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tire and wheel load ratings

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by JIMs70K25, Jul 17, 2002.

  1. JIMs70K25

    JIMs70K25 1/2 ton status

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    I plan on installing 265/80R16 Super Swamper Radials on my truck. The tires are rated at over 3000lbs. All the wheels I looked at are rated around 2100-2200 lbs (16" x 7") with 8 on 6.5" bolt pattern. Where would I find wheels to handle closer to 3000lbs? I'm just looking for a basic steel wheel.
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    Why would you want wheels rated that heavy? Most 3/4 ton trucks are rated at 8600 lb GVWR and single wheel 1 tons at 9200. You'll almost have enough capacity with the ones you're looking at.

    It should be easy to find steel wheels that are heavy duty though. Weld aluminum wheels are rated at 3,000+ each, so I'd hope steel ones can be rated that high too.
     
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    Ditto.

    The black spoked "Rock Crawler" wheels that all the 4x4 shops sell for like $60 each are nice. harry got a set of 16x8s for his Blazer. They're really heavy-duty. Email him for more info.
     
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    Here's what's on the manufacturer weight ratings plate:
    Max gross rear axle weight 5200 lbs
    Max gross front axle weight 3500 lbs
    Gross vehicle weight (front and rear together) 7500 lbs
    The wheels/tires now are not the stock ones(325/60R15 BFGs on 15x10 rims).
    I would like to have a tire and wheel combo that would meet the 5200 lbs. rear axle rating. You never know ... I could have the opportunity to load a pallet of shingles over the rear axle. I had 54 16' 5/4x6" deck boards loaded 2 weeks ago, the majority of that weight was on the rear axle. One last thing my tires are in need of replacing. So far the U.S. Wheel and American Racing steel wheels are only rated at 2100 lbs. I'll have to check on the rock crawlers. Thanks,
     
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    I just checked them out at 4 wheel parts wholesalers, the rock crawlers by Tech 1 are only rated at 2000 lbs.
     
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    I think the Alcoa classics were rated at 3,000 per wheel. Aren't the MT's just rebadged Alcoas? /forums/images/icons/grin.gif
     
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    I seen them, I was hoping to stay away from a wheel that cost $100 more than the tire. My truck is more utilitarian than anything else.
     
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    But the wheels should last near forever if taken care of. I run the big Alcoas on my pete.
     

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