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  • TreyG-20

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    I need some new tires for my 2008 dodge ram 1500 4x4. It's a big horn edition with a Hemi. I want to go from a 275-60r20 to a 275-65r20. It's an inch taller and will probably mess up my odometer. They are heavier as well being that their 10 plys. Anybody running these on a half ton truck? What psi should I run them at? I have 50 in my head. Mostly for highway use with the occasional trips to the ranch.

    I am also about to pull the trigger on a leveling kit from hell bent steel, so I won't have the forwArd rake. Anybody have experience with having leveling kits on their trucks? Thoughts?
     

    Dawico

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    I despise leveling kits. But then again my trucks have always been for work. Hook up a trailer or load the bed up and your doing a wheelie and your lights shine right into everyone's eyes.

    I prefer airbags to any other suspension work. They are adjustable and never sag or wear out like steel springs. Put them on the front and rear and you can make your truck sit however you want and smooth out the ride at the same time no matter how it is loaded.
     

    Dawico

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    Bigger, heavier tires are going to hurt your mileage as well as throw your odometer off. Heavy duty tires are going to ride stiffer also (which I actually prefer). I do like a truck to ride like a truck.

    A stronger tire will last longer and help manage loads better though.

    What is your main use for the truck?
     

    35Remington

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    50 PSI sounds crazy high. I would ask the guys at Discount Tire (you don't even have to go, just call them on the phone). 35 seems more reasonable to me.

    I hate leveling kits, too. They make the truck ride like hell and they make steering parts wear out really fast (because they change the angle of them to something awful).

    You didn't say what brand tires you want.
     

    TreyG-20

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    Bigger, heavier tires are going to hurt your mileage as well as throw your odometer off. Heavy duty tires are going to ride stiffer also (which I actually prefer). I do like a truck to ride like a truck.

    A stronger tire will last longer and help manage loads better though.

    What is your main use for the truck?

    Mostly commuting to and from work. About once a month I haul loads with it. Four wheeler and ranch gear. While I'm out at the ranch, it gets used as a truck, but most of the time it doesn't. I do have Bilstein HD shocks front and rear already.

    I would love to have air bags just not in my budget right now.
     

    TreyG-20

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    50 PSI sounds crazy high. I would ask the guys at Discount Tire (you don't even have to go, just call them on the phone). 35 seems more reasonable to me.

    I hate leveling kits, too. They make the truck ride like hell and they make steering parts wear out really fast (because they change the angle of them to something awful).

    You didn't say what brand tires you want.

    I run my current tires which are Goodyear A/T's at 35 and they are 4 ply passenger tires. I'm looking at a set of Michelin LTX AT-2's which are standard on F-250's with 20" wheels. They are 10 ply. 50 psi seems fine to me. I worked at a tire shop for many years and 3/4 ton and 1 ton trucks run closer to 70 psi for the rear and about 55-60 in the front. The overall diameter is .9 inches tall than stock Goodyear. They are about 20 pounds heavier though.
     

    TreyG-20

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    My goal is to make the front level with rear. The sag in these dodges quite a bit. This leveling kit will mostly be for appearance to me. Here it is currently.
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    dustycorgill

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    Thought about doing the same thing to my 2012 Texas Edition Silverado, but I still have concerns about everything the guys mentioned above with it's effect on steering parts, mileage, as well as how it would effect the ride.
     

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    Psi will be written on the side of the tire. Follow your manufactures requirements. Thank you

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    tXfactor

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    I despise leveling kits. But then again my trucks have always been for work. Hook up a trailer or load the bed up and your doing a wheelie and your lights shine right into everyone's eyes.

    I prefer airbags to any other suspension work. They are adjustable and never sag or wear out like steel springs. Put them on the front and rear and you can make your truck sit however you want and smooth out the ride at the same time no matter how it is loaded.


    This. All of it. Leveling kits are for trucks that aren't used as trucks. Put any sort of load or trailer on it and you look like an idiot.
     
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