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Reaper 02-24-2010 02:03 PM

09 stock with aftermarket 20's OR tire help
Hi everyone! Newb here. I have a 09 SLT Ram 1500 4x4 crew cab and im looking to buy some
KMC XD Spy 20x8.5 5x 139.7 offset=18mm rims or
Helo HE835 20x9 with same specs.
Anyways its a stock height truck and i have read that the leveling kits are a big no no due to the ride in 4x4. So i guess ill just deal with stock for awhile since i have plenty other projects to throw money at this momemnt. Im wondering what is the max height tire i can go without issues? i read the stock 20 size and im pretty sure you can go bigger just dunno how much bigger O/R tire wise. I havent decided on a specific tire yet but looking into BFG, Nitto, Cooper, and Some others. I tried searching for these questions but just got leveling sizes Thanks!

erm 02-24-2010 04:34 PM

Watch out for the Cooper Discoverer STT tires...they don't seem to balance well.

What is the stock tire size you have now? Without a leveling kit, 33's will be a stretch I think but I'm not sure.

I have a leveling kit on my 2007 and don't have any problems except having to replace the stock shocks for some that were a bit longer to handle the 3" kit.

erm 02-24-2010 04:34 PM

Oh...I like the KMC's better. :)

City Slicker 02-24-2010 04:36 PM

I agree, the KMC's are my pick.

Reaper 02-24-2010 06:17 PM

they are the stock base model 17's but 20's would be 275/60/20 which is like a 32.9 tire. I have looked at 295/55/20 its a 32.9 and 12.2 width then 285/55/20 its 31 and 11.69 width also thought about 33x12.50. i think i like the KMC better too! Thanks for the info on the Coopers. I would love to get a 3 inch leveling kit just read up on bad problems with the 09s

bmfc09 02-24-2010 06:30 PM

dude. i got 2004 ram 1500 quad cab 4x4 with the 2 1/2 leveling kit and it doesnt affect the ride at all. if i was you, i would go with the leveling kit and with my leveling kit, it can fit 35's. i dont know about the 09's, but it shouldnt be much of a difference. but in my opinion, the leveling kit doesnt affecct ride quality at all. and like the second rims you had. i am lookin to get bigger wheels and tires as well. hope i helped

Reaper 02-24-2010 08:28 PM

i did a search on leveling kits on here and few people have complained about the leveling kits on the 09s. A feel like a oval tire when on 4x4 and something abouts the cv axles having problems too. Just not worth it to me. Now a lift kit sometime will be coming in the future.

CdnoilRAM 02-24-2010 09:09 PM

Can't say I've heard anyone with issues with a 2" level kit, but 2.5" is the highest I'd go with just a leveling kit, so that may be the issue, going with a 3". My buddy with an '09 with a 3" lift and a 2.5" level has no issues in 4x4.

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