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Story on Eaton and Rockcrawler wheels?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by BLzr4x4ngkid, Feb 6, 2001.

  1. BLzr4x4ngkid

    BLzr4x4ngkid 1/2 ton status

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    I guess I can't buy the EA589's 8 lug. Now I have to either go with the Eatons, or Rockcrawler(if 8 lug available). Anyone use Eaton's before and are they any good? I know that they will rust and I don't want that. I'm kind of pissed now.

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  2. 6.2Blazer

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    If you are looking for 8-lug, 15" wheels you are pretty much stuck with steel wheels. I have heard that Weld makes some custom aluminum versions but they were very expensive.
    For the Eatons and RockCrawlers, there are guys in our club with both (all are painted versions, no chrome) and no problems with either. The Eaton's do seem to be stronger based on the thickness and weight and might be better suited for large trucks, though I don't think you should have any problems with either. One thing to double check is the backspacing available on them. I would recommend no more than 3.5" of backspacing (4" backspacing makes it more difficult to fit on 8 lug fronts).
     
  3. BigTex

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    I wouldn't worry about the quality. I've heard only good things about the Eatons. To my knowledge, they are powder-coated so the finish is tough. I have American Racing black steelies (rockcrawlers) and they are powder-coated as well, and the finish is great. I'm also looking to get some 15X10 8 lugs for when I do my axle swap to a Dana 44/14 bolt. I like the look of the American Racing wheels but I don't think they make them in 8 lug. Keep in mind there is a difference between a wheel that is painted and one that is powder-coated.
     
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    The chrome on the Eatons sucks!!!!!!!!!!!! When we got my set, one wheel had the chrome peeling off. The otheresw were soon to follw. They gave me a new whell for the bad one, then said they don'y warranty chrome. They sucked a few months later.

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    I own 15x14 black rockcrawlers. The only beef I got with them is after wheeling some river beds I got tons of scuff marks all through the inside from burying them in peagravel.

    MY K-5 DOESN'T LEAK... IT JUST MARKS ITS TERRITORY.
     
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    The black paint on the Eatons suck as well. I bought 4- 15x10 black Eatons from National Tire & Wheel back in July. When I received them, 3 out of 4 had runs in the paint. I called and compained and they said "Sorry, do you want to return them?" After waiting almost a month and half, I surely did not want to return them. They gave me a whopping discount of $6.00 per wheel. I figured "What the hell, I would be thrashing them hard in the creek beds soon enough anyway." Remember, the company "Eaton" doesn't really exist. It is a just a name that National uses to sell the same type of wheel that Bart's makes. I will say that the wheels are made heavy duty and do run true though.........
     
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    I had 6-lug 15x10 rockcrawlers before my axle swap and now I have 15x10 8-lugs and I love them, they hold up well and the paint holds up pretty good.

    With the 15" weld 8-lugs you would have to use a driveshaft mounted brakeing system.

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    I've had 15 x 10 American Racing White spokes for about 5 years now, first on my 3/4 ton Dana 44 and 14 bolt w/13" drums and now on my Dana 60 and disk brake 14 bolt. They have standard, 4-1/8" backspacing. No, you don't need driveshaft mounted brakes. I've beat the hell out of these wheels, and I had beadlocks put on them about 2-1/2 years ago. They ain't pretty but they work, and were $36 each at Discount tire when I bought them.

    I've also got a set of chrome mods the same size for my 35 muds (street tires). These were made by Tech, but I've heard they no longer make them. I know two buddies in town that recently purchased the same size rims (one for a Cherokee and the other for a straight axle '93 Chevy). One got chrome spokes, the other chrome mods. They wheels are available, but you may have to look.

    I prefer the 4-1/8" backspacing as it makes it easier to steer and there is less fender contact and less wear on the front end.

    Pete

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