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Lift Required 2014 F350, 20x9/20x10 Wheels, 35"-37" Tire? Please post your pics.
So I am already looking ahead to spring time and what aftermarket wheels/tires to run for summer use, but I am getting different answers from different people.
My truck is a 2014 F350 Platinum Crew, 6.7L, 4x4, FX4. For now, it is stock.
I plan on running a 20x10 or, probably a 20x12 wheel with some 35" rubber.
My question is:
Will I need to use a lift to clear 35" tires?
Some say yes, some no. My own gut feeling is that the real answer is "it depends", but I would like to collect some info on suspension lift (if any) wheel width and offset, tire choice.
If lift is required, I would like to keep it minimal (for cost and convenience), plus I don't like more lift than necessary for proper clearance. I am not opposed to 2-3" lift if needed, but there are so many choices out there: I am not really sure what I would need.
I think 2-3" lift with the flares would look OK, some of the flared trucks at stock heights look a tad goofy, but it would be nice to know if I can get away without the lift if I want to pursue these mods in different stages.
If I lift the front, I also want to lift the back, because I like the raked look, I like the steering caster to stay the same if possible, and I want to avoid saggy rear end while towing without resorting to air bags (which make it ride even rougher unloaded.)
Can I still use sway bars with some lift?
I've only had one other vehicle with lift ('96 4Runner with spacers and taller '99 springs / Tokico) and it actually rode more comfortably and better road manners after the lift. I did a lot of research beforehand, and it paid off.
If someone can also link me to some good resources for smaller lifts in the 2011 to 2014 F350 trucks, I would appreciate the help. This thing already feels like a bit of a tank on the road with the stock 20" wheels and being a real truck (not an SUV like I have driven in past), so I want to preserve the best ride quality possible.
I thought about 22's for a short time, but wheel selection is very limited, plus 22's ride too rough I am told, and I don't want a big lift.
I would like a more aggressive stance, using some pocket or street flares and having the wheel/tire combo to achieve "flush" or "nearly flush" fitment to the flares. Meaning I don't want to see any tire tread beyond the fender flare lip when the wheels are pointed straight. Some sidewall bulge is OK. Correct my terminology if I got it wrong, but this was my best guess on the correct terms.
Last edited by Q-DawgVFR; 03-09-2014 at 08:05 AM.
Reason: Updated thread title to reflect current choices.