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need new tires, too lift or not to lift?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by 77K5Blazer, Jul 9, 2001.

  1. 77K5Blazer

    77K5Blazer 1/2 ton status

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    I need new tires, cause my 2nd gear burnouts aren't doing too good with my already bald bfg's! So, I was wondering if it would be feasible to get new rims and 33x12.5r15 bfg muds, without lifting my k5, as of yet? I want to lift it 4 " later on, but I really really don't want to lift yet, cause I don't have enough money to do it right! I also want no rubbing whatsoever, I don't flex hardcore, just a little here and there, and I just kinda run the trails and some mud. What size backspacing should I go with? By the way, there is noooo way that I am going to trim the fenders! So....what are my options?

    <font color=red>1977 Blazer, GM350, SM465, NP205, Dana 44/ 12bolt, 31x10.50r15 BFGs</font color=red>
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  2. BlazerGuy

    BlazerGuy 3/4 ton status

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    I've heard of some guys running 33's with no lift but they do rub off-road. If I were you I'd save up and get a lift at the same time. They're not that expensive and are easy to install. I'd wish I had done that when I wasted money on these POS 31's

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  3. POWERMAD

    POWERMAD 1/2 ton status

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    Hmmm this must be a hot topic today.
    I am running 33's on 8" Ralley wheels and no lift.
    I did have to trim the fenders to take it off road.
    But mudhog is running 33's and no lift and I don't think he trimmed his fenders.
    And I know for a fact that he takes his off road.
    And has no problems.

    my truck's not dirty, it's earth tone paint
     
  4. mudhog

    mudhog THEGAME Staff Member Super Moderator

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    take a look at the pics in my photo albums in the link below i run 33x12.5x16in and do not rub and i scored a 704 on a 23 degree rti ramp the key is the backspaceing of the rim i have a positive offset and that is why i have not trimed my fenders at all and do not rub i have jumped my blazer as rene( trusty) will tell you i have run the rti ramp with a score of 704 as frank (blazinor) will tell you and i have done som good tril runs as ron(powermad) and rene will tell you and i have never had mine rub take a look at the pics and see for your self i have 16x8in rims not sure of the offset but i do know it is a positive offset anyway if you have any questions feal free to ask

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  5. Jonathan

    Jonathan 1/2 ton status

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    I was thinking about putting 33s on my k5 too, 1 inch body lift or ord add-a-leafs should fix the rubbing, shouldn't it.

    77 Blazer, 350, NP203, K&N, 31-inch Cooper Discoverers
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  6. NoFear

    NoFear Registered Member

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    I ran 33" BFG muds on 15x8 wheels for a while. Minor rubbing while turning and going up the driveway, major rubbing off road. Soon after I installed a 4" lift and 15x10 wheels. That also prepared me for the 35's I put on later.
     
  7. Espen88k5

    Espen88k5 1/2 ton status

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    You will eventually end upp wishing you had lifted it back when.... If I had only lisened to what others who had owned theire K5 's longer said to me.

    I first went used 32x11.5, then 3" bodylift and new 33x12.5 . And this spring I went 4" suspension and 35x12.5 Muds. Needles to say I have a nice collection of expensive tires laying around the house. And the worse is I really want some 38's now. The 35 's are starting to look like I could fit them on my wife's Opel...

    If you dont want to cash out the 350$ for a suspensionlift, do at least a 2-3" body-lift with new bodybushings 125$ and 33x12.5 It will look though !. Later you can drop the bumpers back down and remove the bodylift (if you want) and install a suspensionlift.

    But if your like alot of us this addiction just gets worse. I drove next to a stock Blazer the other day just to try and remember what it once looked like. I was shocked! His hood reached me to the hip, where as mine is almost under my chin now[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

    I have wasted alot of money taking this in baby-steps, should have gone 35's (at least) the first time around..

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  8. POWERMAD

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    I totaly agree. Do it right the first time .
    If I had another rig to drive that is what I would do but as this is a daily I have to do it in stages.
    I figure that the way these tires are wearing I will have time to save up and get a 4" lift.
    And by that time I will be in the market for some new sneakers anyway.
    Then on to 35's and hopefuly the madness will stop there. [​IMG]


    my truck's not dirty, it's earth tone paint
     
  9. Espen88k5

    Espen88k5 1/2 ton status

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    LOL [​IMG]

    The madnes never stops. I really though I would be happy with 35" though.

    One thing that saves my day is getting someone else to drive it while I'm watching. When I drive it I think it's smal and could need another few inces at least. But when I see my wife in there I just cant see how I havent been pulled over, delicened, deplated and trown in jail allready. It's a monster allright.

    See my truck at:



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  10. txbartman

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    I am just going to have to agree with everyone else here. About a year or two ago, I put 32x11.50 ATs on my truck on some nice 15x10 rims. It was stock height, didn't rub, and looked really good. But, I didn't drive it but about 200 miles in the past year.

    So, when I decided to get back to my roots here recently, the first thing I wanted to do was lift it. I saved some money and put a nice Rough Country 4" lift with all new springs. Then the 32s looked so small. I just had 35s installed today. I am sure they will look so much better. And now I am trying to sell my 32s.

    Be patient, take your time, save a little more money, and do it right teh first time. It will save you so much in the long run. Or, if you decide you want to just stay stock and go with 32s, let me know. I will make you a killer deal!!

    85 GMC Jimmy, 305 w/TH700-NP208, 4" lift, 35X12.5 BFG MTs, 15x10 Hellcats, Smittybuilt tube nerf bars and bumbers
     
  11. nd_4_mud

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    Do like eferyone here says . Take the money you have for the tires and buy your lift. Now that the lift will be done you can save more money and get your tires. You may be surprised once the 4 in lift is on and want to get 35 in tires. Just my 2 cents

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  12. Pugsley

    Pugsley 1/2 ton status

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    I'd go ahead and lift it now - You'll wish you had later. I've seen 4" Rough Country kits on Ebay new for $150, you could pick that up and go with a slightly cheaper tire than a Goodrich, for the same outlay as you were planning on to begin with.

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  13. muddysub

    muddysub 1 ton suburban status Staff Member Moderator GMOTM Winner

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    definitely take their advice the guys here are really smart. i just joined ( as my title will tell you ) and i'm taking their advice and diong it right the first time, i just lifted my suburban 4" and now i'm savin for tires, most likely 35"s.

    scott,
    1989 suburban 3/4t 4" lift soon to be rollin on 35s, tbi350
     

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