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Tires too big, whats my best option?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by sandSStorm, Feb 18, 2006.

  1. sandSStorm

    sandSStorm Registered Member

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    I was looking for some 36 or 38 inch tires for my rig but I found some 40's at a great price (with wheels) so I couldnt pass the offer. Now my dilema is what to do to make them fit on my 79 k5. It only has a 6" suspension lift. After I bolted up the wheels the blazer already feels top heavy so I was thinking of just cutting the metal but I could also use a 3" body lift.

    I only use the truck on the weekends when I join my buds at the local river. My old 35's were ok for most of the situations but they were shot. My only concer is making the blazer more top heavy. There are some times while playing in the river where we encounter some steep angles when going in or out of the water si I wanna be safe. My friend that has a (way top heavy samurai ) with 35's has already fliped his a few times.. He does tend to get crazy but I dont want to be in that situation.

    The truck is in very good shape, and that was the main reason I bought it, but I really dont care about cutting the fenders as long as I can make it look good. Does anyone have any pics of blazers w cut fenders so I can get an Idea? And state what size lift you have if you cut?

    I just would like your imput so I can make a desision. Should I cut or lift more?

    TYIA

    Luie
     
  2. Seventy4Blazer

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    sandSStorm Registered Member

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    NICE seventy4Blazer!

    What size lift d u have?

    I like the tube doors, thats on my project list..
     
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    :weld:, :hack:, or :grind:. :saweet:
     
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    sandSStorm Registered Member

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    Why is cutting the best way to go?

    Whats your imput?
     
  6. Seventy4Blazer

    Seventy4Blazer 3/4 ton status

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    ehh.. the front end clip is now gone and the back is going as soon as i get back to AZ where my truck now is.

    as for lift... its a frankenstien lift
    front is 4 inch springs, 1 inch ORD add a leaf, axle moved FWD 1.5 inches and a 2 inch longer shackle. the shims in the front also add 1/4 inch. so thats 6.25 inches of lift up front.

    rear is springer suspension that if Marv built it right (something tells me he did as he is smart like that) then with weight on it it should eb about 6 inches.

    thats all going away though. going to move the 57's to the front and some 63's in the rear still with the Springer suspension. should flex NICE, but im going on 5 years of not driving it if not more and am nowhere near being done..... oh well. some day.

    Grant
     
  7. PeteH

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    its the best because, you keep your lower center of gravity while having the largest tires possible. and you can tuck your tires up high(if your crawlin). i'd probably say no on the body lift. if your worried bout tipping over, just loose the weight of the top and doors, tailgate... it looks damn sexy!
     
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    IM headed tomenards to get me some sawsall blades..

    I desided not to spend the time and money on a body lift..

    Ill post pics later ona another thead.

    Luie
     
  9. Seventy4Blazer

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    body lift isnt a bad idea. i would not be scared of a 1 inch body lift at any time in my life. ord makes one in aluminum. i think they are the only people... also getting rid of your rubber mounts for some polly ones, you can gain lost heigh of about half an inch some times.

    lets see the pics when you are done....
    Grant
     
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    SAWZALL!! If your worried about high COG why lift it higher? Cut some sheetmetal and make way for them meats and have some fun. But be smart and dont get stupid while wheelin.
     
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    mmm...sawzall...

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    so..loosing the rubber mounts and replacing em with the polly ones you actually set the body closer to the frame? what are the old rubber ones equivalent to then??
     
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    If your truck is old, the bushings might have sagged some and when you install poly mounts you could gain a half inch of lift. I believe that's what he was trying to say.
     
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    Here's mine with 6 inches and 40s. Just disregard the Bushwackers, as you can see they're trimmed too.

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    i run 40s on my K5 with 5" of lift. You just need to trim. Its easy, it works, and its cheap... doesn't get much better than that. :) :thumb:

    j
     
  16. Seventy4Blazer

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    yes, thanks. sorry, some times i type faster than i think....
    my height wentup just under 3/4 inch going to polly mounts. more space between the frame and body. worn out mounts.
    Grant
     
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    I cut some metal off today but will need to cut more. Ill start a new thread w the pics...

    Thanx Guys!
     
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    ohhh...hmm...3/4 added inst too bad
     
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    i got 42's on mine with cut fendes
    but i wont post pics cause i get **** about how the fendes look
     
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    How much of a lift do you have?

    Send me some pics..
     

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