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    Default Tires, rims, and lift?

    First of all my truck is a 2002 silverado 5.3l z71, stock.

    I've gotten fairly lucky with family and friends working in the automotive careers.Last night i was talking with a friend who works at Kaltire. He's offering me to use his employee discount for tires and rims. So, I'm thinking for in the future, when my paycheck allows it, i'm wanting off road/mud tires, i really like 35 inch NITTO Mud Grappler, but i'm undecided on rims, maybe CoreRacing ROGUE rims, or XD, i really like XD series rims another decision is the size, stock size is 17 inches correct? Well, the 17 inch rims would look awefully small with 35 inch tires, i'm thinking 20 inch rims, but the price jumps $100. So would 18 inch rims look nice with 35 inch tires? I know I'll be needing a lift, I've heard you can fit 35's on my truck with just a 3 inch body lift. Is this true? or would i need a suspension lift to go along with the body?

    If you're wondering why I'm asking all the questions, I'm just getting things lined up for when my paychecks come in. So i can get them on as fast as possible.
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    I would think that you might be able to get 35's under there if you had a 4" suspension lift kit, not sure about the body kit by itself.
    I have 33's on 18" rime and it looks good. My buddy has a similiar rim with 35's and it still looks good. The ride is still smooth.
    Trevor - Huntington Beach, CA
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    I bet you could squeeze 35's under there with a 3" body lift, but you will have to cut some plastic in the fender well. I would also recommend going with a 4" suspension lift if money allows.

    as for rims, I like the look of more rubber and less rim, but I would go with the 18's. I think those would look great. The style of rims is on you tho, there are so many out there just go with the style you like. (altough I do love the KMC XD rockstars)
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    Oh, i see. Well, i do hope that i can fit the tires without modification. If not then, i guess I'll just go big, with a 6" suspension without a body lift. Anyone have any experience with those tires?

    Here's my thought for rims.
    Choice 1:

    Choice 2:

    I'm liking the chrome on the Core Racing Rogues, but those XD rockstars are so durable. Plus they look so aggressive

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    I see a lot of those XD wheels up here in Ohio, they are very popular in both chrome and black. I have 17" wheels with 35" tires and I like the more rubber look too, I am actually looking to put 14" or 15" rims with the 35" tires for more of a monster truck look. I guess as I get older I am getting lazy about cleaning all of the chrome, and I am not sure about what size of a lift you would need sorry.
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    Those core racing rims only come in 17 inches for my bolt pattern. And they're $150. Meanwhile the 18 inch KMC rockstar are $391 for one. Those core racing ones aren't looking too bad right about now lol

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    I've have 18" Helo 835's with 33's on pretty much the same set up as you. They dont rubb and i'm waiting for my 35" dune grapplers to come in and see if I need to put a lift...I think it will rubb a little, but I wont know till I put them on. I think that it will be ok either way. As soon as they come in I will post pics of them and let you know if they rubb...if you have not tried any thing by then.
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    That sounds like a great idea! lol Thanks, I'll be waiting for the results! You got some nice looking rims too. I'll be a month or so until i have the cash to spare for this, unless i get eager and go out and spend $1000 on a new paintball gun.

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