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post #1 of 7 Old 02-03-2011, 08:06 AM Thread Starter
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best offset for a 96 4x4 srw

looking for wheels for my truck, deceded to go with 16.5 inch wheels and would like to get opinions on what offset will work. so far ive found nice centerline wheels in a -18mm,,,,, just dont know what that will look like...
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Have you checked the availability of 16.5 inch tires in your area....I know they are hard to find around here and when you can get them you don;t have very much of a selection when choosing


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I second that. 16.5's are very limited. I'd recommend a 16 or a 17 it will save you quite a few headaches in the future.

We'd be happy to make a recommendation for width and offset/backspace. Is your truck's suspension still stock? Are you planning on lifting or leveling it? Do you want your wheels to stick out or stay tucked under the truck?

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Tire availability isn't a concern, the military is going to continue to use the 16.5" tire for years, and there is a stockpile of 37's that isnt going away anytime soon. The truck will have a 6" lift and I don't want the wheels to be sunken in, but also not sticking way out either. Just even with the wheel wells would be beat I think. I'll be using 9.75" wide wheels and 12.5" wide tires.
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NEVER go by offset..just get 4.5" back space and your done..But don't get 16.5's unsafe! The Military uses bead locks and as expected isn't concerned with safety..
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im getting beadlocks, so the safety isnt an issue. the wheels im considering are 8.25" wide with 3.625" of backspace. i understand that less backspace means they will stick out slightly more than with more backspace,,,, correct?
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im getting beadlocks, so the safety isnt an issue. the wheels im considering are 8.25" wide with 3.625" of backspace. i understand that less backspace means they will stick out slightly more than with more backspace,,,, correct?
Yes. But a 37" tire on a 8.25" wheel? Maybe the '96 is different, but even on a 8.25" wheel, that's not much backspace and may put too much stress on the hub shifting it out that far.
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