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Will 4WD wheels work on a 2WD truck?

Was wondering if the offset and bolt pattern is the same and whether the wheels will interchange without sticking out too much, etc.

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I believe the only differnce between the stock wheels is size. The Z71 are a little wider than the Z85 and the ZQ8 are a little bigger in diameter. I might be wrong. Check the Chevy site.

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there is no differance z71 2 or 4X4 . same with the z85 aluim. wheels .
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Uh.... I should have been clearer. My father Z85 2wd rims are narrower than my Z71 rims. I believe they are 6.5 and mine are 7 or 7.5. It's early in the morning after a long night out. :D

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there is no differance z71 2 or 4X4 . same with the z85 aluim. wheels .
A 2wd Z71 makes no sense to me. It is an off-road oriented vehicle, it should be 4wd or go to a Z85.
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there is no differance z71 2 or 4X4 . same with the z85 aluim. wheels .
A 2wd Z71 makes no sense to me. It is an off-road oriented vehicle, it should be 4wd or go to a Z85.
Then let me enlighten you .
4x4 is more expensive than the 2wd.
better gas milage
Z71 adds other options such as a rear locker that can be just as good as a 4x4 with a good driver, and the look is cooler (debatable, I know)
rear wheel cars are more fun to drive!


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Actually, the rear locker is a pre-selected option for the Z71, it isn't actually included in the Z71 package, still an option. The Z71 does have better bushings, large fender flares, and nicer shocks.
ANYWAY, yes, the Z71 wheels should work, they are 1/2" wider rims, and the tires are 275/75/15 I believe.

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there is no differance z71 2 or 4X4 . same with the z85 aluim. wheels .
A 2wd Z71 makes no sense to me. It is an off-road oriented vehicle, it should be 4wd or go to a Z85.
Then let me enlighten you .
4x4 is more expensive than the 2wd.
better gas milage
Z71 adds other options such as a rear locker that can be just as good as a 4x4 with a good driver, and the look is cooler (debatable, I know)
rear wheel cars are more fun to drive!
I know that a 4x4 is more expensive, and the gas mileage is better in a 2wd, but still not that good for some, others have gas sippers. A locker can be good, but there are some situations where you just NEED the front wheel(s) pulling too. I agree, that the look is much better, and RWDs are more fun to drive, but remember, you control whether it is a 2 or 4wd vehicle whenever you want to. In snow and ice and sleet, all a locker will do is land you in a ditch somewhere, because both wheels have lost any traction, with a 4x4, even if one of the back wheels and one front one are spinning, you still have control because two wheels are NOT spinning. But if you have a 4x4 with a locker, you're pretty much screwed because you have no control over the rear of the vehicle and the front could very easily slide side to side too if both wheels would happen to spin in unison. THAT is why we need good drivers too, the vehicle only does what the driver tells it too.
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there is no differance z71 2 or 4X4 . same with the z85 aluim. wheels .
A 2wd Z71 makes no sense to me. It is an off-road oriented vehicle, it should be 4wd or go to a Z85.
Then let me enlighten you .
4x4 is more expensive than the 2wd.
better gas milage
Z71 adds other options such as a rear locker that can be just as good as a 4x4 with a good driver, and the look is cooler (debatable, I know)
rear wheel cars are more fun to drive!
I know that a 4x4 is more expensive, and the gas mileage is better in a 2wd, but still not that good for some, others have gas sippers. A locker can be good, but there are some situations where you just NEED the front wheel(s) pulling too. I agree, that the look is much better, and RWDs are more fun to drive, but remember, you control whether it is a 2 or 4wd vehicle whenever you want to. In snow and ice and sleet, all a locker will do is land you in a ditch somewhere, because both wheels have lost any traction, with a 4x4, even if one of the back wheels and one front one are spinning, you still have control because two wheels are NOT spinning. But if you have a 4x4 with a locker, you're pretty much screwed because you have no control over the rear of the vehicle and the front could very easily slide side to side too if both wheels would happen to spin in unison. THAT is why we need good drivers too, the vehicle only does what the driver tells it too.
I have a 4x4 Sonoma with a locker and I can control the rear of the truck with this thin tall pedal to the right of the break.

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Most people panic after they lose control, and that thin, tall pedal hits the floor. And brake is spelled B-R-A-K-E, not break.
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I've got 2wd with the locker and TC.

I, the lazy fool I am, just step on the gas and let the computer do all the work. Last winter here, with solid ice, I was able to move thru intersections as well as the 4x4s, sometimes better. I have 300lbs of sandbags in the bed.

When I tried it without the TC, I spun and spun with both rear wheels. More fun, but not going anywhere.

Same with antilock brakes, I just push my foot to the floor, and let the computer do all the work.

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I don't cosider that lazy, I consider that "letting the vehicle do what it is programmed to and shedding all of the old ideas that used to be true but are not anymore, like pumping the brakes"
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hey, powerof5, I wasn't trying to say that a 4x4 is stupid or that lockers are better, all I wanted to do was give some reasons why someone might get a 2wd Z71, that's all . Not trying to argue.


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Most people panic after they lose control, and that thin, tall pedal hits the floor. And brake is spelled B-R-A-K-E, not break.
Me fail English, that's unpossible.

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a real truck is a 4x4 anyways

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I could not stand my last 2wd Sonoma with no locker in the back it made driving in the snow a pain. One wheel would do nothing but spin and spin. With the locker one tire starts to spin so the locker engages and starts to turn the other tire, with good control that tire will start to push the car not spin and make you lose control. Personally I think the traction control on these trucks is useless and does not work. In slick conditions I always turn mine off.

I have also taken my 2wd Z71 on many off road trails marked 4wd only and made it through fine. It almost always comes down to the driver.
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I also turn the TC off if I want to spin, when wheel spin is a plus, like in deep snow and mud when the locker will earn it's pay.

But on solid ice, the TC works great , for me anyway. I tried to feather the gas pedal on ice, but the TC works faster than I can, and gets me thru intersections while everyone else stands still.

Back on topic, the z85 wheels are 6.5 and z71 are 7.0 inches wide.

Looks like we will get our first snow this week. :D


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