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Performance Upgrades - Maintenance - Modifications - Problem Solving - Off-Road - Street Trucks. Covering the Explorer, ST, Sport, Lincoln Aviator, Sport Trac, Mercury Mountaineer, Mazda Navajo, Ford Ranger, Mazda Pickups, and the Aerostar. Featuring H.I. - Human Intelligence.
Lifts and Max tire sizes
Ranger max. tire sizes
Wheels: Offset, Backspacing, & Wheel Spacers
Bolt pattern chart
How to: Basic Tire Repair 101
The Definitive Wheel Stud Article
Reprogramming For Tire Size and Gear Ratios
Lug nut wheel torque specification chart
Updated Chart: Max Tire Sizes With and Without Lifts
...This is a compilation of info and links I have found very useful on this site, including items I have learned over the years...Just my favorite links to the noted subject's...:D
...The wheel size does not make the tire rub...The tire and backspacing cause/eliminate this...;)
...The preferred size wheel for the Explorer and Ranger is, 15"x8" 5-4.5 with 3.75 Backspacing...You can fit up to a 12.50" wide tire on this wheel..:thumbsup:
...If you look at the tire size and lift charts here, they will give you the correct amount of lift needed for minimal, to no rubbing with the stock size wheels,(15"-16" tall)...A 15x10 wheel basically will give you a deeper dished wheel and usually, the back spacing size they come with will cause the...
This is kind of a safety issue that I've noticied a few companies are having. My brother bought some Eagle Alloys for his Ranger and had them installed at the shop I work at (I didn't work on it thankfully). Anyhow, few months pass and he was coming home from college and his right rear wheel almost fell off. The lugs somehow backed off. Now - there's no hard evidence that it was because of the wheels needing to be retorqued - but what makes it harder is that he was up at Virgina Tech the day before with a damn UVA sticker in his back window. Pranksters - maybe? Anyhow, so he bought a new wheel and he was good to go.
Months later I had to go to a 4wd shop and get some lug nuts and I noticed at the bottom a disclaimer:
Anybody running them w/o any lift? Came w/ the 255/70-16.
I know 265-70's and even 275-70's will work just fine. The 265-75-16 works perfectly on the 4wd Ranger.
Any suggestions? The only issue is clearance because its not too big a tire for the axles, etc.
I picked up a 2000 Explorer Limited V8 AWD for a donor this morning. I will not be using the wheels on it except for rolling stock to move it around the yard. Dad expressed interest in getting the wheels for his 2000 Ranger because he hates the stockers on it and seems to want to stick with 16s due tire availability and pricing. He has a set of 15s he likes, but they are getting more expensive and limited in selection around here.
image shamelessly stolen from ebay
Anyhow, I won't be using them and he's welcome to them. I'll put the wheels from his truck on the explorer to roll it around. I think the limited emblem on the center cap will be out of place on the Ranger. Are there any other center caps out there that will fit these...
Hey, unless something happens between now and then I'm going to be picking up a set of 18" 5th gen split 5 spoke Explorer wheels this weekend. I plan to be putting these on my '99 Ranger 4x4 after I convert it to live axle instead of locking hubs, but the wheels fittment would be the same for a 2nd gen Explorer.
This is the wheel if I can post pictures:
So if any of you have run this wheel on one of these style Explorers/Rangers, what did you use for a spacer and how did they sit on the truck afterwords. Pics are welcome if you want to show off.
Previously I was leaning towards some 17" Mustang wheel, but then I saw these on a Ranger on Facebook marketplace and the look grew on me. I think...
I have a 2005 automatic 4×4 Explorer XLT, all the bells & whistles, sans the 289 V8, & I have replaced rear parking brakes shoes & hardware kit, new rotors, pads, & calipers, also had rear diff serviced & new sway bar links put on. (All parts from TRQ/1A Auto) However, every time I start it & it gets even just a lil bit warmed up, every time the rear wheels make a revolution, I get a whining or winding sound from the driver side, & possibly passenger, rear wheels. It comes. And it goes. It calls for 235 70 16s, but I put some brand-new Dunlop 235 60 16s on it that I bought for $5 apiece, & was wondering if that could be my problem? Any thoughts/input appreciated! Also, it NEVER makes the noise while in the air! Only when actually being...
I've tried searching through the posts because I'm sure someone has asked this already but there are 264 pages of posts that I wasn't about to look through so here we are.
I have a '94 Explorer 4x4 with manual locking hubs and was wondering if there were rims from newer models that would fit. Would I be able to keep the manual locking hubs? Will they basically fit with no problem? What years will fit? See, I don't really care about bling bling 20s so if I can go down to the junkyard and spend a tenth of the price on more updated looking rims from a newer Explorer then Jack's a happy boy.
Thanks in advance for you help!
Does anyone have a 2nd gen explorer with black rims that aren't the super basic off road ones? I get that they do their job and they're strictly about business, but curious what other rims could look like so would like to see some pics :)
My teardrop wheels are starting to look pretty bad on my 2000 XLT. I want to replace them, preferably with something black. I kinda want to start going for that "overlander" look, so I found these Vision Overland wheels (okay looks like their website just redirects links but if you search, it's the 355 Manx 2 Overland) that might be what I'm looking for. It looks like they have the correct bolt battern of 5x4.5, but only come in 16x8 (which is fine by me) but the bore is 83.00. Based of what I can...
Apologies for this likely stupid question.
We had a 2020 Explorer XLT with 255/65/R18 tires. We have a set of winter tires the same size with no rims.
We now have a 2023 Explorer XLT with 255/55/R20. I know that the specs say the 2023 can still use 255/65/R18s.
My question is, assuming I can find rims for the R18, is there any issues with swapping from the R20s to the R18s for the winter?
Lift and tire size info for explorers
Lifts and max tire and wheel sizes for explorers
This is a quick reference guide I have put together based on information gathered from the Explorer Forum. Remember this is just a guide. You may have to do some fender trimming to fit these tires on your explorer. Others things can change what size tire you can run on your explorer. Like fiberglass fenders, rim width and rim backspacing.. I figured this would help some of you that were pondering what size lift to run what size tires.If anyone would like to add something go ahead and post it and I will add it to my list. If any of the moderators could make this a sticky that would be great. Hope this helps.
No lift- 31x10.50x15 on...
The Goodyear Wrangler SRAs on my 2002 Sport Trac finally wore out after 9 years - 7 years of full time use - and just shy of 50,000 miles. They took me everywhere I wanted to go (on the road). 12" of snow, no problem. Packed snow/ice, not an issue either. I was bummed that they're no longer available, but I've known that for awhile. I have Cooper Discoverer A/T 3s on my '01 Sport Trac. I have no complaints about them, but I wanted a more highway looking tread on the '02. After much online shopping, I settled on Cooper Discoverer Enduramax. They have the tread look I wanted, the price was right, and they were readily available unlike some of the other tires I considered.
I've had them for 6-7 weeks and have put over 1000 miles on...
Here's the deal. I'm trying to get new tires on my truck, but I keep getting different info. Everything is stock on my truck and right now I have 235/75/15. I want a bigger tire(I hate how wimpy my truck looks), so from what I've read on this board and other places my safest bet would be 30x9.5. The guy at the Goodyear I called told me that Ford "expressly" recommends that only the stock 235's be placed on the truck due to the short wheel base and all. He also told me that 30x9.5 would not fit my rims anyway. Of course then he spent 10 minutes on trying to get me to buy Goodyears new 'premier' tire. Anyway, I'm just curious on how much he told me is true. Can I fit 30x9.5's on my truck. The rims are stock, but I don't know what...
Anybody know a source for the spare tire carrier bolt?
I want a bolt with 19mm head do that the lug wrench will fit.
Resellers like LMC truck sell A Bolt that fits the carrier clip but does not have the right size head on the bolt.
Thanks for any adice/link.
I am looking for pictures of a 2nd generation explorer (preferably a Sport edition) in white with black wheels.
I am considering black wheels for my 2001 explorer sport and wanted to see how they looked with a white vehicle.
I have a 2004 Explorer and the passenger side rear tire stem has a leak in it. At first I thought it was the tire because it was old and I was going to get new tires anyhow. Last Saturday I got new Tire's put on the truck and the check tire pressure light came back on. Anyhow after checking it out last night with soapy water we found out its the tire valve stem that is leaking. We got the tires installed at BJ's and they said they don't mess with the tire stem because they don't want to potentially ruin the sensor.
Is this something I can fix on my own with a new part or will I have to take it in to the dealer to fix? I don't want to have to pay a fortune to fix this if its something I can do on my own.