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I have a 2006 Ford Ranger, 4x4, 4.0 Mint. Stock tires on nice 16in cragers. I would like to put 33s or 35s on this thing, and lift it. I want this thing to be a beast, but i want to keep it fairly simple. What do you guys recomend? What tires? what size? How much lift? I want to keep my Cragers..because they are nice looking rims. Just want bigger tires. Any Suggestions will be well appreciated !
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Also...can i put 33s on 16 in Crager wheels? anyone? Im new to this
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A quick search would have yielded you the answers you're looking for..... but I'll bite...


Do a 3" bodylift and 33x12.50's or the metric equivalent if you stick with 16's. It is hands down the most popular setup on a 98+ 4x4 Ranger. Summit Racing offers their bodylift at quite a discount to the Performance Accessories kit, but the PA instructions are considerably more detailed. There is NOTHING wrong with doing a bodylift...especially when you consider the alternative and the cost involved. The kits include everything you need to lift the body off the frame 3 inches and address all concern areas. You might need to make a trip to Home Depot to address the possibility of differing sizes of the fuel filler neck and the fuel vent tube. They changed sizes year to year so what's included in the kit may not fit what is on the truck.

Performance Accessories kit: http://www.summitracing.com/parts/pr...d/model/ranger
Summit Racing kit: http://www.summitracing.com/parts/su...d/model/ranger

For information on installing a bodylift, there are TONS of threads here on Ranger-Forums and even a big detailed thread at the top of the Bodylifting section of the site.


I would go with 33x12.50R15 or whatever the metric equivalent is for a 16" rim. However, you want to make it a "beast" and I'm afraid that can't be done using 16" rims because of the "sucked in" backspace they have. At least that's my opinion of "beast" is taller and wider stanced. You can fit 15x8 or 15x10" rims under it after it's lifted with 33's....and 15x10 would fit my definition of "beast" Ranger. I've got 'em under mine. Wheels and tires will be cheaper in 15" than in 16" too.

Yes you can put 33's on 16" wheels. The tire size will be metric instead of standard though.

What Cragar's do you have?


If you're wanting 35's, you're looking at also getting the $2000 4" Superlift suspension lift, a $500 front driveshaft, and a $1200 axle gearing change. You open up a whole new can of worms when you're wanting 35's and the truck to last and be driveable.
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Don't know the trim package of yours or the color... But for kicks and giggles....

2006 4x4 with 3" BL with 15x10 and 33x12.50R15
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thanks for the reply. I figured the 16 in rims would be bigger, and look better. Im not sure what cragers i have. they came with the truck when i bought it. You're truck looks awesome ! I guess ill have to sell the cragers, and get new rims.
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what ais the metric equivalent to 16in rims? does anyone here have 16in rims and have pics with this setup?
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wannabe...my truck is the Exact samae as you'res, only mine is red, with grey trimming
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Sadly that's not my truck, but it is a really good friend's.

You don't have to go to a new wheel if you're happy with where the tires sit in the fenders. It still looks good...just depends on the wheel and it's specs. Below is my friend Mike's truck lifted with 16x8 wheels and 33" tires.

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305/70R16 is the 33x12.50 equivalent on a 16" wheel.

Could you post a picture of your wheel?
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i will post pics soon. Where is a good place to buy Tire and wheel packages? Do you guys buy online?
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where is a good place to buy rims and tires online ?? I cant seem to find anything
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what is the bolt pattern for the ranger wheels? i see alot of choices.
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final question....what is better.....steel wheels, or aluminum?
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what is the bolt pattern for the ranger wheels? i see alot of choices.
5 x 4.5". Some places list the metric measurement, 5 x 114.3.

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final question....what is better.....steel wheels, or aluminum?
Steel wheels are cheaper and backspace specs tend to have more options. Can sometimes be a little out-of-round and are heavier. Usually they're powder-coated and the chrome ones tend to surface rust if you're not on the ball with caring for them.

Aluminum wheels are more expensive. But they weigh less and that helps with un-sprung weight. They don't rust, but if you get polished, you need to keep up on polishing them. They will oxidize.


It's really up to you and the look you're going for and your budget. Going online is always cheaper, but don't forget to speak with your local tire shops. My last set came locally at a really good price....and I had them the next day.
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I was told by my mechanic, that if i get a 3in body lift , i will need to extend the brake lines, steering, etc. i thought it was 4in and up that you had to replace lines. i have a stock 2006 Ford Ranger XLT
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The body lifts listed above come with a steering extension. The brake lines just need to be bent to give them more length. It come with extensions for a couple ground wires also. Buy one of those kits and your good except maybe the fuel filler neck as mentioned above.
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I was just able to find Mickey Thompson Classic wheels locally. But they dont come with lug nuts. Can i use the lug nuts off my Chrome Cragers? Will they fit propertly? Or do i have to buy aluminum lugs to fit these mickeys?
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i just picked up 5 mickey thompson classic locks , brand new in box, for 625 out the door.
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