Originally Posted by gonefishin776
yeah but once you get out far enough you'll rub when you turn the wheel.
Originally Posted by jlyons714
Oh, I get it, width wise. My mind is blown today.
I always try and use something I learned in math a lifetime ago to visualize stuff like this. So if you need help with seeing how wheel/tire width will mess with your fenders & bumper corners try this:
Imagine that your wheel/tire is replaced with a pipe of equal diameter that is 10 feet long. Now imagine those pipes projecting out from both front wheel wells.
Now imagine what happens when you turn your steering wheel slowly...
PASSENGER side effect:
Turning your wheel LEFT will cause the PASSENGER side pipe (tire) to COLLIDE with the corner of your bumper!
DRIVER side effect:
Turning your wheel LEFT will cause the pipe to COLLIDE with the BACK of your wheel well!
EXACT opposite effects.
The pipe represents your desire for a wider wheel, and is an oversimplification using the idea of limits (sort of) to demonstrate how the outer limits of your wheel/tire width possibilities will cause you trouble. They will cause RUBs on your BUMPER CORNERS & REAR-OUTER WHEEL WELL.
So at least know this - there are LIMITS to how crazy wide stance you can go. The question you seek is HOW FAR are those limits with your existing equipment - the tires/wheels you have plus your 3" body lift.
Call me lazy, but I tend to research the crap out of what other guys have done and choose a similar setup to what I envision wanting. Recipe style.
Here's a ghetto idea I just thought of that might help you see how adding width might affect RUBBING:
1) Use 2 jacks to unweight the front of your truck a bit. Enough to allow you to slip the cardboard tube (mentioned below) over your tire. Be sure to block the rear tires. You don't want the tires off the ground SAGGING because that will throw off what you want to have in place for this experiment - normal street geometry.
2) Take cardboard about a foot wide, and LONGER than your tire diameter; so larger than 33". Try 36" so you have overlap.
3) WRAP the cardboard around your front tire and TAPE it snug.
4) GRADUALLY pull the cardboard tube OUTWARDS an inch at a time. EACH time have someone else in the truck turn the wheel towards FULL LOCK left, then right while you WATCH for RUBS.
By doing this experiment you get to both visualize HOW widening your stance affects RUBBING, AND you can HONE-IN on just how wide you can go before you do rub.
EDIT: Obviously this experiment is best on a level concrete floor with sand under the tire/cardboard to lower the static coefficient allowing for turning, and not smearing of the cardboard tube. *clearing throat* 'umm, good luck'
**Keep in mind the REULTS of this experiment will ONLY apply to your present configuration of tire and body lift. IF you change your present configuration down the road all bets are off...