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Old 01-30-2010, 01:51 PM   #1
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Effective and Inexpensive Lift / Slightly Wider & Taller Tires

So first, here's my definition of inexpensive but effective:

Cost
- No cost for the rear leaf TSB but will raise the truck back end ~1".
- $300 for Bilstein 5100s (front and rear)
- Fronts set to 1.75" to raise and level the truck.
- No cost for labor
- $125 for a four wheel alignment when its all done.
Total Cost $425

Benefit
- Firm but improved factory like ride
- Ample lift for tires up to 31.6" in diameter
- Simple bolt on installation
- No UCA issues
- No front differential drop necessary
- Minor wheel house trimming likely


I'm planning on going with a 285/65-17 tire. This tire will be .75" wider (11.22" total) and ~1" taller on factory 17" wheels (31.59").

Rear slabs go on Monday. 5100s and the front end alignment next weekend. Tires in ~ 1 month. I'll let you know how it works out.
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Old 01-30-2010, 02:16 PM   #2
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- Ample lift for tires up to 31.6" in diameter
should be able to clear more than that, alot of people are running 32ish" tires with no aftermarket lift
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Old 01-30-2010, 02:23 PM   #3
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should be able to clear more than that, alot of people are running 32ish" tires with no aftermarket lift
265 75 16 is a 31.6
I think that's why he said 31.6

But yea you could do a 32/11.50 15, but would requite more triming
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So first, here's my definition of inexpensive but effective:

Cost
- No cost for the rear leaf TSB but will raise the truck back end ~1".
- $300 for Bilstein 5100s (front and rear)
- Fronts set to 1.75" to raise and level the truck.
- No cost for labor
- $125 for a four wheel alignment when its all done.
Total Cost $425

Benefit
- Firm but improved factory like ride
- Ample lift for tires up to 31.6" in diameter
- Simple bolt on installation
- No UCA issues
- No front differential drop necessary
- Minor wheel house trimming likely


I'm planning on going with a 285/65-17 tire. This tire will be .75" wider (11.22" total) and ~1" taller on factory 17" wheels (31.59").

Rear slabs go on Monday. 5100s and the front end alignment next weekend. Tires in ~ 1 month. I'll let you know how it works out.
This is the exact setup that I had before going with ICON.

Are you going for aftermarket rim or stock? The 285 on stock rim will probably rub the UCA unless you will have wheel spacers. But, I'm not sure because I maintained the 265 on stock rim with this setup. It was too close to UCA already.

Go with lifetime alignment. You will need it.
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I'm am looking for aftermarket rims.

A lifetime alignment is not a bad idea by why do you say "you will need it"?
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Basically, I'm just saying that you will need it for future maintenance. You will save a lot if you'll keep the truck for a long time.

If you will decide later to change the lift height to 2.5 or go with coilovers, the lifetime is really worth it.
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Basically, I'm just saying that you will need it for future maintenance. You will save a lot if you'll keep the truck for a long time.
I understand and agree.

As far as the wheels hitting the UCA, I know that the tires on OE wheels (30mm offset) are going to have 13mm or .5" less inner wheel to UCA clearance. If I go with an 8.5" wide wheel, I'll need either a .5" spacer or a new wheel with an offset of 17mm or less. A 17mm offset with 8.5 inch wheels will give me the same clearance a factory 30mm offset on a 7.5 inch wheel. I'm thinking the 285/65-17s are doable though.

Thanks for the input.
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