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Hey Everyone,

It has been a long time since I have been on here. I am on my 3rd Ridgeline (Silver, DCP and now Black). This is the first one that I have put in a lift and bigger tires. At the same time I installed the lift I put on new Michelin AT2 245/70/17. Immediately I disliked the look as they looked way too small and not aggressive enough for the truck with the lift. A week later I have purchased a set of new 265/70/17 Goodyear Duratracs. I live in Ontario and wanted the snow rating and I got them for $200 each so I thought that was decent.

Anyways, I already know I am going to have to cut and grind. I know the topic has been gone over a million times I am sure. I am just wondering if anybody has actually taken detailed video or pics of how and what they cut to make any rubbing go away.

I want to do it before I bring them in for mounting so I don't have any issues on the way home. Any help is appreciated.

Lastly if anyone in the GTA is looking for a new set of Michelin AT2 245-70-17. I will be selling mine once the Duratracs are on.

Thank in advance
Woody
 

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I am in a similar situation myself. I installed the lift last year and went with goodyear duratrac 245/75r17s. I love the look but had to lose the front mud guards and it still rubs at one specific spot while turning the wheel. I want to go with 265/70s as well but don't know where to modify the wheel well. If you figure it out please share.
 

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Sorry no detailed pics but once you pull the mud flap and inner fender you will clearly be able to see the pinch weld that need to be ground down. I have 285/50/20 and had to loose my mud flaps cut out part of the plastic inner fender and grind the pinch weld all the way down. I had to go back several times and grind grind grind, test drive then grind some more. It will take a few times before you get it perfect.
 

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Hey Guys thanks for the reply.

Since there doesn't seem to be to many good pics or video of the process I guess I will just make my own and share.

JonB I think I will pull that inner fender back like you said, grind the pinch weld down as much as I can and try to get it done in one shot. I will then seal it, hit it with some rust protectant, throw some black paint over it and reattach the inner fender.

I must of been getting bored today waiting for the tires so I did this! I am not sure why the pics turned out the way they did on preview they were all correct.
 

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Its all good but I would keep the skinnier tires for the winter driving. Makes a world of difference unless you do a lot of very deep snow off road or lakes where one would need to air down those fat meats.
 

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Thanks S.T.U.V, if you happen to have pics it would be much appreciated. My tires are to arrive tomorrow. I should be trimming by Saturday. My 245/70/17's are already rubbing so I am prepared to chop as much as I need to stuff the 265/70/17 Duratracs in that front wheel well.

Northern lights, my commute to work is about a km so I am ok with the wide tires in the snow. Any time I am not working in the winter I am usually ice fishing or snowboarding so everything you mentioned applies. My length of my commute is also the reason why I am not too worried about the drop in gas mileage I am going to have. I have already seen a small hit with the LTX at/2's.
 

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Do you think the life kit help out any as far as rubbing
Definitely not. I first removed the mud flaps, the impact shield on the driver side, grinded down the pinch weld all the way, removed part of the plastic inner fender. Then I pushed back the bottom part of the main fender where the tab that the inner fender is attached to.
 

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I ran 245/75s without flaps and minimal grinding. I wanted my flaps back so the set I just mounted are 255/70 and they are about as large as I could imagine in that wheel well. Good luck with 265/70s. I'd like to see pics
 

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If I ever get finished work before the sun goes down I will take some pics (maybe this weekend) You can't even tell I did any cutting by looking at it.

I definitely would not go back to a smaller tire. I just don't find it is worth putting the lift in with the smaller tire.
 

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Well it was abnormally warm yesterday (14 Celsius) and I had 6 cans of dip sitting in my garage. Here is the end result.

I don't have a full truck pic yet because it was dark when I finished. However let me tell you the truck is starting to look ba ba ba ba baaaad! What a difference just changing the colour of the wheel made.

After the previous changes I was like enh!!! But dipping the wheel really brought everything together. No one has ever complimented the truck before. Usually it is the opposite. Today however I had two strangers just come up to me and start asking about the truck.

We are supposed to get 20-25cm of snow tomorrow so probably won't get full pic until next week
 

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