give it up. Alterations whether legal or not, have a huge effect on the performance of your vehicle. Large tires negatively effect the performance of your brakes which could lead to the lock up issue. The raised truck and oversized tires added to the instability of the vehicle which could negatively impact the function of the brakes and definitely negatively impacts the handling performance of the truck.
I've got no problem with the following too closely ticket anymore. Given the alterations and the series of events, to me it appears the result of a person that could not handle their vehicle in the situation which was exacerbated by the alterations they performed on their own vehicle.
Following too closely doesn't mean you hit another vehicle. It means you couldn't safely stop within the distance you allowed yourself to react to a situation that could present itself in front of you.