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Best way to fit 38" SX's?

Discussion in 'OffRoad Design' started by bigk, Dec 30, 2001.

  1. bigk

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    Best way to fit 38\" SX\'s?

    How about some opinions on the best way to put 38x14.40x16.5 SX's on my 87 K5 with 3/4 ton axles. I'd like to get some experienced input concerning amount of spring lift/body lift. My fenders are already whacked, some more doesn't scare me. Thanks in advance. Oh yeah, are the Tuff Countrys too soft for the street, and if so, will RS 9000's help? I like somewhat of a stable ride on the road.

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    Re: Best way to fit 38\" SX\'s?

    A friend of mine has 38 SX's on 12" wide rims on his 80 K5 with 4" and a fair ammount of hacking. He plows with it in the winter, so he has enough clearance due to the exta weight. If I can get him to drive it to work soon, I might be able to sneak out w/the digital camera and take some pics of his trimming.
     
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    Re: Best way to fit 38\" SX\'s?

    ORD 1" body lift
    ORD 4" shack flip kit
    ORD 1" zero-rates
    whatever 4" front springs you want (TCs from ORD?!)

    + fender trimming...however much you need to fit whatever tires you want.

    If that guy in 4 wheeler has a blazer with 4" of suspension lift (no body lift at all!) and can run 39.5s thanks to mad fender trimming...than 38s oughta be np, especially with the extra couple of inches you'd have with the stuff listed above.

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    Re: Best way to fit 38\" SX\'s?

    Pick the lift height you want and go from there. Fox will probably have 38's with a 4+1 and trimming, so you might consider that an easy practical minimum. I'm personally fond of 4-6" of total lift for the wheeling we do but that may not work for you.
    In general for a buildup, I recommend:
    Pick tires
    Pick motor to spin tires
    Pick drivetrain parts to stay in the middle of step 1 and step 2
    pick suspension height that you want
    make fenders fit around tires

    Making the world better, one truck at a time.
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    Re: Best way to fit 38\" SX\'s?

    Thanks alot. My only real concern with a smaller lift is being able to keep my inner fenders, there's lots of mud around here. I do love the look and the stability of big tires/small lift.

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    Re: Best way to fit 38\" SX\'s?

    I have 36" swampers on my 73 Blazer with 2.5 " rancho lift in front and 2.5" springs and 2" block in rear.I hacked the fenders pretty good.The only rub I get is on the rear inner fender wells.I also used 1" offset rims in the rear to help keep the tires away from the wells.Brady

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    Re: Best way to fit 38\" SX\'s?

    You should be able to keep the liners, at least the top and front. The back part will have to be trimmed up pretty good but that won't let much mud up in the and if it did it's easy to seal back off.

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