new wheels on order, now i just need to pick some tires
got my new rims on order, 15 x 8 black "D" window wheels, havent decided on a tire yet, stock size is 235/75/15, thining of either 255/70/15'2 or 31/10.50/15's. i have the 4.0 ohv, and 3.73 gears, stock suspention. most of my driving is on road, but would like a "do-it-all" tire thats not super expensive, really like the michelin ms 2, but they are quite a bit, thining of the general at2's, they seem to be pretty reasonable and look like they would work well in snow. i know my speedometer will be off a little, do i have to go through ford for a correct speedometer drive gear? i know one would exist, 265/15's are the same as a 31/10.50, if i end up with the 255/70's id be ok since there the same size as a 235/15, just a wider tire. hopefully the new setup doesnt affect power/economy. (if you can call a compact 4x4 with a 4.0 "economy, lol) i know the assemblies will be heavier than stock, not sure how much going up to a 31 (if i pick that size) will change things, at least i have 3,73's to start with, i wouldnt think about it if i had 3.55's. heres the rims: http://www.summitracing.com/parts/clm-7015812/overview/
well today i put a bead of black rtv silicone around the rim where the center section meets the outer rim shell, keep rust from forming in that crack. i had bought some bolt-in valve stems but they ended up being too small, i didnt even know there was two different sizes, so i got some pull-through rubber atv stems and put in, there short and look good, plus were only about $6 for the four of them, the fancy ones i got (the securing nuts would be inside the tire) were $12 for the set of four. oh well....noticed something else kinda off, when i test fit them the day they came in, it seemed like they were out a little far, i know its a 8" wheel, but with 4" backspacing, it should be at or near the edge of the body, looked like they were just past it. well i measured the backspacing today and they are 3-1/2" backspacing....guess its not too big a deal, but idk why they werent 4" like they were advertized, heck, most of the rims from this company (bart wheels) are advertized as 4" backspacing..... should be getting tires in the next week or two. gotta find those centers for the back, thought about drilling/tapping holes to use my stock ranger centers, but kinda hate to do that, the centers of these rims are 1/4 thick, thats pretty thick to be drilling/tapping a 4mm fastener for, my luck id brak a bit or tap, or it would end up being off somehow. i'll just keep it simple. :)
think ive finnally decided how to do my centercaps, thought about drilling/tapping and using the originals from my alloy wheels, but i happened to have a old rusty set that ive painted with primer then clearcoated, will do the same (grey primer/clearcoat) to the brake drums and front lockouts. not sure if i'll bother with paint on the front calipers, will just get dirty quick or discolor from the heat of brake useage. ready for it to warm up so i can get the tires and new sway bar on, see how it will be with a set of wider tires. going with a 255/70/15, im not sure how im going to like the tires being a little outside of the body, but since i got 3-1/2 offset instead of the 4" it was supposed to be, i cant do much about it, just hope its not too much of a load on the wheel bearings with the off-center loading...guess i'll find out!, i plan on going through the front end before i put the new tires on, make sure my bearings are good to begin with and i have fresh grease and proper preload in place.
going with these tires: Tire Details Futura GLS Super Sport | Pep Boys
cooper tires, 60,000 mile rated tire, probly just run these in the summer anyways, too wide for winter useage, might try them and see, pickicing them up saterday, im sure theres still some snow left this winter. would have rather had the generals, but these are quite a bit cheaper and for what i do with my truck , these will work and probly be better on mpg's.
bought my new tires saterday. wont get them on until after i go through the front axle, probly in another month, too cold out right now to work outside. best thing is, when they rang up my tires, they listed them as a 225 70 15, when really they are 255 70 15. so i got 96 dollar tires for 80 bucks per tire! didnt even notice their mistake until i got home and was looking over the receipt. i know i got the right size on my rims, i checked that out before i loaded them into the truck.
today i started seeing what i needed to do to put my new rear stabilizer bar on, turns out i need to pull the bed, old link on the drivers side i cant get to the nut on the backside without pulling the bed or dropping the tank, guess it will have to wait until its warmer out. since i had the jack out anyways and it wasnt too bitter cold, figured id roll a tire out and see what it looked like, just tried it on the rear, tire is right at the edge of the flare at the top of the wheelwell, just outside the edge of my mudflap. i'll probly get a longer bolt where the mudflap bracket joins the frame and kick the flap to the outside a 1/2 inch. also took a picture of the new tire beside the ones im running right now, its noticeably wider. wish it was warm enough out to go through the front end so i could put them on, got some seals from autozone yesterday, if im lucky all i'll need to do is regrease things, the good bearings are 25 bucks per bearing, but if their needed im putting them in.
thanks! ready for it to warm up so i can go through my front axle and get them on, my shed looks like a pep-boys, stack of tires, 3 jugs of oil (all 3 vehciles here will need a oil change) filters, a sway bar kit, and in a day or so i expect a radiator to show up for the ranger, the original 21 year old one has been leaking and id better change it before it completely goes. going to be very busy once it warms up. :)
both bumpers and tailgate need addressed. lol, its a work in progress....but hey, its 21 years old, for the most part its in good shape. new bumpers are pretty pricey, thinking of finding something a little less rusted thats used. i will get a new receiver hitch though, mine has been delaminating for years, side plates used to be 5/16" now they're about 1/8". kinda scary, not going to tow with it until thats taken care of.
just givin you a hard time, tire and wheels look good, me being from northwest pa. I know what salt can do. I have started sanding and painting the underside of mine to prolong the truck for as long as i can. Just turned over 160,000 on my 07.
one step closer to getting them on today, had to put in a new radiator so that ate up alot of my time and it started turning colder before i could get much done with the front axle, while i was waiting for the wife to get home with the last hose clamp i needed i took off a front tire and put one of the new ones on. this same side is now stripped down to the steering knuckle, hopefully it warms up tomorrow and i can finish things up and get all the tires on. at least the bearings on the right side seem good, hopefully the other side is good as well, then its just a "repack and reassemble". wish i had a garage, i dont mind working out in the open as long as its nice out, which it wasnt bad until about 4 today, then it turned cold and started spitting rain, which turned to sleet.