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Old 02-07-2013, 05:06 PM
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No, you don't have to have the front end leveled to run a 295/60/20. Although it would probably look better if you did. A leveled front end looks especially good on trucks with taller tires that really fill up the fender well.

That being said, you will have to have either a 1/4" spacer or aftermarket rims with less offset to run a 295mm wide tire on a 2008 truck. If you are prepared to run the spacer you could always try the tires without the spacer first just to see. Depending on what kind of tire you choose, you might get lucky. But my guess is that it won't run without the spacer without rubbing. The general rule on your model truck is that anything wider than 285mm will rub. If you are dead set against spacers you could go with a 275/65/20, 285/60/20, or 285/65/20. Any of those should run with no issues on the stock 20" rim.

I don't think swapping to a smaller rim, either diameter or width, is going to really help you any.
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