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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-25-2004, 03:31 PM
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lil tx girl lost in the big bad truck

Ok guys, time for you to shine. I'm pretty new to the truck world. I have a 95 ford ranger xlt that i'm trying to fix up. Runs good and gettin a new paint job soon...but i need the rims and tires to go with. I have been told i have 14" rims right now, and i want to give my truck a raise without a lift kit and go wider for better control. i am at my max tire hight right now, so i have to go with a bigger rim right? so do i get the 4x4 look? do i need to go up as high as a 17?...and i have no clue on tires either....HELP!!!!
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 04-27-2004, 12:45 PM
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Re: lil tx girl lost in the big bad truck

Rim size will not give you lift. The only way to get lift is go with bigger tires(which wont do much unless you have another type of lift), Suspension Lift(raises truck via suspnesion) or bodylift (raises body off of frame and allows for a little bit bigger tires) In my opinion I would go with a Suspension lift but I think that 4 inches is the max for a Ranger. Suspension gives you more room to put a bigger tire in the wheel well.


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If you go with a taller tire, there will be more sidewall flex and your handeling will suffer, but the ride is better. If you go with larger rims 15, 16, 16.5, or 17, and a lower profile tire you will get less sidewall flex better handeling but a stiffer ride. What you want to do is get larger rims shorter tires but maintain the same height that you have, this keeps the speedometer and computer running right.Also involved is torque and economy. Taller tire will decrease your low end torque, but give slightly better fuel economy on the open road. This can be overcome by changing the gears in the differential.
Hope this helps, I'm not familure with the suspenion system you have, leaf springs or coils? But a suspension or body lift would probably be the way to go.
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post #4 of (permalink) Old 01-19-2006, 09:13 PM
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Dont expect a reply, that post is almost 2 years old.
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