Last month, I lowered my Colorado to get the stance I wanted. This month, it's time to get the 20-inch MB Motorsports wheels from Discount Tire Direct and Hankook tires mounted on the truck.

The wheels that I chose really fit the look I was going for. The only issue is that they only come in one offset for my truck. My only two options were: 1) find another rim that fits the way I want but may not have the right look or 2) make the truck fit the wheels. I wasn't willing to sacrifice the look, so I chose the second option. In order to do that, I had to narrow the rearend to get the wheels to fit on the back, which was not that big of a chore, but once we mounted the rolling stock on the front we found out that each stuck out about 1/2 inch too far. With the SEMA Show right around the corner, modifying the front suspension was out of the question, so the only option was to modify the wheel.

With a little bit of research, I found that late-model Ford truck wheels have a bigger offset that would work for my application. The only problem is that they are drilled with a 6x135mm bolt pattern instead of the 6x139mm bolt pattern that my Colorado has. The fix was to have MC Motorsports drill the 6x139mm in the Ford wheels and insert a slug into the new opening. It's a really trick way to fit most any kind of wheel (within reason) you want on your truck. The final step was to install a big brake system, and SSBC had the kit for me.

If you're into larger-diameter wheel-and-tire combinations, then you probably already know about the drawbacks. See, larger wheels have much more mass to them than your factory wheels. They're big and shiny, but they're also much, much heavier, and it's a lot harder to stop them from spinning. Your factory braking system just wasn't designed to deal with this type of stress. People who've installed a basic 20-inch wheel onto their truck will notice severely diminished braking performance. A typical truck may require 50-percent additional braking distance. So if your 60-to-0-mph braking distance is 100 feet with stock tires and wheels, you may need upward of 150 feet to stop with 20-inch wheels.

This is where aftermarket braking systems come into play. They offer stronger, 14-inch, fade-resistant rotors and tougher, larger calipers to put the bite back into your brakes. You'll see braking distances decrease, a firmer pedal feel, and less brake dust and grime on your wheels. And in most cases, you'll see increased life out of your pads and rotors.

Part One: Narrow The Rear
Once Semon of ST Trucks removed the rear axle from the truck, I dropped it off at Diff Works to have 2 inches removed from each side. But before the axle could go under the proverbial knife, the internals needed to be removed. We started by taking out the pin that holds the axles in place.

1.We pushed the axles toward the center so the retaining clips (C-clips) could be removed. Once the axleshafts were removed, we checked them for wear. The one on the left is from my truck and is in excellent condition. The one on the right that we dug out of the scrap pile shows extreme wear. If your axleshafts look like the one on the right, it's time for new axles and bearings.



Part Two: Mod The Wheels
While the axle was out getting narrowed, we headed over to MC Motorsports to make the modifications to the front wheels. To keep the wheel and tire flush with the wheelwell and not stick out, I needed to find an offset in the style of wheel I wanted for the truck. I found it in a Ford wheel pattern, a plus-35mm offset. The only problem was the bolt pattern is 6x135mm, not 6x139mm.


The Final Word
With everything installed, I still had to wait about 500 miles per SSBC's recommendations for seating the brake pads. After a few days, it was on. I couldn't believe the difference. The rims and Hankook's low-profile tires greatly increased the stability of the truck during cornering, or any lateral movement for that matter. The brakes were awesome: As soon as I applied some pressure, they were on it-I almost ate the steering wheel a couple of times. When I tested the braking distance, I gained 35 feet of distance going from 125 feet to 90 feet. Overall, I am very satisfied with the performance I've gained from the upgrades.

SOURCE
Diff Works
12323 Doherty St., Dept. SC
Riverside
CA  92503
Alsa Corp.
www.alsacorp.com
Discount Tire Direct
7333 E. Helm Dr., Ste. 7
Scottsdale
AZ  85260
800-589-6789
www.discounttiredirect.com
AutoLoc
201 SE Oak St., Dept. SRM
Portland
OR  97214
Hankook Tire USA Belltech
www.belltechcorp.com
SSBC
11470 Main St.
Clarence
NY  14031
800-448-7722
www.ssbrakes.com
Grant Kustoms
Oroville
CA
MC Motorsports
www.mcmotorsports.com
Merzees Paint & Body
11830 Greenstone Ave., Dept. LRE
Santa Fe Springs
CA  90670
ST Trucks
3615 Presley Ave.
Riverside
CA  92507
www.sttrucks.com
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