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Old 02-09-2006, 10:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Would like to use 35" tires - how much lift?

Hello,
How much lift is required to run 35" tires? Can I get away with Tuff Country's front replacements which give a 1.5-2.5 lift over stock and otherwise require no other parts?
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Re: Would like to use 35" tires - how much lift?

you will be cutting it close. You will need at least that and bumper extensions. Mine had the factory 4" blocks and what appears to be a drop shackle and it would rub occasionally even with the add a leaf in front. Just spend the extra and get the lift. You will be much happier with it...Trust me!
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Re: Would like to use 35" tires - how much lift?

"cutting it close" - kinda thought so. Think I can get away with cutting the front bumper corners? I want to keep the factory rear springs. They take more than a ton to get into the overloads and I like the way they ride loaded and even unloaded. If I raise the front 4"s I would have to raise the rear.

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Re: Would like to use 35" tires - how much lift?

I run 35's on mine, and they fit fine. At full stuff and turned, i still have about a half an inch of clearance for all my fenders and stuff, the only time they rub is occasionally on the leaf springs. Mine has the 3 inch camper lift on it from the factory i believe, and i couldn't be happier with the BFG MT's for 35's. No clearance issues at all to speak of.
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Re: Would like to use 35" tires - how much lift?

Three inches would get you the clearence you need for up to 37 inch tires. You get this lift with either a suspension lift or a body lift. The former being the least expensive, but your bumpers will be three inches below your truck body. You can make brakets to raise the bumpers back up to their normal position. A suspension lift is the best option, but much more expensive.

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Re: Would like to use 35" tires - how much lift?

A couple other disadvantages to a body lift, are that when you raise the body, you will change the length of anything connecting the body to the frame. For example, your shift lever linkage with an auto trans will need modification. Your brake lines may need modification. Various other things may need to be modified/lengthened as well. The suspension lift is definately a better option.
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Re: Would like to use 35" tires - how much lift?

I dont know if you guys noticed but he has a F250 in his sig. so if hes running that thing stock hes going to need a 4" lift to make them fit without any adjustments, just get the 4" lift kit with rear blocks so you can keep your stock rear springs. If you are worried about axle wrap then get a traction bar and you will be fine. I personally dont like the look of tires "stuffed" in the fenders it looks goofy to me but thats just my personal opinion.
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Re: Would like to use 35" tires - how much lift?

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I run 35's on mine, and they fit fine.

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Your truck is a 91, and his is a 92. The front bumper comes back farther on a 92 so he will have clearance issues.

You CAN get away with the add-a-leaf and 35's. but you will have to remove the bumper and shim it out with washers bout 1" or so. Then you will have to do a little trimming of the bottom corner of the bumper. You won't have any other clearence issues. We did this on my Brother 97 F250, He ran 35" BFG's AT, no problems.

I do have a 97 F250 ex cab with a 4" lift and 35" tires on the lot, and It cleares the bumper no prob, but the inside of the tire hits the inner spring pretty bad on a full lock left turn. Right turn is no problem. Really cut's down on the turning radius.
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Re: Would like to use 35" tires - how much lift?

If he is going to just drive it on the road that is fine. But, lifts and tire are for the off road and my 93 barely did it with the bumper pushed ot. I took the cheap way out and put in the front add a leaf and it wwooorrrkk, but the 4 in I put in rides so much better. Besides, you can get rid of the POS stock front springs. They sag more than my grandma did. lol Don't forget to modify the brake line as well by onbolting the bracket on the fender well and relocating it or by new longer brake lines. Brake lines were not intended for limiting straps. Oh and stuffing is for turkeys and oreos not tires and fenders..... Just kidding, to each his own. Good luck.
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I have ZERO lift and I have 35" tires on my 1993...
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I have ZERO lift and I have 35" tires on my 1993...

[/ QUOTE ] Ya but look at the bumper you have on your truck, its not as low as the stock one. And you have a F350 he has a F250.
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Re: Would like to use 35" tires - how much lift?

sorry i misread. I knew about the bumper, but that had been covered already. I thought that 2 was a 3... sorry.
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Re: Would like to use 35" tires - how much lift?

i put 35's on my truck before my lift and all i did was shim the bumper out. i thought it looked good so when i got my lift eventually i left it shimmed out. As far as clearance issues it never had a problem of hitting anything except at full lock it will hit the leaf springs but it still does it so not a big deal.
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sorry i misread. I knew about the bumper, but that had been covered already. I thought that 2 was a 3... sorry.

[/ QUOTE ] No problem, just wasnt sure if you noticed.
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Re: Would like to use 35" tires - how much lift?

Thanks everyone for yor input! I always like to hear what others are doing with their rigs!

The Tuff Country sprngs I am considering are full replacements and add 1.5 - 2.5 inches over stock and do not require any other mods to get along with the factory independent suspension. The lift on the front end is more toward 2.5 inches, which is over 'stock'. My stock front springs are sagging about one half of an inch, I think. My best guess is that 2-3 inches over the current (stock) setup should allow 35 inch tires. I now have 33s with no problems and I take the rig off road several times a week. No full stuffing but plenty of articulation to the extent the design and wheel base allows.

I think a higher and out of the way front bumper plus the tuff country replacements will allow 35s. Am I wrong?

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