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Default Help - I Gotta have thoughs 38's !!!

I've got a 04 Ram 1500 5.7 4x4 4dr Long Bed with a 6" SkyJacker suspension lift with 35"x12.5" BFgoodrich A/T KO tires and just installed a 3" body lift. I love the new look and I want to upgrade the tires to ProComp's Mud Terrain 38"x14.5" tires. Problem is the Steering clearance. The tires would surely hit the back corner side of the front fenders.

If I want those tires, looks like I'm gonna have to cut and fold the fender in or buy aftermarket fenders. Anyone with 38" tires or bigger run into the challenge?
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Are you sure you would have this issue? I have seen 35" tires fit without a clearance issue on our stock suspension. Since you have quite a bit of lift already I would think you are ok with the 38". Will a shop nearby mount one and let you try it lock to lock to see if there is any rubbing?
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Default Haven't fitted the 38's yet, but...

Will do when I bring the truck back for the body lift re-torquing.

Before the body lift and with my current 35's, when I turned the wheel, I had 1" of steering clearance. Now, with the body lift, it only gave me 1/2" of extra steering clearance. It's like the front tires are not dead center of the wheel well and when you turn them, they are closer to rear side of the wheel well.

Hight is definitely not a problem anymore (I love being able to say that!). In addition, the 38" pro comp tires I want are 2" wider than the 35's I have now. I currently have a 1-3/4" gap between the tire side wall and the knuckle, so that won't rub and I'm good there. But, the back of the front fenders are what's going to give me the biggest problem.

I found some replacement stock fenders for $130 each and I thought I might let the shop install them, fold and roll them back a little. That way, if they mess up, they can put my orginal stock fenders back on.

I know I can't be the only one to try and put 38's on this type of truck.
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I like your idea of buying extra fenders to try it on. I found a page showing a 6" lift with 3" body lift, and 38" Kumho tires cleared on his. Hope someone else has tried it and can lend more info.

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Much appreciation in advance. It could be that he used a different Suspension Lift kit. I went with SkyJacker. Maybe that guy's knuckles are different and sit further forward than mine.
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The 38's will probably fit in the fender well but you probably going to have some serious rubbing while turning especially with 14.5 inch wide tires. You can add wheel spacers and get some wheels with some small backspacing to push the tire out a little farther that might help. You might have to try something around a 36" or 37" tall x 12.5" wide
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Default 37's are bigger than what I have now...

But, I could have gone with BFG 37"x12.5" a year ago when I had the suspension lift done. The ProComp A/T 38"x14.5" are such a HUGE difference in looks to my current BFG 35"x12.5" and I would hate to accept that I went through the trouble of a body lift and I still can't get the 38's to fit. Besides, the truck looks a little unbalanced now. My RAM is also a 4dr cab with the 8ft long bed, so it's freek'n long. The 38's would definitely complete the look - hands down!!!

I mentioned earlier that the body lift gave me a 1/2" extra steering clearance. I was wrong, it actually gave me 1-1/4", totalling about 2-1/4" steering clearance with my 35's. Check out the pick I just took.

Another thing, I want at least the same clearance as I had before the body lift, which was 1". The tires never rubbed.
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All I know to do is put them on and see. 14.5" wide is probably going to be the problem though. You can always try some wheel spacers if they won't fit.
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Default All real good information!

Many thanks for everyone's points of view, opinions, and suggestions. At the end of the day, I'm just going to have to put the 38's on and see. If they fit, rock on, if they don't, then I still can go with the 37's. Either way, the truck now looks extremely big. When I get this beast detailed and the weather is decent, I'll get some picks up here!
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