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When I went to replace the tie rod end I stupidly had the wrench against the sway bar & when I started torqueing on it to break it loose something broke. It wasn't the jam nut on the tie rod end, it was the sway bar mount on the control arm. At this point I gave up, I threw the wheel back on and loaded it up to bring to the shop. Trying to get a vehicle on a trailer that only has one wheel that steers is interesting. Also I need to invest in some tire tie down straps, any suggestions? I used three 3,000lbs ratchet straps and blocked the tires, but from people that do this more than I do, I am curious to see ways to improve.

I will add that it was a 10 mile back country (paved) roads drive to the shop, I never got over 50mph.

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My GMC AT4 got some new shoes a couple weeks ago.

Bumped the size up to 33x22.5R17s.
Same rims as before 17x8.5 +6 offset .

For reference in an 18x9 rim that would be close to a +18-20mm offset .
New tires are the Mikey Thompson Load range D , 8 ply, Baja Boss.
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My GMC AT4 got some new shoes a couple weeks ago.

Bumped the size up to 33x22.5R17s.
Same rims as before 17x8.5 +6 offset .

For reference in an 18x9 rim that would be close to a +18-20mm offset .
New tires are the Mikey Thompson Load range D , 8 ply, Baja Boss.
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are you still running stock suspension? I currently have 20's (factory) but would be good to drop down in wheel size and know I can run 33's with no issue.
 

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My GMC AT4 got some new shoes a couple weeks ago.

Bumped the size up to 33x22.5R17s.
Same rims as before 17x8.5 +6 offset .

For reference in an 18x9 rim that would be close to a +18-20mm offset .
New tires are the Mikey Thompson Load range D , 8 ply, Baja Boss.
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I like that truck. Are the tires noisy?
 

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are you still running stock suspension? I currently have 20's (factory) but would be good to drop down in wheel size and know I can run 33's with no issue.
Yes, stock suspension.
However please keep in mind that the 1500 AT4 model has about a 2" lift from the factory compared to the other Sierra 1500s.

Less wheel and more tire normally = smoother ride.

I have had a few trucks that came with factory 20s and that is always the first thing I do, it pull them off and put on 17's or 18s with some larger tires.
 

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I like that truck. Are the tires noisy?
Thanks!
Counting the stock rims and tires this the 4th set of tires that I have tried on this truck, the first set after the Stock tires Rims came off were these same Fuel wheels with Falken Wildpeak AT3s 285/70R17s those were the quietest and smoothest riding they were a P-metric 4 ply tire. Better on fuel too. They were wearing sort of fast and were getting a little louder, plus I was really always wanting a little taller and little wider tire then the 285s. These MTs are heavy, and little louder then the Falken tires when the Falken's were new but quieter then when I took the Falken's off, but not a lot of difference, both are quieter then the Durtrax Goodyears that came on the truck.
 

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Yes, stock suspension.
However please keep in mind that the 1500 AT4 model has about a 2" lift from the factory compared to the other Sierra 1500s.

Less wheel and more tire normally = smoother ride.

I have had a few trucks that came with factory 20s and that is always the first thing I do, it pull them off and put on 17's or 18s with some larger tires.
I have the same truck as you, AT4, 3.0 just in sky blue.
 

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I have the same truck as you, AT4, 3.0 just in sky blue.
I have the same truck as you, AT4, 3.0 just in sky blue.
Should fit fine. I know everyone has different taste in Wheels.
I would recommend paying very close attention to the offsets when shopping for Rims.
I would shooting for a +5 to +12 range in a 8.5" wide Rim or +18 to +25 in a 9" wide rim.

The 33x12.5R17 is as big as you can go without trimming on a stock AT4 with offsets as I had described.
I would lay very high odds that you would have rubbing issues with a 0 to -20 offsets or greater. The more the negative offset the worse it would rub and the more trimming that would be needed.

Also when shopping for Rims and tires, another very important thing I highly recommend people do, is to check the manufactures spec for the tires you like. Height and width and weight if power and fuel mileage are a concern.

The MT tires I chose were spec to be 12 wide not the 12.5 the size indicates them to be. They are also 32.8 Tall not a true 33. I mention this because I am not 100% sure that I could clear a tire that was more true to spec.
Meaning a true 33" tall and a true 12.5" wide.

These Specs are for 17 Baja Boss tires as seen on my truck.
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Something that has tripped me up more then once, is the difference there is in Section width vs tread width.
Tread width is by far the most important so I generally try and find that info if I can. Tread is generally what will be rubbing on stuff, section width is the widest points sidewall to sidewall.

Some tires like the Goodyear Territory MTs 285/70R17s, that I had tried on this truck about a month ago were a 11.5 section
but had a narrow 8.6 I think it was tread. Which compared to the Falken 285/70R17s that I took off, the Goodyear's looked really narrow, even though the section widths were about the same 11.5" wide, tread was however more like 10.2 or something like that compared to 8.6.
 

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When I went to replace the tie rod end I stupidly had the wrench against the sway bar & when I started torqueing on it to break it loose something broke. It wasn't the jam nut on the tie rod end, it was the sway bar mount on the control arm. At this point I gave up, I threw the wheel back on and loaded it up to bring to the shop. Trying to get a vehicle on a trailer that only has one wheel that steers is interesting. Also I need to invest in some tire tie down straps, any suggestions? I used three 3,000lbs ratchet straps and blocked the tires, but from people that do this more than I do, I am curious to see ways to improve.

I will add that it was a 10 mile back country (paved) roads drive to the shop, I never got over 50mph.

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I bought a set of 4 axle straps from my local auto parts store. 3000 cap. ea. They fit through the wheels really well. The rims now days almost all have spokes so you can get them through. Then 4 heavy ratchet straps. you also need 4 places to hook up in the trailer.
 

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2009 Chevrolet Silverado 2WD WT. Not originally the truck I wanted but I got tired of lookin and settled on this one. Found it in the shop at the Chevy dealer, it had just been traded they were repairing a few items. Came back when work was done, mom test drove it for me(wasn't 18 yet) and brought it home, that was Feb 2014 with 67,000 miles. 164,000 miles now. Has tow mirrors now rather than standard. Truck always does a good job with every task. 5.3L V8, 4L60E w/3.73 gears. Only wish it was 4WD and that it didn't eat transmissions. In the shop gettin third one now. Added an aux trans cooler this time. Overall for my first vehicle I'm proud of it. Bully dog tuner to turn AFM off. Got aftermarket radio in it now for Android auto, that was a good upgrade over broken factory radio. Got $750 in maintenance parts waitin to put on it when it gets back for tranny shop. Thanks for readin bout my truck.
 

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I was very specific with what I wanted, and still am. I want a work truck and nothing more. A requirement is regular cab long bed which were hard to find then, let alone now. And when the trans failed this time, 3K to rebuild it and install an aux cooler, and I don't have to do the work myself. For the prices I found reg cab long beds that were in okay shape. I decided it's worth it to me just fix the radio, disable AFM to try to keep 5.3 alive longer, replace shocks, u-joints, rear diff cover that's rusting. Do all that to this truck and throw a bed on it (the bed is completely rotted, way worse than the above pictures now) then it is to try to trade into a just couple year newer almost as rusty truck..I echo previous statements in this thread man do I hate rust. The truck market is insane to a fella like me right now but boy some of these trucks on here sure are sharp.
 

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This is my 07 2500 Duramax bringing home my new 3046R.
That's a nice lookin truck. Looks really really clean too, don't see any visible rust either.
 

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That's a nice lookin truck. Looks really really clean too, don't see any visible rust either.
Thank you. Down in Texas not much rust issue usually. No rust on this one and I do my best to keep it cleaned up
 

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Crew cab and shot bed fits in my garage. I have several trailers if I need longer. But that rarely happens.

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