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Old 08-08-2012, 02:34 PM   #1
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2008 Colorado Z-71, and switching to 16" rims.

I am looking at purchasing 5 16" rims for my truck, recently I have become extremely frustrated with the junk street tires I have. Considering that I drive a good 60% of my mileage on dirt road, I need to invest in some serious dirt road AT tires. I have decided to stick with coopers, and I was even trying to figure out if I could order some Cooper S/T-C/ All the other tires I like only come in 16 inch and 17 inch rims, so I am trying to figure out what 16 inch rims will fit on my Colorado that I can pick up from a junkyard.

I am on a limited budget but any help locating where i might find some reasonably priced 16" rims would be much appreciated.
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Re: 2008 Colorado Z-71, and switching to 16" rims.

The only rims that will fit your Colorado is from another Colorado/Canyon. You can find others with the same bolt pattern but the center hub won't fit unless you bore out the hub. You can do that to aluminum, but you can't do it to steel, they need to be done at a shop who can mill the steel.

A simple solution for a limited budget is to find tires that fit your 15" wheels. You will have to possibly widen your search to find the tire size. GoodYear Duratrac has a tire in 15, at least a 31x10.50....can't recall what other sizes are in 15. Cooper STT may have a 15" hole option too. I'm pretty sure BFG has A/T tires in 15" too, since they are probably the leader in tire sales with that tire.

Assuming you're going to stick with a 265/75-15, that's is one of the most common tire sizes are around I'm pretty sure of.
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Re: 2008 Colorado Z-71, and switching to 16" rims.

I am not worried about the center hub fitment issues, and I am not one for making it visually appealing, but more so practical. From what i understand I can look for any year Colorado/Canyon 6 lugnut 16" wheel, and it should bolt right up, except for the center hub cap correct?

After more research I think I am coming to understand matching wheels, from my understanding if i find any 16x8 rim size and 6x5.5 or 6x139.7 bolt pattern wheels, that they will bolt up without any issues correct?

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Re: 2008 Colorado Z-71, and switching to 16" rims.

Toyota rims have the same lug pattern and center bore, you just have to check the backspacing to make sure they will work.

I would just grab some 16" cragar soft 8 steelies they are around $50 a rim. I have them on my truck but in a 15" diameter so you can look at my avatar to get an idea of what they look like.
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Re: 2008 Colorado Z-71, and switching to 16" rims.

My cooper STT's are 15" wheel. Also when i had 31"s.
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Re: 2008 Colorado Z-71, and switching to 16" rims.

There are lots of AT tires in 31X10.5X15 which is almost the exact same size as the stock 265/75/R15 on Z71 trucks.
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Re: 2008 Colorado Z-71, and switching to 16" rims.

Well this is what I was use to on Coopers Discover's lineup of tires, I use to have STTs on a 94 K5 blazer with 15s and a 2001 nissan frontier with 15s, so I know they use to make them, but when I contacted Big O tires and researched online it appears they have discontinued there discoverer lineup of tires in 15s. I have decided to take the bullet and pick out a nice pair of wheels, (due to the fiancees look on her face with anything but black rims) So pretty much I just want to be able to properly match a 16'' rims too some Cooper S/T-C 'sin 265/75/16.

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Re: 2008 Colorado Z-71, and switching to 16" rims.

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Well this is what I was use to on Coopers Discover's lineup of tires, I use to have STTs on a 94 K5 blazer with 15s and a 2001 nissan frontier with 15s, so I know they use to make them, but when I contacted Big O tires and researched online it appears they have discontinued there discoverer lineup of tires in 15s. I have decided to take the bullet and pick out a nice pair of wheels, (due to the fiancees look on her face with anything but black rims) So pretty much I just want to be able to properly match a 16'' rims too some Cooper S/T-C 'sin 265/75/16.
Don't go back to Big-O is my suggestion after finding these.

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Re: 2008 Colorado Z-71, and switching to 16" rims.

Cooper still makes the STT, Hell, I bought 4 last year, and priced out a new one about a month ago. Cooper does too well with these tires to terminate their existence so soon.

Does that make me sound biased towards the STTs?
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Re: 2008 Colorado Z-71, and switching to 16" rims.

I know Tirerack has them as well.
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Re: 2008 Colorado Z-71, and switching to 16" rims.

Ill have to take a look around at the other options from different stores as well. The only issue is im pretty dead set on getting some Cooper S/T-C's, and considering over half my mileage is dirt road, I would benefit greatly from them.
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Re: 2008 Colorado Z-71, and switching to 16" rims.

The STT's are a better tire here's what they look like

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Re: 2008 Colorado Z-71, and switching to 16" rims.

^ They are great, and they don't look doofy like the S/T (imho)
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Re: 2008 Colorado Z-71, and switching to 16" rims.

I know what the STTs are lol I mentioned that I ran them on my 1994 K5 blazer, and my 2001 Nissan Frontier Desert Runner, great tires, but out here they dont handle the hard compacted rocky dirt roads well believe it or not, and they only last about 12 months where I live, winter being easier on the tires than summer. This is why I have chosen the Cooper S/T-C's not ST's or STT's, because these rocky dirt roads cause severe chipouts, and even my parents who run STT's on there 2008 3500 HD Silverado, and they only get about 9 months off the tires around here. I guess you can blame it on the fact we have two maintained paved roads in the entire county, highway 69, and 96.
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Re: 2008 Colorado Z-71, and switching to 16" rims.

treadwright ftw!!!
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Re: 2008 Colorado Z-71, and switching to 16" rims.

I ordered my 33"s from summit racing. They'll price match anything you find online and i use them because their trustworthy. I just ordered my body lift from them. When i order my cooper stt's in a 35" when my 33"s wear out i'm more than likely going to order them from them as well. When i ordered my 31"s i got them from treaddepot.com i believe. Got them for 141 a tire. Also try like tire kingdom. They sell coopers and told me after i ordered them they could of price matched that and saved me shipping lol.
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Re: 2008 Colorado Z-71, and switching to 16" rims.

Well bout a month ago I finally was able to get these tires, and I have to say there is hardly any wear and tear for the all dirt road driving I do, Also turns out the tire I was after with the nylon embedded chipout prevention is on the AT3 coopers now. These tires are holding there tread extremely well, and MUCH BETTER!!!! than Cooper STTs. I fianlly found a rim I was looking for too and went with the AX188 LEDGE teflon coated wheels. Got to say I love the look of them. I will eventually be posting pictures, but the fiancee wants a really nice camera, so shes making me wait on getting a camera till we have enough for a good one.

Wanted to say thankyou all for your help, and the setup I have chosen is GOLDEN on Dirt Roads.
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Re: 2008 Colorado Z-71, and switching to 16" rims.

Glad you like your tires, but I find it humurous in your review. The tires are only 1/60th used. The tires should last you 5 years (at least but depending on your driving miles), and to say they look new after a month sounds funny. I'd be taking a tire back to the store if it looked used after a month.

Which tire did you decide on anyway? I went through the thread and there were other tires offered. Did you get the S/T-c? 265-75-16? Did it fit at stock height or are you lifted any?

We would all like to see pictures even if they aren't from a high end camera!
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