gmc leveling kit and tire size

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  1. Downwind

    Downwind Senior Refuge Member

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    Yes,
    Two mechanics/Tire stores showed me... the wear. GM's front ends on the 2500's are under built for the weight (diesel motor).
     
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  2. the_dude

    the_dude Elite Refuge Member

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    As mentioned, with a leveling kit, you can do 33's which will be 285/70/17's. When I put that size tire on my truck, I found Firestone Destinations in 285/70/17 for $146 a tire. I'm quite happy with the tire.

    As far as ball joint/tie rod issues, I haven't had any with my '06 Tundra. I've had the leveling kit and 33's on for a couple of years. That said, my truck really doesn't get much for miles these days. I think I just hit 80K.
     
  3. BaRtMaN

    BaRtMaN Moderator Sponsor Moderator

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    I have the 2007 Chevy Classic it has 20's on it from the factory and I turned up the front torsion bars to level it so it sets really nice. I haven't put a kit on it, but the 20's are very wide and fun in the snow in Michigan...lol! I just rolled over 50K on the old girl :tu
     
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    I have an 06 Silverado. I cranked up my torsions bars when I first got it. I had to replace my first wheel hub at 50,000 and my second at 70,000. Not sure if this caused the issues but I think it's somewhat related.
     
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    huntinjunkie Senior Refuge Member

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    Aren't 33's bigger than 285's?
     
  6. the_dude

    the_dude Elite Refuge Member

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    33's vary in actual diameter depending on tire. The 285/70/17's I have are 32.8" in diameter. If you look up technical specs on LT 33 x 12.5 R17, they will vary from slightly under 33" to slightly over 33" diameter. So no, 33's aren't bigger than 285's in diameter.
     
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    I am running torsion bar cams (3" lift) and leveling blocks on the back of my '06 Chevy Tahoe Z71. Running 285/70/R17 Michelin AT2's. Very nice look. Good road/off-road compromise with the AT's. No mechanical problems to this point at roughly 70K on the tires. My wife does not like the ride, but she is accustomed to a softer ride in her car. I am looking to replace the tires with the same prior to the start of the season this year.

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    Boudreaux Senior Refuge Member

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    305/55/20 on my 2013 1500 Silverado. Mickey Baha ATZs with no rubbing. Also run BFG Mud Terrain 255/75/17 during hunting season that are slightly smaller and narrower.
     

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