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question for you 1 ton guys

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by denver75k5, Oct 3, 2001.

  1. denver75k5

    denver75k5 1/2 ton status

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    I'm converitng to 1 ton axles, and was wondering if I should stay with 15" rims or go to 16 or 16.5 rims, is it really worth spending 4 hours grinding the calipers????


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  2. BurbinOR

    BurbinOR 3/4 ton status

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    In my case, I wanted to go bigger anyway (tires) because I was going from 2.5" lift to 5" lift. So new wheels and tires were needed anyway, and I ended up going with 16"ers. 16.5's have that problem with no safety bead (wrong terminology?) and 16's have it.........and there are plenty of tire sizes available in 16". Not as many as in 15's but that will change over time. I run 35x12.5x16 SSR's and love them, on 16x10 AE 589's. No complaints.

    Personally (and only my humble opine) I can't see grinding down a caliper.

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  3. white_knight

    white_knight 1/2 ton status

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    We went with 16.5.
    Its is correct that finding beadlocks for 16.5 is difficult.
    For the wheeling we do right now, we don';t need the beadlocks( also they're nice to have)

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  4. blazbrnc

    blazbrnc 1/2 ton status

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    With 3.5" back spacing on 15" rims, It should only take you about one hour and one grinding wheel.

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  5. wayne

    wayne 3/4 ton status

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    I am going with 15" with 4 1/8" backspacing.

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  6. jackedjimmy350

    jackedjimmy350 1/2 ton status

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    another 15''er here!

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  7. ftn96

    ftn96 1/2 ton status

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    I too have the 3.5 BS'ed 15's. The grinding wasn't too bad.

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  8. MaxCrack

    MaxCrack 1/2 ton status

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    I figured, I need new 8 lug wheels anway, and they are making more and more tires for 16" rims so I got 16" rims.

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  9. Derf00

    Derf00 1/2 ton status

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    I am going with 16" wheels and tires, I am going to run 37x12.5x16 SSR's

    Derf00

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  10. Stoopalini

    Stoopalini 1/2 ton status

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    I went with 15's with a 4" backspace and had to grind quite a bit. I think it was worth it though.

    The 15" tires and rims are definitely cheaper then the 16" and 16.5". Plus, there's more of a selection in both size and manufacturer when you have 15's.

    Thomas.

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  11. 84_Chevy_K10

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    I have 15s now, but I'll be switching to 16s when I get new tires. I wouldn't even consider 16.5s.

    Tim
    '84 Chevy K10, lifted, loud, fast, and 3/4 ton axles
     

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