Alright, hopefully I can get to the bottom of all these questions. First off, I got a 1999 1500 EXT Cab Z71 and my on-road to off-road driving is about 75% (on-road) to 25% (off-road) but I love the ability to just go whenever I want. So knowing that my questions are in regards to tires, and lift components. I've got aftermarket 16" rims and I want to do a 6" Rough Country NTD Drop lift kit. It basically says that you MUST have 17" with 4.5" backspacing to run the kit. Couldn't I get away with just adding 2" wheel spacers to get around this? Does anyone know if the knuckles would contact the rim with a 16" rim? Right now I'm unsure of my backspacking, but I noticed that my tires (most noticeable on the back) stick out a 1/4" to 1/2" beyond the body and with the stock rims and tires it was flush (if not recessed). I'm currently looking at the Nitto Terra Grappler (315/75R-16) [35x12.4R-16] but I am looking for that distinct "hum' you get from the tires on the road. Does anyone know anything about these? What are the best tires for the part-time off-roader that I am with the best value? I also like the look of these and of the Dune Grappler. Rough Country offers kicker braces and I looked at these. Are these recommended for part-time off-roading? Same question with the HD Tie Rod sleeve they offer. Please keep in mind that I am not made of money thats why I am looking to get around a few things. Any input would be of great help to me. Thanks!