Originally Posted by Mainmoe02
Did you cut the ends off of the brackets that hold the tire in place? The ends of the bracket closest to the rear bumper/ hitch receiver need to be cut to allow the 33" tire to sit flush in the stock spare location. If you had a 265 in there before then you should have about .4" more clearance since the tire is a little skinnier.
Hum, no I just beat the two brackets closest to the axle back up and away, the brackets by the bumper looked like more structurally important so I assumed they were not on the chopping block. That would gain me about an inch which would be nice. (Don't say it)
Aren't those reinforcing the spring perch? I'm pointing to the point of contact of the tire.
THANKS FOR THE IDEAS BUT IDEAS AT INVOLVE MOUNTING TIRE ON ANYTHING OTHER THAN THE STOCK LOCATION ARE NOT USEFUL TO ME. I don't know how I can make this more clear. I don't want to lose bed space, ever, and I don't want a tire hanging off the rear of the vehicle, ever. If it won't fit under, I'll go back to a stock size, in a stock location. No offense guys it's just not something interested in and I'll tell you why. My bed is full of gear most times I'm off road, and I want the option of having a camper or other things in the tailgate area, not to mention the inconvenience of a swing rack on the back is just too much for me.