Dismiss Notice

Welcome To CK5!

Registering is free and easy! Hope to see you on the forums soon.

Score a FREE t-shirt and membership sticker when you sign up for a Premium Membership and choose the recurring plan.

Wheel off set and tie rods ????

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by ftn96, Feb 18, 2001.

  1. ftn96

    ftn96 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2000
    Posts:
    3,238
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Nashville Tn
    I just put my 15x10 rock crawlers on with me new 33 BFG M/T's (Damn they look Fing awesome).
    Anyhow, the inner weights like 1/16 on an inch hitting the driverside tie rod end. How much wheel flex can I expect? Need to know that with the gap being that close am I going to have to worry about them getting jerked off. Is there a shim wheel spacer for things like this? Or can I use some grade 5 or 8 washers behind the wheel on the lugs?

    Now this is the factory Tie rod on the driver side. The passy side is a moog and it has 3/16 clearance. I know I need to get a new tie rod, but just till that happens can someone point me in the right jerry rigging direction.

    P.S I got these wheels from bigbad82k5 and he had them on his 82 K5 and had no clearance problems (10 bolts) same as mine but mine is a 90. Is there a different offset for these different year models?????

    Will work for beer, parts and tools.
    90 Jimi,350/700R4/241/10bolts/4.10's/33's/4"
    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.nashvillek5.freeservers.com>http://www.nashvillek5.freeservers.com</A>
     
  2. Espen88k5

    Espen88k5 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2000
    Posts:
    981
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Norway
    Had the exact same problem with my 10" rims... Instead of using 6 big washers go to a auto-store and get some small spacers... Mine where about half a centimeter thick and did the trick!! Cheap to !

    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.espen88k5.coloradok5.com>http://www.espen88k5.coloradok5.com</A>
     
  3. Logan

    Logan Registered Member

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2000
    Posts:
    93
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Fournier, Ontario, Canada
    I've got the same problem -- I picked up a set of used aluminum rims that I figure were originally from an older 2wd pickup or something, and they run about 1/16" from the tie rod ends. With the tires balanced, the weights actually came in contact with the tie rod ends. The wheel balancing guy said not to worry, and just hammered the weights flat against the rims.

    I figured I'd wait and see -- If the weights got ripped off, I'd grab a couple of sets of the aluminum wheel spacers. It's been six months, and everything's still attached.

    If hammering doesn't give you enough space, there are also some different types of weights that you can use, like sticky lead weights that attach to the inside of the rim. I've even seen dynamic wheel balancers, but for that price, you'd be better of getting new rims.

    -Al.
     
  4. 90K5

    90K5 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2000
    Posts:
    3,719
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Lubbock, TX
    You could probably adjust the stops to get them to clear, but I'm not sure if that works. I already forgot what it looks like down there[​IMG]

    90K5

    See my truck at <A target="_blank" HREF=http://albums.photopoint.com/j/Albumindex?u=1329584&a=9886502>http://albums.photopoint.com/j/Albumindex?u=1329584&a=9886502</A>
     
  5. jarheadk5

    jarheadk5 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2000
    Posts:
    4,389
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    PA
    My 87 is the same way with 15x8 AR-23 wheels, unknown backspacing. ALMOST touches the tierod ends.

    [​IMG] Semper Maintenance!
     
  6. baldbandit

    baldbandit 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2000
    Posts:
    282
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Marshall TX
    You can use stick on lead weights and put them inside the rim. I was a little concerned about them coming off because of rumors i had heard about them not sticking on very long. After having the wheels balanced with the stick on weights a ran a small bead of silicone around the outer edge of the weights. I ran these wheels for years like that with no problem. Every time i bought new tires, i would remove all of the weights, clean off the silicone, and after having the new tires mounted and balanced(stick on weights) I would run a bead of silicone where the new weights were. No probs, ever!

    baldbandit
     
  7. hawglet

    hawglet 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2000
    Posts:
    265
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Hastings,NE
    I've got the same damn prob. 10 centerline wheels but my wieghts get completely picked off. I had to put all my weight on the outside of the wheel, none of our tire shops could get the stick on weights anymore. Quick fix until I find a set of wheels with alot of neg. offset that I like.

    Thanks,
    Greg Gayman
    Hawglet
    Stovie
    hawglet@excite.com
     
  8. ftn96

    ftn96 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2000
    Posts:
    3,238
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Nashville Tn
    I just got back from my test run with the new gears, tires and wheels adn the driver side does rub the weight BAD. But I have to replace the T-rod anyway, so it may fix it. The passy side does not touch. SO I stoked. I just did my first rear end ring and pinion setup, and it runs smooth and no roaring noise or grinding or anything. Im freaking estatic. Now I just have to do the front. Check out my website Wedensday for new pics if your interested.

    Will work for beer, parts and tools.
    90 Jimi,350/700R4/241/10bolts/4.10's/33's/4"
    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.nashvillek5.freeservers.com>http://www.nashvillek5.freeservers.com</A>
     
  9. '73 K5

    '73 K5 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2000
    Posts:
    1,763
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Kansas
    I think those wheels have 4 inches of backspacing. Lots of 6 lug 15x10's are like that, and it sucks. Usually rubs the tie rod ends. Thats why I got the AE 589's because they have 3 5/8 inches of backspacing. Its perfect on my truck. I'd think 3 3/4 would be the most you should do.

    '73 K5
    Chevy good...Ford bad
     
  10. ftn96

    ftn96 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2000
    Posts:
    3,238
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Nashville Tn
    All bullshit aside, the main thing I need to know is that if it is safe or not to put washers on the lugs behind the wheels?
    High strength washers that is.

    Will work for beer, parts and tools.
    90 Jimi,350/700R4/241/10bolts/4.10's/33's/4"
    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.nashvillek5.freeservers.com>http://www.nashvillek5.freeservers.com</A>
     
  11. '73 K5

    '73 K5 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2000
    Posts:
    1,763
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Kansas
    Sounds like adding washers would put more of a load on the studs. I talked to my mechanic about the wheel spacers once, and he didn't even like that idea, so I'm sure the washers aren't much better.

    '73 K5
    Chevy good...Ford bad
     
  12. ftn96

    ftn96 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2000
    Posts:
    3,238
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Nashville Tn
    Ok, heres what happened, I bought a new tie rod end for the driver side, the big ass 52.25 inch one. And the head of it where the stud sticks out is smaller than the stock one and now......woooo whoooo I have clearance adn no wheel rub.
    Thanks for all the replies though.

    Will work for beer, parts and tools.
    90 Jimi,350/700R4/241/10bolts/4.10's/33's/4"
    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.nashvillek5.freeservers.com>http://www.nashvillek5.freeservers.com</A>
     

Share This Page