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Wheel question..

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by rocko, Aug 19, 2001.

  1. rocko

    rocko 1/2 ton status

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    Okay.. My axles are home.. 8lug Dana 44 and 14 bolt FF.
    I was told to use 15x10 8 lug rim's.. Cause 16.5's being an odd size.. when deflated.. tend to pop off the rim.
    Would this be best going with 15x10 8 lug's? I have brand new 35's I'd hate to sell.. Hoping I could just re-use my tires and not spend a fortune on 16.5 inch rim's and equivalent tires.
    And if i use 15x10's.. will I have to grind down the front caliper's on the Dana 44?
    What kind of clearance do 15x10's have on a one-ton rear end ?
    Thanks in advance.

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  2. wayne

    wayne 3/4 ton status

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    The rear axle is not a problem, the front you will need to grind the calipers and the backing plates. I am going with 4 1/8 backspacing on my 60 but you might be better off with 3 1/2 backspacing on a 44.

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    why don't you go with 16" wheels...

    wheel's and tires are more expensive, but I found there isn't much of a selection in 15" 8 lug wheels...

    16" wheels are much stronger then the 16.5, and don't pop the bead as easily.

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    15 x 10s w/ 4 1/8" backspacing (standard), yes, you'll have to grind the front, but not nearly as much as you do on a 60. Rear fits fine.

    Pete

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  5. rocko

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    I want to stay with 15x10.. so i don't have to buy new tires..
    I practically have brand new 35 bfg all-terrains..
    Tech 1 is the company.. But I find no listing for 15x10 8 lug wheels..
    Hope I find some..

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    http://coloradok5.com/gallery/Daves-Pics
     
  7. 6.2Blazer

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    I bought a set of 15x10, 8-lug whitespokes from Summit Racing for $39.95 each plus basically free shipping. I believe the brand was U.S. Wheel, but I also think American Racing wheels offer the same thing.
     
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    Emmettology 101 3/4 ton status

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    Most places have them, but dont list them... Bart, ARE, etc. All have them.

    Mike

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    Im doing the same thing bro. Get the Bart wheels from Summit. You can get the white ones for around 40 bones, or you can get the chrome ones for 98 each. Shipping included to my door for 4 wheels was $412. I got the 3.5 backspacing. And like wayne said the rear clearance is not an issue. Only the front. I haven't started grinding yet, but will be soon. Good luck, PS, I know how you feel with the tires. MY BFG M/T's are like brand new.

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  10. SAVAGE1

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    I'm in the process of my 3/4 ton swap right now. I ordered my 15x10 8 luggers from Summit. Came out to a little over $200 for 5 of them to my door. I sanded them last night and going to paint them black. I grinded my calipers this past weekend. It wasn't too bad, just make sure you wear a respirator and some hearing protection. I followed the method Rene suggested. Paint the caliper and fit the wheel on to see where it rubs the paint off. Worked great! Oh and I remembered to do it before I mounted the tire. Thanks man! I'm almost ready for the swap... good thing to, I just blew my 10 bolt yesterday!

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    Savage.. did you get a part number for your wheels?
    If so.. may i get it from you.. I'd like to order them today and hopefully have them by the weekend..
    Appreciate everyone's input..
    So.. standard backspacing is what I should go for?

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    If you dont mind grinding more. With the 3.5 you wont have to grind as much, but it will make your wheels stick out a "tad" further!

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    Rocko, here is the part # from my invoice: USW-70-5080
    This should take you directly there:
    http://coloradok5.com/gallery/K5Jungle
     
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    Thanks Guys.. and especially Savage..
    I'm going today to order them.. Axle swap is getting closer.. [​IMG]
    And does anyone know the size u-bolt's I need for the 14 bolt rear? inner diameter?

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