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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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      Why isn't anyone going with a wider tire? I know 32" is about all you fit tall wise (stock) but why not go to 11.5 to 13.5" wide tire? I see a lot of the guys with lifts running spacers.
       
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      A lot of us are using stock rims, and are already pushing the tire manufacturer's rim width recommendations.
       
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      I was running a 33x12.5R15 on my bronco. They are also 7" wide wheels. Drove it that way for years. So the only reason no one is running wider than a 265/70 is because the manufacture said not to?
       
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      Not necessarily, but some people do defer to specs, if for nothing other than liability.
       
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      true... But someone has had to try to go bigger.
       
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      With a 265 and no spacer there is about an 1/8" clearance between the inside side wall an upper arm.
      With a 1.5" spacer I had to slightly cut the corner of the bumper that protrudes into the wheel well and drill a new hole in the wheel well liner just rearward of strut about an inch foward of original and reposition Christmas tree through said hole to get general at2's to not rub.
      This is why wider does not work well
       
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      psi2rd,

      Thank you for the reply and the info.
       
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      How did you go about pinning them back?
       
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      I've not been on this post/site for 11 months now (as I bought my '03 exactly11 months ago today, as my plate reg just came due) but can fully attest that this tire size works amazingly well on my Eddie Bauer and fills in nicely. No rubbing or binding ever and do allot of mountain trails here in Colorado. The only downside is my V8 HWY MPG plummeted from around 20.1MPG to 16.8MPG - and will throw your speedo off 3-4 MPH at higher speeds. Otherwise love the size, lift and look :)

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      Pretty simple. Drilled a hole in the lower part of the inner fender and used medium sized cable ties to attach to the frame. See pics. 3rd pic shows the 265-75-16 Toyos. TIE BACK.jpg TIE BACK2.JPG TIE BACK2.JPG Toyos.jpg
       
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      I also run 255-70-18 on 4th gen rims. My disclaimer: although I have experienced no rubbing, your results may not be the same. Depending on your driving style and if you plan to off-road, this size may not work for you. BIG 18 2.JPG BIG 18.jpg BIG 18 3.jpg
       
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      +1
       
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      Yes there is also very little clearance from sidewall to knuckle when using the stock rims without wheel spacers.
       
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      Before I lifted I ran 265/75r16s on my AR Baja rims. With 0 offset, they are about the same as about a 1.5" spacer which gave plenty of clearance to the knuckle and I could steer lock to lock. The issues I had included rubbing on the fender cladding while flexed, the front fender while turning, and the wheel well liner where it covers the trans cooler line also while turning. After some trimming everything was fine, but if the tire were any wider it would definitely hit that trans cooler line.
       
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      On my 05' XLT and I am running 265/70r16 all terrains and just had to tie back some wheel well liner
       
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      I have 1/4 of an inch spacers, you think this will help?
       

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