is it possible? I asked one of the mechanics at work that i would need a wider rim to fit the tire. Im thinking he was talking about 33x12.5 or what ever.
I was shocked but the only time it rubbed was when I really really flexed the suspension. the front actually rubbed less than the back. BUt Im glad i put the BL on simply to keep the tires away from the body sheet metal. if youre gonan run 33s then you shoudl get a BL unless youre gonna stick to streets and gravel roads then yu can run 33s. If youre gonna flex the suspension off road then lift the truck.^How was the clearance on those ATs without the lift?
You probably need to crank the t bars up a little bit to compensate for the additional front end weight. I had mine on and they work great witht he stock rims. and i have a brush guard and winch also and at stock height all I had to do is trim about 1 inch of plastic on the back of the inner fenderwell spalsh shield and jsut a tad on the front air dam.. Wider wheel woudl be a 15x10 and that will wear out your bearings faster. Stick to a 8 inch wheel. IF you use any wheel that does not have a factory offset and backspacing you will NEED a body lift. i had a set of aftermarket rims and that was why i had to lift the truck to run those rims. I ended up not liking the rims then liking them then not liking then so I sold them and used my stockers.33's will fit, but without a body lift your clearance will be super tight. I recently (within the last 2 weeks) tried putting 33's on mine, but because my front end has so much drop due to the weight of my winch and pushbar, they will not work. In a straight line they looked awsome, but the rub and bind on the wheel well and would require trimming the front valance.
The shop that I deal with for tires I also recommended going with a wider wheel if I install 33's. Though they fit on stockers, they will work better on something a little wider.
Your mechanic buddy has his head up his azz
a 12 inch tire has a accepted rim width of 8-10 inches
First pic is after a 3 inch BL the tires are 33 MTs the second pic is before the lift with 33 ATs