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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-14-2001, 10:20 PM Thread Starter
 
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Why are wheels off-set?

I was just looking at my S10 Blazer today and the back wheels/tires look pretty bad. They are too far into the wheel well for my taste and just don't look right. I have heard that they are off-set so that the rear tires do not fall into the ruts the front tires make, but are there any other reasons for this? And yes, I know it can be corrected with wheel spacers or different wheels but I cannot afford that right now and I was just wondering why they made the back tires sit so far into the wheel well.
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Re: Why are wheels off-set?

The wheels are that way because they are designed for that truck, without a lift you need to keep the stock offset if you want to run tires any bigger then a 235/75R-15 otherwise you'll have rubbing issues and you might even rub with that tire depending on the offset you run. The offset has nothing to do with keeping the rear wheels out of the front wheels ruts thats from different front and rear track widths.

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Re: Why are wheels off-set?

It sounds to me like he is talking about the front to rear track width.

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Re: Why are wheels off-set?

Ooppps. Yes, I did/do mean the front and rear track width.
Sorry for any confusion.

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Re: Why are wheels off-set?

Seems odd that there isn't a reasonable explanation for this. I mean the blazers are tippy enough, wouldn't they want to make it wider in the first place? Weird crap. Do you think that adding 1 inch wheel spacer to the rear tires to correct this will counteract tippage? Isn't most of the weight in front anyway?

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Re: Why are wheels off-set?

Let me make a stab at this...but let's not think of the truck in question for a sec let's see if I can Explain this by going more to extreems
Have you ever watched tractor pulls? namely the 4x4 class??
if so have you ever noticed that the Rear wheels are tucked into the fenders where the frount tires are sticking way out?
The reason is while they are pulling the fount tires throw alot of dirt to the rear of the vehical now if the tires were the same width the back end of the truck would be constantly going up hill getting over the dirt build up in frount of the rear tires so to solve this problem and get more traction they have the frount and rear axels staggered .
this concept has bled over the the auto industry true not as drastic but the same basic concept is there .
I think that makes better sence then the rutt theory

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