Biggest Mistakes To Avoid When Trimming Your Truck To Fit Bigger Wheels and Tires
September 20, 2022
What's going on guys? We're back, and today we're gonna be discussing the top mistakes that you can make when trimming your truck. Now, since there is really only one mistake you can make when trimming your truck - that mistake being not knowing what you're getting into - we're gonna break it down a little bit so you know what to look for, and more importantly, what to avoid. Let's get right into it.
Mistake 1: Not Knowing Whether Your Wheel/Tire Package Is Trimmable
First things first, you'll need to make sure your wheel and tire package is even trimmable. Now, you do have to go pretty extreme to go far enough to where you can't cut anything, but let's say you've got a Toyota on a leveling kit and you're trying to run 14-wides and 35s. Guess what - eventually, you're gonna run into the frame, and you just can't keep hacking away that much. So, the first thing is just making sure that the wheels and tires will fit with some trimming.
Of course, if you need any help, our fitment gallery has filters for this, and you can use these tools to figure out how any setup will look with trimming and rubbing applied.
Mistake 2: Not Doing The Research On How To Trim Your Truck
Now that you've figured out your wheels and tires and you know you can trim to fit them, the next step will be doing a little bit of research. Now, we've got plenty of resources out there on how to trim various makes and models (mostly GM stuff, because those are the ones you'll have to trim most often; sorry not sorry), but know what you're getting into before you get into it.
For example, you'll need to know what you need to cut, and what you'll need to cut it properly. You really can't get into this without getting into some power tools - of course, you can go under there with just a hammer and make a little bit of clearance, but at some point, if you're going far enough, you're gonna have to cut some metal, and you don't want to be under a truck with a hacksaw just sawing away.
So, the long story short is to have some power tools handy to get the job done. A small drill or power drill will work perfectly, as will a grinder or a cutoff wheel. Some self tappers and zip ties will work just fine as well to keep everything in place. Then, of course, we'll need a little bit of undercoating - especially if you live in the Midwest - and a hammer to really make some good clearance.
Mistake 3: Not Knowing Whether Or Not Your Wheels & Tires Will Rub
Along with knowing how to get your truck trimmed, what we like to do during any trimming project is to throw a wheel on there and turn to see where you're gonna hit the front bumper or back fender. Mark that out with some tape, and as you go, you'll be able to remember where you'll need to cut to - after all, it's a lot harder to put stuff back on your truck than take a little bit off at a time.
That being said, when you've got the wheel on and underneath its own weight, you kind of see what it's gonna hit next, so if you hit the outside fender, you cut the outside of the bumper, and you're good to go. On the inside, if you're hitting the inside of the fender, you can figure out what you have to do with the liner, and so on and so forth. Just take it slow and steady, and you'll be good.
Mistake 4: Not Knowing When To Give Up
Last but not least is when you're past your ability to make the truck look good, and you just give up and go to a body shop. After all, what's the point of trimming so much if you can't make the truck look perfect? Nobody wants to be driving around with a hammered fender and a bumper that's cut all crooked and jagged, so just know when it's time to cut your losses (see what we did there?) and head to a body shop so that they can get it done right.
How To Avoid Having To Trim Your Truck For Wheel and Tire Fitment
At the end of the day, there's a way to avoid this: just buy wheels and tires that fit. Simple enough, right? There are some guys out there that would do that somewhere, we're sure. Some nine-wides, some 33s, and some 35s will more than likely get you a really nice look no matter what you're searching for, and if you've got like, a six inch lift installed, keep it narrow, keep it away from rubbing on stuff, and you'll avoid having to do any trimming at all.
Shop Wheel and Tire Packages At Custom Offsets
Of course, if you don't want to do any trimming on your truck, your best bet is simply to go with a smaller wheel and tire package, and lucky for you, we have plenty of them in stock and ready to ship in our store right now. Check out our available wheels and tires and package them together for free mounting, balancing, and shipping to the lower 48 states - we're always happy to lend a hand if you need any help finding the best options for your build!