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Old 09-02-2012, 10:18 AM   #1
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Body lift question

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We bought 33" tires and already have a 2.5" RC suspension lift. The front tires rub the sway bar at full turn. Some have suggested that a 1.25" body lift will remedy this problem, but I can't see how that will help. Lifting the body won't affect the relationship of the tires and sway bar. Am I missing something?

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Old 09-02-2012, 10:19 AM   #2
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You are right, they are wrong. What you need are wheel spacers or wheels with less backspacing.

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Old 09-02-2012, 10:25 AM   #3
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^^agree^^

i would watch what kind of other advice given from those people, lol.
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Old 09-02-2012, 10:41 AM   #4
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Another option would be a washer or two under the steering stops.
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Old 09-02-2012, 02:37 PM   #5
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Not going for washers under the stops since I'm really looking to get back our full turning radius. Wasn't faulting the guy's advice as much as my understanding and quite possibly the way I conveyed the problem to begin with. I'm old enough to realize that there are plenty of idiots out there offering advice, and I'm one of them...

We're going to go with new wheels and less back-spacing. The lift is already high enough, not looking for more (yet). This is a 17-year old's vehicle, and I don't want to tempt the fates more than I already have.

As always, thanks for the timely and helpful advice!
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Not going for washers under the stops since I'm really looking to get back our full turning radius. Wasn't faulting the guy's advice as much as my understanding and quite possibly the way I conveyed the problem to begin with. I'm old enough to realize that there are plenty of idiots out there offering advice, and I'm one of them...

We're going to go with new wheels and less back-spacing. The lift is already high enough, not looking for more (yet). This is a 17-year old's vehicle, and I don't want to tempt the fates more than I already have.

As always, thanks for the timely and helpful advice!
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Old 09-03-2012, 02:12 PM   #7
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Yes, I've suggested spacers would be a less expensive route. However, the boy doesn't want them if he's putting his own money into it. They're not that much less than a reasonable set of wheels on JCWhitney with 3.75" backspacing, and he could sell the stockers and come out better. New wheels would push the tires out by 2" vs. what's on it now.

The guy at Discount said they can't work on anything that comes in with spacers, so I'm inclined to go along with the new wheels. Just concerned about how much tread is going to be outside the fenders, so we're just looking for minimum clearance with the sway bar. Haven't measured it, but from what I've see that's available, the spacers would be the least amount of movement at 1.5". Then the 3.75" backspacing, followed by 3.25" (also referred to as -6mm and -19mm offset, respectively). The only advantage to the 3.25" backspacing would be for the option of going to 33x12.5's down the line. The problem with that is it pushes just that much more of the wheel out from under the fender. We'd need a new set of wider flares, which aren't cheap.

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