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Old 10-30-2004, 02:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am looking into putting 18" rims on my 2004 Colorado Z71 (2wd) and I am just wondering if there is a difference as for as what would fit. Is the Z71 4X4 higher in the front , different suspension, etc?? To make a long story short (I KNOW, TOO LATE!!!!) will the same rims that fit the 4X4 model also fit the 2WD model?[/b]
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Rims and tires are the same size. The 4x4 does sit a tad bit higher than the 2x4, but not much. Like a half inch to an inch is all.

I'd be very leary about putting wheels bigger than stock on the 4x4 version. Reason being is weight. I'd be fearful that the extra weight of larger rims and tires would cause problems with premature wear and tear on the front wheel drive components. I don't have any data or history to support that, but I'm usually a little cautious when dealing with 4WD.

They shouldn't be a problem for 2wd though. But going from 15" to 18" or bigger, I still think I'd want to replace all the bushings with urethane. But I'm just a worry wart when it comes to things like that. I'd rather pay a little bit now to prevent paying a lot later.
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Old 10-31-2004, 12:32 AM   #4 (permalink)
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HUH?
Why then does GM put larger tires on the Z71 4WD as compared to the Z85 4WD
4WDs are supposed to have big a$$ tires on them or God wouldn't have created them
Ok, a lot of people here are just plain paranoid
Look around, there are MANY fullsizers out there using 35-44'' tires on virtually the same components
Danny, this was not to put you down but many around here seem to have the same ideas
Do what you want to YOUR truck and have fun
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K, great! Thanks for all the quick responses!
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HUH?
Why then does GM put larger tires on the Z71 4WD as compared to the Z85 4WD
4WDs are supposed to have big a$$ tires on them or God wouldn't have created them
Ok, a lot of people here are just plain paranoid
Look around, there are MANY fullsizers out there using 35-44'' tires on virtually the same components
Danny, this was not to put you down but many around here seem to have the same ideas
Do what you want to YOUR truck and have fun

I agree. People are always putting on bigger tires. And that's not as big a problem as putting on bigger tires AND rims. That's a lot of additional weight that the components have to deal with. Having had a few 4wd's, I know what kind of problems they can have. And it can get very expensive. So I'll stick with what the truck came with.

Good luck to you on whatever you decide to do. Like I said in my earlier post, I'm usually a bit cautious.
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Danny,

I understand what you are talking about that is why I was asking the question. I have had several 4x4's also and have never had a problem but maybe I have been just lucky. I might try and see if I can find a set of nice 15" rims and keep my tires I have. (though 15"s for this vehicle is very hard to find with that much offset) But thanks again!
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