Lift or Wheels and Tires First?
March 25, 2021
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Before you think about which of these modifications to do first you need to figure out what setup you want. What size lift do you want, how big do you want to go with your wheels and tires?
How aggressive do you want your setup to be? In what application do you plan on using your truck? We have tons of blogs to help you with this if you are unsure.
So go check those out if you don’t know yet. Also, be sure to go check out the gallery if you don’t know what you want for your setup. This is where you can see tons of builds with their specs so that if you see something that you like, you can recreate that build on your truck.
Once you know what you want for your setup then you can consider which modification to start with. There are a few things to think about when choosing where to start.
If you want a more aggressive setup, large tires, wide tires, or a negative offset wheel, then you are going to want to start with the lift first. This is because if you don’t and the wheels or tires are too large you are going to deal with a lot of rubbing or cutting. This is when the tire starts to literally rub on something under the truck, whether it be the fenders, bedsides, bumpers, etc.
This would lead you to have to cut those parts of the truck out to make room for the tire. Which many want to avoid, especially when you do plan on eventually lifting it and avoiding that problem later.
If you do choose to go with the lift first, then you will need to accept that for a while, until you put the wheels and tires on, your truck will look like it skipped leg day. Because you still have the small stock wheels on with a lift, the truck will look very top-heavy until you get your larger aftermarket wheels and tires on.
If you plan on going with wheels and tires that aren’t any larger or more aggressive than stock then you can definitely put the wheels and tires on first. This will look great and you won’t have any issues.
Ultimately this is up to you. There is a solution no matter what you choose. However, in most cases, people tend to want a more aggressive setup when buying aftermarket products. So as a blanket statement, a lift is usually the better modification to start with even though for a while you may look silly.
But you do you. If you don’t care about rubbing and the damage it may cause then start with wheels and tires. Who cares? It’s your build, do what you want.
At the end of the day, the BEST way to go is to do it all at once. But we understand that purchasing wheels, tires, and suspension all at the same time is really expensive.
At Custom Offsets we offer as low as 0% APR financing for those who qualify so that you can build now and pay later. We also offer free shipping, mounting, AND balancing on all wheel and tire packages. What setup do you plan to run? Let us know in the comments below!