Is it worth it?

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Is it worth it?

Postby Blacknoma » Tue May 27, 2014 11:52 pm

Hey everybody,
I have tons and tons of experience in running larger tires on a ZR2 and regular 4wd blazers (95 and 04). What I don't have experience in is ZR5's.
I know 31's (Goodyear Wrangler Authority Wally-Word Specials) can fit on a blazer with a little massaging with a big hammer on stock wheels with no fender rub with no bumb-stops (even totally stuffing it). I also know 30's (BFG KO's) can also run with a very very small t-bar crank to stock level with no rub at all with stock bump-stops.

I know supposedly every truck is a little different as to what can and cannot fit perfectly, but If I were to throw a ZR2 axle with Boise SW kit the rear and max out my t-bars up front with 31x10.5's (OD of the exact tires I am looking at is 30.7").

Will the rear flares need some trimming and are they held on the same way ZR2 flares are?
I have a good estimate on what I would probably have to cut up front metal wise, but no sure about the ZR5 flares... And I really have no clue about the Crew bed with ZR5 flares... never looked at one in person before. (thats mostly what I am asking for help on)

The truck will never do any crawling, just a little mud in the yard if at all... It will be in South Texas near Corpus Christi on a farm (the flattest landscape I have seen in the world (and I have traveled quite a bit) so stuffing probably will never happen.

Should I stick with everything stock @ 235/75r15's or MML without a BL and bump up to 31x10.5? (30's is not an option for me due to the boring tread at the cost I am looking at)
I would like to retain some MPG's but not be up a creek when I find a 6" hole in my side yard when dragging an implement/trailer.

As always, all info/thoughts are much appreciated!
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'13 LiFan 320 - China copy of mini cooper. 1.3l 5-speed, 89hp getting 52mpg
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Re: Is it worth it?

Postby HenryJ » Wed May 28, 2014 4:47 am

What gears do you have?

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Re: Is it worth it?

Postby Blacknoma » Wed May 28, 2014 5:11 pm

Right now it has 3.42 but I will probably throw my ZR2 axle under it so it will be 3.73 (that's in another thread)
'00 ZR2 Noma - home-built goodies here and there. Toy
'03 ZR5 S-10 - Stock
'04 4x4 Blazer - t-bar crank to level on 30x9.5's
'83 4x4 IH S1824 - Tow-rig
'13 LiFan 320 - China copy of mini cooper. 1.3l 5-speed, 89hp getting 52mpg
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Re: Is it worth it?

Postby HenryJ » Thu May 29, 2014 5:01 am

3.42 will have the best mileage running 30" tires. 3.73 will do better on 33" tires.

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Re: Is it worth it?

Postby Blacknoma » Thu May 29, 2014 6:31 pm

Thanks Bruel!

I'm guessing there will be no problems running a 31" on ZR2 axle width with the boise Springworks kit on the rear?
'00 ZR2 Noma - home-built goodies here and there. Toy
'03 ZR5 S-10 - Stock
'04 4x4 Blazer - t-bar crank to level on 30x9.5's
'83 4x4 IH S1824 - Tow-rig
'13 LiFan 320 - China copy of mini cooper. 1.3l 5-speed, 89hp getting 52mpg
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Re: Is it worth it?

Postby HenryJ » Thu May 29, 2014 8:37 pm

Stick with stock rear spacing on the back. 1.25" on the front to match up. Skidz cuts will help clear if you don't do a body lift. I am pro body lift on these trucks. Too many advantages to rule it out.

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Re: Is it worth it?

Postby Blacknoma » Sun Jun 01, 2014 5:28 pm

Alrighty, thanks!
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'03 ZR5 S-10 - Stock
'04 4x4 Blazer - t-bar crank to level on 30x9.5's
'83 4x4 IH S1824 - Tow-rig
'13 LiFan 320 - China copy of mini cooper. 1.3l 5-speed, 89hp getting 52mpg
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