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Just installed 3" so and really don't want to do a bl. Stock tires are 265/75r16. Gained clearance between tire and fender well so why won't 285's fit? Where and how bad will they rub? Is it just plastic that needs to be cut?
 

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It says 2003 Xterra in his signature, that would make it a Gen 1, right?
 

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It does not give me that info on here. If it is a 2003; that is a good bit of cutting and will hit the frame bad flexing in the rear with the OEM wheels.
 

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Yup, 2003 so first gen. You are correct in saying that more space was created with a 3" and therefore they will "fit"...but only when parked. However, when you compress you suspension, whether that be when going over a bump or offroad or whenever, you go back down to stock height and that is when you rub.

When lifted 3" in the rear you're fine w/285s, for the most part, since its a solid axel. But upfront we have IFS, which compress straight up and results in rubbing the wheel well. This is why BLs are so popular with our trucks, they raise the wheel well and unlike SLs they do not compress allowing for 33s to fit up front w/minimal trimming. OR, as SRStaff said, you can simply cut your fenders, but it will be metal not just plastic w/out a BL.
 

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You'll be able to fit them. But don't try turning your wheels without "trimming" a significant amount. Generally it takes a 2" BL to fit anything over a 32" tire. Without it, you'll hit more than just plastic. Expect to probably have to trim over an inch of METAL to get them to fit if you're planning on wheeling. If it's a pavement princess, you might be fine only shaving away a little bit of metal.
 

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Reader's Digest Version:

The SL only makes more tire room at ride height.

Cornering, turning, braking, going over a bump, etc...and the tire comes up and hits whatever it would have w/o the SL.


A BL is what makes tire room. You can also remove the parts that hit (BFH/Sawzall, unbolt the fenders, whatever) instead....does the same thing, just looks more mad max, etc.


Otherwise, you're just saying stuff along the lines of "I just got larger tires and don't feel like also doing a lift", etc.

If you up the tire size so things hit, you need to get the stuff that is being hit out of the way...or, live with the hitting.

>:D
 
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