Originally Posted by 04blackedge
I know what kind of suspension I have. I'm saying from my experience with my 32"s with the torsion bars cranked to level it out, when i really flex it out I rub. I dont even think I could fit 33"s without doing some major trimming to the front bumper. I had to trim to fit my 32"s. If you offroad a lot, in my opinion the best thing to do is a spindle lift if you want to run 33"s.
I wheeled my truck, and pretty well. Unfortunately, I haven't had the time lately to test out my new suspension. Nonethless, The ONLY significant issue I had with my stock (your's too as we've both pointed out) suspension was axle wrap. There was a point where I was almost always going to PepBoys, AutoZone, or Checkers for new plastic push pins to replace my front rear plastic fender push pins. At full lock I had no rubbing, whether turning left or right on my 33s. Up travel I'd get VERY mild rubbing on the top of my front fender wheel shroud, but nothing to worry about damage wise. No where did I have the need to trim anything, major or minor. There's many others on here with 02, 03, 04+ t-bar suspensions that are running 33s and haven't had to do any trimming.
Basically what I'm trying to do here is keep a user from needlessly going and spending money to fit a tire he can fit stock, no worries, no questions asked. Again, the only real issue in this case is on Ford's design of the rear suspension, resulting in axle wrap. The needing of new push pins with the 33s was a need when I had the OEM combination of my 31x10.50x15 BFG ATs and alcoa wheels. Why waste the money when you don't NEED to waste the money? Use it to get the 33x10.50x15s and keep the rest of your $$$ for gas when you possibly hit a mileage decrease from the larger tires. Or use the $$$ to regear, if needed. If manual and rolling with 4.10 gears there should be no need to regear with 33x10.50x15s. Also note I keep saying 10.50 wide tires. 12.50s WILL RUB (I've seen it first hand on rangers with BLs here around town), regardless of who ran them stock, they will rub full lock turning and are also a heavier tire requiring a wider rim (more $$$), and being a wider rim, potentially faster wearing of suspension components. Shoot, if he's wheeling, use the money for more vehicle protection - skid plates, fabbing sliders, off-road lights, etc.
edit: typing errors