6.5" Lift & 37's or 4.5" Lift & 35's - Ford Powerstroke Diesel Forum
6.0L Performance Parts Discussion What has or has not worked for you?

Powerstroke.org is the premier Diesel Truck Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 07-24-2013, 10:54 AM
Compression Ignition Addict
 

Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: DFW Airport
Posts: 1,001
Thanks: 0
Thanked 11 Times in 11 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
6.5" Lift & 37's or 4.5" Lift & 35's

As most of you know I've ran the ICON 4.5" lift and 35's for a couple of years.
Grew tired of that and went 6.5" and 37"s now I'm not happy with the ride or performance - it seems it was on the edge with 3.73's now the truck seems to not like the added height in crosswinds and wanders a bit over uneven roads can't take my hands off the steering wheel. I'm not sure if this is due to the 13.5 on 8.5" rims or just that the tires are bigger enough to make a difference and highlight a maintenance issue...

So I either need to do the Redbox replacement, ball joints, tie rod ends Etc.

Or leave the lift in and go back to 35's BTW Mickey Thompson has agreed to replace my (5) 37 13.5 18's with all new P versions of the Baja ATZ Woo Hoo which i'm thinking may be part of my dislike -they have a separated belt or some other quirk that won't balance correctly.

I love the look of the truck and how it sits on 37's but it's just no joy to drive long distances.

All that said should i opt for replacement (5) 37's get new wheels and sale them for enough to cover (4) 35's or just go with (5) 35's and hope the fun comes back.

Appreciate any input.

Denny N Dallas
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2  
Old 07-24-2013, 11:04 AM
Super Moderator


 

Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Abingdon, Md.
Posts: 11,972
Thanks: 3
Thanked 29 Times in 15 Posts
Feedback Score: 3 reviews
You ought to be running those tires on at least 10" rims, maybe even 12's. I'd stick with the 37's and look into new wheels.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #3  
Old 07-24-2013, 01:24 PM
Compression Ignition Addict
 

Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Vegas
Posts: 2,967
Thanks: 4
Thanked 88 Times in 77 Posts
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
I'd have to agree with Mitch, your probably not given those 37s a fair shot on 8.5 wheels. On the other hand you need to seperate steering issues and what size lift you want. You can get perfect steering with bigger lifts and you can have poor steering stock, so it's not the lift size that's the problem. I'd go with whatever lift you want then address the steering. If you want to run 37s you need a 10-11" wheel. Then I would get a laser alignment, then put in new tierod and tighten up your current steering box. After that go redhead or hydro. My truck drives wonderful and it's my family's vehicle of choice for long road trips. Driving to Florida from DC in two weeks, can't wait. If say your due for wheels first. I doubt 35x12.5s are even supposed to be on 8.5 wheel.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #4  
Old 07-24-2013, 02:52 PM
Compression Ignition Addict
 

Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: DFW Airport
Posts: 1,001
Thanks: 0
Thanked 11 Times in 11 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Good points to consider sounds like it's wheels and 37's then go find the steering shimmy.

D
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #5  
Old 07-24-2013, 07:01 PM
Compression Ignition Addict
 

Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 612
Thanks: 11
Thanked 6 Times in 6 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
What is redhead or red box?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #6  
Old 07-25-2013, 06:14 AM
Compression Ignition Addict
 

Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: DFW Airport
Posts: 1,001
Thanks: 0
Thanked 11 Times in 11 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Quote:
Originally Posted by ramz trk View Post
What is redhead or red box?
An updated hand-built steering gear box......

Red-Head Steering Gears


Denny
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Ford Powerstroke Diesel Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -8. The time now is 10:31 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.1
Garage Plus, Vendor Tools vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.

vB.Sponsors