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Re: 285 v. 305 predicament
I know your talking about 17" wheels, but I faced the same decisions your going through with the 285 or 305 but with a 16" wheel. (And actually for me it was between 295 or 305)
I personally, like you, love the look of the 305s and just because of looks and because I wanted a wider tire with a wider stance, I got the 305s. And I haven't ever regretted it for a second! If i were you, I would just find someone who is running a setup similar to what you're wanting to run, and see what all they had to do to get no rubbing issues, because that's what I did.
I found someone running the same tire brand and size that I wanted to run, and he was also on the same TRD wheels as me so I knew exactly what I had to do from his very detailed build thread, such as getting the bmc done first of all. He also explained how for the first few months, he ran with just the wheels and tires and he eventually noticed rubbing on the UCA and because of this he got the Spidertrax wheel spacers, and that fixed his rubbing problem, and it just spaced the wheels in a way that I simply fell in love with. So I did exactly what he did, besides doing his same 3" lift, I only have a 2" leveling kit but it works just the same.
So yeah for you things are different since it's basically a 34" tire as opposed to a 33" but just search for someone with the same tire size and maybe even the same wheels or at least a wheel with the same specs and you'll have a good idea of what you need to do.
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