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Pros and cons between 15" and 16.5" wheels?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by BLzr4x4ngkid, Jan 29, 2001.

  1. BLzr4x4ngkid

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    Pros and cons between 15\" and 16.5\" wheels?

    I'm debating on what size wheel to go with. I think that with 40" tires that the 16.5 would look good. All I have ever really thought about was the 15" and didn't really care about anything else. I know that the 15" looks good with 35's and what not, but I have a feeling that 16.5's would look good with 40's mounted on it. I just want the pros and cons of it. What would you guys prefer? Also, I would have to get 8 lug ones for the rear and conversion kit to turn the 10 bolt up front into 8 lug, or should I just leave it 6?

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    Re: Pros and cons between 15\" and 16.5\" wheels?

    First off, I would, and am, change the front over to 8 lug. Alot of guys will say for straingth, but I say for looks. You can put in larger studs for the straingth. As for the wheels, 15's will have to be steel to clear the breaks. 16.5's don't have a bead lock so if you air down, you have a good chance of loosing your tire. Think about using 16's. You will get the look I think you are looking for in the 16.5, but the bead lock from the 15. Also, with 16's you can run alm. wheels if you wish. My prefrence would be the 16 alm. wheel with 36 Swamper Radials. If you are going to change the front over, send me a private and I will refer you to someone who has everything you will need at a good price.

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    Re: Pros and cons between 15\" and 16.5\" wheels?

    Blazin91 summed it up pretty well!

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    Re: Pros and cons between 15\" and 16.5\" wheels?

    Thanks Mike. I learned it all from you 'VETS'!:) (:

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    Re: Pros and cons between 15\" and 16.5\" wheels?

    Hell, I am just a Veteran beacuse I dont have much of anything else to do.. :)

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    Re: Pros and cons between 15\" and 16.5\" wheels?

    The stock steel 16" not 16.5" that came on my 82 Burb work fine for me.
     
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    Re: Pros and cons between 15\" and 16.5\" wheels?

    There is a very slim selection of large tires that will fit a 16-inch wheel. If he wants to run 40-inch tires he'll have to go with either the 16.5 or a 15. I haven't seen any tires that big for a 16-incher yet. 16.5's will work fine for mud running, since you don't have to air down so low. There are even very few 16-inch wheels available wider than 8 inches. I've seen a couple that come in a 10-inch wide version. 40's probably require a 12 to 14-inch wide wheel.

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    Re: Pros and cons between 15\" and 16.5\" wheels?

    Well, how about 17 inch rims? Weld Racing makes plenty of them. BFG came out with a 37 x 12.5 x 17 All Terrain tire. Weld makes the Super Single and other rims in 17 with 10, and 12 inch wide. Sure they are pricey, but its only money, right?
     
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    Re: Pros and cons between 15\" and 16.5\" wheels?

    If you r going to run a 10bolt with 8lugs then you've probably kicked the idea around on getting a d60 in the future if I'm right then a 15 wont work on a d60 unless you shave down your calipers. And yes you can get a 16.5 rim bead locked, kind of pricey but they r out there. I am runinng 16.5 's right now and Im constantly popping my tire off of it on the rocks, I'm not sure why but I think its because they have a smaller lip. If you plan on offroading with 40" tires then I would get steel wheels and stay way away from aluminum. Steel wheels are kinda like Chevy's they take lick'n and keep on tick'n. Just my 2cents


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    Re: Pros and cons between 15\" and 16.5\" wheels?

    Some older 16.5 chevy stock wheels have a safety bead-I have a set of 6 of them. Aftermarket 16.5 wheels do not have this bead and that's why you can't air down. Tireloc makes beadlocks for 16.5 wheels but they are pricey. 16.5 wheels balance a little better but tires are usually more expensive for 16.5's than 15's. You can grind the calipers down on a Dana 60 to clear 15" wheels but balance weights are hard to place after you do this and 40" tires are going to need plenty
     
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    Re: Pros and cons between 15\" and 16.5\" wheels?

    Hey thatK30guy, I'll let you buy the first set and tell us how you like 'em . [​IMG] Welds standard wheels are big bucks. I'd expect their 17's to be completely outrageous. Those new 37's from BFG for 17 inch wheels are $400 EACH! A bit rich for me! [​IMG]

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