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Old 03-01-2017, 07:03 PM   #1
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Default Advice on suspension dropping/tire size.

Hello, a month or two ago I received a 1987 D21 base hardbody, everything stock on it. Me and my dad just did a tune-up(new spark plugs, plug wires, distributor cap, valve clearance)... runs like new besides the engine not warming up properly because factory thermostat is stuck open.... though some of the vacuum lines aren't in proper working order.
Nonetheless, once everything is fixed I am looking into changing the rims on this and dropping the suspension....and I do not want any clearance issues.
So what my plans are

Rims: OEM Factory Nissan Titan Armada 17"


Tire Size: 225/45/17

Now that is the wheels...now I want to drop it

I was looking into the beltech drop leafs for the rears, but I also saw that some people just use blocks instead. Can anyone inform me the pros/con for both of these?..

And, if I feel like the truck will look a lot more better with the front lower,
how would drop spindles turn out?
I'm open for any advice and suggestions....
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Hi Andrew,
I have those exact wheels on my truck. I also have the Belltech drop leaf kit, re-drilled rear hangers and the drop spindles with cranked torsion bars. I chose 205/50/17 because 1: it is within 1.5% of my oem tire size, which means that my speedometer is as close as I can get it, and 2: The roads here in PA are absolutely horrid.
In the front I have 4wd fenders that still needed to have the inner lip rolled to clear the tire, in the rear I have the fender rolled, slightly, but the edge sits about an inch higher than the tire so I rolled it just to be safe that I will never contact the tire.
My truck came to me with the 4wd fenders installed and the stock rims/tires had a huge gap between the fender edge and the tire. The new wheel/tire sits very close to the fender edge so I am not sure what you would have to do to make them work with the 2wd fender......
ScrapingPavement has a build thread with the same wheels and some good example pics here http://www.infamousnissan.com/forum/...ad.php?t=38952 He is running the 2wd fenders and looks like it clears ok with 225/45/17 so there is a good chance that you should be ok if you are willing to put in the work to get it the way you want.
Good luck with the build, post up some pics when you get a chance.

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Good luck with the build, post up some pics when you get a chance.
Thanks for the reply my man.
You opened up my conscious with the possibilities. But, I know I will be able to fit these wheels on; however, I am looking into details with suspension.

My main goal is getting the wheels somewhat flush with the fender.
I passed by these modifications and I nearly had an orgasm.
I basically want to base it off this.


(link to forum with his post here)

He just mentioned that he used belltech drop leafs for the drop (I did my research and it must be 3" drop from belltech) and spindled the front for 2" + torsion crank.
He didn't mention if he had any rubs or problems with bumps
Nonetheless,... I do not want any rubs or problems with bumps, and as little modifications to the truck as possible, do you think it will rub..?

Sorry, I'm new to this. I don't really understand what redrilling hangers does and I strongly refuse changing fenders on it. I want to keep everything stock on this amazing mini-truck aside from rims/suspension. But, If I have to I would roll a fender. c;.

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