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6" Lift, Tire Size Recomendation

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I have a 2001 2.4l 2wd frontier. I have a 3" body lift and new UCA's and Shackels. Making it 6" in the front and 4.5" in the back. Now i know that bigger tires will slow me down so im gettin a wep-r intake and pacesetter headers to make up for the lost HP. I want to run a MT tire and Cragar soft 8 wheels from summit. I want to know if you all have any idea of what size tire and wheel combination would be the best for my truck. I was thinking of 32x1100x15 on 15x8 wheel.

Thanks for any help.
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Here's what your truck would look like with cragar soft 8's. Pictured with a 3" suspension lift and a missing front center cap:thumbsup:.

My 04 KC 4x4 with 3" SL 16x8 Cragar soft 8's. Hankook Dynapro ATm RF 10 245/75-16. Basically 30 1/2- 31" equivalent size tire. Tires look fine for a 3" lift but too small for a BL too.

I'm almost ready for my 3" BL. That will give me 6"total lift like your truck. I've been tire shopping recently and found that high flotation size tires for a 15" rim are cheaper than the 16" metric sizing equavelent. Don't know why. Just what I keep seeing at every tire dealer I go to.

I still have my factory 15" wheels at the moment so I have a choice of 15 or 16" tires. I haven't decided between a 32 or 33" equivalent tire. Either will look fine with that lift IMO. I've seen pix of 1st gens with both sizes.

As a side note, The 16"steel wheels are heavier than the 15" factory alloy ones. at least 5 lbs more per wheel.
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^^^^ Yes I have the 3.3L V6. I do believe the 4x4 sits higher unless you had the Desert Runner package. From your pix, it dosent appear to have that package.

With my 3" suspension lift, Measured from the ground to the lip of my front fender it's 36" and the rear measures 38". That is with my Hankook Dynapro ATm RF 10 245/75-16. 30 1/2- 31" equivalent size tire. . What's your ground to fender clearance ? That should give you an indication of how big of a tire you can fit.

If I put on 33" tires today, they would most likely rub the front fender/mud flap with the wheels turned either way. I can clear 32" tires without any mods right now. Here's a few pix of my present clearance. Keep in mind that these cragars have 5" backspacing. My factory wheels had 6" BS. That moved the inside lip of my rim out 1" and the outside 2" out. The further you move the wheel out, the more of a chance you will have rubbing on the mud guard/fender with the outer edge of the tire because it makes a wider sweep when turning. Here's the wheel in two positions.
Turned so it's at the closest point to the fender
this on is almost turned all the way to the right

The second pic is how much tread is left on the Hankooks with over 10,000 miles on and off the road. I'd say I still have 3/4 life left on them. The outer edge is a little worn cause I haven't rotated them in a bit. I am very happy with the tires. Good traction in all conditions. Especially in the rain.
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1" equals aproximately 2 1/2 centimeters :laugh:

Here is a site like with a tire size calculator. Tire size calculator . I really like the super-imposed tire graphic if you want to get a sort of visual difference of two tires.

Here's a chart Tire Tech Information - Diameter Comparison of Light Truck Tire Sizes

Four inch backspacing ? They are gonna' stick out a bit. Nice for flinging water and mud up the side of the truck. With 5" BS, my current tires are right at the edge of the fender flare. When I upsize my next set of tires, They will also be wider and stick out a bit from the fender edge.
Before the SL I was sitting at 33" front ground-to-fender and 35" rear. As a starting point, Where do you sit now ?
LT = If a tire size begins with "LT," it signifies the tire is a "Light Truck-metric" size that was designed to be used on vehicles that are capable of carrying heavy cargo or towing large trailers. This includes medium and heavy-duty (typically 3/4- and 1-ton load capacity) pickup trucks, sport utility vehicles and full-size vans. Tires branded with the "LT" designation are the "little brothers" of 18-wheel tractor-trailer tires and are designed to provide substantial reserve capacity to accept the additional stresses of carrying heavy cargo.

LT = If a tire ends with "LT," it signifies the tire is either an earlier "Numeric", "Wide Base" or "Flotation" Light Truck size designed to be used on vehicles that are capable of carrying heavy cargo and towing trailers (Numeric sizes), use 16.5-inch diameter rims (Wide Base sizes) or are wider, oversized tires designed to help the vehicle drive on top of loose dirt or sandy surfaces (Flotation sizes). This includes light, medium and heavy-duty (typically 1/2-, 3/4 and 1-ton load capacity) pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles. Tires branded with the "LT" at the end of their size designation are also the "little brothers" of 18-wheel tractor-trailer tires and are designed to provide substantial reserve capacity to accept the additional stresses of carrying heavy cargo.
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^^^^ I was just gonna' say that LT tires are stronger but more info is better. I don't tow anything or drive around with more weight than my truck can legally handle so I don't buy the LT's.

I wonder if 'P' class tires are a little more fuel efficient than 'LT's' ?
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