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    Default 20" wheel questions on a stock 2500 2011 Suburban

    Hello all,
    I'm also the proud new owner of a 2011 2500 LT Suburban! I found this gem used and the owner took amazing care of it. It's complete stock, including the wheels. So I'm looking to upgrade them to something 20" in size. Here are my questions:


    1. Can I simply put on 20" (8 lug) wheels and be done?
    2. Do I need a special size offset due to the 2500's larger brakes, axles, etc?
    3. While I'm happy with the "stance" the way it is, I would prefer the Burb to set level. Stock suspension has it sitting higher it the rear. Is there something I can do to bring lift the front so it sits level?


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    Put a leveling kit on it to bring the front end up and level with the rear. Search the web for the kits. Get it realigned after it's installed. Not sure about the offset. But it would also be a good idea to have the tire size reprogrammed in the computer once you do change the size.

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    But even without he leveling kit, the 20's should fit fine, yes?

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    Should fit. May rub a little when turning to the full lock position depending on the tire size.

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    Mines a Tahoe but it is a similar install unless you need E rated tires for the weight you are going to tow. +1 on computer reprogramming and the tire pressure sensors can be a bitch to get dialed in. Mine are 22's and have no probs with wheel rub but the chassis was leveled.
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    Once the leveling kit is installed you generally won't have an issue with tire rub unless you go bigger than 22's. Plus IMO they look a lot better when they are level

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    I actually like the stance of the 2500 Burb totally stock. Plus, it's going to be my wife's daily vehicle with the kids!

    The stock wheels are 17" and there's quite a bit of sidewall on the stock tires too. I'm just having a hard time envisioning 20's on this burb without having to lift it. And I don't want to have real think sidewalls. I'm towing about 6,500 to 7,000 lbs.

    So, I guess I'm asking if I can put 20" wheels with 'regular' looking tires on this thing and keep the suspension stock? BTW, not sure it matters, but this is a 4x4.

    I'm looking for a "look" like this, but I'm pretty sure this is a 1500, not a 2500. (Maybe it doesn't matter)


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    I would put the leveling kit on and you will be fine. It only raises the from end like two inches to make it level with the rear. It's not a lift kit so the it will still look pretty much stock but will give you a little extra clearance for the 20's. It doesn't do anything to the rear, only the front end.

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