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Username Post: 99 k1500, want to install bigger tires        (Topic#358730)
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11-06-19 06:32 PM - Post#2779698    

99 K1500, extended cab, 5.7 Vortec, auto trans, (GMT 400) Fabtech 6" lift, 6 lug rims says "4x4" on rims. I have BFG A/T 265/75/R16 tires on now that need to be replaced. I'm using my same rims. How big of a tire can I run without having to replace or change any speed sensors, solenoids, modulators, etc?

Thank you for your time.

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11-06-19 07:10 PM - Post#2779700    
    In response to 93 low

What gears do you have now? This kinda determines what to size to go with
Do you plan on offroading it?

A 6inch lift will fit a 315/75r16 or a 35x12.5 on a 8 inch wide rim

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11-07-19 10:12 AM - Post#2779729    
    In response to 2plus2

The previous owner of my 2002 Express van put oversized rims and tires on it such that the tire diameter was about 11% larger than OEM. This resulted in an 11% error in the indicated speed and odometer/trip readings, and messed up the engine/vehicle gear change speeds. I don't like it at all!

As soon as these tires are due to the be replaced I will be putting new tires on that gets the tire diameter back to the OEM size.

So, to answer the original question, I would not recommend increasing the tire diameter anywhere near 10% larger than the OEM diameter, but that is just my opinion.


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11-08-19 06:33 PM - Post#2779808    
    In response to 2plus2

I have no idea what gears are in the truck. I don't do any major off roading or rock crawling. I often tow a bass boat and/or use the 4 wheel drive when in the mountains driving in the snow.

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11-08-19 09:43 PM - Post#2779816    
    In response to 93 low

You should have a list of options in your glove box if the label is still readable. Look for one of the following codes: GU4, GU6, or GT4. The ratios are 3.08, 3.42, or 3.73. You might on the odd chance see a GT5 4.10, but that’s not all that common on a stock K1500.


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11-09-19 09:21 AM - Post#2779839    
    In response to 93 low

remember that a taller tire will reduce your braking power. i dont know the numbers its physics

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