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Old 06-20-2012, 05:46 PM
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2005 - 2007, leveling kits, tires, and parking garages

All,

Here's my dilemma:

I've got an 07 F350 4x4 crew cab and I park in a parking garage each day at work.

I leveled it this past weekend (2.5" Readylift)... and I still fit in the garage.

I now want to upsize the tires on my stock 18s... go from the 33.2" Continentals to a 34.41" Nitto or a 34.8" Toyo.

Problem is that it's real tough to predict the risk I'm taking by shoe-horning this thing in to the garage after each change I make.

Signage on the garage says it's 7'0" clearance. I clear the sign itself with about 1" to spare (measured at my cab clearance lights which I am assuming are the tallest part of the truck).

In most areas of the garage, I've got about 5 - 6" of clearance at the lights. The clearance seems to vary depending on whether I'm on a level surface or going uphill/downhill, but it seems to be around 5 - 6" average (all of my measurements have been eyeball).

On the crossovers between the upward and downward direction is where it gets closer. There is one crossover where I've got no more than 2 - 3" clearance between the lights and the concrete floor of the garage. I've shortened my antenna to sit about 2" above the lights (to serve as a guide) and it just nearly touches on this crossover.

Adding 1.2 - 1.6" to the height of the tires should give me at most 0.6 - 0.8 inches height right at the front end, and a little bit less at the roof line (if my trigonometry was correct).

Based on the lowest point I experience in the garage, I think I should still fit.

But of course I worry about taking a turn at a little bit higher speed, or the suspension rebounding as I'm traveling through the garage, which could certainly put me closer to contact.

Anyone have any experience (either good or bad) with a leveled F350 of this vintage and parking in a parking garage? I've been holding up traffic lately traveling in and out of the garage at about 2 mph and am holding off on new tires until I can get some confidence in the decision!

Thanks!
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I have an 06 250 4x4 with 2.5 inch level Kit in the front and a 1 inch block in the rear. Im running P325/60 20 Nittos, which is about 35.5 inches tall. I have no problem with my local carwash and it has a low clearance too. I will drive by there tom and see what the height limit sign says. I was recently in a hospital garage and it was a little hairy, but I made it. Ill get back to you.

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