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post #1 of (permalink) Old 10-30-2002, 01:58 PM
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rim offsets

Ok, from what I've gathered from past posts, you'd want a 16x8" rim with a 4" backspacing for a 96 2500 ram. If I found two rims with a 4.45" backspacing, would that move the tire into the wheelwell further or would it move the tire out? Would there be a clearance problem with large rubber? Kinda debating if it's worth my time to buy these and then finish the set with two new rims.
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 10-30-2002, 06:12 PM
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Re: rim offsets

a 4.75" backspaced wheel would put the tire further into the wheel wells than the 4" backspaced wheel. it'll help your clearance between the tire and the fender, but you could start hitting the control arms with a tall tire, somebody with that suspension setup would have to tell you exactly when you'll start having problems. In my opinion, it's better to hit the control arms (radius arms in my truck) than the fenders, and not having the tires way out there will keep the wear and tear on your drivetrain to a minimum. It'll also steer better compared to having less backspacing with the tires sticking way out. How much rubber are you talking about exactly?
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post #3 of (permalink) Old 10-30-2002, 10:07 PM
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Re: rim offsets

People have said that a 315/70 r16 tire will rub on the fenderwell, but it didn't sound like it wall all that bad of a rub. The duty is really mostly street with light off road work on hard level surfaces so the suspension really won't see much articulation. With the other two rims, I might get a more centered backspacing and go with a staggered setup.
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