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2002 xlt tire help!

mc.keefner

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2002 Explorer XLT
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Hey guys! I need some help I have an 02 explorer XLT with the 16" stock rims and currently I have 235/70/16 tires. I was wondering what the best upgrade would be because I do some off roading and snow driving that gets semi deep. I want a tire that's bigger and beefier like an A/T but I know that the 265/70(75)/16 will reduce MPG's pretty bad won't it? What size should I get to not kill my mpg and have a beefier look?
 



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Beefier means bigger and bigger is going to be worse gas milage regardless. I went from 245/65/17s on mine too 265/65/17s and they rub alittle bit, but they dont rub on anything important. And im definitely more than happy with how it looks. As far as gas mileage goes mine dropped about 1 to 1.5 mpg's...heres a before and after.

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After:
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Beefier means bigger and bigger is going to be worse gas milage regardless. I went from 245/65/17s on mine too 265/65/17s and they rub alittle bit, but they dont rub on anything important. And im definitely more than happy with how it looks. As far as gas mileage goes mine dropped about 1 to 1.5 mpg's...heres a before and after.

That looks good! My tires are getting down and I saw an ad in craigslist for 165/75/16 tires. Would that be too much strain on my truck?
 






That looks good! My tires are getting down and I saw an ad in craigslist for 165/75/16 tires. Would that be too much strain on my truck?

I run a 265/75-16 they were 109.99 ea I also did a 1.5" body lift for $40 and it looks like this

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IMAG0143 by billyssingle, on Flickr
The body lift also lifted the running boards just above the bottom of frame to protect them if I hi center... I also added a K&N drop in filter (40.21-amazon) and that puts me about 1 mpg below stock but I do have the tow package with 3.73 gears which are very benifecial..
Just some food for thought may want to poke your head in the modified section
 






Beefier means bigger and bigger is going to be worse gas milage regardless. I went from 245/65/17s on mine too 265/65/17s and they rub alittle bit, but they dont rub on anything important. And im definitely more than happy with how it looks. As far as gas mileage goes mine dropped about 1 to 1.5 mpg's...heres a before and after.

I run a 265/75-16 they were 109.99 ea I also did a 1.5" body lift for $40 and it looks like this

The body lift also lifted the running boards just above the bottom of frame to protect them if I hi center... I also added a K&N drop in filter (40.21-amazon) and that puts me about 1 mpg below stock but I do have the tow package with 3.73 gears which are very benifecial..
Just some food for thought may want to poke your head in the modified section

Those are 2 awesome looking Ex's. I love that color.

Will, speaking of food for thought, and poking your head around: does the chicken do the the undercarriage detailing? :p:
 






I have 265/70 R16 on mine. They look good I think. No rub anytime and haven't really messed with my Mpgs much I don't think. One thing with mine the speedo was slow 1-2mph and they fixed that!
stu
 












Will, speaking of food for thought, and poking your head around: does the chicken do the the undercarriage detailing? :p:

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Those are 2 awesome looking Ex's. I love that color.

Will, speaking of food for thought, and poking your head around: does the chicken do the the undercarriage detailing? :p:

Thanks they're my pit crew lol always in the way never doing much... Oh well no bugs n ticks in the yard is worth it...
 






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