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Old 03-09-2019, 01:06 AM
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Hello. I have a 2017 Express I am planning a levelling kit. Recomendations are welcome. My question is what is the biggest tire I can do on an aftermarket wheel. I'm hoping to cram 35's, is that doable with an aftermarket 20" wheel? Also looking for recomendations on parts websites as all i've ever modded before were Wranglers so I don't know where to start looking for Ram parts. Thanks for any info.
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Yes. 35's will be fine on a level. 20 inch will be fine. Do at least 0 offset so you don't rub when airing down. I recommend Bilsteins or Fox over spacers to avoid upsetting any geometry in your suspension, Post up some pics when you get it done.
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Yes. 35's will be fine on a level. 20 inch will be fine. Do at least 0 offset so you don't rub when airing down. I recommend Bilsteins or Fox over spacers to avoid upsetting any geometry in your suspension, Post up some pics when you get it done.
Thank you, i've been looking at the Bilstein 5100 adjustable shocks. Do I only need the height adjustable shocks or is there a full kit that has to be purchased for the level.
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You could do just the Bilstein 5100’s in the front to level it, but you’ll get a better ride if you do the rear as well. I personally am running Bilsteins all the way around with the front set at 2.8 to level my truck. I’ve got 0 offset on my wheels and they’re wrapped in 295/65/20’s, which are one size larger then 35’s. There is no rubbing at all.

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^^^What Mike said.
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Perfect thank you. I will post pictures when it's finished. Any recomendations on where to buy? I'm looking at Tdot and they're prices seem pretty fair.
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I got my shocks from amazon and I get my wheels and tires from America's Tire.
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I also came straight from the JKU camp to the RAM, boy i'm missing that Jeep a lot
There are some very good options to lift your front about 2" and make it level, or around 2.5" for a little more, and to dial in some rear rake most people add another extra 1" in the back.

I wanted 35's from day one being we have huge wheel wells, my question was similar except i didn't want to keep my factory 20" wheels or get aftermarket 20"s, so i went with aftermarket 17x9 with -12offset (4.5" backspace), and 315/70/70 tires.

To give you a live example of both sizes in the same tire, this are BFG KO2's
The one on the left(shoe in pic), is the 35x12.50x17, the one on the right is the 315/70/17, both KO2
315/70/17 weights 62 lbs, 35x12.5x17 weights 66lbs, other than that, they're pretty much the same height and width unmounted, at least to the naked eye.

Width, not the best angle, but the 315 is just a smidge wider, though you can't see the diffence because the camera angle, difference 1/8" or less if any
20160220_093928 by SilverFJ RSM, on Flickr

Height, the 35x12.5 is perhaps 1/8" taller
20160220_093914 by SilverFJ RSM, on Flickr[/QUOTE]

When buying time came, Discount tires had the Falken AT3W on sale so i bought 5 of them in 315/70/17 at a nice price, not as quiet as the KO2's i had in the Jeep, but can't complaint because what i paid for them, my only gripe with the Falkens is that they have 2 ply sidewalls no problems so far but i 've a decent cut in one of them already from our trail rides, nothing happen but it makes me nervous i don't have 3 ply sidewall in my tires. i have about 10k miles in them and they look like new so i'll wait to rack more miles before changing them for something else.

I lifted the fronts with Rancho quick lift struts after messing around 5100's in many other applications. I got tired of the harsh ride at max height using the preload to lift on the factory springs. Ranchos are plug and play and i didn't need to go higher than 2", i also went with Zone UCA's and asked my alignment guy put my caster around 4.5-5*, i found by chance if my caster was set to 3* the tires will rub slightly on the the fender wells plastic seams when turning left or right. verified this won't happen with 4.5-5* caster on my 17x9 -12 offset wheels with Falken AT3W 315/70/17 tires on Rancho 2" lift.

Zero rub and i do offroadt the truck
20180902_105719 by RAM RSM, on Flickr

Other options asides from 5100's are Eibach struts with 2.75" springs, you'll get about 2.5" once they've settled, they also have 1" springs for the back.
If you want more performance, You have Falcon struts/shocks that use the factory springs lift and are height adjustable (front), Fox 2.0 Struts/Shocks for a 2" level , Bistein 6112 strut that are height adjustable mated to Bistein 5160 in the back.
If you want the absolute best performance you do 2.5 Coilovers from King, Fox, Radflo, Icon combined with 2.5 body shocks for the back. I went with King myself and the truck rides like a caddy onroad and it's monster on washes/hoops here in Socal desert trails considering the setup is just mid travel.

Full lock with Rancho offroading, zero rubbing with the setup and 315's
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Same with the Kings
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Or at home
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Or at the park lol
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An actual 35x12.5" tire will rub with a 20x10 -24 wheel. So those variables you haven't established are critical.


If you're using 20x12 -44 wheel, you can't even run a 33x12.5 or 305/55R20 on a 2" level without trimming.


Don't want to spread misinformation as the 'brodozer' trend of wide wheels and tires isn't the same as an under fender functional setup.
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Rsmram: Thank you that is a lot of good info, I also miss my JKU lol, I personally won't be offroading in this it'll be strictly street thats why i'm opting to keep the 20's. So king coul overs aren't necessary but I will look into the rancho stuff. I plan on running the KO2's I had 37's on my heep and loved them.

Garc: I don't think i'd go -44 I think -24 would even be a but much probably mor like -12 just a slightly wider stance is what i'm after. But the goal is a 35 without trimming.
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