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rethinking wheel size...16" not cool?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by jekbrown, Feb 9, 2002.

  1. jekbrown

    jekbrown I am CK5 Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    rethinking wheel size...16\" not cool?

    when I go 1-ton I am gonna need new 8 lug wheels. I was thinking of going with 16" steels. They are lighter than 16.5s (a little anyway!)...seem to hold a bead well... and are large enough to fit a D60s junk in (otherwise, I'd stick with 15s!). 1 problem...every time I see a set of tires I'd like...they arent made in the size I want for 16" rims!!! =( What is up with that? is a set of 38x14.5x16 (or close to that!) SSRs to much to ask for??!!? I'd like to hear from peeps running 16" wheels...whether they think it was a good size to go with or not. Any input appreciated.

    J

    ps:if the guy who runs interco is a ck5'er...hook me up! ;)



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  2. Chris Demartini

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    Re: rethinking wheel size...16\" not cool?

    <font color=blue>You can fit 15s on a D60.
     
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    Re: rethinking wheel size...16\" not cool?

    ya I run one ton gear and 15's. For tire options you really need to. Isnt 36" the biggest 16" they make? Just like everyone I get tire sick. I started with 35s, then went to 36s, now 38s, next will be 40s, I don't want to limited at all. Id say give 15s a try even though appearance wise they aren't as good looking.

    1986 GMC Jimmy 6" springs 3" body, 38/15.5/15 Swampers, 14-bolt FF rear, Dana 60 front, 1991 front-end.
     
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    bigredblazer 1/2 ton status

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    Re: rethinking wheel size...16\" not cool?

    Super Swamper SSR 37x12.5x16, they also make a 38x13x16 Swamper bias ply. I can get either one for you for less than advertised!! The 38's have the height, but I would go with the SSR's for the street, plus they are great off road. Other wise get your grinder out and go with 15" wheels. Jon

    Blazin' Trails ORD Style
     
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    Re: rethinking wheel size...16

    Jon (bigredblazer) gave the best choice you can get with SSR's with the 37" size............I run 35" SSR's in a 16" rim size. More and more sizes are coming out regularly. I'd go 16 if I had to do it over again. There may not be as wide a variety of tires out there in 16's as 15's or 16.5's, but there are enough. Beats grinding calipers in my opinion.

    ONE TON</font color=blue> <font color=green>TPI'd</font color=green><font color=red> BEAST<font color=red>
     
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    Re: rethinking wheel size...16\" not cool?

    yeah, if I could stay with 15" wheels...I could keep my current tires post-1-ton-install....just get some new 15x10 steels... that'd make things a LOT easier. How much grinding do ya have to do to fit the D60 inside steel 15 inchers? anyone have pics of this process? I am clueless... are there safety issues with this? I don't wanna do anything unsafe or anything...but I could be runnin' 1 ton _way_ sooner if I didnt have to get new tires and all that jazz....

    J


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    Re: rethinking wheel size...16\" not cool?

    How about <a target="_blank" href=http://members.home.net/russhuffman/grinding.html>this</a>?

    Russ

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    Re: rethinking wheel size...16\" not cool?

    sweet! =) man, keeping 15" rims would be awesome. I could keep my current tires (35x12.5x15 ProCompMTs with about 85-90%) and just get some nice and cheap black 8lug steels. Thanks much for the super-informative tech info! ;)

    J


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    Re: rethinking wheel size...16\" not cool?

    awsome article russ
    now if you could make shimming my front 10 bolt in to alignment that easy you really would be "da Man"
    very cool
    chris

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    what's in it now?
    doen't matter it NEEDS A BIGGER MOTOR
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    ssr's

    super swamper makes the ssr in a 38.15.50.16 which easily fits well on a 16X10 wheel, thought the 4.25" backspacing might suck a little though

    later
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    brought back from the dead....old post
     
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    if you wanna spend about $300 you can run most any 15" wheel with no grinding. this guy http://www.screaminseeman.com/home.php sell caliper brackets that will allow you to run 3/4 ton caliper and rotors on you 8 lug D60.
    the brackets are $90. then you gotta buy calipers and rotors and you should be able to pick all that up for under $200.

    this is the route i chose to go. but then again i needed new rotors and calipers on my 60 anyways
     
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    why not run 17's? this is going to be the new 15" wheel i think.
     
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    lol what is with all the old resurected posts.

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    my blazer is the first in the line-up...''nmud2deep'' 86'k5
     
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    The original post here is from 2002, :eek1:
     
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    Jekbrown, I think you would be happy with some 22's and some 49" Irok's :haha:
     
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    Dude, might want to check the date of the post you just replied to............
     

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