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15"'s on a 4x4 Pup: what lift for proper clearance

Posted: Mon May 21, 2018 11:53 pm
by Bellski
Hi, my PO put 15" wheels from an Xterra on my'81 4x4 pup. Which is fine...except for hard turns; they hit the frame. No bueno. My question is how much lift would i need for full clearance? I like the bigger wheels, but do lots of road driving.

Thanks....

Re: 15"'s on a 4x4 Pup: what lift for proper clearance

Posted: Tue May 22, 2018 12:28 am
by JoeIsuzu
Are the wheels hitting frame, or the tires? If it's wheels, I'm not sure how lifting it could help.

Jack

Re: 15"'s on a 4x4 Pup: what lift for proper clearance

Posted: Tue May 22, 2018 8:51 am
by Bellski
Just Tires. You would never know driving unless you are pulling an ectrwmwly tight turn or donut. Havent quite figured out pics yet but i ill try after work...

Re: 15"'s on a 4x4 Pup: what lift for proper clearance

Posted: Tue May 22, 2018 10:21 am
by JoeIsuzu
Bellski wrote:Just Tires. You would never know driving unless you are pulling an ectrwmwly tight turn or donut. Havent quite figured out pics yet but i ill try after work...

What size are the tires?

Jack

Re: 15"'s on a 4x4 Pup: what lift for proper clearance

Posted: Wed May 23, 2018 9:09 am
by pup daddy
Are you hitting frame or the bottom corner of the cab?

Turn up the torsion bars. Smaller tires are the only way to go. 215/70/15 won't hit except for sharp turns in a bump. I use 225/70's and just drive carefully. You can go with 235/70's but you will have to have an inset wheel. Anything larger will need a body lift or major suspension work, like a solid axle swap

Re: 15"'s on a 4x4 Pup: what lift for proper clearance

Posted: Fri May 25, 2018 9:12 pm
by Bellski
Well it"s raining pretty good so no frame on tire pics yet...i tried and they were awful. But tires are 235 75R15 's, and here is a pic of what they look like on my ol gal. I am going for a functional, typical lift like you would see on an old 4x4 toyota hunting rig: not a mudder or rock climber, just enough to hit the old Forest Service backroads with more confidence and clearance, that's why i was hoping to keep the 15's.

But now I have bigger fish to fry. We will see how Cold Start Device tastes real soon :roll: . Been doing homework, what an insane amount of Isuzu Sensei level information here. So grateful. --Bell

Re: 15"'s on a 4x4 Pup: what lift for proper clearance

Posted: Sat May 26, 2018 4:40 am
by hillbillie1
Bell,,,pull your wheel off and remove rubber splash guard.
You can drink coffee and do CSD at same time.

Re: 15"'s on a 4x4 Pup: what lift for proper clearance

Posted: Sat May 26, 2018 11:33 pm
by oldestisuzuist
If your tire is hitting the frame a lift may not do much good. More backspace or positive offset moves the inside edge of the wheel & tire closer to the frame. If they're just barely hitting a 1/4" wheel spacer just might be enough to clear, but the bad news is they'll be more likely to rub the fender with a spacer. Try the lift 1st, then try the spacer, if it clears the frame then start trimming until it clears the fender.

Re: 15"'s on a 4x4 Pup: what lift for proper clearance

Posted: Sun May 27, 2018 1:40 pm
by luvcamas
are you from aussy land. down under? always wondered if you guys were upside down