If you plan to keep 35s then gearing won't change like Zach said.
I'm glad I regeared but really wish I lifted the truck and got different wheels and tires. I'm having a hard time coming up with the money for lift/wheels/tires all at once right now as other things keep coming up. I like the bilsteins but I really wish I had more down travel up front.
Anyway my thought is, if you run 35s on stock wheels with a leveling kit, you'll be limited to what tires fit and have to swap out wheels again with a lift. I guess if you're sure you'll be able to regear before long, it might make more sense to do a lift/wheels/tires first. It wouldn't be a bad idea to get five wheels/tires to rotate regularly too, especially if you run a locker.
I'm also looking at a small light weight slide in camper for my truck but I'm not sure I want to run it with the 12.5" tires on 7.5" wheels as I'm afraid they will float around a bit. I'm halfway tempted to lower the front an inch or so by modifying the front shocks like Zach did, and running 285/75/18s (35x11.50) on stock wheels for more stability. But I can never make up my mind about this stuff!
It wont be that floaty with those tires Brian. It shouldnt at least. I ran a 12.8" wide tire on my stock wheels and towed around a lot of weight. Never really an issue. It ran good. but They were only 33.8 or something.
I love my rancho's up front cause I can adjust them by just turning a dial, I have air bags sitting in the garage that im going to install here soon. They have to be in by Jan 20, before we head out west snowmobiling. Then by summer ill finally be due for new tires, these firestones just don't want to wear down, I have 45k on them.
Thanks for the help guys.. I ordered 4 35X12.5R17 KM2s last night from 4wheelparts, got em for 1100 to my door. about $400 cheaper than anyone else! I am still a little up in the air on whether i want to go with the Rancho 4" or a 6".. I dont really have the money to pay for hte higher-end 6" with replacement coilovers and all that, so i have been really thinking about the rancho 4" as a lot of guys usually get 5.5" out of it anyways... what do you guys think?
Also, will the spair tire holder under the bed hold a 35"?
The tires wont be on the truck until late next month as they are on back order and 4wp isnt expecting them in until the 20th.. which is fine, figure it gives me some time to save up for the lift...
I just need to figure out if i want 4" or 6"... I was thinking MAYBE going with the RCX 6" and then buying the extended bilstiens that come with some of the other 6" to get rid of that HUGE 6" spacer, but not really sure.. I figure the 4" rancho would be the EASIEST to install..
2000 Ford Ranger XLT 4X4 Sport
3" PA Body Lift
35" BFG Mud Terrains
Ford Factory Roll Bar
lots of other stuff:)
Originally Posted by korey89
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Originally Posted by Tys 4x4 FTW
if you get an S10 i'll throw a baby in a garbage disposal. practically the same thing.
I really liked my Rancho 4 inch kit. It rode so smooth and is a well built kit. 4" IMO is plenty. Great stance and look. I never really ventured off the road but once or twice and it was lame 'off roading' to tell you the truth. I had no desire to take it off road though. Just cant justify it when I have a ranger ive dumped thousands in to take off road. Nice thing about the 4" is you can still tow pretty easily.
Well the F150 suspension is just not built for a lot off road stuff, depending on what you're doing. I mean it has a longer wheel base, stiff frame, IFS, big sway bar, etc. Adding an add-a-leaf in the rear is probably going to lose some rear travel as well. So I guess it depends on what you're expecting.
Maybe you want a softer plusher ride for slower travel? If so, aftermarket coilovers probably aren't the better option. Really, the rancho kit with adjust shocks (9000) would probably work really well. There was a reason for me wanting gears and lockers first though. It may ride a bit firm with bilsteins but at least I have traction. lol
I've heard that you can fit a 35 spare but haven't confirmed. The area looks a little tight, but the stock spare is a 32" tall tire and there is a little room. Let us know how it works.
lol, well i ordered 4 for right now, will order another the spare in the near future.. Do you have any rubbing Brian? I am just a little worried that the truck wont have enough suspension travel left after the 35's to warrant the lockers/gears first.. I wont be doing anything super crazy lol, just some mild offroad stuff, mostly mudding, and lots of unmaintained roads in the snow and mudd and what not..
The stock exhaust wouldn't be a factor. A SI/SO could be easily modified if it needed to be IMO.
I have not been able to make my tires rub, no. I think I dremeled a SMALL amount of plastic on the bumper valance, 1/2" at the most. I don't know that it was needed but it was fairly close.