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    Hi all, new user here.

    If I fit a 40mm suspension lift, and a 50mm body lift what tyre size can I go upto, I have two wheel options, I have the stock 5 spoke Kia alloys, and a set of 15x8" American Racing rims with approx 3" of back spacing.

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    Can't help but please post pics when you've done it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaybrian32 View Post
    Hi all, new user here.

    If I fit a 40mm suspension lift, and a 50mm body lift what tyre size can I go upto, I have two wheel options, I have the stock 5 spoke Kia alloys, and a set of 15x8" American Racing rims with approx 3" of back spacing.
    Going over 33mm on a body lift and you will need to make extensions for the body mount bolts. This can get expensive unless you have access to a machine shop.
    a 40-45mm suspension lift will work pretty nice.

    With this combination, you should be able to go with 31 x 10.50 tires, but you still may need to flatten the seam behind the front wheel and roll the fender in behind the front wheel too. 30 x 9.50's will not rub.

    With 31's you will really feel like you have lost a lot of power because of the gearing change.

    Good luck with your project and post some pictures.

    Currently I'm running 50mm spacers in the front with 86mm body lift with 265 75 16 tires that started out 32 inch diameter.

    Any body lift over 33mm is a real pain, and even 33mm is work due to shifters and stuff.

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    96 4 door Sportage. 4 door is lifted 4" UPYOURKIA front lift kit and 3" body lift. 265 75 16 Treadwright MAD DOG tires, twin 16" electric fans, SPAL_PWM. 1995 SOHC Transmission and Transfer case. Kevlar Clutch. Set up for hunting.
    2000 2 door Sportage daily driver.

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    Spring spacers fabricated, gone 40mm front, and 50mm rear, will be installing them tomorrow morning, along with rear shock extensions. Learning as I go as parts for modding these are non existent in the UK.

    Any tips on the body lift would be greatly appreciated, are the body mount bolts captive, or will they pull out from the inside to replace with longer bolts?

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    Bit more info on the wheels, my American Racing rims are 15"x8" 0 offset

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    Hi

    I have a bog standard longbody with a 40mm spacer lift.

    The biggest tyres I could get on are 30 x 9.50 Hankook M/T's with a small bit of plastic trim/

    I would say you dont have enough engine muscle for any bigger anyway.

    Pics attached - somewhere on Van Zyls Pass Namibia.


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    Spacers installed, 31 10.50 15 tyres on 15 x 8 American Racing rims.

    Body lift still to be fitted, bumper trimmed, seam folded an flattened, leading edge of the wing folded.

    Electric cooling fan conversion and A/C system removed.

    Drives fine on 31" tyres, very hilly around here too, still pull 30mph up a steep gradient in 3rd gear, cruises at 60mph with no issues.

    Only issue is minor tyre rubbing on full right lock in the right wheel well in reverse, fine all other times, even cornering at speed. Body lift will cure this altogether though.

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    A few pictures

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    Try again, a few pictures lol
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