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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-07-2009, 11:37 AM Thread Starter
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New guy with needs tire clearance help

First a little background...

I have an '85 1/2 ton that I got years ago with some unknown set of REALLY stiff springs under it. Ive had 3.5 tons of sand in the bed and still didnt hit the bump stops. Ride height is a lot higher than the '85 chevy I have for parts. I estimate the body is about 2-3 inches above the top of the axles. She riding on 33s now on stock rims.

Now the problem... I got a set of 38.5s for super cheap on nice 12 in aluminum wheels that I want to install, but have clearance problems. I cant turn the wheel more than 10 degrees or so before I get fender contact. I know that I may have other clearance issues to deal with, but what do I need for a safe ride height to use this setup? I dont do a lot of uneven off roading, mostly playing in the mud.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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id get out the sawzall.

38.5 and im guessn 15" wide on 12" wide will wheel rub with a large amout of lift on backside of the fender.

wide tires wide wheels rub it takes alot of trimming to clear them along with some lift. im lifted 4"s or so and cut the traileing edge of the fender almost all the way to door line then cut bent the inner fender to fit back in and welded my cut.

but my rig is strickly offroad, looks dont matter even alittle.

heres how mine clears with 35 10.5 boggers on 8" wheels. the uncut fender would be inside the mudd line on the tire

id recomend 10" wheels as the widest to run and maybe a 13" wide tire but im sure thats not option as pricy as large wheel and tire combos are.
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