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    Default Hypthetical Q: Lift, Wheels, Tires

    2001 Silverado Z71 completely stock suspension. I have been looking and looking at the charts for sizing of the tires and whatnot. If I do wheels and tires I am also doing a 4" suspension lift.

    I have always been used to lowering cars and whatnot and not used to lifting trucks. So, If i did lift my silverado around 4", would it be a wiser decision to do a smaller wheel (around 16") and a bigger tire or a bigger wheel (around 18") and a little smaller tire...or is that possible?

    I would prefer a bigger wheel (round 18"), but if its not possible to get a tire like that then I would rather get the 16s.

    Also, what size tire would I be able to fit on the wheels in their respective sizes?

    I know its a big question but I am completely new to lifting trucks...

    Also, will an alignment be needed after lifting? I know lowering you need one, didnt know if the camber and such was effected the same was as lowering...my guess...yes.
    2001 Silverado Z71 4X4 Black

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    well im no expert but i have learned a few things since being on this great site. im pretty sure depending on the size of your lift, they recommend a certain size wheel. personally i think you should get at least an 18in wheel. and yes u will definetly need an alignment.. good luck bro
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    I have 7 1/2 inches of lift with 20" wheels and 35" tires. I believe with a 4 inch lift you could fit 33 inch tires. I would go with 17 or 18 inch wheels. Just make sure you get the proper offset/backspacing. You will need a good alignment after the lift.

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    x2 on the alignment.

    As far as rims/tires, it is up to you. I've always liked the more tire look, so I go with the smallest rims possible.
    2005 Chevy Silverado Z71 in Black

    6" BDS Suspension Lift | 3" BDS Body Lift |17" Rock Crawler Stellies | 35" Cooper STTs | 4.56 Yukon Gears | AirAid CAI and TBS | Flowmaster 40s | HyperPAC Programmer


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    Heres a link to a tire fitment guide, on there it says you can fit 33 inch tires with 4 inches of lift. As far as wheel size thats your choice it dosent affect fitment at all as far as clearing them wth lift the tires what you got to worry about there.

    Heres the link

    http://www.mickeythompsontires.com/T...Guide_2009.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by kgibson181 View Post
    Heres a link to a tire fitment guide, on there it says you can fit 33 inch tires with 4 inches of lift. As far as wheel size thats your choice it dosent affect fitment at all as far as clearing them wth lift the tires what you got to worry about there.

    Heres the link

    http://www.mickeythompsontires.com/T...Guide_2009.pdf

    You all are awesome thanks for the helpful information...this is all starting to make sense now. Now on the backspacing, what would I be looking for like around the 5.15" and the offset would be +10mm, they are a 18 x 8.5" wheel.

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    Looking at that chart I noticed that I could fit 32" tires on my 18's without a lift...that would be definitely ideal. Now I do notice it says positive offset required...so if the wheels I want have a positive offset of 10mm is that going to be enough?

    Basically, I don't want the wheels to stick way out.

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    Positive offset sucks the wheels in
    Negative offset pushes the wheel out

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    Cool Hypthetical Q lift wheels tires

    Id like to suggest that if your thinking about a 4inch lift with 33s, I would go ahead a go with a 6inch lift and 35s. Its more money but when I worked at a 4x4 shop every customer that had us put a 4inch kit on came back later and said they wish they had gone with the 6inch (we tried to tell them but they thought we just wanted to upsell them). Some even had us remove the 4inch and install the 6inch (money to burn)

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    Quote Originally Posted by masterfoxscout View Post
    Positive offset sucks the wheels in
    Negative offset pushes the wheel out
    so +10mm from stock wouldnt be a huge difference from what I am thinking.

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