Re: Cutting fenders Vs Lift kits
I run 33x12.5" tires on 15x10 inch wheels without rubbing on the fenders at all. It comes real, real close at full lock/articulation (front and back). I had to take the chrome strips off around the fenders (chrome=ugly anyway [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]). I do rub the radius arms at full lock, but even the 31x10" tires I had did that.
Anyway, I'm a proponent of cutting things off the truck to make it work better. Want to run huge tires? Cut the fenders (or take them completely off). Want better approach angle? Take everything off the front. Same in the rear, just start hacking things off... [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img] I'm not even going to use a tailgate.
I like light weight and low center of gravity. The transfer case is the main problem under our Broncos. Making a low profile skid plate helps. For years I've been trying to come up with a way to get it higher. If I just clocked it a little...
A 4" lift isn't bad though, and I think most kits in that range help articulation. So, if you have the money, I say go with a 4" lift, then fire up the sawzall.
As for the 15x8" vs. 15x10" wheel... A 35x12.5" tire on a 15x8" wheel would actually be a little taller/narrower than the same tire on a 15x10" wheel because the sidewalls are being pulled in tighter. When checking for clearance you have to take into account both the height and width of the tire, they both make a difference.
No body lifts, please (sorry all you body lift'in fans, but I think they're cheesy [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/tongue.gif[/img]).