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riverpilot 11-05-2011 05:42 AM

33" or 35" tires?
Okay I've been reading about leveling kits and tire sizes on this forum for a while now and I still haven't decided which tires I want on my truck.
I have a 2006 1500 QC 4x4 stock 20" wheels. I plan on getting the Bilstein 5100 leveling shocks and bushwacker pocket fender flares. I would like to get the Toyo open country MT's, either the 35x12.50x20" or 33x12.50x20" on my stock rims. I don't like the idea of them rubbing. Will the 1/4" spacers take care of any rubbing with the 35's? Can you go with thicker spacers and longer studs or is that unwise/unnecessary?
Can we get some pictures posted of trucks with the leveling kit and both size tires 33's and 35's on stock 20" wheels for comparison?
I want a more aggressive look and I'm not sure the 33's will be enough.
I'm ready to buy tires right now.

Stangshcky12 11-05-2011 07:33 AM

It may be worth looking at 295/65/20 or 305/60/20 for a lesser chance of rubbing

riverpilot 11-05-2011 07:54 AM

How about these wheel spacers or adapters, the kind that bolt on and have studs? They are pricey but you can go 1" or more outward.
Has anyone had experience with them?
Just wondering, if guys running 35's need to use 1/4" spacers and just barely keep from rubbing, wouldn't a 1" spacer be that much better, especially if you have 2 1/2" fender flares?
I'm just throwing stuff out here, I don't know what the heck I'm talking about half the time. Hope I'm not getting too far out of the box on this subject.

GT500 11-05-2011 09:08 AM

hello friend
i have the 2'' leveling kit (readylift), 35x12.5x20 tires w/ 1.5'' wheel hub centric adapters ( and there is a very minimal rub when wheels are turned to the max.
tires stick out a little over 2'', pocket style fender flares ordered for monday.
the look is badass and i don't mind the little rub on the inside plastic of fender. no body or suspension rub at all though.
good luck

Stangshcky12 11-05-2011 09:33 AM

I have a 2" level on a 2500 with 35x12.5x17 on stocks wheels with 1.75" wheel adapters.
Even though I'm running them I don't like to recommend them the only reason I have them is because The truck is so long and I literally need to turn lock to lock to back my trailer into the loading gate. Once I have to money for wheels the spacers are gone.
Even though I haven't had problems in almost 20k miles, they cause alot of stress to the front end. If you go with adapters you have to cut your studs for anything less then 1.75"
You should get hub centric adapters but they can cost almost as much as a new set if wheels.
The 1/4" spacer is an option as well. Usually fixes most people's problem. Again I'm just not crazy about recommending it.

riverpilot 11-05-2011 10:09 AM

Thanks for the input guys. Spacers are certainly cheaper than new wheels and if I had the money I would buy new wheels instead. I'm thinking of going with the 35x12.5's on my stock rims and 1.5" spacers, with fender flares.

riverpilot 11-05-2011 10:22 AM

Leveling kit using the Bilstein height adjustable shocks, do I need a spacer block for my rear suspension if I raise my front end up to 2 or 2 1/2"? Or do I just leave the rear end alone and raise the front only?

erm 11-05-2011 12:24 PM

Leave the rear end alone. With a leveling kit, 33's will work. The rub with a set of 35's isn't on the inside, they are too tall and rub on the trailing edge of the front fenders.

A rub inside means you've gone too wide with the tires on the stock wheels. You can avoid that by 1) not exceeding 305 section width - these may rub at full steering lock, or, 2) going to a less positive offset wheel. You still need the height clearance for 35's of any width.

riverpilot 11-05-2011 12:45 PM

Maddog, do you think I should go with the 33's with my stock rims and leveling kit and just forget about the 35's?
Thanks for the input.

Phildo 11-05-2011 12:50 PM

I had a 2.5 level kit with toyo mt 35x12.50 20 on my stock rims. with a 1/4 spacer, they did not rub.
Although I ended up putting on some 285/65/20 bfg allterrains and taking the spacer off. No rubbing either

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