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Old 10-18-2011, 05:59 PM
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Tire rubbing...... driving me nuts

Hi folks. I just purchased my '00 F350 and I believe it has a 6" pro-comp lift and has 355/65/R18 Nitto Grabblers on it. I love the way it looks, however, I believe it's hitting the leaf springs and very close on the bumper.

I realize the turning radius on this truck probably isn't so good to begin with, however, there's no way that I can get my truck + trailer out of the driveway the way that it's sitting right now because of this rubbing issue.

What are my options? Can I go to a skinnier/narrower tire? If so, what would you recommend? It looks like 2" narrower would buy me quite a bit.

thoughts?
Tim
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What size wheel and offset do you have now?
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Old 10-19-2011, 02:06 PM
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What size wheel and offset do you have now?
Not exactly sure but the wheel is 18X10 I believe ... not sure on offset. Sorry wished I had more info. :-(
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You need to measure the back space it must be 4.5" as a 5" will rub.

Do both sides rub or just 1 side? Is the axle centered?
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can try 1/4 inch wheels spacers
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You need to measure the back space it must be 4.5" as a 5" will rub.

Do both sides rub or just 1 side? Is the axle centered?
I'll see if I can measure the back spacing. So far I *believe* it's just one side (left side). Dumb question but how can I measure the backspacing?
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Take the tire off and lay something flat across the inner rim on the edge..measure to the wheel mounting surface. Sometimes the rim will have its BS on the inner area.

Usually 1 tire rubbing a leaf spring is from the axle being offset from a lift..will require a adj track bar. Measyre both sides to check to see if its centered,
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Take the tire off and lay something flat across the inner rim on the edge..measure to the wheel mounting surface. Sometimes the rim will have its BS on the inner area.

Usually 1 tire rubbing a leaf spring is from the axle being offset from a lift..will require a adj track bar. Measyre both sides to check to see if its centered,
After giving it a closer look, it appears that BOTH tires have hit the leaf. So my question is this......

* Is it common to hit the leaf spring? If so, what do people typically do?
* Would all these headaches with hitting go away with a 2" narrower tire? I am thinking yes but would love an opinion.
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Update: I pulled the inner fender in a bit more on the drivers side and that has fixed most of the issues. I still can't turn the wheels full clock but after doing a lot of reading it appears most of the folks here can't do that either. So I'm ok for now. Thanks for all the help
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