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Bigger Tires

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by Mistel, Nov 23, 2004.

  1. Mistel

    Mistel Member
    Messages: 48

    I have a 2004 2500 with plow prep. I still have the stock tires. I need to raise the front end a bit. I know I can crank the torsion bars for an inch or two, but what if I put larger tires on the front only, Say 275's. That way I could still use my stock tires on the rear and would not be wasting a good set of tires. Any thoughts??????
  2. corkireland

    corkireland Senior Member
    Messages: 129

    I would highly recommend against that. If you need front end help go with a set of timbrens or cranking the torsion bars. But theirs a reason that the tires are the same size all the way around. The breaking acceleration and handling of the truck are designed around that. I'm sure other will agree on this is compltely not the way to go about getting more height out of the front end. Look at the first two options and read around the sight on other tips for getting more height up front. :salute:
  3. redhenny16

    redhenny16 Senior Member
    Messages: 134

    I agree, also if you run different size tires your ABS light will come on and your antilock brakes will be inop.
  4. Tarkus

    Tarkus PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,113

    And 4wd requires tires of same size to work properly too.
  5. crashz

    crashz Senior Member
    Messages: 256

    As Tarkus said, 4wd depends on the same size tires. If you run a larger tire up front and smaller tire in back, the tire up front will cover more ground per revolution than the one in the back. So at very best you will be dragging the rear tires around. But you won't go far. Most likely the transfer case will give out.

    You should rasie the front a little by cranking up the torsion bars a few turns. Search on this and you'll find a million threads on how to do it.
  6. Tarkus

    Tarkus PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,113

    Not to mention very strange handling and stabilty issues on slick surfaces in 4wd too with different size tires installed.
  7. Mistel

    Mistel Member
    Messages: 48

    OK, some good points. When you crank the torsion bars, doesn't that make the ride even worse?? Its pretty bad to begin with. Would new shocks help the ride??

    Thanks for your input
  8. Tarkus

    Tarkus PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,113

    Ride does not really change much unless you crank them up a lot and suspension tops out and cam angles change a bit. It will ride better when plow is attached. Just make sure you crank them properly (at least truck on a jack) and lube those bolts too.
  9. scottL

    scottL PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,613

    You have a newer truck so shocks should not be the issue. You can crank up the bars upto 1.5 inch. The down side is less wheel travel when hitting pot holes and dropping from curbs. The ride it self will not be affected as far as harshness goes. Make sure to mesaure before and after so, you keep in sync on both sides.