Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Eastern most Iowa
I agree with Gary, changing the stock configuration does mess up the stability and a lot of stuff. Axle shaft angles are a big one. Where mine were relatively straight when stock, they are now at about a 20 degree angle. Be prepared to maintain your cv joints and shafts. And U joint angle is also increased. More maintenance, there too. I bought a set of Vision 158's. 14x8, have a 5+3 offset. I bought then off Ebay for 65 bucks each. They stick out the sides about 3" over the stock rims. The added offset also means more wheel bearing (hub) wear. I would rather not run wheel spacers on mine because of the rim/tire size. But if you have a stocker and just want to increase the stance for stability,(as a lot of guys here do) I think that would be fine.
I like the looks of mine and get a hell of a lot of gawkers on the trails, but in the woods, I can't around and under the tree's like I could before. The turning radius is larger, the ride is harsher. The maintenance is doubled, if not tripled and my wife now hates driving it. (like my 6" lifted Denali) ((hey, that's not a bad thing)). would I do it again? Ya, cause I can't leave crap stock.
'09 650XT H1, 72" Eagle Plow, Warn 3500 Winch. Dyna CDI box, UNI filters, A/C V-bag and console, EPI lift kit, Highlifter springs, Scat ProCar suspension seats. Rick the Rockets A frame and shock bushings. 28x12X14 Raceline Bruisers on Vision rims, on all corners. Cowling heat vents. Factory heat and defrost. RD's custom alternator kit. XTZ hood scoop and front shocks. Monster shock covers, turn signals. OEM glass sport windshield, sliding rear window, and lights, lights and more lights!