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Spaz
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2/21/2002
10:21:43

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Unfortunatly, another Raised / Lifted Dakota question on the Raised / Lifted Dakotas forum.

I own a '98 4X4 5.2l manual. I have 31X10.5 tires mounted on stock 15X8 wheels. I can see a little shiny spot on the frame rail in front of the front wheel coming from the tire rubbing. This is really not a problem up to there!

I have read that some of you guys use 32X11.5 tires on their stock truck. I can't see how I would not get into any problems doing so.

MY QUESTION IS, will installing a body lift help me at all if I want to put larger tires on, I beleive not!

If I really have to go to a suspension lift, what will be the best combination of body and suspension lift required to use 33X12.5 tires on my stock wheels (if possible). And, can anybody give me an idea on how much it is going to cost me.

Thank you in advance.




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2/21/2002
14:04:49

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Only real reason I can think of for a body lift is to clear larger tires... That and to make it look better.

So Yes you can clear larger tires if you put a body lift on it.

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Spaz
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2/21/2002
15:05:18

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The reason I say a body lift will not work is that the actual tires rub against the frame, I beleive that a body lift will not help against the frame rubbing problem!

Trail master who sells body lifts and suspension systems say that they don't recommend combination of both, why!



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2/21/2002
15:22:29

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You are correct....
If the tire is already rubbing against the frame, a body lift will not help for larger tires.

But Knobby is also correct....
A body lift helps you clear larger tires by moving the wheel wells up away from the tire (doesn't move the frame relation, though).

I think there is something wrong with your alignment or something, because a front stock tire/wheel combo should not rub against the frame in the first place.



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2/21/2002
15:29:31

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P.S.

TrailMaster and Performance Accessories both say not to combine a Body and Suspension lift because they don't want to be liable if you do combine the two and something goes wrong. Basically, they have tested the vehicles with only a body lift and that is all they want to "Support". Many people have done both without problems.

Things that will help the combo is to add an anti-sway bar to your suspension if you don't already have one and widen your stance with a lower backspacing.



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2/21/2002
16:32:55

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I know that the 31X10.5 that I have on presently came optional and I am sure that my wheels are stock dodge Dakota wheels. On the label ont he left front door pillar of my truck it says 15X6 wheels and 215/75-15 tires. The wheels that I have on presently are way larger then 6 inches. I have never measured with no tires on but going trough the spokes with a tape they look like 8 inch wide. I don't know what were the avalaible wheel size in '98.

When I say that I can some markings on the frame, it's very little and happens probably under full compression.

WHAT ARE THE LARGEST TIRE I CAN PUT ON MY PRESENT SET-UP AND WHAT TO DO PUT 33X12.5 ON MY PRESENT WHEELS.

THANK YOU.



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2/21/2002
21:03:29

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when i bought my truck it had 31x10.50 bfg a/t ko's on it and there is a spot on the frame where it rubs only on the front drivers side!(in front of the wheel not behind it).also i read a lot of guys running 33x 12.50 only getting minor rubbing if any.

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2/21/2002
21:23:21

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Hello, this is my first post on this site and let me say it kicks ass. I wish I had found it a long time ago. Now for the question. I too was having problems with my 31/10.50's rubbing on the frame. I had figured it was because I had adjusted the torsion bars up to make it level in front and rear. I have installed a 5.5inch lift and bought 33/12.50's mounted on centerline hellcat wheels(15x8). If you are to install this tire size you must go with a lift of at least this size. A 3 inch lift will not supply enough room. The problem isnt with the top to bottom clearance, as the dakotas have more than enough. The problem is with the front to back. When I installed mine and took it offroad, When I fully compressed the tires into the wheel well while turning it still rubbed the bottom part of the inner fender on the rear of the front. I solved this by cuttin about 2 inches off the bottom of my inner fender and havent had a problem since. The truck looks absolutely kick a$$ with the lift wheels and tires. I have also heard that if you add another 3inches off body lift on the suspension set up that you can put on 37's without any problem. I wouldnt have believed it but a guy did it on a durango and said it was great. I spent about 3,000 for the lift wheels and tires. Hope this helps!!

Josh

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2/22/2002
09:52:56

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Thank's every body for your help!!!



Tikki
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8/31/2011
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I have a 2004 dakota. Want to put only leveling kit on....2 to 3 inch in front and 1" in rear. What is the largest tire I put on with out rubbbing..after leveling kit is installled.?




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9/16/2011
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i have a 99 dakota 3in body lift with 35 12.50s on stock wheels they rub the frame but not the bumper or anything



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10/07/2011
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I have a 2000 Dakota Quadcab and I am putting a 3 inch body lift on it. Can I put on 31x11.50x16r tires? Can I go bigger?

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10/12/2011
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Short answer...Yes, and yes...provided it is 4WD and you are not changing wheels to a lesser offset. If it is a 4x4 and you stay with stock sized wheels (or very close to them) you should be able to go as large as a 32x11 (or the metric equivelant...P305 ish?). If you are driving a 2WD I'm guessing the 31x10.5 is about all that would fit safely, without any rubbing. I'm sure if someone else knows more, I will quickly be corrected.



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1/06/2015
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I have a 99 Dakota 5.2 v8 with a 3 inch
body lift running 15 by 10 black rock
wheels with 32 by 11.50 wild peaks with no
issues at all!!



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1/28/2015
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I'm going to raise my truck 12 feet so I can look in to the cab of semi trucks.



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7/23/2015
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Question I lifted a 05 dakota 3 inches in front and leveled rear out.it looks good but now my front axles bind up when rotating any ideas to fix



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