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Old August 24th, 2019, 10:52 PM
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Old August 26th, 2019, 07:02 AM
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It's all about the wheel chosen.
If you use a wheel that has the center section set all
the way inward then a large wheel tire
combo doesn't touch the radius arm and allows
full steering range. If you buy wheels that don't have this offset them you run into the need
spacers to move the wheel out to regain range
of steering. Spacing the wheel out then requires lift
to clear it, trimming the fender flares etc.
Most aftermarket springs are stiff.
A stiff spring is what you don't want offroad.
One it will beat the crap out of you and your
machine. 2 you loose articulation because the
springs are hard to compress. Lift a tire means you loose traction.
3rd, if you are already on an aired down tall sidewall tire,
do you really want to raise your center
of gravity and increase the instability of your truck ?
All boils down to choosing the right wheel
in the first place.

Most guys throw parts @ their trucks to achieve the look they
want.
The statistic that keeps getting thrown out is that only 2% of Land Rover owners use their vehicles off road. 98% are poseurs.

We built a 90 just to offroad. Both pursuits require compromises.
For instance when your tow rig dies in Kansas and you have to drive
your trail rig the last 765 miles to your destination in Colorado. Keeping Gumby on
the road was way more difficult & tiresome than if it had been stock.
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Old August 26th, 2019, 04:58 PM
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Running 12.5 x 35s with no trimming. Flares are stock ones,going to swap them out for the stock look alike ones that are wider as the side of the truck is always filthy.
No spacers. Tires don't rub. Wheels are 8 inch with zero offset.
X2 with a 15inch rim. 2inch lift.
minor rub on fenders at full compression. Full articulation no rub
Also returning to stock rims with 288s for on road stability with RTT.

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Imho...
1.25 springs (ome hd fronts and medium rears) +2 shocks... I’m low and square, and do everything on the east coast)
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Thanks for all the input gents. It's weird for me getting back to a solid axle truck after wheeling the LR3 so much over the last couple years.
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Old August 26th, 2019, 07:04 PM
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Running km2s...35x12.5r17 extended travel setup. Walker Evan wheels with 3.5 inch offset. Had to trim my 2” extended flares. Needed them because the tires stuck out from the original flares. They just rub on full articulation. Using rte springs and am happy with them... the heavier tires give them more flex. You really don’t need/want to run bigger than 35s... changes your center of balance and makes you tippy. With this offset/tire size your center of balance is pretty close to stock.
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Old August 26th, 2019, 08:30 PM
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Guess I should say on mine wolf wheels, 255/85 km2, full stuff no rub except a hair on my side tank. COG is low.

I’d do lockers before going up to 35”s, cheaper. More fun.

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Old August 26th, 2019, 08:56 PM
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I’d do lockers before going up to 35”s, cheaper. More fun.

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If you are running 33s and are going to 35s, you are right. If you are on stock tires then the 35 s will be more useful. Lockers are an aid. Clearance let's you go places.
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Old August 26th, 2019, 09:23 PM
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Guess I should say on mine wolf wheels, 255/85 km2, full stuff no rub except a hair on my side tank. COG is low.

I’d do lockers before going up to 35”s, cheaper. More fun.

Imho
I have to admit, the weight of a lot of 35's are a turn off too. I'm not weak, but I sure don't want to throw my back out changing the fn tire, either. Worst part about Wolf rims too...the weight... although I have them...

not sure which is more fun. 33's and lockers is fun and easier to use on a daily setting when you drive to Moab for trails and go down windy mountain roads. 35's are pretty damn fun though... toss up.
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