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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-10-2001, 11:01 PM
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Newbie questions: wheels and a ? about lift kits..

Hi all, I just picked up a set 4, 16.5, with 9.5 in from bead seat to bead seat chrome wagon wheel rims made by American Racing. Where can I buy tires for these? Any mail order places? The local tire shops dont offer much for the off-roader, except for soccer moms and their SUV's. I'm new to the whole truck scene. I havea 85' 3/4 ton that I'm getting ready to tear down to the frame, for a rebuild. Whats the biggest tire I can fit on these rims? I'm just wondering, So I can start shopiing around.

Also, I'd like to lift it up quite a bit, and it will be real convient since I'll have it all tore down anyways. I'm planning to use a 3in body lift, but when it comes to suspension lifts, I am completly lost with the concepts and all. I am from the dirtbike/atcand atyv world where a longer shocks makes your ride sit higher. But just looking at the '85, I can see I have a very rusty shock, and some leaf springs. but heres my scenario:
85' K 20
I'm 17 and we have some good mud around here.
It also has a plow. Anyway I could incorporate helper springs up front, since the front end tends to squat when the plow is lifted? or is this not needed since it will already lifted.

I am pretty mechanical, and the suspension does look simple. But I havent the slightest clue what the aftermarket offers. I can weld, cut with torches etc.

Please describe it well Some of the truck stuff has odd names, like "pittman arm" that I've seen a million times, but never put a name to a part.

Please help!!

Thanks!!


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Re: Newbie questions: wheels and a ? about lift kits..

the best thing you can do is grab a chiltons service manual for the 85 K 20


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Re: Newbie questions: wheels and a ? about lift kits..

You can buy 16.5" tires pretty much every where. Here's my three favorites:
National Tire & Wheel
Tyres International
Desert Rat
Pick up a copy of Four Wheeler or 4Wheel & Offroad, lots of ads with stuff for you to drool over for your truck.

You can fit pretty much anything from a 33x12.5R16.5 to a 44x19.5R16.5 on those. Big range of choice for you. On those rims, I personnally wouldn't run anything narrower than 12.5" or wider than 15.5".

Take the plow off. With it lifted it wouldn't be a good plow truck, and that plow would just make the front end sink in that good mud you mentioned.

I personally don't like body lifts higher than 1", but if you want to, have fun. I know people who hate them, and people who love them. My first height/clearance mod would be a suspension lift, followed by a 1" body lift if I really needed it. That's me personally though.

My favorite lifts for these trucks are made by BDS. Very high quality stuff that rides and flexes well. Priced very competitively too. Probably have a retailer in your area also.

Hope this helps.

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