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Solved Lifts and Max tire sizes

Discussion in 'Tires & Wheels' started by Joe93, January 11, 2003.

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    1. wolfpen98

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      heres a question for you guys. 98 expedition with 17" factory wheels. want to go custom wheels/off road tires. 16"= more options/ lower cost. how would this affect my truck if at all? how big could I go on tire size? any help would be appreciated as I have posted these ?'s in the expedition section and never received a reply. thanks in advance.
       
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      I have been looking at the Traxda Lift / Leveling kits. I would like to get the 2.25 front and 1.5 rear kit that spaces the struts. Has anyone used this one? The website says you can use 32" tires. I plan on using my factory 17" wheels and trying to get BFG ATs for them. Anyone know what the biggest size you can use are?
       
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      The things to check are brake caliper clearance and if the backspace and offset of the new wheels are similar to stock. The outer diameter of the tire is the critical value as opposed to the size of the rim as long as the rim clears the brakes.
       
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      ok, i have a question that i've been trying to look up an answer to for quite some time now. if i do torsion key lift for the front suspension would i have to replace the control arms to fit a 3" torsion key lift?
       
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      You don't want to go past 2" as a 4x4 because of the CV axle angle. New control arms will not fix that. It's almost never necessary to get new torsion keys. Just make sure to get an alignment after you do the TT.
       
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      If I do a torsion twist its not gonna put a stress on anything is it?
       
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      It will to some degree. You are changing the geometry of the suspension slightly. Ball joints and CV axles will wear faster than if kept stock. Now a poorly maintained vehicle will also hold the same outcome. It's all in how you treat it IMO. I had the setup for almost a year and it spent a lot of time on trails without issue before going with a solid axle swap. However, tons of guys on here have run the TT up front without issues.
       
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      I guess the question I should be asking aside from my most frequent one is what kind of lift can I do to get 3 inches on my current explorer. I seen something about a swindle lift is that possible on my vehicle? And if so is it a suspension or body lift?
       
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      There's a 3" body lift. Performance accessories part 883. The spindle lift is for 2wd only. With the torsion twist and leaf spring shackles in the rear plus the body lift you could fit 33x12.50s.
       
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      i was really looking for a suspension lift. is there any kind of suspension lift? or is the body lift the only available for my year and make?
       
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      i'm sorry i don't mean to sound picky or anything i'm just looking more for a ground clearance than a tire clearance. although i'm not complaining because if there isn't a suspension lift i'm going with the the body lift. btw thanks 01STrunner. i was looking for a body lift today while at work and came up with zilch. although i figured you just used a ford ranger body lift for the explorer. lol.
       
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      with no lift i can run 31x10.50x15 on stock 15x7 rims without fender trimming & with a 1-2 inch suspension lift some fender trimming ? that doesnt make sense to me. i want to put a 3 inch block lift on my explorer & coil spring spacers on the front. the lift i bought used off of a 1990 jeep cherokee xj, can i put this on my '94 explorer & if so, what's the best way to do so ?
       
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      My 2000 came stock with 255/70 r16. Max size would be same?
       
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      I've done the TT & Shakles for maybe 1.5-2"
      I'm looking with wide eyes at Super Swampers 33/12.5R16 :)
      The 12.5 part is what I'm nerves about.
      This pic is before I did the lift.
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      Also my brush guard should be in today :)
       
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      so I can fit 31s on a 97 sport with no lift or trimming?
       
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      Yea. Should be no problem
       
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      I have a 2002 explorer xlt and I'm doing a lift with the rancho quicklift struts (1.5" front 1.25" rear) Now I looked at the chart and it doesn't give me much info for my explorer. What is the biggest size tires I can run on 15 inch rims that I will not have to do any trimming.
       
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      Trying to avoid making a new thread.... Search didn't provide any help :(

      Does anyone know anything about fitment for 255/85/R16 (Actual 33.5-34" tall and 10" wide depending on manufacturer and vehicle weight)? I'm trying to maximize clearance and maintain fuel economy by going taller and skinnier. it would be on a 1997 AWD Mountaineer.


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      I have a 93 Sport. If I lift it 4 inches is it possible to fit 33x10.5x15 tires without fender trimming?
       
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      Or maybe the better question is how much would i have to trim?
       
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      hey guys just wondering if what tire sizes I could run on my 2001 stock explorer sport, have the 16 inch wheels, just wondering 245/75/16 or 265/75/16???? with out a major mods????
       
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      265/75/16 with no mods.
       
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      Wheel Interchange Question

      Hi all - I have a newbie question !! My question is, can I use my stock 15" wheels from my 2001 Explorer Sport on my new 2003 Mercury Mountaineer ? It came with 16" wheels originally. The 15" ones have my snow tires on them. Will I need to get some wheel spacers or will they just bolt on as-is ? Thanks !!
       

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