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I got the rocky road lift kit installed, and some larger snow tires (215/70R17).

Surprisingly, the tires rub when the steering wheel is turned all the way.

I found a mechanic who is used to doing modifications on trucks, and they didn't seem very impressed with the lift kit. Something about the alignment being very slow and painful due to having to disconnect something and reconnect to make adjustments. Anyway that's fine since it's all done now.
 

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A lift allows you to put taller tires on, but doesn't change anything about the width of your tires. Your tires are just a bit too wide and that's what causes the rub. I have the same issue. It's a pretty common problem anytime you widen the tires. I live with it. The rro lift isn't something you just slap on and boom, you are ready for 33's.

And the adjustable upper control arm on the rro lift does make the first alignment a huge pain. You have to take the wheel off and pull the control arm bolt every time you need to make an adjustment. Thankfully, you only have to do it once.
 

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A lift allows you to put taller tires on, but doesn't change anything about the width of your tires. Your tires are just a bit too wide and that's what causes the rub. I have the same issue. It's a pretty common problem anytime you widen the tires. I live with it. The rro lift isn't something you just slap on and boom, you are ready for 33's.

And the adjustable upper control arm on the rro lift does make the first alignment a huge pain. You have to take the wheel off and pull the control arm bolt every time you need to make an adjustment. Thankfully, you only have to do it once.
Yeah.. the wheels/tires I got were from a Mazda... maybe the offset wasn't what it needed to be? Does anyone know what the offset is on the stock wheels?
 

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My offset is 42 mm with the 17 inch rims. You can buy spacers for yours if needed. Most automotive places can get you universal ones in different widths. My tires rub at full turn but it really doesn't bother me enough to look into spacers. And if I put spacers on I'd just convince myself to stuff wider tires on it ;)
 

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Blizzaks are a good choice for winter tires. These days there are many winter tires to choose from, what is 'best' mostly depends on what sort of driving you will be doing. My own thought is that performance on ice is very important - you can see snow but ice can surprise you. And I do occasional backroad winter driving where there can be a lot of icy hills.
Neil, I asked about your wheels because 215's are not wide tires and should not rub. So backspace /offset of the wheels could be the reason they rub. 215/70/17's are a tall tire, but, from your pics and description it doesn't seem that height is an issue.
 

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I would definitely try to throw a spacer on there. Maybe something as little as a 5mm slip on that doesn't require extended studs. I think you can go up to 10mm without extended studs and be safe. How bad is it rubbing on full lock?
 
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