I grew up in Kansas and lived in KC for a time. We have friends and family in KC. My nephew is coming to work for us this summer. He is moving from Boulder, CO. He'll go pick up the van and drive it to Oregon. Then the fun begins.
Sorry that my attempt at humor was vague. It's old guy automotive design speak.
Dead cat clearance is space between top of tire and fender. Meats are bigger tires.
From Wikipedia Glossary of automotive design terms.
"Wheel arch gap: The space between the tire and the wheel well. Currently there is a trend towards smaller wheel arch gaps. Sometimes referred to as Dead Cat Space due to the fact that, in winter, many domestic cats try to seek shelter in wheel wells of recently parked cars in an attempt to stay warm."
Thanks, I suspected it was something like that but wasn't sure. Now for some more questions.... Bigger wheels and tires I can understand to get a little more ground clearance, though obviously you're limited in how far you can take that because of the front and back clearance on each wheel well. On the dead cat space, wouldn't reducing that except by bigger wheels and tires also reduce suspension travel? Cheers, Matthew
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