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Biggest tire that will fit on a 2003 explorer

Discussion in 'Modified 2002 - 2005 Explorers' started by 4FordFamily, December 28, 2009.

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    1. 4FordFamily

      4FordFamily Been there done that Elite Explorer

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      Dont want mudders, or boggers, but i want to fill the fender gap nicely, these stock tires arent doing it for me at all.

      Any ideas?
       
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      265/75/16

      265/70/17


      31.5'' tires... no lift and no rubbing...
       
    4. 4FordFamily

      4FordFamily Been there done that Elite Explorer

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      thank you sir!
       
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      Between 31-32" overall height. I am running 275/55/20 (32")



      And moderators... could we please get a "sticky" of a tire size topic at the top?

      ...Thanks!
       
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      yea, i agree, it's been discussed WAAAAAAYY too many times.

      You could literally search for "tires" and probably get nothing but threads exactly like this one.
       
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      4FordFamily Been there done that Elite Explorer

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      been on this forum longer than both of you, I know how to search, was very inconsistent. I ended up spending awhile looking and figured one size was for sure, 265/75/16

      Thanks everyone.
       
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      hey thanks Jason - im in the market for some new rubber also.

      i actually searched "biggest tires" and found this thread on the first page of search results.
       
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      and just for future reference the search feature on vBulleten forums sucks on all forums, not just this one.
       
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      4FordFamily Been there done that Elite Explorer

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      lol agreed
       
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      there really needs to be a sticky thread.
       
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      265 70 17 wont rub for sure on 03 x completly stock is that correct.
       
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      No lift - 32x10.50 or equivelent in Metric Measurements on Stock Wheels (265/75/R16 or 265/70/R17) - no modification needed!

      I pulled this from the sticky for max tire sizes in the wheels and tires forum.
       
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      i looked there but theres so much in there all about other years it was hard to find people talking about my year. But thanks i will be buying some 265 70 17 real soon. thanks again.
       
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      Does anyone have pictures of an Ex with tires those sizes?
       
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      disappointed

      I beg to differ... I purchased Bridgestone Dueler A/T 265/70/R17s for my 2003 V8 Eddie Bauer. Got them mounted on the rim, rim on the car... looked amazing... too bad the tire wouldn't move. The back was hitting the shocks.... (I even felt it myself).

      We also tried some sort of goodyear tire in a 255 form which also rubbed... I don't know how other people were able to get the larger tires on - but I'm jealous. My car has the "off-road package" - could the shocks be a little different? Also has the towing package... (although i doubt that would make a difference).

      245/65's it is :(
       
    18. 4FordFamily

      4FordFamily Been there done that Elite Explorer

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      I had that problem with my 2000 Durango. The person who owned it before me had wrecked it and it had bent the frame and the suspension didn't sit properly.

      Not saying this is the case with your car, but suggesting it as a possibility if you didn't own your car since new. Carfax has now looked over 3 serious wrecks in 3 different cars I've owned. My 1995 explorer had been totaled in the front, had core support replaced and a lot more. My 2003 explorer has also had the core support replaced, and the front AND back re-painted. AND my 2000 Durango seriously seems like a train had blown through it, but it was a Dodge and therefor a POS anyway.
       
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      I don't THINK that would be the issue as I bought it from the original owner and the previous tires were worn evenly. The only supposed accident was a bump on the right rear panel - and the tire shop was putting it on the front left wheel. Thankfully they were willing to take the ones I had ordered back. Thanks for your ideas tho!
       
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      4FordFamily Been there done that Elite Explorer

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      My Durango didn't have treadwear issues they had rigged it up so that the wheels sat flat. I hope it isn't the case just food for thought. Look how far your wheels stick out of each wheel well, how close they are to the front and back part of the fender directly in front or back of them (gaps)
       
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      I have a 2004 2WD Mercury Mountaineer, I am looking at the Toyo Open Country MT 265/70/17, does anyone know if they will fit stock? I'm running stock size right now, which is 245/65/17, and there appears to be plenty of clearance.

      Thanks.
       
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      2004 Ford Explorer - AWD - Eddie Bauer 265/70/17?

      Hey all - Been Googling around the past couple of weeks and found this forum and some pix posted of what I think is an Explorer XLT or LTD with 265/70/17's running and everyone on here has been saying "no problem" (I know there are several threads already and also this is 5 years old - so a dusty massive 5 year old "bump" to this one please) -

      So all that said, I went ahead and shopped around and settled on some BF Goodrich A/T I found for cheap of all places on Amazon - they arrive in 2 days and can't wait - (Free shipping / No tax - can't beat it!) - but then I found this thread - I've read it before earlier in the weak, but overlooked the guy above that also has an Eddie Bauer saying he had problems or no luck with that size - and since everyone else was giving thumbs up - but were stock Explorers (XL/XLT/LTD) but no Eddie Bauer's mentioned till I saw his post... Now - he claims the frame was bent to hell or rebuilt or something - same story with another person who replied - So now I'm getting nervous all over again - as I convinced the shop that's mounting these for me that I've 'researched it' and it's NOT gonna be a problem - Even showed him a pic someone had posted here of a nice XLT :)

      So my Q is the same as the OP from 5 years ago - and what if anything we've learned in that time? My E.B. is AWD and ONE owner - no wrecks - only 82K on it (2015) which is amazing in itself - :) So do I need to prep myself to ship these puppies back? Is there a 'cheap' and fast mini lift I can throw on here that won't break my back (just had major back surgery hence allot of free time to tinker with this 2nd beater car to run around in the Colorado mountains and winters) LOVE the V8 ... runs like a horse... Anyway - Can I ask for some updated feedback from those 'in the know' and what my options are if any? or do you think I'm good if the frame and body are all in order?

      Many thanks!

      BB :smoke:


      PS: this was the pic someone posted here of their Exp with 265/70/17 which is what I showed the shop doing my install - so thanks for doing that for us all - but also see now you're running nerf bars and that E.B.er's have their own 'footstep' and wonder if that may be an issue? Was really looking forward to this working :( Someone make my day? Cheers

      [​IMG]
       
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      BoozeBaron, please let me know how that works out for you. I've wanting to buy some 265/70/17 for my 03 Explorer XLT and have hesitated because I get both that it'll work with no issues and that it would rub.

      Someone help! I don't want to lift it.

      Considering going 255/70/17 just to be safe.
       
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      I have an 04 XLS. Had installed 265/75/r16s and it was horrible. Couldn't even turn around in a cul-de-sac without having to do a three point turn. Finally went back to stock and it's so much better.
       
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      I have 285/75/16's on mine.
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      I have used 265-75-16 on my 03 Limited. No lift, no rubbing. Just pinned back the lower part of the plastic inner fenders to be safe.
       

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