Ok, you went over my head with all of the mumbo jumbo :thud: But here is the scoop.After reading even more i think i have put some things together and I will now try to answer my own post.
stock 16x6.5 rims that came on my 97 2500 have a Backspace of 4.75" "I think" with an offset around 38mm
stock 17x8 03-05 rims "I think" have a backspace of 6.25" which makes the offset around 57mm
In English this means the stock 97 and 03-05 rim would hang out of the wheel well the same but the 03-05 rim would protrude into the wheel well more. Not a big deal it just means you could not run as tall of a tire on the 17x8 rim as you could on the older thinner 16x6.5 rim without it rubbing.
Is this statement right????? Am I even close?