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1996 ford bronco 6 inch lift 38 inch tire???

Ok I have a 1996 ford bronco with a rough country 6 inch lift I have a buddy with 38x13x16 inch tires..will they fit without trimming I don't have front bumper so bumper won't be problem

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Unless you are planning on gears and new axels dont wheel it. Too big for stock running gear and not much gain in ground clearance IMO . Please do a little research,so many expensive avoidable mistakes are talked about in the forums.
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Sorry. To tell you truth I never even thought about it ....sorry but I have a good deal on some 38x13x16s and I was wondering if they would fit id buy them but I just searched and it looks kike ill have to trim so nvm

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I put 40 18.5s on once upon a time MT Baja Belted scored for $400 and broke my trans driveline an exhaust and several other parts . It looked cool but i paid in the end. Just friendly advice.
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Not positive but you either will have to trim the wheel wells or get a 3 inch body lift to fit.

When I got my new rig it came with 6 inch lift & a 3 inch body lift with 37's on it.

Now I got rid of the 37's, next is to get rid of the 3 inch body lift. I may try the 37's on later down the road after I pull the body lift just to see if they fit.
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I got 6" lift with 38's, but I have cutout fender flares. Without the cut outs, they would be rubbing big time.
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I have a friend with 37x13.50 tires will thses fit?

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I have a friend with 37x13.50 tires will thses fit?
sure they'll fit with a 6 inch lift, but they will rub like hell under any kind of compression and forgetting about making really tight turns..unless you trim the fenders..ask me how I know..
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I have a 6 inch suspension/3 inch body with 37/14.50/15 and they rub a tiny bit at full lock. I had the same setup on a Bronco but 39.5/15/16 and they rubbed until they ate enough fender to stop rubbing.

So I figure 37s rub on 6inch suspension.

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I would think it might, but it would be best just to try a tire on and see if it fits. My buddy has a 95 6" rough country with 35s and the only thing he is close to rubbing is his bumper.
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I had a 94 with 6" lift and 37-12.50 swampers. Only trimming was a bit on the bumper as in my avatar pic to the left here. With a stiff bolt on lift, you won't compress it much to do much damage, but it can happen so be careful.

I have 37-12.50 swampers on my 85 with 4" lift, but it's got cutout flares.

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FYI, the Dana 44 manual says max tire size should be 35. Food for thought.

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35's are a popular choice for 6" lift. You can fit bigger tires, but doing gears is pricey.
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FYI, the Dana 44 manual says max tire size should be 35. Food for thought.
What manual? If it's a factory manual, I would be very surprised they would even recommend 35's. If it's some kind of Internet written manual, that's just opinion. (Not that it's a bad opinion) I have been running 38's for close to twenty years and I can tell you the front diff is not the problem. (It's the 8.8)

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35's are a popular choice for 6" lift. You can fit bigger tires, but doing gears is pricey.
If you put any bigger than 33's, you need to change the gears. Otherwise, your looking at tranny problems down the road. (And it drives like sh1t)

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What manual? If it's a factory manual, I would be very surprised they would even recommend 35's. If it's some kind of Internet written manual, that's just opinion. (Not that it's a bad opinion) I have been running 38's for close to twenty years and I can tell you the front diff is not the problem. (It's the 8.8)







If you put any bigger than 33's, you need to change the gears. Otherwise, your looking at tranny problems down the road. (And it drives like sh1t)


I found it online but can't find it at the moment. It's the Dana 44 factory service manual provided by Dana. They didn't recommend 35s, they just said that's the max tire size supported by the components of the D44.


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Ford 9" from people who actually use and build them are recommended with 33' tire max. This is a quote from Currie with a 35-40 spline axle given off road use, considering you are dealing with a stock unmodified 28 spline much lighter 8.8 axle you are nowhere near the strength recommended even with aftermarket axles. Anything bigger than 35" is pushing the limits of a 5 lug non floater axle, I have seen the catostophic results of a combination you are considering on normal highway use just taking a corner and the axle buckles under stress. You have to consider two factors here, first the extra weight of the tire itself they are emensly heavy. Next the extra leverage involved on the wheel center, at the stock 28' tire that would equate to about 14" on center, with a 40" tire that would equate to 20" on center multiplied by the weight difference that is a substantially large increase in torsional stress. And finally you have rotating mass, sure you could gear down to turn them but the brakes were never made to stop even close to that rotational mass and the axle was never made to turn it which increases stopping distance, housing and axle twist.


The simple answer is 1 ton+ axles and big brake mods.

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