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Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by DesertDueler, Sep 22, 2001.

  1. DesertDueler

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    My rims are bent on the Jimmy:( I was wondering should I go with steel or with aluminum? I mostly do rockcrawling. I dont want to go to beadlocks yet. I will wiat until I get 1 ton axles and go to eight lug. What size should I go with 15x8 or 15x10? I have 35x12.50r15 Goodyear MTRs.

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    Well if you want to go 1 ton and keep your tires you would have to go w/ steel rims. If you get steel and bend them again it will still be cheeper than buying Alm. to begin with.
    Personaly I would rather go w/ steel and spend the $$$ on other things.

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    I wont go to 1 ton until my suburban hits 100,000 miles. It only has 58,000 miles. I figures at 100,000 it would be time to rebuild the axles so I would put the axles in the burb then buy 1 ton. So for now I need 6 lug rims. Should I go 15x8 or 15x10?

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    The 8" wheel will give you a little more protection of the bead area from rocks. But, it'll make the center of the tire tread wear down a little faster than the sides. It'll also make the tires appear a little narrower (if you care about that).


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    I would go with steel. They are cheaper for one, and they take abuse better. My buddy lipped a tire on a rock with steels, and it was leaking air bad. I brought out the sledge and gave it a little TLC and we were on our way. I don't know how the aluminums would hold up to the beating that the steel's took, and also I have never had a problem with the factory steel wheels on my truck, so I see no advantages to the aluminums.
     
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    Im not worried about the tires wearing. I have a warranty on the tires and its not a daily driver. I though going with the 8s would be better, what should I do about rim material steel or aluminum? My suburban came with 15x10 black rockcrawler wheels on it and I tought about using them, but I think they are too wide. I will either use those or by a set of aluminum baja wheels from american racing.

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    I think 15x8's would probably work better for the rocks. It would make it alot harder to bash your rims on a rock. I have 32x11.5's on 15x8's and have not bashed them on a rock yet.
     
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    I am not so worried about the cost The black rock crawler wheels are 40 bucks for 15x8, and the bajas (Eagle 589) are 60 bucks for 15x8. Its only a 20 dollar difference each. I just am wondering which ones are better. My old rims are aluminum and they are 15x9. I wish they still made them and I would use those they held up pretty good in the rollover.

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    Any many miny moe! Pick a wheel befo its cold![​IMG]
    If you have the 15x10's then keep those. They are already paid for man. If you dont like them then just get the 15x8's and be done with it.
    Steel all the way.

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    Ok what I have is 15x9 aluminum wheels on the Jimmy that are bent. The 15x10 steel rockcrawler wheels are on my suburban. What Im asking is should I put those on the Jimmy and buy new wheels for the burb, or should I buy narrower for the Jimmy?

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    That's a tough call. If you want a new set of rims for the Burb, then use the 15x10's on the Jimmy. If you like them on the Burb then leave them alone and get a set of 15x8's for the Jimmy.
     
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    Its tough alright. The rockcrawlers look great on the burb because the burb is tan and black so they black wheels make it look sharp. The bajas would look sharp to though. I was going to buy the bajas in 15x8 but dont know how welll they hold up to 4+ trails. I am getting into he heavy trails since I dont care about body damage.

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    My Jimmy is black and tan too. That's why I am going to use the rockcrawlers on it. It should look sweet. Personnally I would get a set of 15x8 crawlers for the Jimmy. Just my opinion though. It may not match the paint on your Jimmy, but I think they will hold up better to abuse. Again my opinion though.
     
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    I leaning towards the black rockcrawlers. I was just wondering if the aluminum hols up better, or if they hve too many problems. BTW my jimmy will either be flat black or bright orange when I am done, but thats an easy decision. My buddy is trying to get the orange paint for free so I will use it if he gets it, if not I will paint it black

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    I know I will never put a set of Aluminums on my truck. Especially if it is going to be an offroad only truck on 4+ trails.
     
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    Aluminum leans more toward the dez, and other higher speed pursuits, including the street - for a trail only rig, I'd say steel is the way to go, since steel has that handy feature of being able to get beaten back in shape with the sledge. If it was also your daily driver, then I'd look into forged aluminum wheels but, since it's going to be trailered most of the time, steel is probably better.

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    Yea it will only be on the road 10% of the time. I will tow it if I have to drive it over an hour or so. I really like the look of the bajas, but I sounds like I will be getting the steel wheels, unless someone can prove to me the aluninum is better.

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    Steel is the only way to go off road. I'v broke an aluminum wheel hot rodding in the desert I slid into a rock and cracked it good. Had to turn around and go home. A steel wheel would have only bent but still been usable as a spare.

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