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it's all about wheelbase!!!!!!!

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by rubbinz raczn, Jan 7, 2005.

  1. rubbinz raczn

    rubbinz raczn 1/2 ton status

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    what should it be?:grin: i would imagine this discussion would bring many opinions! the jeep guys say short the truck guys say long. this project will be based on a lwb 85 chevy truck. 52's front,63's rear 4"-5" lift. 39.5 iroks:xmas: :xmas: :xmas: by the way tim's offroad kicks a$$ thanks timmay! sheetmetal rub is not an issue. 1ton axles- doubler-1410 yokes and had shafts throughout etc! big question is before i start hacking:hack: what wheelbase is a good balance between short to fit tight spots and long for more stability? truck has the 131" wheelbase. since no box will be used a 115" to 120"plus wheelbase can be done. thats with the long springs front- rear:D approach-departure angles shouldn't be a factor since i will try to maximize those whatever wheelbase. is shorter better? no mud just trails and rocks!
     
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    My K5 is 117"
     
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    131"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    happy with it? would-should you change it?
     
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    When I build the next truck I am going to use 110-120" wheelbase. I like the K5 wheelbase (106.5") but it is a little to short I think for wheeling. It is nice to be able to turn better then the longer trucks but the longer wheelbase is a little nicer for stability.

    It depends on the type of terrain you wheel in on what will be best for you. There is pro's and con's to everything so find out what seems to work best in your area and go with it.

    Harley
     
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    117"-120" is easy for my swap, is that too long?
     
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    I haven't wheeled it yet since I made it from 113" to 117". I loved it a 113", but pushed the front end forward 4" to reduce approach angle.

    No matter what you choose for wheelbase, there are gonna be situations where you wish you were a little shorter, and some where you wish you were a little longer...
     
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    Its all a trade off. Longer wheelbase is better for stability and some situations. Shorter wheelbase is better for turning and other situations. The problem with long wheelbase is that your break over angle gets worse with the longer the wheel base gets. Shorter wheelbase can be better for approach and departure angles depending on the setup.

    For the wheeling I do in the AZ rocks I think a wheelbase of 110-115" with low approach and departure would be good along with a larger tire to make up for the break over looses would be about right.

    Other places like Moab I think that a longer wheelbase in the area of 115-125+ would be better for stability on the hill climbs, so it is all dependent on the environment.

    Harley
     
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    I'm 119 and loving it. I don't care if I bash panels trying to turn. Better to do that than stare at the sky all the time.
     

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