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Lift/fender flares to fit 37" tires on an '03

I have an '03 F250 that I'd like to put 37" tires on. I'd prefer to keep it as low as possible so I'm also considering Bushwacker cut out fender flares. The only problem is I'd like to stay with a 12.5" wide, maybe 13.5" wide tire and I'm not sure it'd look that good with the wide flares.

So the goal here is to have the best ride possible and it seems to me that the Icon 6" lift with new spring packs front and rear would give the best ride. But how would it compare to a shackle lift in the front and '08 leafs in the back with a shackle flip and a block to get the lift? Just trying to figure out the best possible combination I should go with to fit the tires and have the best ride. Thanks!

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Not a pro on the leaf sprung front end but here is my advice. You can clear 37s with a 6inch lift without cutting fenders. You might have to cut the front bumper plastic so it doesnt rub. Go with a rim that has a 4.5" backspace. The back space will keep the tire from rubbing the spring at full angle.

What kind of off roading will the truck see? I personally would go with the icon lift. But the shackle flip is an idea however your gonna have to cut fenders. Ive seen trucks lifted 4 inches with cut out fender flares.... seems to work well. Get springs that are f250 rated with a diesel. If you get f350 springs your ride will be stiffer.

For visual purpose if you plan on putting flares on i would go with the wider tire. This way when you look at the rear of the truck it looks "full" Also a wider tire will help with stability of the truck.

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I don't have any planned types of offroading in mind. I'd like the taller tires for more clearance and I'd like the suspension to be better riding, smoother? I guess I kind of have a prerunner type truck in mind.

Lol, and the cut out flares would cover up the rust on my bed sides

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tire question

you guys know if I can fit 37's on my OBS F350 with a 4" lift?
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ON a 6in lift. My new Rockstar's on 37's should be arriving Monday.


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ON a 6in lift. My new Rockstar's on 37's should be arriving Monday.

That truck looks sick, do you have any pics of the front and rear?
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That truck looks sick, do you have any pics of the front and rear?
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Was thinking about doing a 40in LED bar but don't know yet.

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I have an '03 F250 that I'd like to put 37" tires on. I'd prefer to keep it as low as possible so I'm also considering Bushwacker cut out fender flares. The only problem is I'd like to stay with a 12.5" wide, maybe 13.5" wide tire and I'm not sure it'd look that good with the wide flares.

So the goal here is to have the best ride possible and it seems to me that the Icon 6" lift with new spring packs front and rear would give the best ride. But how would it compare to a shackle lift in the front and '08 leafs in the back with a shackle flip and a block to get the lift? Just trying to figure out the best possible combination I should go with to fit the tires and have the best ride. Thanks!
Bushwacker cutouts will make your tires look skinny unless you run a 15inch wide tire which will rub on the leaf springs no matter what backspacing.

I have a Icon 8" full spring kit (front and rears) it rides awesome, I do a lot of driving on gravel roads in the oilfield kit does well.

08+ leaf springs give a better ride because the spring is longer.

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