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Discussion in 'Tires & Wheels' started by Dan308, December 12, 2017.

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    1. Dan308

      Dan308 New Member

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      I would like to upgrade my wheels and tires on my 2002 Explorer Sport. I understand the max tire size is 265/75/16 on the standard rim. I would like to go for a more modern look with a lower profile tire and larger rim. As long as I stay close to the max tire parameters, I'm looking for options.

      I want to fill up the wheel well a little but not get silly thin on the tires. If I use a mustang rim of 8.5 wide, would 255/55/18 for the front and 285/60/18 for the rear? I'm going for as wide a tire as I can use on the rear.

      thoughts on this what would the offset be for the rims? 2002 Sports seem to have a lot of extra room in the rear wheel well
       
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      the actual size varies from one type of tire to another. its best to get the recommended rim size from the manufacturer, or distributor.
      I usually use TireRack.com pick your tire then check the specs chart for full details.
       
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      I am guessing that you have a 2WD Sport since differences in tire sizes will make it not happy...
       
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      not to mention the hub size is different from a 2wd and a 4wd
       
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      Why? Do you know this? Have you tried this?

      Bore is 70.6mm and 2015 mustang is 70.5mm so physical rim fit probably won't be a problem
       
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      The AWD system of the 4WD, for some members with very slight tire diameter differences, have caused noises, clunking, vibrations...
       
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      you did read the part where I have a 2002 Explorer Sport. It's 2WD. I don't see a problem with the staggered tire concept.
       
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      I didn't see any mention of 2WD...
       
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      Either way 2wd or 4wd as long as the tire diameter is the same front to rear you'll be fine. I'm running 255/45ZR18 in the front and 285/40ZR18 in the rear on 18x9 front and 18x10 rear
       

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