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Old 10-23-2013, 02:02 PM
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Hey, this is my first post on the forum.

I am going to set my truck up for winter rig roads in northern Canada soon and just started looking into what I should do to it.

My general understanding is that I need:
-Leveling kit
-Good all season tires (at least 10 ply, lots of tread and sidewall too)
-Rims for the tires (~20")
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Right now its bone stock but I love the truck both interior and exterior. If anyone has any suggestions as to what brands or products to look into, or look out for, I would appreciate the reply.



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get the bilstein 5100s to level the truck.

then you can fit up to 35" tires. you can keep the stock rim, or buy aftermarket wheels.

fender flares are good if you get aftermarket wheels that make your tires stick out past the fender.

I think most fender flares are stick on and bolt underneath, the visible bolts (like pocket flares) are purely aesthetic.

check out Toyo open country ATs, Nittos, BFGs, etc. all good tires
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Agree. Im in Calgary and when not working, im in the back country so i went with Nitto Trail Grappler 295 65 R20. they are 10ply and work well in the mud.
Wheels are from Fuel and have a zero offset. With the tires they stick out just under an inch from stock bumper, just where i wanted them.
I also have the Bilstein 5100 @ 2.1 on all 4 corners. I'm looking at fender flares and flaps, from what ive read and seen, the oem 2500 street flares are the way im going.
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Extra fuel capacity. Running off road uses alot of fuel. If you're in an out of camps, they will likely only have diesel.

Consider a sat phone also, if your employer doesn't provide one. If it's Alberta, then cell coverage is usually pretty good everywhere.
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Nice truck. Nearly the same as mine.

I went with 18" rims and 33" tires to keep the stock size.
It was almost cheaper to buy 18"s and tires then it would have been to buy the same brand of tires for the stock 20"s, and now I have two sets of wheels and tires.

My truck doesn't have side steps, but I'd take them off for the winter.
I did that with my Hummer to give it a little more clearance in the snow and keep the chrome looking good for the summer.
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I would consider a good winter tire, we put some on our work truck last year and pretty well drove around in 2wd instead of like the year before we needed 4wd. Both winter were pretty close to being the same.
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Undercoat your truck! And make sure you take off the spare tire when you get it undercoated.
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Grain shovel tossed in the back. Some bags of sand or kitty litter. Hi-lift jack with a mount to keep it from sliding all over in the bed. Winch (if you have trees to use them). I'd ditch the fat 20" idea if it were mine--tall and narrow is better if you really are riding off road in snow. The outdoorsman's run narrower tires that are just a bit shorter than the stock 20's these days for a reason--better off road capability.

The low front air dam on the outdoorsman doesn't stick down as far either. I wonder if that's a direct swap with any dodge--the stock one on non-outdoorsmans is really going to plow snow if gets deep enough, I think.

I am having a fit issue with them--still working it out with the manufacturer--but I bought some of the new aries aluminum step bars. Big beefy bars in a textured black finish, will never rust. I see a lot of rusty bars and runnning boards around here.

I wouldn't buy them for any truck that has wheel flares yet though, it appears their mount system did not consider that the bar would bump into the flare if adjusting up at all on the mount. If you add flares to your truck, make sure you consider what they will do to any step bar or running board install.

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Beautiful truck....I agree....I would undercoat it....Depending on who you speak with there will be various ways....I have always dealt with RUST CHECK and I have never had an issue.....Good luck.....
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This is my truck with a:

2.5/1.5 Level

35*12.5*20 Tires with XD Addict Wheels

They are a -12mm offset so stick out farther then the fender

With the flares it looks complete
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