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Ok. I know that this question has probably already been asked, but here I go: Next year when I lift and do all that stuff I want to make sure before hand that I can do this setup. I have a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 Sport Quad Cab. I want to lift it 3"-4" (Skyjacker)
and run 35" MT/R's (which measure 34.6) on 15"x10" Weld Scorpions, can this setup work? I don't want to go real high. I have a short G/F and I am already hearing it about that stock height now, haha. Any info would be greatly appreciated as for I don't know much about lift Dodge's. Also When I had my Tacoma and was going to install the Trailmaster 6" lift, I would of had to cut the crossmembers. Do you have to cut anything on our Dodges to install the lift?

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I don't think that you'll celar 35's on 15x10's with on a 3" lift. I have a 3" lift with a 3" body lift and barely clear my 35's on 15x10's. They rub, but at least they still turn.
 

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Well, I would have to agree with Jason. If you want 35's goto a 5" or 6" lift, if you want to please the GF then possibly go with a 3" with either 33's or a 34". That might work too. What type of wheeling do you plan on doing once the lift & tires are on?
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I cleared 315/75/16's with my 3" suspension lift only. The way they fit is that they were on 16x8" wheels with 4 1/2" backspacing. They come to 34.5" tall and 12.4" wide and jsut barely fit.

The thing with the original post that made me say that it wouldn't work is the 10" wide wheel that has 3.75" of backspacing. That all sticks the tire out farther and thus rub.

With 16x8" with 4.5" of b.s. you can fit 35's.
 

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at some point I plan on running 35s with only a 3 inch lift. then again I am going to stick with the stock 17x8 wheels that are on my truck now.

If 33's will clear with only 1 inch of lift then 3 inches of lift should clear 35s.
 

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Basically it is wheel width and backspacing. 8" wide and 4 1/2" of backspacing should clear regardless of wheel diameter with 35x12.50's (unless they run big like the SSRs do)
 

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You are correct, only 1500's with single piston calipers (99 and older and some 2000's) can use 15" wheels. However, there have been some reports of a few model 15" wheels that will work due to their design.

What ever the diameter, the smae requirements I mentioned previously are waht most people have had success with when fitting 35's to a 1500 with 3" lift.
 

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Jason,
Is a backspacing of 3 3/4 good enough with the 5.5" lift I decided to go with. They are 15x10 rims and after all this discussion, I'm starting to get a complex if my truck's gonna rub or not!
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1997 Dodge Ram 1500 CC SB 4x4 "Sport"
360ci V-8, Auto, 3.55 Limited Slip
5.5" Fab-Tech Performance Lift w/ 4.5" rear leaf springs & Dual Shocks up front
35x12.50x15 Goodyear MT/R's on Centerline 15x10's
 

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I think you'll be okay with the 5.5" Fabtech as it has longer control arms that pusht eh axle forward a bit, hence the front driveshaft mods it requires.
 

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O.k. suppose I go with a 4" lift and lets say 16.5x9.75 wheels and 35/12.5x16.5 tires, would this work? What backspacing do I use? I am not a hardcore offroader. I am a mild trail rider/some hills like that sort of thing. My truck is a daily cmomute truck. I am also lookin into maybe doing a few truck shows. The audio place I go to haaas expressed some interest in working with me and my truck to do a few shows, which I used to do back in the day.

Also are these's lifts removable if I want to go back to stock or is that going to be a problem. I don't think I would remove it, but just incase, you never know.

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16.5X9.75 inch rims are made for 3/4 ton pickups and most companys dont make that size with the bolt pattern of a half ton dodge. i know weld does but theyre gonna cost you some cash. i would go with some 16X10's.
 

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Jason,
I would hope the 5.5" would be sufficent, yet I have not had the opportunity to try it as the kit is on it's way. I talked to Fab-Tech and they said the front drive shaft DOESN'T have to be modified on every truck. If it has to be done on just one out of all the lifts they sell they have to mention the possibility of altering the driveshaft. Anyhow, the only altering is to grind the outer portion of the double "yoke?" to keep it from hitting a heat shield.
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If that is all the mods needed, then great. The longer arms do keep the axle centered int he wheel well so the tires should clear.
 

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Just curious...if you don't put a lift on the 2001 Ram Off-Road (just go with stock lift), can you put 33x12.50's on 16x10 wheels and clear ok with no rubbing?
 

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I run a 5" SkyJacker Stage II kit with 35/12.50/15 GoodYear MT/R's. My tires are mounted on 15 X 8 Weld Racing wheels with 4.50" of backspacing and I don't get any kind of rubbing, even at full wheel lock or while wheeling, NO RUBBING!!! I'll have pictures posted soon...
 

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The only thing I don't really want to do is put 35x12.5 on 8" rims. To me thats going to make the middle of the tires wear alot faster then they would with 10" rims. Oh well, I got a time to decide. Sucks that they don't make 8.5" or 9" rims anymore.

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Well, it seems to me that the 15" rim is slowly dying out! I never really thought I was going to be around to see that! <IMG SRC="/board/images/smilies/icon_smile.gif">
I would have to agree with you Bob, 35's on 8's isn't the BEST thing to do - although possible. I used to run 35's on 15x8's on muy '85 Toy, I didn't care for the mid wear on them. It caused me to have to lower the pressure to get a more even wear!
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33/12.5 inch tires on 16X10 wheels should clear on the off-road, thats what i plan on putting on mine very soon. the stock tire is 32/10.5, so the 33 isnt all that much bigger.
 

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Can I ask a stupid question? Is it the obvious when you move from a 15" to a 16" or 17" you DO NOT actually gain height like you would if going from a 33" to a 36"??

Just curious to know. <IMG SRC="/board/images/smilies/icon_smile.gif">
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