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Rubbing rear flares

I have a short aal and belltech 6400 in the back with 15x8, 3.75offset wheels, the passenger rear flare keeps getting knocked out on the front bottom. Has anyone ran into this problem? Anything i read 15x8 with a 3.75off was pretty much ideal and no rubbing issues. I can see rub marks on the front and back right where it hits it. Also cant get the flare to match the body anymore. Just wonder if others have ran into this problem?
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tire rubbed pulled the flare aside and met the bedside. its the shackles. they push your axle forward. take them out.
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If i take them out what do i use to lift the back? Beside my short aal? I noticed my tread on my brand new tires has slices across the about 10 of the lugs. I though it was just shale rock.
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I've got the same setup as you, except my wheels are 15x10's and I've never had them rub.
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Yea its weird fullscale, its usually when im maxed out on the rear. I figured with 15x8 it wouldnt rub but i can see marks on the flare itself, which is why im wanting to go higher. The front is pretty much no t crank so id like it at least a inch or more on the rear the way it is. I think if i put in a long aal and keep the shackels it will fix it, i need to do something asap my brand new tire looks like **** on the outer lugs. I wonder with the road hazard warranty if i could get it replaced they dont even have 1k on them.
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If i take them out what do i use to lift the back? Beside my short aal? I noticed my tread on my brand new tires has slices across the about 10 of the lugs. I though it was just shale rock.
put in leaf springs from an explorer
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How much do they lift it? I want 4-5 inches over stock on the back and i can match it with the front, because my tbars are not turned up at all.
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they give about 2-2.5" of lift and the ride is better also. it will give you a bit more than the shackles and they won't affect your axle like the belltechs do. i've actually need to go to home depot and get some of that plastic weather stripping to cover up my bedside because the flare wont cover the little exposed part and i don't want my new tire getting ruined haha
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I was wondering why it wont line up anymore right on the crease. I dont think the bodys mangled it appears the flare is warped. Although my support that goes to the frame was bent. How much do expo leafs run? I will probably go to a junk yard to get them unless someone close has a set.
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What year of expo leafs will work?
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Anyone? Im going to the jyard tommorow what years can i use?
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anything before 02 will work. my flare is pulled out on the bottom and it exposes the metal on the bed which sucks haha my tire snapped all the clips off on the bottom
as for price, it depends on where you go. I've been offered a pair for 120 but they were brand new
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Sounds good, so its just a straight bolt in and i use my stock shackels? Is the expo springs curved more or something? I was wondering how they raise it more? Probably wont go today, been snowing like crazy!
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more leafs in the pack. they'll ride way better too. you can even remove your block if you want and get less axle wrap but since you want more lift just leave them in

spring rating is also higher

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Thanks for the help man
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no problem. i completely forgot, you can run skyjacker springs in the rear like so
Skyjacker Suspensions C180S - Skyjacker Softride Lift Leaf Springs - Overview - SummitRacing.com

thought i'd throw it out there for you
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Those are for a gmc? I Went yesterday but can find a explorer, well with leaf springs at least. Would using a long aal with the way it is now stop it from rubbing under flex or do i need to get rid of the belltechs for good? I want the rear higher anyways but dont want to have to spend much on longer u bolts to put a inch or two block in there. I dont see how the expo springs are different from just putting another long leaf in my current pack?

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Anyone? Im thinking of just putting in blocks With the add a leaf instead, i dont want to ruin what flex the rear has with more leafs or expo springs.
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linked the wrong ones my bad lol

Skyjacker Suspensions FR34S - Skyjacker Softride Lift Leaf Springs - Overview - SummitRacing.com

adding a long aal won't move the axle back to whre it was if you're still keeping the shackles

put it this way, last weekend i went off roading with 4 other rangers and a jeep and even with stock shackles my tire still rubbed the bedside/flare under heavy flexing on tight trails. If i had the belltechs in, my tire would of been chewed up again because the tire will pushed forward with the shackles and there will be less room making a greater force on impact from tire to bed/flare
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Do ya think if i put the stock shackels in and ran a long and short aal i would be fine? Im contemplating just using a long and short with a 1 or 2" block on the stock one. The way it sits with the bell techs and short leaf id like it 2" higher so i can match it with the front. Also about those skyjackers, how much do the raise the truck?

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those are 4" lift springs they also have a 6" set for 215/side. idk about running 2 aal's never seen someone do it though
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ive been reading on sport trac springs, i think that may be my ticket.
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I don't know, the shackles I ran didn't cause any rubbing at all for what it's worth. I ran longer shackles on my Ranger, 33x12.50s on 15x8s with 3.75" backspacing with a 3" body lift and never rubber back there.
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