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Max tire/wheel size for 2002 EXP XLS?

Discussion in 'Tires & Wheels' started by Ken Nevers, September 27, 2002.

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    1. Ken Nevers

      Ken Nevers New Member

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      I am looking for the max tire/wheel size for a 2002 EXP XLS without adding a lift. Are there any problems/risks going to a larger size?
       
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      If it's a 4x4 model I beleive you can fit 265/75/16's with minimal rubbing.
       
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      I use 265/75/16 BFG KO's on aftermarket rims on my 02 XLT 4X4.
      It worked well on my stock rims as well.
      No rub on full turn. Looks great. Front rubs a little over large dips. Not any serious problems. The speedo changed a bit and the X accelerates slower and it takes longer to stop.
       
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      I just got an 02 XLT. I was wondering about getting bigger tires, and I saw this thread. I plan to keep the stock alloy rims. I understand I can get the 265/75/16's without much rub during normal driving. I have a couple questions:
      1. Can the ford computer be flashed to account for the different tire size for the speedometer?
      2. How high do these tires raise the truck overall? I want to make sure it will still fit in my garage.
      3. How bad is the acceleration and stopping distance affected? I don't want to turn the truck into a poor stopping, painfully slow accellerating vehicle.
      4. Would going a little smaller (say 255 or so) help the acceleration/braking problem?
      I am new to trucks, and appreciate the help.
      Pat
       
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      Re: tno

      :nono: Should've gotten the 4.6;) My dad is thinking about putting 265/75s on, I won't tell him about the rubbing:D
       
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      About the speedo problem I've been lazy to correct it. I just drive 5-10 mph slower on the freeway. I know that there is a handheld programer that corrects axle ratio changes, fuel/air/exhaust changes so on for most other modern vehicles, but I don't know about the 02-03 explorers. I'm sure that there is one, I just have not seen it around yet.
      I have a 4.0 V6 and the 3.73 gears and yes it did make a noticible difference in acceleration and stopping. It was especially noticible right after the tire change. On inclines, it does affect it pretty good. I didn't buy the ex to race
      anyway ;) The tire, 265/75/16 is said to be about 31.8 inches diameter. It is a 32 inch tire. Fairly large for a stocker with no lift. In the past month it has rubbed the top of the wheelwell maybe twice during daily driving. I know that a shorter tire would not affect the acceleration/stopping as much. The truck is now about 1.5 inches taller after the tires. It looks great now with the larger tires.
      I enjoy "accidentally" running over curbs all the time, they now feel like small bumps.
       
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      Thanks

      Yeah, I am thinking about going a wee bit smaller on the tires. Maybe 255/70 or 245/75? I don't want any rub, as my wife would say I ruined a perfectly good truck!!!!!!!!!!! I don't want to hear it!!!!!!!!!!
      I was told to look for one of those programmers online. I guess there are many online. Hopefully not too expensive. I will let you know what I find. Thanks again. I am interested in a little more height, as the thing sits like a minivan now!
      Pat
       

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