Well said @CrazyDrei. That was something I failed to mentioned in my previous post so I’m happy you brought it up. Most vehicles aren’t left stock and the track width gets altered significantly, as you said. Your burb has really proved quite a few excellent points as you’ve built and used it... seems like a perfect rig for your needs.My two cents on body with of domestic trucks.
I have a 2000 Suburban 1500, 1.25" wheel spacers up front, 2" wheel spacers in rear, 45mm offset wheels, 37x12.5" tires on 8.5" rims. Not stock by any means. I have not measured my exact width but I know for a fact that my Ford Raptor bumper was sticking out 1.5" past the tires on both sides. So that would give me approximately 77" width. from outside to outside of tires.
These extra 6" are significant when compared to stock trucks like Ranger, Colorado, Explorer, grand Cherokee, Wrangler. However as my truck is setup none of those narrower vehicles are capable of getting to remote places I go in their stock form, aside from a Rubicon.
Once you start modifying say a Jeep JK or TJ, such as lift (wider control arms), wheels (wider wheels, tires, greater offset) you are at the same width if not wider than my 77" wide Suburban. As you continue building the Jeep more you will break that 80" width and will not be able to make it on the trails a narrower full size truck can.
It all comes down to what you have, where you are planning to take it and how much you want to modify it. Taking an X90 on Potato Salad is just as wise as running a Stewart and Stevenson on Moab Rim trail. Use common scene and improve your vehicle for trails that make you happy.
I was talking about this very subject of domestic trucks compared to “X-perfect truck/SUV” with a buddy of mine and he stated “why wouldn’t they be durable and reliable? I wish you were able to see how these trucks were used by different government agencies for the last 50+ years. They’ve always been basically stock and beat to hell and back on a daily basis and have kept going. Forget about the negative Nancy’s and just go do it.”
... and that we will