So I've had 3" Full Traction HD lift f/r for the last 5 yrs. When I first got them I was rolling 315/70r17s & using stock flares, stubby winch bumper w/winch, stock rear bumper with the spare on the back. Initially I got about 4" of lift. After they settled, I'm still sitting at 3" of lift. With 35s and stock flare it worked great on the trails.
Now I'm on 37s with tube fenders. I have about 9" of clearance between the rear tire and fender/sheet metal. In the front, I have about 8" of clearance. Even with 37s, it seems like a lot of empty space to me.
My bumpstops are about 1.75" front and rear. I can really really stuff/flex out the suspension. I have about 1/4" from full compression on the shocks. Thinking of lowering my lift with some Rock Krawler triple rate springs. Maybe the 2.5" - OR - go LCOG with the 1.5" springs and a frame notch for my DL flip. Even with 37s, it seems like a lot of empty space to me.
So my question to you all is, how much clearance do you have between your tires and fenders?
Might be a stupid question / consideration, but the gap between my fenders and tires just seems like a lot.
This pic is with 315s and stock flares. The droop is enough for the springs to fall out... they actually did the first time I went through this spot. Big ass zip ties worked great.
Will try to get recent pics of the tube fenders and 37s.
** I do have a pretty complete frankenlift: ADJ upper/lower control arms, SS brakelines, bumpstops, etc, etc.