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i have a 97 ext. cab 4x4 1500. on some of the leveling kits it says that 2 inches can clear 35's but then on the fabtech 3" kit it says 33's. so how much lift do i have to have to squeeze 35's in. i think i can fit 33's stock (thats what ive been told) so 2 inches might be able to get 35's
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You are correct when saying that you can fit 33's stock I had my buddys old set of BFG Mts, that he handed down to me when he got his lift and 35's. The tires were great and did not rub at all but where very worn down from my friends abuse of them so I ended up buying some new 31's for the winter. The only thing I didnt really make me happy was due to the tire to wheel ratio being off or adleast in my eyes it was.
To fit 35's though you will need 5 inches worth of lift to fit them without rub. I was under the impression at first that all I would need is a 3 inch lift to fit 35's untill my buddy, that gave me his 33's made his first attempt to fit his 35's on his 98 dodge and disscovered that he needed to add 2 more inches of lift to stop the rubbing. He did however slove that problem by just putting in some cheaper much easier to install body lifts than buying a hole new 5-6 inch suspension lift.
'00 1500 5.9L Reg Cab Short Bed 4WD:
* P265/75/R16 Kuhmo Road Venture AT
* Custom Made Muffler Eliminator Pipe
* Racing Guys Motor Sports Equipment Cold Air Intake
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another option, if you're careful with rim selection (width and backspacing), is to use about 3" of lift, body or susp, and use 1/2" to 3/4" longer trailing arms. i have 3" body with stock susp (including arms) and with 315/75/16's (very close to 35") they rub a BIT....if the rims weren't 10" wide they would rub less yet.
I have a 97 1500 4x4 est cab. I have 35s on and started with a 3" block lift. The tires rubbed and it sucked! The rub was significant and destroyed my turn radius. I now have a 4.5" suspension kit. I still touches alittle if i crank it all the way but it is much better. the kit cost like 700 and is the way to go if you want to run 35s
i have a dodge 1500 2wd with a 3inch bl and thats it. i run 315/75/16's. they rub a little but thats it. i stay on road 99% of times. so they are nice. looks good.
1998 DODGE RAM 1500
EXTENDED CAB LONG BED 2WD SLT
5.2 318 MAGNUM
TRUEFLOW AIR FILTER
*PICS DONT SHOW BODYLIFT OR TIRES NEED TO UPLOAD STILL*
JENSON INDASH DVD/CD PLAYER
10" XPLODE SUB
3" BODY LIFT
315/75/16 PROCOMP A/T'S
3in lift will definatly fit 35s....hell a friend of mine has 38X14.5 on his dodge right now with only a three in lift (sure they rub but it looks sweet). Take a look at my truck it has 35X12.5 on it with 3in body and coilspacers, could easily clear 36s
Um, the 'answer' is simple... how much trimming are you willing to do? You may not need a lift at all. I have a 35s on 8" wide steel streetlock wheels, a 3" SJ Stage II system but, I trimmed front plastic and beat down a seam at the back of the wheel well.
The manufacturers say 5" to clear 35s is assuming you do NO trimming or fender alteration.
I have a 3" Lift and 33"s and the 33"s rub if you hit a bump while at full lock. Or sometimes when just at full lock. Now this is due to having them on 10" wide wheels. If I went with 8" wide wheels with the correct backspacing I should be able to easily clear 33"s but I'm not sure 35"s would work without rubbing even then. I'd go with a 5" lift to be safe for 35"s. I think you can stuff them with a 3" but you are likely to have to do some trimming or have some serious rubbing.
2001 Dodge Ram 1500 Offroad Edition with the 360.
If you're gonna run fat *** wheels and tires you're gonna need fat *** backspacing. If you're rubbing on the control arms your tires are too wide and you need more backspacing. If your tires are tearing out your fenders and wheel wells then they are too tall and need more lift.
I put 33 X 12.5 on a 10" rim and they rubbed. Put on a 3" suspension lift and all was good. Added a 3" body lift and went to 35's as seen in my pics.
97 1500 Sport 5.9 Auto, 3" PA Body lift 4.56 Gears, 37x13.5x15 Claws on 15x10 rims, Flow Master, 2 MTX Amps, 4 Infinity's & 2 MTX 10's
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