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1985 Chevy Pickup Wheelbase Specs

by Krista Martin

The wheelbase of a vehicle refers to the horizontal distance between the center of the front wheel and the center of the rear wheel. The importance of the wheelbase is that it determines the transfer weight of the vehicle, and it also plays a significant factor in the balance and steering of the Chevy pickup. The 1985 Chevy pickup truck featured a 6-foot and an 8-foot extended cab, and the wheelbase didn't change on the vehicle until the appearance of the 1988 model.

6-foot Bed

The 1985 Chevrolet pickup trucks with a 6-foot bed had a long wheelbase length of 117.5 inches. The long wheelbase refers to a longer distance between the front wheel to the rear wheel. This is an indication of the vehicle's stability and lower center of gravity. The 1985 Chevy pickup truck long wheelbase was similar to that of the 1982 model and did not change until 1988. The overall length of the 6-foot beds were 191.3 inches, with a width of 65.8 inches.

8-foot Bed

The Chevy pickup trucks with 8-foot beds consisted of a wheelbase of 131.5 inches, giving it an overall length of 212 inches and a width of 65.8 inches. The long wheelbase of the 1985 Chevy S-10 pickup truck had a payload rating of 1,000 and 1,500 lbs., making them ideal for transporting heavy loads.

Wheelbase Changes

The wheelbase dimensions of the Chevrolet pickups changed in 1988. The new models contained a 117.5-inch wheelbase for standard models and a 131.5-inch long-wheelbase for extended-cab models.

About the Author

Krista Martin has been writing professionally since 2005. She has written for magazines, newspapers and websites including Live Listings, "Homes & Living" magazine and the "Metro Newspaper." Martin holds an honors Bachelor of Arts in English from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a Master of Journalism from the University of Westminster.

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