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Old 01-04-2011, 02:24 PM
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I just recently purchased a 2010 1500 Crew Cab sport. It already has a ProComp 6inch lift, and 22" wheels with 35" Toyo MTs. I absolutely love teh truck, but have a couple of questions about the turning radius. I feel like it is much larger than it should be. I have not driven a stock 4x4, so I dont have anything to compare to, but with the trucks I have had previously I have never had such a large turning radius. My question is if anyone knows what it should be? Or if anyone has had any problems with turning after installing a PC (or other) lift? Its pretty bad, I mean U-turns are pretty much impossible, and parking usually takes 3 or 4 tries if its a single spot (not open on either side). That doesnt really seems normal to me.

Im concerned it may be with the wheels and tires. The previous owner put on XD Monsters, but bc of the offset and backspace of the wheels (he had them on a different truck before) a spacer has to be used to keep the tires from rubbing on the shackles. Could the use of the spacers be screwing me on the turn radius? I thought about trying to get a hold of some stock wheels to see if putting them back on changed anything, but I dont really want to spend $500+ on a set of stock wheels for 15 mins just to find out that Im going to have to go with another wheel/tire combo anyways. Ive also noticed that cranking the steering wheel to the extreme left or right while stopped seems to make the truck shift (almost like body roll) near the end on each side, is this normal? Just the steering setup?

Any help would be greatly appreciated. I am hoping to get over to a dealership and test drive a stock 1500 4x4, but it may be difficult doing so if I show up in a brand new ram 1500. Im hoping its something that can be fixed. Its not the end of the world if not, I love the truck, it would just make life easier. Thanks in advance for the help and/or advice.
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This one makes me curious to see what kind of answers you get.

Seems the cheapest way to find out if there is a difference between your truck and stock is to go to the dealer like you said. Go to the used car side and drive a used 09 or 10. Explain why you want to do it and they'll likely let you do it. An extra mile or 2 on a used truck won't make much difference to them.
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im interested in seeing pics of this truck
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I'm curious to know this as well. I could see the larger combo potentially increasing the radius since the larger tire can't turn inboard as much.
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Well I have a 07 Ram with a 6" lift with 35" tires as well. I did not notice that the steering got any worse. I have about the same turning radius as before. I do notice the other thing you mentioned with the shimmy at full lock. I dont know what causes this but something to do with the lift and larger tires must be the cause.

I also drive a 2011 Ram and the turning radius is great. U-turns are easy and it turns without any problems. There is definitely something wrong but I am not sure.
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i have a 95 ram 2500 long bed extended cab so naturally the turning radius is horrible anyway when trying to park a 22 foot long truck however after installing a 3" lift and 33's i didnt notice any difference. in theory it shouldnt be any different because wheel base and wheel turning radius are what affect turning radius and a lift and larger tires most likely wouldnt have changed that unless for clearance the previous owner somehow changed how many degrees the tires rotate from lock to lock to avoid tire rub
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The only reason I could see the radius being any less would be because the tires are so wide. Since the tires are wider then stock, you would imagine it would cut in to the radius. I'm not exactly sure though.
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Well, on my truck, (6 inch lift and 35s) the turning radius is pretty crappy as well, my buddy has the exact same truck, and once again crappy turning radius, when i went to get my lift kit re-torqued, i asked them and they told me this " because of how tall and wide your tires are, your wheels are not going to be able to turn as far as stock wheels would" he had a stock ram there and started it up, and cranked the wheel as far as it would go, and it i did the same to mine. the stock wheels did seem to turn more than mine, mine only turned about 3 inches less, so thats why im assuming.
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I would guess that the tire width would be the main issue for turning radius....but it shouldn't be an issue, just run over whatevers in your way.
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