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post #1 of 6 Old 07-24-2013, 10:54 AM Thread Starter
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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.

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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.
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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.

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Good points to consider sounds like it's wheels and 37's then go find the steering shimmy.

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What is redhead or red box?

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What is redhead or red box?
An updated hand-built steering gear box......

Red-Head Steering Gears


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