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Question for those with 15" rims and a 60??

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by sapper, Jun 16, 2004.

  1. sapper

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    Question for those with 15\" rims and a 60??

    After grinding the calipers have you noticed any bad effects or problems with the brakes as far as operating or strengh?? I will be getting a 60 monday and have 15" steel rims with 4 1/4" BS and wanted to know whats better the extra money for 16.5" rims and tires or the work of grinding if theres nothing wrong with the brakes afterward?? TIA
     
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    Re: Question for those with 15\" rims and a 60??

    I have 15" Bead Locks on a 44 and let me tell you it is alot of grinding some places on the backing plates get perty thin put I have not noticed any Probs with anything works fine. If you are going to get new rims I would go with 17" ones. A little more comon and you can't get 16.5 beadlocks /forums/images/graemlins/grind.gif /forums/images/graemlins/grind.gif /forums/images/graemlins/grind.gif /forums/images/graemlins/grind.gif
     
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    Re: Question for those with 15\" rims and a 60??

    the 17" tires are way more expensive and not very common, and you CAN get 16.5" beadlocks.

    i think with 4.25 back spacing you need to grind a bit more than 3", doesn't seem like you loose brakeing power. /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif
     
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    Re: Question for those with 15\" rims and a 60??

    The type of grinding on a D44 compared to what is needed on a D60 is completely different. The D44 caliper takes a light dusting, where the d60 caliper loses about a 1/4" of material by 2-2.5" wide depending on rim backspace.

    My D60 is ground for 4.125" backspace rims. Truck stops straight as an arrow still. I have about 12,000 miles on the truck since the D60 install.

    Grind away dude...

    Rene
     
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    Re: Question for those with 15\" rims and a 60??

    had the 60 and 15" rims for almost 2 years now and no probs... Havent ever heard of any either.
     
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    Re: Question for those with 15\" rims and a 60??

    I haven't had any problems with mine nether.
    when you see the size of the calaper you'll know you can afford to loose some material
     
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    Re: Question for those with 15\" rims and a 60??

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    After grinding the calipers have you noticed any bad effects or problems with the brakes as far as operating or strengh??

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    no.

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    I will be getting a 60 monday and have 15" steel rims with 4 1/4" BS and wanted to know whats better the extra money for 16.5" rims and tires or the work of grinding if theres nothing wrong with the brakes afterward?? TIA

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    unless you are going to run beadlocks, don't go 16.5s. My street rims have 4.25" of BS... sure, you grind a lot, but there is still a LOT of material left in 1-ton breaks post-grind. Now don't get me wrong, don't grind any more than you have too... but for 4.25" bs rims, its np.

    BTW, keep in mind that new pads/rotors etc will change how much grinding is needed... so if your stuff is old and worn and you grind so the rims will fit, someday when you redo your brakes the rims won't fit anymore...

    j
     
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    Re: Question for those with 15\" rims and a 60??

    My rims are 4.25" backspacing. /forums/images/graemlins/grind.gif away. No ill effects here...no regrets. I wouldn't run anything BUT a 15" rim.

    I took brand new calipers out of the box with new pads and hardware and started grinding.......
     
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    Re: Question for those with 15\" rims and a 60??

    The only bad effects I have from grinding my D60 is sometimes after going in mud, some dirt stays on the inside of the rims and couses a grinding sound. As far as braking no problems except for the rear brakes but thats another problem /forums/images/graemlins/burb.gif
     
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    Re: Question for those with 15\" rims and a 60??

    i just ground my 60 last week with 15" eatons sure did seem like a lot grinding (burned up my harbor freight angle grinder) but in the end wasn't that bad. looks like lots of material left when compared to the 1/2ton 10 bolt caliper it replaced
     
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    Re: Question for those with 15\" rims and a 60??

    Thanks for the input guys i appreciate it /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     

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