I rubbed that dirt off with my gloves lol, installed them myself in my driveway. No one touches my truck but me
...and I know for a fact many others have had the same results, not a rare exception at all.
People need to understand the difference between actual mounted tire widths vs a number stamped on a sidewall, (in addition to basic suspension geometry) instead of just re-tweeting what someone else "heard" about rubbing issues.
It's impossible for that distance to change whether the tires are turned to full lock either direction, or the suspension cycled fully up or down. The upper A arm ball joint is a pivot point, so that distance to the tire is constant unless you loosen your lug nuts to allow the wheel to move independent of the spindle.
I had 1/4" spacers on hand 4 years ago because so many said they would rub, and I never needed them. My Bro at the body shop assured me he could easy to remove a little material off the A arm with an angle grinder instead of using spacers, if I needed more room.
My new 305/50R20 Terra Grappler from over 4 years ago...(12.2" mounted width)
A view from the front sway bar at full left steering lock ,
passenger side, shows 1/4" upper A arm clearance does NOT change at top and 1/2" sway bar space up front...that's where a larger diameter 33" tire may hit, and some 2WD's because they have slightly different sway bar setup.
I dont know why anyone would limit stock wheels to 285 wide tires.
R/T's come stock with those (same +19 offset as stock 20" x 9" Sport/Laramie wheels).
Looks like lots of room to me...
view from the top..
almost 3/4" space from side wall to upper A arm would easily accommodate a 305 tire.
Most guys running SRT10 replica wheels have 305/45R22's on wider 10" wheels with even more positive (tucked in) offset (+25)
Like me, spacers on hand "just in case" and never needed: http://www.ramforumz.com/showthread.php?t=179754
Back to the OP's question, an 11.6" wide 295 should easily fit if my 12.4" wide 305 works.
Because there is a chance that every truck is different, measure the space from your stock tire to the upper A-arm.
That R/T pic is from a couple years ago, I should swing by the dealers lot and snap a few more pics
to see if the new 14's clearance has changed much, but somehow I doubt it's any different.
The difference from a 275 to 305 tire is about 30mm (1.18") width
if you have a bit more than a half inch clear, that's all you need for "most" 305's
I say "most" because some
305's actually measure 11.6" wide and some are as much as 12.6" when mounted on the recommended width rim.
I always check the manufacturers website for actual size mounted width on a 9" wheel.
I've even seen some 295 "labelled" tires with heavy side lugs actually measure 12.6" wide that may explain why there's so much inconsistency among reports of rubbing or not.
My best guess is my 12.4" Grabber is the upper limit without breaking out the grinder (or 1/4" spacers)
People need to pay less attention to a number stamped on a sidewall and more to Actual Mounted Measured Widths.
If you cant find that info on the Tire Manufacturers website, try TireRack.com