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Old 01-19-2005, 09:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Biggest wheel/tire combo to get for stock height 2004 RAM 1500 4x4?

Hi All,

Figured this would be the place to ask. I have a 2004 Dodge RAM 1500 4x4. Unfortunately the tires that come on it are kind of puny and not really meant for off-roading imo. The wheels I know are 17" and I spoke to someone at a shop already who told me you can't go smaller due to the brake rotors being too large.

I forgot what tire size he said I can upgrade too, but I remember he said 33"

So I guess I would like to know what the tire size actually is and if you all think it's a good idea to go ahead and ditch the factory wheels in exchange for something stronger or better, or if that's even really necessary.

I intend to use the truck to go off-road for camping, hiking, hunting, fishing and snow in the mountains. So probably nothing really extreme like I've seen on the site here, but you guys are the experts, so tell me your thoughts.

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Old 01-19-2005, 02:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi All,

Figured this would be the place to ask. I have a 2004 Dodge RAM 1500 4x4. Unfortunately the tires that come on it are kind of puny and not really meant for off-roading imo. The wheels I know are 17" and I spoke to someone at a shop already who told me you can't go smaller due to the brake rotors being too large.

I forgot what tire size he said I can upgrade too, but I remember he said 33"

So I guess I would like to know what the tire size actually is and if you all think it's a good idea to go ahead and ditch the factory wheels in exchange for something stronger or better, or if that's even really necessary.

I intend to use the truck to go off-road for camping, hiking, hunting, fishing and snow in the mountains. So probably nothing really extreme like I've seen on the site here, but you guys are the experts, so tell me your thoughts.

Thanks!
At stock height, 33" tires are about it. If you get a leveling Kit, you can go with 35" tires, unless you do hardcore off roading. You won't rub with 35's with moderate flexing, but you will probably need to dump the wheels.
Yes, you should stay with a 17" wheel, probably a 17x8 or 17x10. I believe the stock wheels are 17x6.5, and won't work well with a 12 inch wide tire; the tread will dome out and cause uneven wear, or you will have to run lower than normal air pressure that is not good for an on road vehicle.
If you want to stay with the stock wheels and lift, a 33x10.5 would work fine (285/70/17).
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Old 01-19-2005, 03:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Go with a 33" tire. Ive seen 35's on a stock 1500, and they fit tight. No room for suspension travel. Plus when you move upto 35's you would have to regear, or you will be working the tranny hard.
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Old 01-20-2005, 11:06 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I ran a 33x12.5 BFG on 8" wheels with no problems...after the lift, I ran them on 10" wheels. I now have 33x14.5 Swampers on my 10" wheels, which were actually about an inch taller than my buddy's 35x12.5 BFG's...these rub like crazy. I just recently put some 265x75's on my stock wheels for driving around town, towing, etc. Kinda nice to be able to do u-turns again.......
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Old 01-24-2005, 10:05 AM   #5 (permalink)
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if you go with a differant overall size, you will have to have the ABS recalibrated, dodge dealers will do it and should be a cheap bill.
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Old 01-24-2005, 10:28 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I'd like to see 35's on a 2004 IFS front 1500 with no lift. That would be interesting. Also, what leveling kit is there available for a torsion bar set up? Remember, 02 Dodge went to IFS, no more coil springs in the 1500's. 33x12.5R17 on an 8" wheel with 5" of backspacing does work, it requires slight bumper trimming on some trucks depending on actual tire size and factory height of the truck which we have seen vary up to 2".
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Old 01-25-2005, 03:25 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Nice catch!!! I didn't even think about the IFS... I was still thinking straight axle!!!
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Old 02-01-2005, 11:33 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Old 02-02-2005, 10:39 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Bahhhhhh, don't I feel sheepish. They do make leveling kits for the 04 Dodges, but not the 1500's. I did a quick search before answering before, and saw 94-04 leveling kits. Sorry to mislead.
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Old 03-25-2005, 08:20 AM   #10 (permalink)
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My roomate has an 04 1500 and he put 33x12.5x17's on the stock 17inch wheels and they fit really well, No evidence of them ever rubbing and he still gets about 12mpg around town with the 4.7L and accelleration is still pretty much ok
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Old 03-28-2005, 10:40 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I also just bought a 04 Ram 1500 4x4 with the Hemi and I also have the 17" rims. I hate the way it sits no higher than a 2wd Dodge, so I've done a lot of research over the last couple of weeks for wheel/tire combos and lift possibilities and here's what I've found...
285/70/17's are as big as you can possibly go with no lift firstly, but there will be a little rubbing. Now, you could try one of the torsion key replacements for leveling your truck but, it is highly advised against by most 4x4 shops due to the stress put on the torsion bars and the resulting angles for your front end. Throw your warranty out the door and have your wallet prepared for front end repairs.
What about a lift??? The least expensive lift out there right now is the Fabtech 6" at about $1600 just for the parts, Rancho is about the same, and Skyjacker is about $1900. Remember that none of these prices include shocks, unless you catch a special. If you do lift the 2004 1500 with one of these kits you cannot use your stock wheels... not that you'd want to. So you have to go with at least a 17x9 with between 4.5 to 5" of backspace. This is due to the replacement knuckle that comes with the kits. But using these kits, which is measured from the current height of the front of the truck, does allow fitment of a 35x12.5 tire with no rubbing on a properly backspaced wheel. So checking prices of nice wheels and aggressive tires, along with a lift should put you into the $4500 to $5000 range overall, installed.
So while the Hemi is an awesome motor and there is no disputing the aggressive look of the Dodge Ram, they've kind of "stuck it" to those of us who dream of a nice big truck with huge tires... unless you've got lots of extra money around, in which case it would be better to buy a 2500 with the bigger axles and payload, but you can install leveling coil spring spacers for about $150, or lift it 3, 5, or 6 inches for under $1200.
This is my frustration with the Ram 1500's suspension ... but don't get me wrong, I love my new Ram anyway. Hope this helps and good luck with your Ram.

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Old 03-29-2005, 06:39 AM   #12 (permalink)
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49's would be KICK ASS!!!!

The trucks with 20's comes stock with 33's. Put a body lift on it, and I bet it would fit some 36 IROK Radials... or some Krawlers...
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Old 03-29-2005, 09:38 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I have a 2004 1500 4x4. I put 285/70/17 BFGoodrich MudTerrains on mine it and I have no problems at all. I have had it at a severe pitch and they do not rub at all. By the way if you want an awesome tire go with the BFGoodrich MT. The links are to a few pictures.

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I have an 03 single cab 1500 with the torsion keys installed by the dealer, still have my full warranty. I run 35 in Pro Comp X-terains and clear ok. I would like to run 37's though so I'm looking
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the biggest you can go is a 33x12.50, but---if you are doing some hard core wheeling you might have some problems with tire rub on the inside of your tires which will eventually tear your rubber and rember good rubber isnt cheap.
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the biggest you can go is a 33x12.50, but---if you are doing some hard core wheeling you might have some problems with tire rub on the inside of your tires which will eventually tear your rubber and rember good rubber isnt cheap.
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So you pulled this piece of shit, dumbass thread out for what reason exactly? There's probably a reason nobody has posted in it SINCE 2005...

Edit... Dammit, someone beat me to it!
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well all seems the stupid people have sunk to a new level of stupidity. When they cant come up with there own stupid questions they recycle someone elses. Armagedon must be nearing
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thanks for being positive, didn't notice the date, guess nobody is perfect. if you want to stop by for dinner I will serve you your favorite - you know an extra large bowl of cawks! hahaha...
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guess nobody is perfect.
In your case, you're not even close.
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