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Increase Ground Clearance

Discussion in 'Off-Roading & Trails' started by randyp5763, Apr 23, 2012.

  1. Apr 23, 2012 at 8:17 PM
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    35's at stock height ?
     
  2. Apr 23, 2012 at 8:22 PM
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  3. Apr 23, 2012 at 8:25 PM
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    Interesting

    Looks kinda weird to me , but interesting alright

    I don't think the OP was looking to do that degree of modification to get " a bit more ground clearance "
     
  4. Apr 23, 2012 at 8:26 PM
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    exactly. 35's require a lot of cutting/welding.
     
  5. Apr 23, 2012 at 11:01 PM
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    I'm just bringing this to the next page for more exposure. not many people seem to understand this.....

    good post steven
     
  6. Apr 23, 2012 at 11:07 PM
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    I agree however to fit 255/85/16 or 35's on the stock suspension , a shit ton of modification is gonna be needed , not exactly what the OP is talking about
     
  7. Apr 23, 2012 at 11:10 PM
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    right, and we're not disputing any of that. just clearing up some misconceptions.
     
  8. Apr 23, 2012 at 11:11 PM
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    :thumbsup:
     
  9. Apr 24, 2012 at 12:03 AM
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    Thank you.

    255's are slightly more modding to a 2nd gen and just a hammer with a 1st. I don't consider it much, some don't like pounding on their rigs and I understand that.

    35's...yeah :rolleyes: it is a wee bit more, I was being sarcastic. 35's on none-3 inch lifts are only for the people who will happily take a cut off wheel or body saw to their fenders.

    Exactly, that is what annoys me is almost everyday, someone says you NEED a 2.5-3 inch lift to clear those 285's (this is on 1st gen applications which is mostly what I pay attention to) and this is just completely untrue.


    Back to the OP. The only way you can gain ground clearance is by getting larger tires. a 33 would be minimal trimming to fit. I believe you will have to trim your body mount and pound on the pinch(not an expert on 2nd gens) you can lift the truck but that will only affect your frame height.
     
  10. Apr 24, 2012 at 9:32 AM
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    Back to the simple answer... The Off Road comes with 265/70-16 tires (BFG Rugged Trails)... almost 31" tall. You can (and I have) go up one inch without any rubbing or lift to a 265/75-16 (almost 32" tall), and that gives you two things: 1/2" more ground clearance (from 9.25" to 9.75") and a speedometer that reads correctly (instead of 3 mph too fast)!
     
  11. Apr 24, 2012 at 9:47 AM
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    ^^^^^
     
  12. Apr 24, 2012 at 6:07 PM
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    Thanks everyone! I think when my tires need replaced I'll go for the 265/75-16's. Other than eventually adding a brake controller for towing and a new intake I doubt I will change much more than that. There seems to be little clearance is all though I knew that from the get go. Once the kids get a little bigger they'll be riding in my truck to and from school, so safety is first for me.
     
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