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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:
started discussing in the thread with @DintDobbs
im inclined to believe MS is to distinguish bias ply radial primarily, and there is no real test, etc going into it, like 3pmsf. i think its at this point just a granted all ties (ok except bias, but theyre so uncommon) are MS at this point, and MS has no major/noteworthy distinction. also pretty sure its up to the mfg to put the MS on it, just like with classifying tires (such as MT, AT, HT, AS, XT) as such, im claiming that its inaccurate to call an MS tire (that doesn't tposess a 3pmsf or have mud tire classification) as a good tire in mud or snow. ive heard MS tires called snow tires before when people ask me about them, they say "i have snow tires on it now" dude youre running the...
Have an 09 ex with the 20" adrenaline wheels. Looking for recommendations on a quite smooth tire brand and model higher end brand. Truck came with 3 goodyear eagles with 30% tread left and 1 new continental. Never owned a vehicle with semi low profile wheels such as these. Always ran all terrains or mud terrains. I do tow with this rig so I guess no car or crossover tires.
Swapping gears in a Dana Super 50 from 3.73 to 4.10's
The pinion is at proper preload, and backlash is correct, but the crush sleeve has not been installed yet.
I feel to get the perfect pattern, it should go forward maybe 0.001-0.002 inches, but is it worth the hassle on the front axle?
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...
I'm looking to put a set of BFG KO2s on my 2013 Explorer XLT. I have the stock 245/60R18s on there now. The shop is saying go with the 255/55R18, but the one thread I found ( http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=431021 ) has a cryptic comment.
"as tough as some of these 105 load rated tires are I'd worry more about aspect ratio than I would plys. as in - anything lower than say the 60 ratio (assuming stock 18's) then I would worry about punctures as the side wall stiffness wouldn't allow the tire to deform nearly as much."
Does any on have KO2s on the Gen 5? If so what size? Are the 55s too wide? Can anyone clarify why not go go less than a 60?
I have a lowered 98 explorer awd, (2 inches) What's the most aggressive wheel set up wheel size,width,offset,backspacing? Considering 18s or 19s as this will be for street/drag. I want to get as much width as possible without rubbing front and rear as well. Not running slicks more like nitto 888r or something similar because I want to still corner lol....
So I'm doing research on new tires, and I've compared most of them but some were to close to tell what was better. So everyone says CrossClimate 2s are the best, but another said Primacy A/S were better. I generic tire comparison site showed Bridgeston Blizzak DM-V2s as the best. Anybody had experience with these tires or has any input? I need more snow capability since we receuve 32 inches of snow a year but still need dry performance also.
I had to change my User ID as I lost my account over at hotmail. Some of you may remember me from my mountaineer restoration thread. Hi all! :thumbsup:
I'm looking to run a set of 15x10's. My current wheels are gen 1 explorer wheels 15x7's 4.5 backspacing 12mm offset all round. My truck is lowered, about 4 inches in the rear, maybe 4 and 1/2 in the front. I know a lot of guys are running 15x10's with offroad setups (lifted, offroad tires, etc.) But what about the street guys? The Backspacing on offroad explorers/mountaineers is way too aggressive for a lowered expo/mounty. I've searched this forum and google for about the past week or so with no info.
I took some measurements and it seems if I...
I did a search for retread and got lots of threads, but most of them were 10 years old at least, and none seemed to address my question.
So I'm considering retreads, and I'm looking at TreadWright and Tirerecappers (if there's another, let me know). In the description for each tire, Tire Recappers lists a "minimum of 65 psi". I have a 1 ton truck with a pressure listing of 80 psi for the rear, presumably because of the weight, but only 40 for the front. To say I should run at least 65 psi on a mid size SUV with a fraction of the load my truck could carry seems odd to me.
So I sent them an email a couple weeks ago to ask if they could clarify and I never got a response, which is not a good sign, and suggests to me that I...
I drive a 2002 Ford Explorer Sport and I was wondering what the most aggressive look I could obtain was. I wanted to go with black rims and tires with a tough look to them, this would strictly be for visual effect and no off-road driving. I think I will also be doing a 2-inch TT with rear shackles and a 2-inch body lift. I live in Mass so the legal lift limit is 2-inch, but I can get away with the TT and shackles. I would like some suggestions please, hopefully with pictures, I am a very visual person.
Offset and Backspacing
When you bought your vehicle from the dealership, engineers have put long hard hours to calculate a wheel and tire combo that would work well with the vehicle. Calculating width, diameter, offset, rear spacing, offset, and much more. Most people think; "The bolt patterns are the same, let's bolt them up." That is where people finally find a problem. Some may fit, some may not, and some will look unsightly. Anyhow, those engineers designed a wheel that would distribute load evenly on the wheel bearings, clear the rotors and braking system parts, and also keep you from rubbing your frame or front bumper. So, well, how do you figure out which works best and what is what - just tell me what I need...