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Sup all, so i read every topic on this forum and scattered around the interwebs. Im getting lvl 8 mk6's in 17s with 285/70/17 k02s. I already know they wont exactly fit even with my 1.5" lift. But now i cant decide between trimming some metal off or a 2" body lift. Ive read people going both ways and i still have no idea which to do. I hate the idea of losing some fender, but i also read alot of people constantly having to retorqing the hardware on the bodylift. What would everyone here recommend.
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Sup all, so i read every topic on this forum and scattered around the interwebs. Im getting lvl 8 mk6's in 17s with 285/70/17 k02s. I already know they wont exactly fit even with my 1.5" lift. But now i cant decide between trimming some metal off or a 2" body lift. Ive read people going both ways and i still have no idea which to do. I hate the idea of losing some fender, but i also read alot of people constantly having to retorqing the hardware on the bodylift. What would everyone here recommend.
I was hesitant about trimming my fenders initially. When I put on wheel spacers I had no choice. Personally I would go with a fender trim. It is not difficult to do. I did mine with a dermal rather then a cutoff wheel and mine turned out great. Body lift does work too, but depending on the wheel offset you may still rub and need trimming. Fender trimming is basically free as long as you have the tools and some painters tape, and should take no more than an hour. Body lift costs ~$160 and takes 4-7 hours of labor generally.
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Albatross Cafe did both w/ a 1" lift and some fender trimming... and it worked out well I think for him.

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Albatross Cafe did both w/ a 1" lift and some fender trimming... and it worked out well I think for him.
for 35's

no need to get a BL for 33's, even with aftermarket wheels. Honestly, I doubt it would help anyway. People need the BL for 35's to clear the top, not the back where the issue is.

Trim and or bend the fender and move on. Skip the body lift. OP will need to do the melt mod on the fender liners too.


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Yeah i was considering just trimming. I really dont want smaller tires than 285/70/17. I was even looking at some fuel vectors in 16s, or level 8 stike 6s. But since they are 8.5"wide id still be in the same boat even with 285/75/16

edit, found a great deal on the level 8 strike 6's. Even though they are 16x8.5 et -6 they should be fine with 285/75/16s right? I have seen a few people running them a few years back and didnt mention any fender trimming, just the melt mod.

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