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Old 07-23-2013, 01:51 PM
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Cut Out Flares + X-code Spring... how big to go??

Hey all looking for some suggestions on wheel offset and back spacing. I prefer the big tire look with only a little bit of lift so I'm planning on doing Cut out flares, X code leaf springs and maybe a small 2.5" leveling kit/3" hangar lift. I figure this will make room for a 36 or 37 " tire. So 2 questions, one what do you think the chances I could squeeze a 38" tire on? and 2) what backspacing and offset would be needed so I don't rub the leaf springs? I can cut the bumper if that get to be and issue as well. I'm planning on sticking to a 17" or 18" rim with beadlocks. Thanks for the help.
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Yr make model???

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Old 07-23-2013, 03:19 PM
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My Bad its a 2001 F-250 ext. cab long box, has 285/75R16's on it right now with sagging V-code front springs
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1999-2004 use a 4.5 backspace. That would be a -25 offset on a 10 inch wheel. Remember, different widths use different offsets to achieve the same backspace.
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If you v codes are shot. X codes will give you 3-3.5" without the added 3" hanger kit. You may want to do x codes first to see how u like it before you buy the hangers. Glad to see ur not using mini packs too, I hate them things. Its just one more part in the equation that doesn't need to be to get the results you want. Plus you'll get a more factory look and less axle wrap with x codes

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Hey thanks for the info folks, so if an x code might give me 3" of lift over what i have now (the springs r sagging enough that my arb diff cover wont fit without any griding) any chance a narrow 38" tire would be an issue?? My other option is zone off road has a 1" hangar lift so I don't have to do the 3" ic
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The 3 " icon lift, will a 10" wide wheel and a 13.5" tire be a problem?
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Hey thanks for the info folks, so if an x code might give me 3" of lift over what i have now (the springs r sagging enough that my arb diff cover wont fit without any griding) any chance a narrow 38" tire would be an issue?? My other option is zone off road has a 1" hangar lift so I don't have to do the 3" ic
Going with a 38" tire your going to need alot more offset than -25mm. The biggest issue of tire clearance is rubbing the leaf springs. Not so much the fender itself as long as you go up. Which is easier to fix than trying to find a wheel that you really like with enough negative offset. Push comes to shove you can get wheel spacers but that's kind of a last resort. Which that's the boat I'm in.

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Thanks for the good advice! wheel spacers are not going to happen! So I should be ok with the flares, a 1-3 inch hangar lift and/or x code springs and a 36/37" tire on a rim with 4.5" back spacing/-25mm offset? I'm really more interested in running a decent sized tire and and will be fine with whatever beadlock rim will work. hucorey how much lift r u running with the 35's?
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Going with a 38" tire your going to need alot more offset than -25mm. The biggest issue of tire clearance is rubbing the leaf springs. Not so much the fender itself as long as you go up. Which is easier to fix than trying to find a wheel that you really like with enough negative offset. Push comes to shove you can get wheel spacers but that's kind of a last resort. Which that's the boat I'm in.

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I've seen 38s on 2003 on 16x10s with -25 offset (4.5 backspace), the only reason he go rid of the 38s was that they were too expensive to replace. Of course he had an 8" lift, too, so that maybe why there was no contact issue.

At any rate, going to less backspace (more negative offset) will get the tire away from the springs. The equal and opposite effect is that it will get closer to the bumper/sheetmetal when turning. Without spending the big bucks on Centerlines or Welds, I don't think you're going to find a backspace less than 4.5" for a reasonable cost.
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