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Just bought a 2004 2500 5.9L

Discussion in 'General Discussions' started by 2004DRDye, Oct 19, 2019.

  1. 2004DRDye

    2004DRDye Junior Member

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    Hey all, new to the forum and and a new (to us) 2004 2500 5.9L Here looks like a great place for info so i thought I'd ask The truck is in decent shape w/ 135000k miles on her. I have a few thing to fix But one of the first things is one of the rear rims is bent and we need to get a new one or set. I'm looking at a stock set of 17 in rims off a dodge w/ 8 lugs from craigslist for $450 I'll ask if he'll take $400. My question is, will the 17's fit? and would 33's fit ok without rubbing anywhere? It has no lift and I don't want a lift. We bought it to tow a 3 horse trailer. It's been used in the past to tow a 5th wheel w/ no problem, just don't feel comfortable with that rear rim that hit a curb. TIA
     
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    17's will fit. Maybe a little tight upfront with 33's depending on how much the front has sagged over the years. You'd be fine throwing a leveling kit in if need be. All my truck's I've added a 2" RCX Level kit and a couple different brand 1.5" spacer in the rear and never had a issue towing. I've owned 2 5.9L cummins and a 6.7L cummins. I do miss the 5.9's.


    2018 2500 6.4L Tradesman
     
  3. Blue Truck

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    Stock wheel size is 17", so you're good there. Assuming you have the 4x4, the stock tire was likely a 265-75R/17, which is about 31.6" diameter. Those look comically small on these trucks. I'm running a 285-70R/17 on mine with stock suspension, and there's miles of clearance at 32.7" diameter. I have some 255-80R/17's that I need to get mounted, which will be about 33.1" diameter, and I bet I'll have even more clearance with the slightly taller but narrower tire.

    Personally, I like the looks, performance, and economy of a narrower tire.
     

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