tire to leaf spring distance...

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  1. 71gold

    71gold Frank Cooper Supporting Member

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    A Guy asked me today..."what is the min. distance from the tire to spring"?
    I told him...no closer than 1/2"...any other opinions?
     
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    yellow75 MCCI Oregon State Rep Supporting Member

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    I would feel comfortable with 1/4" unless I was auto crossing. I wish I had that much to the fender though
     
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    I'd say 1/2" is pretty safe as a general rule but just too many variables to really nail a specific number down.

    Fatter old school 60 or 70 series sidewalls(even bias plys?), tire inflation psi, leaf spring stiffness, bushing types and current condition, lowering blocks, type of driving, etc, etc.
     
  4. 71gold

    71gold Frank Cooper Supporting Member

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    on mine I have 3/8" with no problems...Raised white letters on the inside.
    ...255X6015s...
     
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    I prefer at least 3/4 inch.
     
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    71gold Frank Cooper Supporting Member

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    what tire/rim are you running...205x60x14 on a 6" rim...lol
     
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    235/60-14 on a 7". I said I prefer 3/4 inch. I have closer to 1/2 inch with 4-1/4" backspace.
     
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    I have about a half inch with 295/50-15's on 15x10 wheels and a 5" backspace.
     
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    I have about a half inch with 295/50-15's on 15x10 wheels and a 5" backspace.
     
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    Not with a stock Maverick rearend.
     
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    I have about an inch of clearance on my 265/50/15 on 8 inch wide us mags with 4 inch backspacing
     

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    Looks good.
     
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    71gold Frank Cooper Supporting Member

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    what brand of tire?
     
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    71maverick361 Vern Isaac

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    Mine is 1" and I am running 255 60R 15
    But I would be good with anything over 1/4" like Yellow said as long as you weren't flexing the sidewall into the spring
     

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