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Eric Giblock
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3/31/2005
15:58:55

Subject: Lowered Dakota and now rubbin tires
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I have a 99 dakota sport 4x2 club cab (ext. cab).

the tires i have are 255/45/18's that do not tuck.

the problem: i'm chewing the tires up because they are rubbing against the wheel wells.

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I used a lowering kit (2" c-arms and coil springs) from a dakota sport truck that was a regular cab truck, had the same tires and rims that i have now (i bought the tires, rims, and kit from him).

It's ovbious that the weight difference between the reg cab and club cab is causing the difference in the front end, and causing the tires to rub..


Any ideas out there to get this thing fixed?



THINGS IM > NOT < GOING TO DO :- Get New Tires and Rims.

I don't have the money to spend on new rims and tires that will tuck... i need to fix what i have now.

I was thinking of putting the factory springs back in, but don't know how much that will raise the front.

Is there anything like a block of metal that i can put between the coil spring and the control arm plate to raise it a bit ?? Any ideas out there ??


thanks for anything you can give me..








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4/02/2005
02:51:54

RE: Lowered Dakota and now rubbin tires
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Well, if you think yours is bad, imagine a Quad Cab with a 3/5 drop....sittin' on 275/45/20's....yea, thats me. I'm not rubbing my tires, I'm CUTTING THEM TO PEICES! I made my own bump stops which, in easy terms, I sit on the stops. It help for a while but then the trucks weight takes it's toll and brakes them. So, every other week or so i have to make new ones. All I can say is you are going to have to live with it unless you spend some money. I'm currenty saving my little bit of money i make to buy some custom off-set rims that will tuck and an air-ride suspension.



harley mike
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4/02/2005
10:05:16

RE: Lowered Dakota and now rubbin tires
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I have a 99 Dakota (ext cab) with the same setup you have. It was on the truck when I bought it. It was rubbing on the front only. I put the truck on a lift and noticed the balljoints were worn a little (not that bad.) I raplaced the ball joints last fall and the truck hasn't Rubbed since.
Check out your ball joints. GOOD LUCK



stephen 99dak
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4/04/2005
02:11:23

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hey man i have a 99 slt ext cab and i have a 3/5 drop on 20's. when i had my 18's i had 275/55/18. i ate them to pieces. all u need to do is save about 70 bucks and buy yourself some belltech nitrodrop shocks. i never rubbed afterwards i hope this helps it worked for me



P Y E
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4/05/2005
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I have nitro-drop shocks. I refuse to buy thinner tires or whatever...I'll just bag and tuck me some new rims....in like 20 years when i can afford it. :o(



angel
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4/08/2005
02:07:50

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lol... me too




bash
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4/26/2005
23:02:34

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yah pye i think our prob might be our shocks, if so i want air shocks that i can adjust....



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4/26/2005
23:09:17

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My problem is that i have little less than an inch of clearence from tire to fender well in the front. Haha, yes, I suck. :o(



bash
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4/26/2005
23:17:54

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yeah true but hey if you got the air shocks then you could set them so the most amount of travel you get is just before its about to hit.....



jay
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5/03/2005
15:38:24

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if you put the stock springs back in and you have 2" lower control arms wouldnt it be 2"'s lower than stock.anytime you up size your wheels or lower your truck you have to get lower tires.my trucks laying frame with 225/40/17's and i can drag around with no air in the bags and still not hit my tires.my rearend has been shortened in the back but the front should'nt rub.
the only way shocks would help is if you are hitting them when you hit bumps. if they rub all the time and a shock fixes it then all you did was bottomed the shock out and took a little bit of your drop away.



RICHARD
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8/13/2013
11:28:42

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08/13/013 ..... Yeah My Bud and I just slammed my
RAM .... 2007 Dodge Ram Quad 1500 ... 254/?/20s
... 7 1/2 rear and 5 front .... so doesn't look
like I imagined ? front looks great but seems like
the rear sags ? is it the bed weight ? shock
relocators so still riding on stock shocks on all
4s ..... rides like a MoFo !!!! Rear is eating up
them tires ! Rolled the fender / quarter panel but
still has the plastic fender well inserts in the
rear .....is it the plastic insert eating up my
tires or still hitting quarters ? 6" flip kit and
1 1/2 " drop shackles ...thinking I need to lose
the shackles and add the stocks back in ....will
this help ....any idea if treaded side wall chewed
up voids tire warranty ( sounds dumb ) but not
sure ....



RICHARD
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8/13/2013
12:02:35

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ABOVE post by Me ( RICHARD ) ..correction....I wrote
254/?/ 20 .... should have been 245/?/20s




BigFootie
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11/17/2014
16:53:31

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I hope your tires fall to pieces! How Dumb!



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