Bigger tires not only give you that aggressive look but they also serve a function when offroading. Can you fit 35 inch tires on a Chevy Silverado Trail Boss? I will be tackling this topic in this article so, stick around.
Can You fit 35s On a Trail Boss?
In short, yes, but You will need to install a lift or a leveling kit and make some other modifications before attempting to put on the 35s.
Before you buy new tires and lift your truck, check out the article below to see what your clearance considerations are.
What Is The Recommended Tire Size For a Trail Boss?
If you already own a Trail Boss, you’re probably used to hearing about how large your tires are and how much suspension travel they allow. You know you want some room for the big rubber you can fit on them.
But knowing what tire size is recommended for the Trail Boss doesn’t help much when it comes to actually fit them.
The recommendation is 275/65R18 a tire that’s big enough to get over that tall truck bed, but small enough to fit on the Trail Boss without too many problems.
Not only will the Trail Boss fit 35s width-wise, but there are also plenty of options available that give you some extra room in your wheel wells—you can make up lost space with a lift kit (even a simple front leveling kit), or create more clearance by cambering your truck aftermarket Progressive shocks or custom springs
- You may have to consider a lift. You’ll need to check how much clearance there is between the top of the tire and the stock fender flares.
- Check your wheels. The backspacing and offset of your wheels also matter, because it determines how far out they will protrude beyond the stock flares or aftermarket ones you install.
- Check your fender flares carefully. Make sure that any fender flare you plan to buy is compatible with what size tires you are planning on mounting on your Trail Boss.
If all those measurements fit within acceptable ranges, then you’re ready to buy some new tires for your Trail Boss!
How Much Lift Do I Need to Install 35 Inch Tires on My Trail Boss?
Trucks with longer wheelbases allow for higher lifts than most. They let you run 35-inch tires and still have about 4 inches of clearance between the fender and the ground.
You can go up to 7 inches in such circumstances. You can fit a 35-inch tire on 6 inches of lift on the Trail Boss. But in order to do so, you’ll need to get the right lift kit and make some other modifications. A quality lift kit will ensure your suspension is properly raised and that your front tires don’t rub against your rear axle or any other part of the vehicle.
To prevent problems like this, you should expect to pay anywhere between $500-$1000 for a lift kit. You may also want to consider getting a leveling kit if you are looking only to make minor alterations to your Trail Boss’s height, such as adjusting it so that it sits perfectly level or making it just slightly higher than usual.
Leveling kits cost less than full-blown lift kits, but they’re not quite as effective at raising your vehicle’s suspension and keeping your tires from rubbing against parts of the SUV’s body.
If you want to run 35s with a leveled truck, consider a kit from Cognito Motorsports. Lifted vehicles require more attention to camber and toe settings, in order to keep the tires from wearing prematurely or steering poorly. This kit comes with drop brackets that reposition the control arms and provide more clearance for larger wheels.
They also offer both leveling and lift kits, as well as traction bars that prevent wheel hops when accelerating or slowing down abruptly.
To fit 35s on any Silverado, you’ll need aftermarket wheels with enough backspacing (or positive offset) to clear your brake calipers and suspension components.
Adjust Camber & Toe Settings For Better Performance & Tire Life
Adjusting your camber and toe settings is a good idea. Camber affects the angle of your tire. If it’s out of spec, your vehicle will pull strongly to one side when driving straight ahead.
A toe setting refers to how far apart or close together the front of the tires touch the pavement while driving vs. their rear sides touching the surface. Toe settings that aren’t in spec can cause uneven wear across all four tires and affect fuel efficiency.
By adjusting camber and toe for larger tires, you’ll not only increase clearance but also improve tire life and steering response – all great additions to an already awesome truck. It is extremely important for you to read the owner’s manual and understand the safety procedures.
Once you thoroughly read the manual, you should be able to properly perform this task on your own without any safety hazards to yourself or your vehicle.
You are going to need a few tools for this job such as a tape measure, laser level (or even a plumb line), 3/4-inch wrench, 6mm hex wrench, and a torque wrench that can read in inch-pounds. Another piece of advice we have is that
if you are not experienced with making adjustments to camber and toe settings while running bigger tires, it would be wise to purchase an alignment kit before embarking on this project.
Most kits will come with an unlimited lifetime warranty and are usually very easy to install as they typically use pieces that already exist on your truck.
If you decide not to purchase an alignment kit, we advise being careful when making these adjustments because it may be difficult finding all of the right tools necessary for camber adjustment at home.
You definitely can run 35-inch tires on a Trail Boss. Just be mindful that you will need to lift your truck so that you get the most optimized experience in terms of performance.
Thomas is a retired Chevy Auto Technician, Father to two incredible daughters. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help you solve and find reliable information on Chevrolet vehicles.