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Perfect Tire Size??

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Saxwonder84, Jun 14, 2004.

  1. Saxwonder84

    Saxwonder84 1/2 ton status

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    I'm currently building my 82 K5 and I am curious as to what size tires I need. I hear the bigger the better, but I'm worried that 44's are going to be way to top heavy and put me in danger of a roll over on steep climbs and donuts. I was thinking about 38.5 , but I'm curious what you guys think. Thanks

    Jacob Byrd
     
  2. BlazerGuy

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    Need more info.

    What type of wheelin do you do?
    Is this a trailered rig or a daily driver?
    What drivetrain do you have now?
    Are you willing to cut the body?
    What type of suspension are you running?

    and lastly fill out your damn profile! /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif

    I'm just bustin yer chops... /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
  3. Saxwonder84

    Saxwonder84 1/2 ton status

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    Lol. Hey I'm setting up a one ton drivetrain. It is currently my daily but that changes in 1 month. Being in Texas I do a lot of mudding, but I'm getting tired of it and want to do more wheeling. Mud tears too much stuff up. I really want to stay away from cutting the body. My Blazer is in mint condition (save the light scratches and massive amount of mud on it), so cutting seems too drastic. Also bone stock suspension. I'm deciding tire size before I pick my suspension.

    Jacob
     
  4. BlazerGuy

    BlazerGuy 3/4 ton status

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    Where in TX do you live?
     
  5. 84gmcjimmy

    84gmcjimmy 1 ton status

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    Personally, I think spinning doughnuts should be left up to cars, and trucks with small tires. It just takes a change in the ground when spinning, to flip you over on your side. So in the end, it's a few seconds of adreneline rush, then it's angry feelings that its flipped over.

    Depending on what kind of wheeling you do, a tire around 37-39.5" is probaly good, if you are more hardcore, go with a 42-44" tire for ground clearence. Just my 3 cents /forums/images/graemlins/dunno.gif
     
  6. Saxwonder84

    Saxwonder84 1/2 ton status

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    Good ole Dallas Texas, well right outside in Rockwall. I currently have a 3in body life (not pleased), but I was rubbing my 33 X-terrains. I'm thinking of removing that when I lift my truck. Is that worth it or should I leave it?
     
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    wayne 3/4 ton status

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    If you want to wheel hard then a bigger tire will be better but you don't want a lot of lift. The tires will not make it top heavy but the body and engine/trans/t case will. You can cut the fenders and make it look good but if your body is mint and you plan to wheel it hard it will not stay mint for long. /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif
     
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    How much body should I cut, and how bad will it look?
     
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    If you take your time to cut neatly, it can look better than stock /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
  10. Saxwonder84

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    What is the Least amount of lift with body cutting that I could clear 39.5 well?
     
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    bigyellowjimmy 1/2 ton status

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    [ QUOTE ]
    How much body should I cut, and how GOOD will it look?

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    There, I fixed it for you! /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif

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  12. Saxwonder84

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    lol so how much?
     
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    I'd say 6" of lift and some cutting should clear /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
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    What is the Least amount of lift with body cutting that I could clear 39.5 well?


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    4-6" suspension lift with a lot of fender trimming and possibly a 1" body lift. Im running 38's with no inner front fenders, moderate fender trimming, the rear axle moved rearward (is that a word?) with 4" front springs and 6" rear springs with a 1" zero rate in the rear.
     
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    Thats nice but I'm thinking 38.5 tires are minimum. So how much lift (6") and cut (any idea in inches) for 39.5 tires?
     
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    so maybe a 6 in and the 3 in body lift I have on it with soem fender triming?
     
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    I'm thinking 6" Springs + zero rates and ORD's heavy duty extended shackles up front. 4" Shackle flip + 3" springs and zero rates rear. ORD's 1" body lift and fender trimming. /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
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    dont be affraid to cut...I just cut my front on a ZERO rust, very straight 85 blazer...and am extremely happy with the results....just go slow, thats the trick.
     

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