 4 1/8" backspacing with zero problems. Email me if you want to see pictures of a 60 caliper for a 15" rim. The tire selection is far greater than 16" wheels and 16.5s dont hold a bead at all.
     
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    Re: If not Beadlocks, then what\'s next best?

    The 38 x 13 x 16 was in the National Tire and Wheel ad in FOUR WHEELER...
    try a 37 x 13 x 16 Bogger
    the bias Claws come in a 38.5 x 16 x 16



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    Re: If not Beadlocks, then what\'s next best?

    Can I see pics of the 44 with the 15's. I want 15's but need to see what kinda grinding I have instore...Would a smaller backspacing work better?

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    Re: If not Beadlocks, then what\'s next best?

    I'm also searching what's available out there for 16.5 rims as far as bead locks go.

    I really like the tireloc system
    http://www.trailready.com/bead_lock_wheels.htm

    Still looking around and hoping tireloc comes through

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    Re: If not Beadlocks, then what\'s next best?

    Yeah, I'd like to see the pictures as well. Do you have any pics that show what the backspacing looks like on the truck. The 4 1/2" backspace sounds a little more than I thought I'd like to go, but given the tire size, perhaps thats just right!

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    Re: If not Beadlocks, then what\'s next best?

    Sombody on Pirate is making 16.5 beadlocks, also. Don't remember his name, but it was in the last week or 2.

    IMO, unless you need the weight rating of a heavier tire (ei 1 ton truck, that actually gets used as a 1 ton truck), or maybe if you run 44s, just grind the calipers and be done. There's 2 Chevys in my garage with 15 x 10s w/4 1/8 backspacing, one on a 60 and one on a 10 bolt, no problems.

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