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Tire clearance on stock K5

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by wuilfe, Aug 5, 2001.

  1. wuilfe

    wuilfe Registered Member

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    Hopefully an easy question:

    1987 K5, stock suspension right now, came with 31" tires. Seems to be plenty of clearance available to go to 33's without a lift. Am I right? I'd hate to go through all that trouble if it didn't work. (A lift is coming though, so I guess I can wait if it won't work). Eventually I'm only going to do a 2-3" lift and plan to keep 33's on her, but I'm itchin' to do the tires now, know what I mean?
     
  2. Bubba Ray Boudreaux

    Bubba Ray Boudreaux 1 ton status

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    I'm running 33x12.50s on 15x8 inch rims on my stock height '87 K5. Only problem is when wheeling in the mountains, I can get some fender banging. I also adjusted the steering stops cause I could bang the right side on left turns under compression.

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  3. ChadH82

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    33's will work fine for the road and minor offroading. If you start flexing you will rub. There's a simple solution. Take a sawzall and do a little trimming. With a 2-3" lift you should be fine.
     
  4. BlazerGuy

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    Do you have a pic of your truck?


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  5. Rockjunkies

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    I ran 35's with no lift for about a month. I trimmed the fenders a little. Didn't take it wheeling though. I don't think there was enough room to flex with out hitting the tires. And my 35's measure out to be 34 1/2.

    Keep it simple!
     
  6. mudhog

    mudhog THEGAME Staff Member Super Moderator

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    i have 33x12.5x16in tires on my stock blazer right now and i wheel it prety hard see pics and videos in the links in my sig and i have never rubbed yet but the key to my not rubbing is i have positive off-set rim's

    wheeling videoshttp://community.webshots.com/user/ssmith6333
     
  7. wuilfe

    wuilfe Registered Member

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    Hopefully, I'll be able to post pictures soon.

    Thanks for the info, guys.
     
  8. Bubba Ray Boudreaux

    Bubba Ray Boudreaux 1 ton status

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    Yepper, let me see if I can pull them up later today on the laptop and I'll e-mail them to you.

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    &lt;a target="_blank" href=http://www.handguncontrolinc.com&gt;www.handguncontrolinc.com&lt;/a&gt; <P ID="edit"><FONT class="small">Edited by BRBoudreaux on 08/06/01 07:42 AM.</FONT></P>
     
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    If you are on stock rims or ones with proper backspacing, you probably won't have a problem. I ran 32s for years with a seriously sagging suspension and rub only on cornering with suspension compression. But I was also running 15x10 rims. But be aware, if you put on 33s now, then do a 2-3" lift, I guarantee you that you will be out looking for new tires again as you will think yours look too small.

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    thanks for the post. i have a 2" lift i have purchased from K5 members. i was planning on 33" tires but now i will go to 35" htis is the greatest site on the internet for K5 info. thanks again!!!!!!

    musicman
     
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    Heres a 2 1/2" lift for sale on ebay

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    Click the link down below my sig. I just uploaded the pics today so if they should be showing up anytime soon, if you can't see them, let me know.

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  13. Seventy4Blazer

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    you can go 33'' with about an inch of trimming on the front and rear of the front fenders. that is what i am running on saggy springs.
    Grant

    1974 Chevy Blazer Cheyanne. lots of plans for it....
    but it is on 33's now, with saggy old springs. i am in so cali if ya got any parts for me.
     
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    Newer trucks from the '80s seem to run 33s no problem if the springs aren't sagged too far. That's in my experience.

    I suggest a 4" lift. I did a 2.5" once. It was a total waste of time and money. 4" and 33s looks pretty good.

    Tim
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    That looks cool. There is a set of 33" BFG MT's w/ wheels(I don't know what kind though) for sale in the paper for 200 bucks. If they look fairly new I want to snatch 'em up and slap on the K5. They'd look better than my 31's until I get the cash for lift and swampers.....

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    Happen to have any pics of the stock K5 with 35's, I just can't imagine what that would look like! Maybe a lowered Monster truck![​IMG]

    You call that dirty!?
     
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    Sorry, no pics. But I think that if I would of trimmed the sheetmetal as much as possible they wouldn't of rubbed at all. The only reason I did it was because the 31's were bald and I had the 35's sitting around waiting for a new home. I would be willing to bet that you will soon see trucks running 35's or bigger with no lift. But I gave into a lift. It just looks better!

    Keep it simple!
     
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    I hear ya, I have a set of 35's kicking around right now calling out for my suburban. i just know that if I attempt to try of of em on I am gonna end up lifting it, which I promised myself I wouldnt do![​IMG]

    You call that dirty!?
     

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