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Old 03-10-2019, 09:21 PM
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As for the performance, it drives as smooth as factory if not better after the lift. The lag in the throttle that these trucks have from the factory got just a little more noticeable after the bigger tires. I have negated that with the addition of the Pedal Commander. Those things are well worth it!
I have been looking into those seems to be a lot of good feedback on them. Glad to hear you are happy with it!

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I think you could get a full mpg around town by regearing, but at that rate, it would take a long time to pay for itself. Regearing will just wake the truck back up and make it more fun to drive again, especially around town.

Chuck, remember, we are both 6.2 gas motors, not your low end torque monster diesel. Stop worrying about gears, lol.
Lol I know I am too worried about gearing and tire rubbing! I just dont want to do something that opens up an endless road of upgrading and modifying like I have done in the past! I think the pedal commander or the BD power throttle sensitivity booster will fix any concerns I have with the heavier 37s or 35s for that matter.

I have gotten a couple more leads on some shops in my area and am going to check them out this week. The earliest my buddy and I can get together is at the end of April. I dont mind waiting since I am still debating on tire size but if one of these shops is more reasonable on installation cost then that might light a fire under me to ame a tire decision and get the lift installed. Although if I wait until April for my buddy to help me then I might be able to save some money for new wheels for the 37s. The saga (and thread) continues lol!
 
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Old 03-11-2019, 06:28 PM
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So I have another question (shocker lol)! Since I am exploring possibly getting new wheels would a smaller diameter wheel like 17” or 18” with a 37” tire give you a better ride since there is more rubber than a 20” wheel and 37” tire?
 
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Old 03-11-2019, 06:54 PM
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To a very small degree, that you probably want notice. I run an 18. You have to be careful with 17's. It is a very close tolerance on the brake caliper. Some aftermarket 17's will hit the caliper. Also, try finding e rated tires in a 37 for 17" wheels. That's what turned me away from 17's. 18's have a lot more limited selection than 20's. But there are multiple options for 18's, including the ridge grapplers. If I did it over again, I would probably go with 20's, because it gets pretty thin with 18's for anything over 37's, and I want to go bigger in the future.
 
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Old 03-11-2019, 07:00 PM
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To a very small degree, that you probably want notice. I run an 18. You have to be careful with 17's. It is a very close tolerance on the brake caliper. Some aftermarket 17's will hit the caliper. Also, try finding e rated tires in a 37 for 17" wheels. That's what turned me away from 17's. 18's have a lot more limited selection than 20's. But there are multiple options for 18's, including the ridge grapplers. If I did it over again, I would probably go with 20's, because it gets pretty thin with 18's for anything over 37's, and I want to go bigger in the future.
Thanks Ron for the insight. I wasnt aware of the issue with the 17 wheels,good to know!
 
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Old 03-11-2019, 07:58 PM
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Also I ordered the pedal commander so I will report back after I get it installed!
 
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I have 20s and 37s, I had 18s and 35s before this, and I actually think it rides better with the 20s and 37s than it did with the 18s and 35s.
 
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Old 03-12-2019, 07:23 PM
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Well I have decided to stick with the 20” wheels. Still debating tires. As much as I want to try the Falken WildPeaks AT3W I just can’t make myself do it. I have searched all over for any review for any vehicle on the 37” size Falken and haven’t found 1. What I have seen is that people with the 35” are having issues balancing them. So that being said I am debating between the Nitto Ridge Grapplers and Toyo Open Country RT.

I have personal experience with the Ridge Grapplers and they rode and wore great with very little road noise!(Granted on a lighter Jeep) I have also read good things about the Open Country RT but no experience with them. Price is basically the same so just need to decide between the 2 based on looks and longevity.Looks like the tread might be a little more aggressive on the Toyo so that might affect road noise and comfort. Anyone with experience or opinions I’m all ears!
 
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Toyo and Nitto are sister companies. Nitto is the American side of Toyo. The ridge grappper and R/T are basically the same tire. They share the same carcass and rubber compound. The tread pattern is the only difference. So it is subjective on looks. But in my opinion, the Ridge Grappler looks better. I will say this, you get a 45k warranty with the R/T. I'm going to well surpass that mark with the Ridge grapplers, that have no mileage warranty.
 
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Old 03-13-2019, 06:14 PM
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Toyo and Nitto are sister companies. Nitto is the American side of Toyo. The ridge grappper and R/T are basically the same tire. They share the same carcass and rubber compound. The tread pattern is the only difference. So it is subjective on looks. But in my opinion, the Ridge Grappler looks better. I will say this, you get a 45k warranty with the R/T. I'm going to well surpass that mark with the Ridge grapplers, that have no mileage warranty.
Thanks again Ron! Something else I had no idea about that Nitto and Toyo were the same company. I think Im going to go with the Ridge Grapplers because I 50,000 on my Jeep and still and many more miles left on them.

Also For the guys that have moved up tp 37s what did you do about the speedometer being off? I have heard that the dealership cant program that size into the computer.
 
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Old 03-14-2019, 07:17 PM
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So through my travels at work (I am newly in sales in an industry I used to work in) I was turned on to a shop that does lifts and off-road work. The manager at the account I was visiting grew up with the owner and told me to go by and drop his name. So I went by there today and told the guy behind the desk what I was looking for and who sent me over and a few minutes later the owner came out. I told him what I was looking to do, lift tires possibly new wheels if I have to to keep from rubbing and here is what he said.

THE GOOD NEWS
He said if I bought the tires from him he would do the install of the lift and mount and balance the tires for $400! I feel that is a reasonable price for installation of a complete lift kit and tire mounting. I am still planning on trying to do the install with my buddy but if that falls through this is the shop i will be going with!

THE BAD NEWS
I told him my wheel offset, the lift that I had bought (4” zone) and that I wanted to go with 37” tires. I also told him my truck is also used for work and do quite a bit of towing each week with fairly heavy loads around 10-12000 lbs. So he said i would absolutely need new wheels if I did not want to rub. He said that i could put the 37’s on my current wheels but they would rub on the radius arms a descent amount. Next he said in his opinion and his experience i would be better off to go with a 2.5 or 3” kit and running 295/65 tires mainly because of my towing needs. He said if my truck was a daily driver or a weekend warrior he would say go ahead with my current plans and see what happens. But since i tow a lot, he has seen to many guys go with a tire that isn’t the best for towing just to turn around a few months later and come back and switch out tires and sometimes lifts because the setup just doesn’t work for their needs. He ended the conversation by saying however its your truck and i am just trying to give you my opinion and experience to help you make an informed decision but if you want 37’ tires or even 40” tires we will do whatever you like.

I know a lot of you guys have 37” tires and tow and dont have any issues. However if you towed very frequently say 2-4 times a week would you still run 37” tires??


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Old 03-15-2019, 10:55 AM
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Here's an old video of me towing the long camper in the pics. I've centered the steering wheel and added icon 2.5* caster bushings since then. Performance and driving wise, I wouldn't turn around for the difference in the tire sizes. Obviously, the narrower the tire you have, the better it will drive. That's true with any vehicle. My biggest concern would be the amount of miles you are driving for work and the cost associated with the tires. As far as a 4" lift and stability, my truck is just as planted as it was when I was stock and towing a shorter 30'er. One thing to consider is these trucks have very little rake from the factory. You take that little bit away, and you will be like me and needing air bags, lol.
 
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Old 03-15-2019, 07:40 PM
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Thanks for the pics and video! Doesn’t seem. Like it’s working too hard. That was after you regeared?
Yeah after my conversation with him, it has me thinking. I want it to look good but it still has to be functional for my needs. I’m not sure if the 295/65 would look good with a 4” lift. He said the 295/65 are actually a little taller than 35’s you just are about 1” narrower. Plus if I decide on a different lift he is a zone dealer and would take my kit and swap it with another, if I choose to switch. I’m going to start a new search for lifted trucks with 295/65 tires and see what I find. I had planned on getting airbags when I lifted was going to go with the Air Lift 5000 with the wireless on board air compressor. Any thoughts on that particular setup? What do you have?

plus he said if I went with 37’s he would highly recommend upgrading my brakes because towing heavy with 37’s I would definitely need more stopping power.
 
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Old 03-15-2019, 08:02 PM
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Don't have bags yet. I need them, but haven't done much research on them.

I did the lift, tires and gears all at the same time, so yes, video was regeared. But again, I'm gas powered. Stop worrying about gears, lol.

As for brakes, I'm due a set and have been looking at the power stop kit. I just dropped 4K for a seasonal campsite, so I'm going to have to baby these stock brakes for a while. I just make sure my trailer brakes are working good. I haven't had any issues getting things wowed down, but I'm pretty cautious while towing.
 
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When he mentioned brakes I really had never thought about that but that had my attention. Down here in south Florida with all the snow birds it’s like Mad Max! I have seen 3 accidents in the past 2 months and thought I was going to be in one as I was sitting at a red light and watched a car get T Boned by a truck and they literally were sliding towards me and stopped about 5’ short of me! So braking is extremely important to me. I need to make sure I don’t lose any of that capability.

I think I need to re-evaluate this whole process
 
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So I was under the truck today and noticed something that looks a little odd to me. Do i have stacked rear blocks?

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