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Leaf spring rub fix?

Hi all. I recently purchased an 01 F250 7.3. It came with Falken Wild Peak tires size 37/12.5/17. It has a spring leveling kit on the front, not sure the height. It rubs on both sides when the wheel gets somewhat close to lockout. Is there a way to fix this without cutting, fabbing or chopping something myself? I don't really want 37s anyways, but the only 33 and 35" tires I have seen are still 12.5" wide. Maybe I just need to look harder? If I find tires that are maybe .5-1" more narrow, will it make much of a difference? Sorry for the stupid question, but I literally have no idea what to do with tires this big.
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Hi all. I recently purchased an 01 F250 7.3. It came with Falken Wild Peak tires size 37/12.5/17. It has a spring leveling kit on the front, not sure the height. It rubs on both sides when the wheel gets somewhat close to lockout. Is there a way to fix this without cutting, fabbing or chopping something myself? I don't really want 37s anyways, but the only 33 and 35" tires I have seen are still 12.5" wide. Maybe I just need to look harder? If I find tires that are maybe .5-1" more narrow, will it make much of a difference? Sorry for the stupid question, but I literally have no idea what to do with tires this big.
The 17" wheel is limiting you with metric tire sizes. The tallest skinny tire I know of is LT295/70R18 which is 34.5x11.8

Are these the stock wheels? You could get new wheels with the correct offset/backspacing to prevent you from rubbing the leafs.

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Thanks for the response BIG Laing. These are not stock wheels. I honestly am not sure what brand they are. They are 8 lug, not sure the nut size. I don't have my truck right now since it is in the tranny shop so I can't even put a pic up for you. Sorry. What do you mean by correct offset and backspacing? I apologize for my lack of knowing pretty much anything. I'm such a n00b.
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You could throw on some wheel spacers to push the rim out from your leafs.

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You need 4.5" BS then if the axle is centered and using 12.5 tires it shouldn't rub the springs.

Rubbing the fenders is from a incorrect lift for the tire size.

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